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24 Awesome Free Things to Do in Philadelphia’s Historic District

Explore the Historic District’s cool inexpensive offerings

FREEdom rings throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District.

The Historic District (which spans from 7th Street to the Delaware River waterfront and from Vine Street to Lombard Street) offers an array of awesome experiences that won’t cost you a penny.

Deepen your education of the foundation of our nation through visits to interactive and memorable sites like The Liberty Bell Center and Elfreth’s Alley.

Many of the free attractions below are hands-on and family-friendly, too, like the Once Upon a Nation storytelling benches and mock military drills at Signers’ Garden.

In between sightseeing activities, take a breather at one of the area’s many amazing outdoor hangout destinations, including Spruce Street Harbor Park and Franklin Square.

Read on to find all of the awesome free things to do in Philadelphia’s Historic District.

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Muster into the Continental Army at Signers' Garden.

Engage in the art of marching, musket etiquette and more

Have little ones who need to burn off some energy? Let the Continental Army take them on and teach them basic army drills, including marching techniques and musket etiquette in Signers' Garden located across the street from Independence Hall.
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Watch the coin-making process and check out rare coins at the U.S. Mint.

Where pocket change and commemorative coins are made

At least half of the nation’s circulating coins are made right here in Philadelphia at the U.S. Mint. Visit the facility and you'll get to see the process in action (from high above and behind protective glass). Interactive displays depict the many presidential and honorary commemoratives designed here, and early coining equipment and rare and historic coins are also on view.
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Check out antique fire trucks and other firefighting gear at Fireman's Hall.

The history of firefighting in an old firehouse

A circa 1902 fire station-turned-museum offers lessons in the history of firefighting via old trucks, ladders, helmets, photographs and a tribute to the heroes of September 11, 2001. Kids here can try on firefighter coats and boots, play with puzzles and learn how to make emergency calls.
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