Franklin Square

Franklin Square, Philadelphia: Hours, Address, Franklin Square Reviews: 4/5

Franklin Square
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Parks
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares, Franklin Square is Center City's favorite playtime oasis. Centered around its beautiful fountain with the new free Fountain Show featuring spectacular dancing water effects and colored lights choreographed to music (spring-fall), Franklin Square also features the Parx Liberty Carousel, the one-of-a-kind Philly Mini Golf course, and the renowned SquareBurger. Now featuring Spooky Mini Golf! From 6-9pm every night in October, Philly Mini Golf becomes a magical playground with spooky tricks around every corner! Lights, fog, cobwebs, and more return to this Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course where you can putt through city icons and landmarks.
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Neighbourhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • Franklin Square • 1 min walk
  • Chinatown • 4 min walk
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daisyferret1
Bear, DE26,689 contributions
Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO 2020
Dec 2020
We decided to attend the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO at Franklin Square. Once we got into Philly and near the area, we started looking for the actual park. Signage was not good. We also found it kind of hard to find parking in the immediate area of Franklin Square. We eventually did find some metered parking a few blocks away, which was priced at $2.50 per hour.

Once in the Square, we I thought it was nicely done. The brick walkways were lined with lighted trees. Ahead in the distance you could see the focal point of the light show. We saw the strands of lights meeting at the center KITE. As we got nearer, we spotted the KEY attached to the KITE by a string of lights. What a perfect design for FRANKLIN (Benjamin) Square. Also, as we neared the park we heard some overhead Christmas carols being piped into the park. We noticed a seating area with tables and fire pits to warm your hands. We also saw several little decorated houses that seemed to house restrooms and restaurants, but NONE of them were open. The park also houses a small playground, picnic tables, a small miniature golf course, a Little FREE library box and a carousel. Philly Mini Golf was open ($10 adut, $8 child) as was the carousel ($3 per rider). We decided to watch the light show and ride the carousel. Light show started every 30 minutes and lasted about 10 minutes. The show was pretty good. Afterwards we purchased tickets for the carousel and took a spin on it. Staff was friendly. Riders were socially distanced on the carousel since they had only 1 horse per aisle open. Staff were quick to clean the horses after the current riders departed & before admitting new riders. After our carousel ride, we decided to wait around another 10 minutes to catch the last light show of the evening. We were expecting the see the same show over again, but were pleasantly surprised to see a whole new set of songs!

Overall, we really enjoyed the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO at franklin Square. It was pretty amazing. The song selection was a mix of classic Christmas and some newer remixes of classics. The light show to the Carol of the Bells remix by the London Festival Orchestra was amazing. Park felt clean and felt safe as it was patrolled by security. Biggest downfall was the limited parking and poor signage from the expressway.
Written 29 December 2020
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JOANNE H
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
Franklin Square light show
Dec 2020 • Couples
My family and I traveled awhile to get there, find parking and then walk several blocks only to find out after waiting that there would be no light show this evening (Dec 19) due to a wedding in the area. They didn’t want the music to disturb the wedding. I asked the girl working at the mini golf booth and that’s what she told me. I told her that information should have been posted on their website and she said we have no control over that. Really?? Very poor customer service. I’m sure we weren’t the only family disappointed
Written 20 December 2020
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Vicki A
Brunswick, Md.1,317 contributions
Beautiful to see!
Jun 2020
We happened upon this beautiful square in downtown Philly as we were out and about walking around. It is beautiful. Well worth visiting and sitting a bit to relax. Well maintained. Don't let the traffic circle deter you from going!
Written 19 June 2020
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Eduardo M
14 contributions
Nice evening by the lights
Dec 2019
All of my family enjoyed a great evening playing mini golf and watching the lights show going on every certain minutes. Wear appropriate clothes during December is a must.
Written 31 December 2019
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Jemlnlx
Bronx, NY3,988 contributions
Holiday Lights!
Dec 2019
Visited Philadelphia during the holidays and made the Lights at Franklin Square a stop on the to-see list. Parking in the area is rough, but we were able to snag a spot close to the mall. The Square's holiday decorations are lovely. Great place to relax and take photos. There are a few small shops selling snacks and hot cocoa in the the park. There is a beer garden as well. There is also mini golf, a carousel and a kiddie train ride available for purchase there. Going there to see the lights (free) is a cheap family trip but if you plan on doing some activities and buying food/drinks, your tab for the night can add up quickly.
Written 29 December 2019
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907blaked
Tampa, FL1,176 contributions
Nice stop near the National Constitution Center with Christmas decorations
Nov 2019 • Family
The Christmas decorations were in full effect when we visited on November 23, 2019 (a Saturday), including a 5-minute light show (choreographed to music) starting at 4:30pm. The kids enjoyed the carousel ($3 tickets) and the playground; we also saw a little train that gives rides and a mini-golf (putt putt) course, and there are a couple of choices for concessions. Bathrooms are available as well. We walked here after visiting the National Constitution Center. The light show was fine (nothing special), but a great way to kick off the Christmas season. I believe they said the light shows are every 30 minutes, starting at 4:30pm.
Written 24 November 2019
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nougatk
Skanderborg, Denmark227 contributions
nice little green spot
Oct 2019
A very nice green spot for the family. mini golf and playground and a carousel. you can by snacks and just enjoy some god playing and fun.
Written 16 October 2019
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adventix
Boston, MA1,183 contributions
Great fun for the entire family
Sep 2019 • Family
Nice park with a fountain at the center (music, water and light show every hour at half past the hour). The kids loved the Mini Golf. There is a playground for small and older kids (fenced), a carousel and grass for running around. For grown-ups there is a small 'open-bar' with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Written 4 September 2019
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April A
Alvada, OH44 contributions
Do the mini golf!
Jul 2019 • Family
Beautiful fountain, a breeze, plenty of seating, a carousel, and mini golf. My family loved it. This was a nice place to take a break from the heat. It was well shaded too.
Written 29 July 2019
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Charlene S
Fortaleza, CE202 contributions
Beautiful and family place
Jun 2019 • Couples
We visited Philly last month and we had opportunity to visit this is square where was the Chinese lantern exhibition. We loved it!
Is very close to chinatown and others tourist place like Liberty bell.
Written 10 July 2019
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