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Top Free Things to Do in Philadelphia

Some of the city’s best inexpensive offerings

When it comes to visiting Philadelphia, some of the best things to see and do are entirely free. For families and budget-conscious travelers eager to explore the region, that’s certainly great news.

From must-see attractions for the history buffs, including the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall, to live concerts for the musically-inclined like the student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music to the numerous pay-what-you-wish opportunities at some of Philadelphia’s top art museums, there are a wide-range of inexpensive experiences to embark on.

Read on to learn about awesome free things to do in Philadelphia.

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The Liberty Bell Center

Where freedom rings all around

Throughout the expansive, light-filled Liberty Bell Center, larger-than-life historic documents and images explore the facts and the myths surrounding our nation's most famous bell. The 2,080-pound, mostly copper structure creates a dramatic photo opportunity, too, with Independence Hall standing in the background behind glass-windowed walls.
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The Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps

Run like Rocky and reap a priceless view at the top

The Rocky Statue and the “Rocky Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are two of the most visited attractions in Philadelphia. Running up the steps is pretty much a must on your first visit to the city. Pump your fists in the air as Rocky did when he reached the top and then turn around to cherish the spectacular view of the skyline. As you head back down, find the bronze statue of Rocky at the bottom, just steps to the left, and snap a photo.
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LOVE Sculpture

Sculpture is being renovated through fall '17; check out sister sculpture AMOR nearby

Note: Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture has been removed for renovation while the sculpture’s home — Philadelphia’s iconic John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known as LOVE Park — gets an overhaul ahead of its re-opening in 2018. However, just a short walk away from LOVE Park stands the equally grand AMOR sculpture, the Spanish language version of the LOVE sculpture, on display at Sister Cities Park.
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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

A haven of outdoor fun

While the rollerskating at this waterfront hangout comes with a small price tag, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is an awesome spot to simply hang out and take a breather. A boathouse-styled lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and events are all part of its charm.
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United States 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. Take a trip to the facilities 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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The Historic Bartram's Garden

America’s birthplace of gardening

Join a morning bird walk or stroll through the fragrant flower gardens and riverside meadows at Bartram's Garden, the place where gardening first took root in America. With its riverfront location and beautiful view of the Philadelphia skyline, Bartram’s Garden creates a fielded oasis, rich in history and outfitted with 18th-century farm buildings. Tours are available of this 45-acre National Historic Landmark from April through October.
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Christ Church

Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England

Christ Church, the first parish in Pennsylvania of the Church of England, was the worshipping grounds for notable names including George Washington, Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin. Considered one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture, the 18th-century building is open daily and tours are offered of both the church and the nearby Christ Church Burial Ground, where you can toss a penny on Franklin’s grave for good luck. While visits are free-of-charge, donations are appreciated.
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Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site

The house where Poe wrote and published some of his greatest tales

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site was once home to the legendary writer who wrote short stories such as "The Black Cat" here. Visitors can explore his fascinating life and learn how Poe influenced today’s literary heavy-hitters. Tours are self-guided or led by a park ranger.
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