Franklin Square is one of Philadelphia’s five original squares. Yahoo.com recently ranked Franklin Square in the top five playgrounds in the United States.
Centered around its beautiful fountain, Franklin Square also features the Parx Liberty Carousel, a miniature golf course, and the renowned SquareBurger.
- November 1 - 12: 10 am - 5 pm
- November 13 - December 31: 10 am - 8 pm (Closed for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)
Franklin Square playground is open daily from 6 am - 9 pm.
Hours of operation are weather permitting and are subject to change without notice. Attractions are subject to availability.
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.
- Adults: $9
- Children 3 - 12: $7
- Children 2 and under: FREE
- Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
- Ages 3+: $3.00 per person
- Children 2 and under: FREE
- Children under 42'' must be accompanied by an adult.
Grab one of Philly's tastiest burgers and sip on our legendary Cake Shake, a yummy combo of ice cream and local fav, TastyKakes®. You'll be glad you did!
Franklin Square Birthday Parties
Stay cute. Wish big.
Franklin Square has become the premier spot for birthday parties, family picnics, and company outings. Parties come with golf admission and unlimited rides on the Parx Liberty Carousel!
The Pavilion features an all-season, climate-controlled building nestled between the Parx Liberty Carousel and the Franklin Square playgrounds!
Plan your child's next birthday party at Franklin Square.
Franklin Square Fountain
Built in 1838, after the City Council passed a resolution in 1837 calling for a fountain of grand scale. It has served as the centerpiece of the square into the 19th century. It is thought to be the oldest surviving fountain in William Penn's original squares.
In the late 1970s, the fountain fell into disrepair and ceased operation. During the park's restoration in 2006, great lengths were taken to preserve the fence surrounding the fountain and the stone work in its center, both of which date back to its original construction. The fountain remains the centerpiece of Franklin Square today, serving as a refreshing respite during hot summer days and a popular picture spot.
Franklin Square Playground
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.
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.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival Opening Night
Thursday, November 13, 4 - 8 pm
Help reignite one of Philadelphia's favorite holiday traditions and experience the magic of the newly expanded Franklin Square Holiday Festival! Join Historic Philadelphia, Inc. at 5 pm for the first Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show of the season! FREE
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