Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia
Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

Franklin Square

One of the five original squares that William Penn laid out in his initial plan of Philadelphia, this eight-acre green was renamed in honor of Benjamin Franklin in 1825. Since then, Franklin Square has been used as a cattle pasture, a horse and cattle market, and a drill and parade ground for the American military during the War of 1812.
In 1837, the city made Franklin Square into a public park with an elegant fountain constructed in its center, but in the 20th century, the park fell into disrepair until it was restored to its former glory and rededicated in 2006.

Franklin Square's modern era includes a Philly-themed miniature golf course, a classic carousel, a burger food stand, a Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Bench, a picnic area, and more. Franklin Square also hosts special programming and events throughout the year. 

Back by Popular Demand: The blockbuster event, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square, returns for a second year, May 9 - June 11 (closed May 18). This celebration of light and culture features entertainment, food, and 29 larger-than-life illuminated displays created using traditional Chinese methods. Marvel at giant steel-framed, silk-wrapped lanterns shaped to create animals, springtime flowers and trees, and symbols of Chinese culture. 

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square is open every evening. Hours are 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., Sunday - Thursday; and 6:00 - 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Tickets for Franklin Square's Philly Miniature Golf and rides on the Parx Liberty Carousel are available for sale online or at the Independence Visitor Center.


March 18 - May 7
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
May 8 - June 11
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
June 12 - September 4
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Fri. & Sat. til 10:00 p.m.
September 5 - 30
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
October 1 - 31
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Fri. & Sat. til 9:00 p.m.
November 1 - 8
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
November 10 - December 31
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Fri. & Sat. til 9:00 p.m.


Philly Mini Golf

Adults $9.00
Children (ages 3 -12) $7.00

Parx Liberty Carousel

Adults $3.00
Children (ages 3 - 12) $3.00


600 Race Street
19106 Philadelphia , PA
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