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Franklin Square, Philadelphia

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Franklin Square is open daily at 10 a.m., weather permitting, beginning March 1. Retail operations and SquareBurger resume hours beginning March 23.

Franklin Square is an outdoor amusement oasis in the heart of Philadelphia and just steps from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House. Thousands of visitors and residents alike visit Franklin Square for Philly Mini Golf - a Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course, the Parx Liberty Carousel, two state-of-the-art playgrounds, the renowned SquareBurger, and frequent free community events for kids!
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  • A fun inexpensive Mini Golf course. Well maintained and not too crowded in the early evening when we visited. One challenging hole!! Kudos to the very friendly young man in the kiosk who gave us some ...  more »
  • You must visit it, on hot days the residents often take their children for them to cool in the source. If you want to take good pictures seen in the morning usually is deserted.
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  • Actuslly, it is 7 acres of fun. Mini golf, carousel, play area for kids, and the fountain in the middle of it all. A nice place to walk and relax. And if you are hungry, there is a burger hut to fill ...  more »
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  • Franklin Square used to be a place you'd avoid, but now it's a great place to bring the family while visiting Philadelphia. Activities include a carousel, playground (one for tots and one for older children), and miniature golf featuring Philadelphia landmarks. The playground is free, everything else has a fee. There's also a cafe serving hamburgers, hot dogs, and delicious shakes. If you're around in June, be sure to check out the Chinese Lantern Festival. The fountain in the middle of the square is one of the oldest in Philadelphia.
  • Absolutely beautiful and amazing Park located in Center City they have free movie screenings during the summer for families. Also a merry-go-round and playground for the kids and a wonderful Eatery. FYI Merry-Go-Round is $3 per ride.
  • A nice place with some or other events throughout the year. Summer has mini golf session for kids. Play area is decent. Can spend an hour there.
  • Love this place. My daughter enjoys the playground, carousel, and the Philly themed mini golf area. Also, the food at Square Burger is amazing. I highly recommend this place.
  • The Chinese Lanterns Festival is beautiful. Definitely worth seeing. But the food and restroom facilities leave a lot to be desired. Huge, inefficient lines. The line for food was more than 30 min. If you want beer, wine or cocktail it's a separate line and you cannot go with your drink on the food line. Bathrooms also very long wait.

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Where to stay in Philadelphia

Most of Philadelphia's hotels cluster around the compact city center, ensuring quick and easy access to major tourist sights and activities. The only drawback to staying in this area is the lack of free parking, so if you're exploring by car, considering booking into a bed and breakfast in one of the city's residential blocks. Visitors planning on longer stays can also consider several apartment hotels, offering spacious furnished units with complimentary Wi-Fi, free bike rentals, and access to rooftop terraces.
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