Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
March 19 – December 31, 2016
Franklin Square, one of five public squares laid out by William Penn in his original plan for Philadelphia, offers a refreshing, urban green space with a ton of awesome activities within its eight-acre grounds.
The park boasts several family-friendly attractions, including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Dates: April 22 – June 12, 2016
Historic Philadelphia is lighting up Franklin Square in 2016 with the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival to occur in the Northeast United States.
The square will glow with more than 25 illuminated lanterns — including a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon — all created by lantern artisans from China. Nightly entertainment and crafts by working artists round out the festivities.
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Philly Mini Golf
At Philly Mini Golf, an 18-hole miniature golf course decorated with some of Philadelphia’s favorite icons, play a round of putt-putt and learn a little history at the same time.
Enjoy a mini-tour of Philadelphia as you putt your way through iconic sites, including the Liberty Bell, Boathouse Row, Elfreth’s Alley and more.
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Parx Liberty Carousel
Close your eyes and take a nostalgic ride on the Philadelphia Parx Liberty Carousel, a classic tribute to Philadelphia’s great heritage of carousel-making.
Take a spin on hometown racehorse heroes Afleet Alex (winner of the Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes) and Smarty Jones (winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes). The Franklin Square carousel is sure to be an instant kid favorite.
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Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Bench
Catch up on your history at the park’s storytelling bench, where you can hear tales of Franklin Square’s past and learn about the many communities touched by the square, courtesy of the friendly storytellers of Once Upon a Nation.
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Leading from each of the four corners of the historic park, herringbone brick walking paths with nighttime lights bring charm to Franklin Square after dark. The paths all connect at the park’s centerpiece, the Franklin Square Fountain, a marble masterpiece built in 1838 surrounded by wrought iron fences.
Franklin Square also features SquareBurger, a burger shack selling summer staples. Menu options include breakfast items, BBQ pulled pork, burgers, chili, sweet potato and regular fries, vegetarian options, and family favorites such as cheesesteak fries and mac and cheese.
The signature Cake Shake blended with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets, will continue to be a highlight along with a changing Shake-of-the-Month and Burger-of-the-Month.
SquareBurger is perfect for a couple bites between rounds of miniature golf. Operating hours vary by season.
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Franklin Square is also available for birthday parties and other events. Click the button below for a schedule of special events.
Originally named “North East Publick Square,” the eight-acre green is one of five original squares that William Penn laid out in his initial plan of the city in 1682. The Square was renamed in honor of Benjamin Franklin in 1825.
Over the years, the area has been used as a cattle pasture, a horse and cattle market, a burial ground, a drill and parade ground for the American military during the War of 1812 and, finally, a beloved city park.
In 1837, the city made Franklin Square into a public park and an elegant fountain was constructed in its center. The fountain is thought to be the oldest surviving fountain in William Penn’s five historic squares. The others are Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square, Logan Square and Centre Square, where City Hall and Dilworth Park are now located.
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In the neighborhood
433 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Holiday Inn Express
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at Independence Park
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at Penn’s Landing
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Museums & Attractions
5th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1695 ext. 30
- Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
- Second Bank of the United States
- Declaration (Graff) House
- Saint George’s Methodist Church
- Independence National Historical Park
- Race Street Pier
- Painted Bride Art Center
- New Hall Military Museum
- Congress Hall
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