Visitors Guide: Free in Philly

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Visitors to Independence National Park take photos of the Liberty Bell July 4, 2014, through a window from outside.

You can get a mighty fine tour of Philadelphia’s coolest landmarks and museums without spending a dime.

Spend some time at these fun FREE spots.

Awbury Arboretum
One Awbury Rd. (Germantown)
A historic 55 acres of wildlife habitat that’s open 365 days a year.

Bartram's Garden
54th St and Lindbergh Blvd. (west bank of Schuylkill River)
This beautiful local natural landmark is home to 45 acres of gardening and arts. Open year-round from dawn to dusk.

Benjamin Franklin's Grave
5th & Arch Streets (Old City)
Where one of the most well-known leaders of the free world has been laid to rest. The Burial Ground is open March - November, seven days a week.

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
1723 Race St. (Logan Square)
Built in 1864, this beautiful Roman-Corinthian design is the mother of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Its stunning facade is held up by four 60-foot-high columns and is quite a sight to see.

Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum
315 Chestnut St. (Old City)
Do you geek out at the sight of scientific instruments and get giddy when you think about the way chemistry concepts have completely revolutionized our lives? CHF is the home base for science and technology in Philadelphia and is filled with exciting things to see, do and read in the library, museum, and many events, conferences, and networking events.

Congress Hall
6th & Chestnut Streets (Old City)
The meeting place for U.S. Congress from 1790-1800, you’ll get to stand in the historic space where the House of Representatives and Senate once assembled.

Declaration House
700 Market St. (Market East)
Reflective of its name, this is where Thomas Jefferson created the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Aside from the main attraction there are exhibitions and a short film about one of America’s biggest events. 

Edgar Allan Poe House
532 N. 7th St. (Northern Liberties)
The great American poet’s historical home is a fascinating place to visit. The eclectic Reading Room was inspired by Poe’s essay “The Philosophy of Furniture.”

Elfreth’s Alley
126 Elfreth’s Alley (Old City)
America’s oldest residential street is still home to some lucky Philadelphians. Thirty-two homes line the cobbled stone street.

Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch St. (Market East)
Home to some fascinating traveling and permanent contemporary art exhibitions, this is a great place to feed your artistic soul. The museum has everything from sculptures to video installations, and is home to a library of resources for curious creators.

Fireman’s Hall Museum
147 N. 2nd St. (Old City)
This restored firehouse (built in 1902) is home to fascinating artifacts and vehicles that honor the history and heroism of Philadelphia firefighting.

Independence Hall
520 Chestnut St. (Old City)
The birthplace of the United States of America. Take a guided tour through this major historical landmark.

Institute of Contemporary Art
118 S. 36th St. (University City)
Similar to the Fabric Workshop and Museum, this is Philadelphia’s home base for modern art exhibitions. This multimedia museum has hosted such artists as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Zoe Strauss, and Cindy Sherman. There’s always something stunning to feast your eyes on.

John Heinz Wildlife Refuge
8601 Lindbergh Blvd. (West Philadelphia)
America’s first urban refuge spans 1,000 acres through Philadelphia and Delaware counties. Hike, explore, canoe and kayak while soaking in some of the most beautiful scenery in Pennsylvania.

Kimmel Center Tours
1500 Walnut St. (Avenue of the Arts)
Take a tour of one of Philadelphia’s most prominent performance halls and learn about the history and architecture of this Avenue of the Arts institution.

Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave. (North Philadelphia)
Earning its title as Philadelphia’s “Underground Museum,” this sanctuary and sculpture garden is a unique and intriguing historical landmark that’s a must-see for oddity lovers and spook seekers. 

Liberty Bell
6th & Market Streets (Old City)
Who cracked the Liberty Bell? Find out that and more at this American landmark. 

Polish American Cultural Center Museum
308 Walnut St. (Old City)
Discover Polish culture and history from art to artifacts.

US Mint
151 N. Independence Mall East (Old City)
Got money on your mind? See how coins are made at the first official United States Mint. Sorry - no free samples!