In August, my husband had a business trip to Philadelphia pop up. His first question- “Want to go to Philly??”. This wasn’t a bucket list spot, like New York City. But, it was a must visit, since I had never been to Pennsylvania before. Our number one agreement- We can’t spend a lot of money, since this was a spur of the moment trip. Well, this was the perfect place to visit. Philly is a very laid back area, and there’s free activities all throughout the city. If you are wanting a budget-friendly vacation, this is a great spot to go! If you already have a trip planned, here is my guide on Philly: Free things to do in Philadelphia!
Somehow, I didn’t know this- the Liberty Bell is actually inside a building. You may have to wait in line to go in the building, but it typically goes pretty quick. In the Liberty Bell Center, there’s historical information, and at the very end- the Liberty Bell. Tip: There is a metal detector at the entrance. To save time getting in, I wouldn’t bring much to the center.
Even if you aren’t a history buff, you still have to check out the birthplace of the United States. Learn about what America was founded upon, and see some beautiful old architecture. If you don’t want to wait in line or anticipate the tour to be full upon arrival, you can reserve tickets in advance for $1.50 per ticket.
Rocky Steps & Statue
Do it for the ‘gram! While the Rocky steps and statue aren’t like some important part of history, it is something to check out. I mean, it is kind of cool that a movie was filmed on those exact steps! Not to mention, it’s a picture worthy spot!
Benjamin Franklin Bridge
If you love to go on walks like us, visiting the Benjamin Franklin Bridge is perfect for you. Take a morning or evening stroll across the bridge, and check out both sides of Philly.
I could walk up and down the landing for HOURS. Penn’s landing is plaza located right on the Delaware River. They have concerts, ice skating, food trucks, dinner cruises, and beautiful views.
If you’ve been to New York City, you might recognize this. In fact, if you’ve been to Scottsdale, Indianapolis, and San Francisco, you might recognize this. The Love Sculpture is all over the United States, and is also in Philadelphia. Check out JFK Plaza, relax, and take a picture in front of the Love Sculpture.
Reading Terminal Market
Food. Food everywhere. Reading Terminal Market is like a hidden gem, but everyone in Philly knows about it. It looks like it is apart of downtown, and it could be really easy to miss. Reading Terminal Market is similar in concept to Pike Place Market in Seattle. There is restaurants, food, and goods everywhere! It’s free to get into the market, but beware: you might be very tempted to buy something!
Bok Bar (Formerly known as Le Bok Fin)
Bok Bar may not be listed on TripAdvisor as one of the best things to do, but the views are unbeatable. I’ll admit, going into the neighborhood Bok Bar is in looks a little… sketchy. Even going into the building, which is an old converted school, looks a little sketchy. I’m so glad we did this, though, and it’s a must-do. It’s free to get in. They do have food and drinks available to purchase, if you want to grab a drink and a snack. Unfortunately, the rooftop is only open during warm months. So, be sure to see if they are open, before you make the trek!
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