Franklin Square

Franklin Square

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

Hours

Thank you for visiting Franklin Square this season. Franklin Square and its attractions will reopen March 1st.

Hours of operation are weather permitting and are subject to change without notice. Attractions are subject to availability.

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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.

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Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Hours

Thank you for visiting Franklin Square this season. Franklin Square and its attractions will reopen March 1st.


 

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

Children under 48" must be accompanied by an adult.

Hours

Thank you for visiting Franklin Square this season. Franklin Square and its attractions will reopen March 1st.


SquareBurger

Chow down on tasty treats including burgers, hot dogs, french fries, and delectable frozen treats. SquareBurger features the signature Cake Shake, blended with TastyKake Butterscotch Krimpets®, as well as a changing Shake-of-the-Month. You'll be glad you did!

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Franklin Square Parties & Events

Host an Unforgettable Event in 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!

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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. 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.

Upcoming Events

Franklin Square Reopens for 10th Birthday Season

Date: March 1

Franklin Square reopens for its 10th birthday season with fun family entertainment featuring Philly Mini Golf, the Franklin Square fountain, playgrounds, the Parx Liberty Carousel, and the tasty SquareBurger.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Dates: Friday, April 22 - Sunday, June 12

Times: 6 - 10 pm, nightly

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. has announced the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square will take place in the Square from April 22 to June 12, 2016. The Festival, appearing for the first time in the Northeast United States, is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, a huge Chinese dragon and much more, created using traditional Chinese methods with thousands of LED lights in brilliant colors. In addition to the gorgeous light installations, festival-goers will enjoy daily performances, culinary exploration, crafts by working artists, and still be able to play mini-golf, ride the carousel, and enjoy Center City’s best play place during the spring and all year long.

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Group Activities, Tours, and Unique Experiences

Plan your group trip to Historic Philadelphia with unique experiences from the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square, Lights of Liberty, and Once Upon A Nation! From interactive Storytelling tours and Philadelphia-themed mini golf to performances by historic reenactors and dazzling 360 shows, it's all listed right here!

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