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Spooky Mini Golf

Fri., Sat., and Sun. evenings, October 1 – 30, 6 – 9 pm

18 holes of frightening fun await only the bravest of souls! Putt your way through Spooky Mini Golf with family and friends as historic Philadelphia landmarks, including Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Liberty Bell, and many more turn haunted with Halloween-inspired lights, music, and surprises ($9 adults, $7 children).

Discounted admission is not valid for Spooky Mini Golf.


Mural Arts Philadelphia Presents Monument Lab: Sample Philly

Now – November 19

See Philadelphia artist Kara Crombie’s monument, Sample Philly, on display at Franklin Square. The artwork, part of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s citywide project, Monument Lab, is inspired by free arts and music education in Philadelphia and contains a sound bank of musical loops drawn from Philadelphia’s rich musical history.

Visitors are encouraged to take part in a learning lab stationed near the monument to design or describe their own visions for monuments that represent Philadelphia.

Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, October 21, Noon – 2 pm

Pick out a pumpkin from the Franklin Square Pumpkin Patch and decorate it with spooky designs to take home. FREE! Recommended for children 10 and under. Limit: 1 pumpkin per child. Group reservations and participation are not available.

Don’t forget to take a ride on the Lightning Bolt Express Train as it makes a fall stop in the Square ($5 adults, $4 children).

Trick-Or-Treat Trail presented by Fox Rothschild

Saturday, October 28, Noon – 3 pm

Create your own Halloween-themed bag, follow the map, and trick-or-treat throughout the park. FREE! Recommended for children 10 and under. Group reservations and participation are not available.

Hop onboard the Lightning Bolt Express Train for a fall ride around the Square ($5 adults, $4 children).

The Franklin Square Holiday Festival Returns to Franklin Square November 9th!

November 9 – December 31

The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO returns this winter! Plan your visit to Philadelphia’s favorite holiday tradition, featuring plenty of family fun, delicious comfort foods, and special events!


Historic Chocolate Making Demonstrations

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Meet two female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution – from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.

Below are the dates of Historic Chocolate Making in 2017:

  • November 4
  • November 25
  • December 31


Independence After Hours

Now - October 28, Fridays & Saturdays, 5:30 pm

Departs from the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St.

This exclusive evening tour back to 1776 has returned! Enjoy a delicious three-course meal at the historic City Tavern, followed by a visit to Independence Hall to witness our Founding Fathers in deep discussion over the creation of the Declaration of Independence!

Purchase tickets here.

Tippler's Tour: Yuletide Cheers & Beers

Thursdays, November 16 - December 28 (No tour on Nov. 23), 5:30 pm

Departs from the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St.

It’s the most wonderful time… for a beer! Raise a glass of cheer on Once Upon A Nation’s Colonial pub crawl through Historic Philadelphia. It is 1777 and the British are occupying Philadelphia…will there be holiday celebrations during this tumultuous time? Step with us into the holiday season in charming Old City, circa 1777, whilst enjoying winter brews and festive libations.

Purchase tickets here.



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