Franklin Square


One of Philadelphia’s five original squares, Franklin Square is Center City's favorite playtime oasis with fun for all! Centered around its beautiful, 100-year-old fountain, Franklin Square  features the Parx Liberty Carousel, the one-of-a-kind Philly Mini Golf course, and the renowned SquareBurger.

The Franklin Square Fountain Show

Franklin Square's 180-year-old, historic centerpiece has been renovated and updated into a dynamic state-of-the-art Fountain Show.

When Fountain Shows return in April 2021, visitors can enjoy free performances featuring spectacular dancing water effects and colored lights choreographed to music!

 

Park & Attraction Hours*

January 11-February 28, 2021: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

*Hours are subject to change and are dependent on weather.

Entrance to Franklin Square is FREE but attractions require admission. See below for more information.

Guest safety is extremely important to us. We have installed sanitization stations, social distancing reminders, and limited capacities on attractions throughout the Square, and we are following new City of Philadelphia regulations.

 

PLEASE NOTE: As of July 1, 2020, City of Philadelphia regulations REQUIRE the use of face masks in all public spaces in the City of Philadelphia and are reminded to maintain a 6-foot social distance between their group and others.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. retains the right to cancel, postpone, close attractions at any time.  In the event of inclement weather every effort will be made to ensure operations upon the return of safe operating conditions.  In the event of a complete cancellation, rain checks will be issued with proof of purchase.


Getting Here

Franklin Square is located two blocks from the Independence Visitor Center and Liberty Bell Center at 6th & Race Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106.

The Square is accecible to and walkable from SEPTA's Regional Rail (to Jefferson Station) and Market-Frankford Blue Line (to 8th Street or 5th Street stops), and the PATCO High Speed Line (to 8th & Market Streets).

The Philadelphia Parking Authority has added a limited number of on-street parking spaces around Franklin Square. 3-hour parking from 8:00 am-10:00 pm Mon-Sun is now available along: 6th Street (Handicapped, motorcycle, and regular parking), 7th Street (Handicapped and regular parking), Franklin Street (regular parking) and Race Street (between Franklin Street & 7th Street) (regular parking).

Pay at the adjacent parking kiosk. Please pay attention to parking boundaries as bus stops tow away zones exist adjacent to these parking areas. Parking IS NOT ALLOWED along Race Street between 6th & 7th Streets.

Philly Mini Golf

Putt your way through Center City's ONLY miniature golf course, featuring 18 holes designed after favorite Philly spots like Elfreth’s Alley, the Ben Franklin Bridge, and the Liberty Bell.


PLEASE NOTE: Groups will be limited to four people per group to allow for social distancing. Face coverings are required in order to play. In order to maintain social distancing, do not proceed to the next hole until it is cleared of Guests. Please try to visit off peak times to minimize your wait.

Tickets:

  • Adults: $10 BUY TICKETS »
  • Children 3 - 12: $8 BUY TICKETS »
  • Access Cards are honored. Please purchase on-site.

  • Children 2 and under: FREE
    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Tickets purchased are valid for entrance during any public operating hours through February 28, 2021. Please check our operating calendar for operating times, dates and special events.

 

Parx Liberty Carousel

Center City's only carousel features a zebra, a lion, an eagle, a dragon, and more! Hop on this spectacular All-American style carousel with hometown racehorse heroes Afleet Alex and Smarty Jones.

PLEASE NOTE: Face Coverings are required in order to ride.  All ride units may not be use due to social distancing guidelines.

    Tickets:

    • Ages 3+: $3 per person BUY TICKETS »
    • Access Cards are honored. Please purchase on-site.

    • Children 2 and under: FREE

    Children under 42" must be accompanied by an adult.

    Tickets purchased are valid for entrance during any public operating hours through February 28, 2021. Please check our operating calendar for operating times, dates and special events.


    Franklin's Key Challenge

    On January 17, 2021, we remember the 315th birthday of one of the most famous Philadelphians, and the man whom our park was renamed to honor: BEN FRANKLIN! Learn more about Franklin Square's history here.

    In keeping with Franklin's curiosity, we have created the Franklin's Key Challenge.

    There are 12 keys hidden throughout the Square. Find all 12 to receive a prize!

    You will need to fill out a form featuring pictures of the 12 keys scattered throughout the Square and must write down their location. You can pick up the key form at the Square or print it at home. Download the form here.

    Once you find all 12, bring the form to the ticket window to receive your prize!

    When: January 11-31 during Park hours

     

     

    SquareBurger

    Due to City of Philadelphia regulations, SquareBurger is operating with limited service.

    Please note that SquareBurger generally closes one hour prior to the park attractions.



    Hosting Events at Franklin Square

    Situated in the heart of Historic Philadelphia, Franklin Square is the ideal location to host children's birthday parties, lively corporate outings, elegant weddings, and much more!

    The Franklin Square Fountain was originally built in 1838 after City Council passed a resolution in 1837 calling for a fountain of “grand dimensions,” and was the centerpiece to the Square in the late 19th century.

    The Franklin Square Fountain is the oldest refurbished and functioning public water fountain in the United States, and is the longest surviving fountain in one of William Penn’s original five squares. In 2006, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. restored the fountain for the first time in thirty years, renovating the vintage marble and surrounding wrought iron fence.

     

    Named as one of Philly’s best play spaces by Philadelphia Magazine, this shady spot is a great place for kids to swing, twirl, climb and explore. Best of all, the playground is open and FREE year-round!


    Living Flame Memorial

    Since 1976, Franklin Square has been home to this memorial centered on a sculpture by local sculptor Reginald E. Beauchamp. Dedicated to Philadelphia's Heroes, it is one of the few memorials in the country dedicated to both fallen Police Officers and Firefighters.

    On September 7, 2011, a design competition was launched to create a design for a new memorial to replace the Living Flame Memorial. The competition is now closed and the winner will be announced soon. Those interested in contributing to the Memorial Fund to build and maintain the new memorial, or follow its progress should visit the Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund.



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