Coming Up in Historic Philadelphia!


Tippler’s Tour: Ghosts & Toasts

Dates: Thursdays, September 29 – October 27

Time: 5:30 pm

Departing Location: Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

This ain't your mummy's pub crawl! Enjoy macabre tales and seasonal ales on this haunted tour through Old City, including a stop at the Christ Church Burial Ground. Cheers to the spirits of '76!

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Meet Phillis the Laundress

Dates: Fridays - Sundays in September

Time: Noon - 5 pm

Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

Meet Phillis, a free African American woman who was born into slavery in Philadelphia. She went to school to learn to read and was then indentured where she acquired valuable domestic skills, such as cooking and laundry, which she used to support herself when she received her freedom at the age of 21. As a free woman of color, Phillis lived in a growing and active community of free blacks in 18th century Philadelphia.

Sponsored by the Connelly Foundation.

Historic Chocolate Making Demonstration

Date: November 26

Time: 11 am - 4 pm

Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

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 host chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.

Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate – free with admission.



Spooky Mini Golf

Date: Fridays - Sundays, October 1 - 30

Times: 6 - 9 pm

Play if you dare! Embrace spooky fun as Center City’s only miniature golf course transforms into Spooky Mini Golf! Fog, lights, music, and frightening surprises await at every hole as you navigate the 18-hole course featuring reproductions of Philadelphia icons and landmarks. Tickets: $9 Adults, $7 Children 3 – 12, FREE for Children 2 and under. Spooky Mini Golf contains theatrical fog, strobe lights, music, props and reduced lighting, which may be unsuitable for all guests.

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Fox Rothschild Trick-or-Treat Trail

Date: Saturday, October 29

Times: Noon - 3 pm

Customize your own Halloween-themed trick-or-treat bag and follow the trail map to discover spooky treats throughout the park. FREE! Recommended for children 10 and under. Plus, hop onboard the Lightning Bolt Express Train for a fall ride around Franklin Square. Tickets: $5 adults, $4 children.

Trick-or-Treat Trail & Lightning Bolt Express Train sponsored by Fox Rothschild.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Date: November 10 - December 31

Times: 4 – 8 pm daily, 4 – 9 pm Fridays & Saturdays

Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO and enjoy seasonal foods and beers at SquareBurger and the Winter Beer Garden.#FranklinSquareFridays, Santa Saturdays, Seasonal Sounds on Sundays, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the Square, and the traditional family friendly Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party promise to make this holiday season one to celebrate.



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Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

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The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package includes a one- or two- night hotel stay in one of the dozens of participating hotels, FREE hotel parking (up to a $100 value) and a free welcome gift from VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

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