Free and Fun in Philadelphia

Free and Fun in Philadelphia
Tara Wyckoff
October 8, 2008
On Tuesday, September 23, the library hosted an event to emphasize free, fun things to do in Philadelphia. Students enjoyed free coffee and candy bars and entered to win a free Drexel University Libraries T-shirt. The library also created a pamphlet featuring some wonderful free events and activities all within walking/biking distance of Drexel’s main campus. ************* Free and Fun in Philadelphia: What’s happening in Philly
All photos courtesy of Rick Wright.
Philadelphia Weekly City Paper
Pick up a copy of one of these free weekly papers and get a sense to the culture and politics of Philadelphia. Movie listings and restaurant reviews can be insightful, as well as the feature articles about what’s happening in Philly. You can find newspaper boxes for these papers on many city corners as well as in the Creese Student Center.


Sign up for half-price tickets to concerts, plays, and museum tickets. This Website also has listings for all types of festivals and events.


First Fridays in the Old City neighborhood (starting around 3rd and Market)

On the first Friday of every month, the swanky art galleries in Old City hold a district-wide open house. Enjoy the art and the crowd.

Institute of Contemporary Art (118 S. 36th St.)

Thanks to a generous donation, admission to the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art is free to everyone until 2012.

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th Street)

Visit one of the country’s best art museums. On Sundays, admission is as much or as little as you want to give. That's why it's called Pay-As-You-Wish Sundays.

Outdoor Spaces

Ben Franklin Bridge (7th and Market)

Put on your sneakers and walk into another state! Walk across the Ben Franklin bridge into New Jersey. The bridge is about 1.5 miles long and offers wonderful views of the Philly skyline and the Delaware River.

Philadelphia Parks

Finding your favorite piece of green space is important to city dwellers. Check out some of our favorite urban parks and squares within walking distance of Drexel.
  • Clark Park (43rd and Baltimore)
  • Rittenhouse Square (19th and Walnut)
  • Skuykill River Park (26th and Pine)
  • Fitler Square (23rd and Pine)

Kelly Drive (starts at the Philadelphia Art Museum)

Walk, run, bike, or rollerblade this beautiful scenic path along the Skuykill River. Kelly Drive will take you past the historic boathouse and by some of the city’s nicest public art.

Historic Places

Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell (5th and Market)

You simply can’t live in Philadelphia without visiting the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Join the throngs of tourists and learn more about the founding of the United States.

Philadelphia Craig’s List “For Free” listings

One Philadelphian’s trash is another Philadelphian’s treasure. Check out this list of free stuff. You may find the perfect thing!

United States Mint (151 North Independence Mall East)

It doesn’t cost anything to tour the building where US money is manufactured. Tours are given on weekdays from 9am-3pm.

Italian Market (9th and Fitzwater)

Rocky ran through here, and so can you. The Italian Market is one of the oldest and largest air markets in the US. Spanning several blocks along 9th St, the market, complete with oil-drum fires, it’s a fascinating line-up of vegetable stands, cheese shops, discount markets, and restaurants.

Chinatown (10th and Race)

Take a walk through Chinatown on a nice Saturday afternoon. Philadelphia’s first Chinese restaurant was housed at 913 Race St. in the 1870s.


University of Pennsylvania Buses

Penn buses run on weekday evenings, with routes from 20th Street to 48th Street. You can catch both the East and West routes outside the CVS at 3401 Walnut St.