Coming Up in Historic Philadelphia!

ONCE UPON A NATION

Independence After Hours

Dates: Fridays & Saturdays, August 19 – October 22

Time: 5:30 pm

Departing Location: Independence Visitor Center (6th & Market Streets)

Visit inside Independence Hall at night after public hours and experience what those late nights of the summer of 1776 were like for the Founding Fathers. The evening begins with a delicious three-course meal at the Historic City Tavern. Inside the Hall, visitors witness several Founding Fathers deep in discussion over the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

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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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FRANKLIN SQUARE

Spooky Mini Golf

Date: Fridays - Sundays, October 1 - 31

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.

 

Pumpkin Patch

Date: Saturday, October 22

Times: Noon - 2 pm

Bring the kids to Franklin Square to pick a nice pumpkin out of the Franklin Square Pumpkin Patch and decorate it with spooky designs to take home. FREE! Recommended for children 10 and under. Limit: 1 pumpkin per child. Group reservations and participation are not available.

 

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.


BETSY ROSS HOUSE

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.

First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes

Time: 5 - 9 pm

$5 admission includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House and a movie in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie.

Historic Chocolate Making Demonstration

Dates: Saturday, October 8, 11 am - 4 pm and Sunday, October 9, 11 am – 6 pm (Old City Fest)

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.

 


 

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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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