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.

 

Park & Attraction Hours*

  • April 19-May 28: Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • May 29-September 6: Daily, 10 a.m.-10 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 available along:

  • 6th Street (Handicapped, motorcycle, and regular parking)
  • 7th Street (Handicapped and regular parking)
  • Franklin Street (regular parking)
  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When parking on 6th Street between Race and Vine streets, please park or load to the left of the painted buffer between the lines — NOT along the curb inside the bike lane.


 

Franklin Square Attractions

 

 




Putt your way through Philly Mini Golf presented by IBEW Local 98, 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.

Tickets: Adults: $10; Children 3-12: $8; Children 2 and under: FREE

BUY TICKETS HERE.

Access Cards are honored. Please purchase at Franklin Square.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

PLEASE NOTE:
Masks are required to play. 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 (Monday through Thursday).

Philly Mini Golf tickets are not valid for Spring into Philly Mini Golf, Philly Mini Golf with LOVE, or Spooky Mini Golf. Access Cards are not valid for these 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.

Tickets:

  • Ages 3+: $3 per person
  • Children 2 and under: FREE (Children under 42" must be accompanied by an adult.)
  • Access Cards are honored. Please purchase at Franklin Square.

BUY TICKETS HERE.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Masks

are required to ride.



     

SquareBurger



    • SquareBurger has a delicious menu operated by Cooperage. Food options include burgers, fries, and classic thick milkshakes including the legendary Original Cake Shake made with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets®.

      Hours of operation:
      Daily, 12-8 p.m.

      PLEASE NOTE: Guests must wear masks at all times except when eating and drinking. Guests must also be seated when eating and drinking.

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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.

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 returns in 2021, visitors can enjoy free performances featuring spectacular dancing water effects and colored lights choreographed to music!

 



 

Franklin Square Playground

Named as one of Philly’s best play spaces by Philadelphia Magazine, this 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.



PLEASE NOTE: When parking on 6th Street between Race and Vine streets, please park or load to the left of the painted buffer between the lines — NOT along the curb inside the bike lane.

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