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Who says you have to spend money to have a good time!?!
May 14, 2012, 9:35 AM
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Wake up to the fabulous and free Philadelphia!  Have fun this summer with out spending a dime!

Franklin Institute

This a great place for children and the inner child in us. The exhibitions are educational as well as fun. Take a walk through the giant heart, become an engineer for the day, or take the sports challenge. Admission is free to the Franklin Institute every third Wednesday of the month but call ahead to verify. You can visit all the exhibits including the IMAX. I just recently learned of this and believe me, my family will be visiting very soon.

Penn’s Landing

Visit the place where William Penn arrived on his ship Welcome, Penn’s Landing. Take a stroll and stop to view the Gazela of Philadelphia. This ship was built in 1883 and was sailed until 1969 for cod fishing. Today it is used as a small maritime museum when it is not being sailed by volunteers. You can also stop by the Independence Seaport Museum. On Sundays between 10a-12p, pay what you wish. Exhibits include Divers of the Deep which is a look at undersea technology, and On the Rivers, On the Shores which displays small craft of the Delaware River Valley.

XPN Free At Noon Concerts

XPN is the local alternative radio station for Philadelphia. They offer an ecletic mix of alternative rock, folk, blues, country and more. Two of my favorite shows are World Cafe and Echoes. Check out the free at noon concerts. You get to see live music with great artists. Previous concerts featured artists Carrie Rodriguez and John Legend. Check the XPN website for other free events.

Free at Noon Parking Info

Penn Park Located at 31st and lower Walnut Street (also known as Jones Way) this lot is available for public parking seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Daily rate for this lot is normally $8 per day on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot is operated by the University of Pennsylvania. You can access Penn Park, from Chestnut Street, via south 31st Street. Click here to see a map of the area.

XPN Free At Noon Concerts

XPN is the local alternative radio station for Philadelphia. They offer an ecletic mix of alternative rock, folk, blues, country and more. Two of my favorite shows are World Cafe and Echoes. Check out the free at noon concerts. You get to see live music with great artists. Previous concerts featured artists Carrie Rodriguez and John Legend. Check the XPN website for other free events.  Public transportation to XPN Free At Noon is recommended. For directions to the venue, visit World Cafe Live.

Philadelphia Art Museum

On Sundays, you can tour the Philadelphia Art Museum for free or donate as much as you wish. The layout of the museum has changed. There is a lot more to see than in past years. The Museum houses over 225,000 works of art that are displayed in rotation so you may not be able to see it all in one visit. Some of the permanent collections include European art, Asian art, American art, Modern Art, Dutch Ceramics and my personal favorite, Arms & Armour. Admission on Sundays also includes free admission to the Perlmann Building galleries so that adds more to the days itinerary. Any exhibitions requiring an additional fee is not included in free Sunday admission. Sunday hours are 10a-5p.

Masonic Temple

A fascinating peek into one of the oldest fraternal organizations in history. Considering that many of our founding fathers including such notables as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were Freemasons, we could not boast our visit to historical Philadelphia was complete without touring the Masonic Temple. The architecture is outstanding and worth the trip alone. In addition, there is an extensive library with over 75,000 volumes for the study of freemasonry. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9a-5p, Mondays by appointment only. Saturdays 9a-12p. Call ahead if you want a guided tour to get the available times.

The Comcast Center Building – Comcast Experience

Comcast Experice HD Video Wall.  This is a very fast and entertaining. “The Comcast Experience,” is a short video on the 2,000 square-foot LED screen against the wall of the Comcast center lobby. It supposedly has resolution 500% greater than that of an HD television.

It is a giant 84 foot wide by 25 foot high,HD video screen that projects seasonal themed videos. They run throughout the day, year round. there is no charge. The public is welcome and encouraged to watch.

Elfreth’s Alley Philadelphia

For the no cost, and super fast trip, stroll along the alley. The alley isn’t long, less than a city block for sure, but very scenic.  Then stop in the museum shop for a fast look of what the downstairs of one of these homes looks like.  Remember too that there are private residences along this street. My guess is that they enjoy all of the positive attention but keep in mind, this is their home so treat the street with respect and enjoy your time there.  The big plus about this trip is that, in a matter of a few minutes, you can say that you have visited America’s oldest residential street.

Rodin Museum

The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia is within walking distance of the Philadelphia art museum.  The Rodin Museum, while technically free, does ask for a $5 donation, but there is not pressure to pay.

Christ Church

The Church is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM for tours, visiting, and individual mediation and prayer.   Visiting the Church Is Free but there is a suggested donation of $3 for adults and $2 for students to help maintain the Church.  2nd Street above Market Philadelphia,PA.  The Burial Ground, is open MARCH – NOVEMBER  Monday-Saturday – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sunday – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

The Burial Ground has 1,400 markers including some of America’s most prominent Colonial and Revolution-era leaders. It is estimated that more than 5,000 markers have disappeared due to erosion with time.  This is the final resting place of five signers of the Declaration of Independence, the founders of the U.S. Navy and many of America’s early medical pioneers. Grave markers include people from three centuries of American history.  Some famous and notable people buried in the burial ground include:

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Diplomat, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

Commodore William Bainbridge (1774-1833) Commander of Old Ironsides

 

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