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*
- 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required indoors. Please 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.
Summer Splash in Franklin Square
Fun for the whole family Wednesdays – Saturdays, July 14 – August 28, including live music and DJ sets, free yoga, dance lessons, storytelling, your favorite Franklin Square attractions, and the Franklin Square Beer Garden by Cescaphe, Thursdays – Saturdays only. Click here to learn more about Summer Splash in Franklin Square.
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.
Franklin Square Attractions
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 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.
Tickets purchased are valid for entrance during any public operating hours. Please check our operating calendar for operating times, dates and special events.
- 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.
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!
Franklin Square Fountain
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.
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