6th and Race Sts., 215/629-4026
HOURS: Sun.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., extended hours in summer until 10 p.m.
COST: Park: free; Carousel: $3 adult, $2 child; Mini-golf: $8 adult, $6 child
One of William Penn’s five original squares, Franklin Square was until recently a desolate, neglected piece of prime real estate in the heart of Old City. But in 2006, a $6 million renovation project transformed it into an attractive landscaped park, with an 18-hole mini-golf course, playground, and an old-fashioned carousel.
Four brick paths lead to an original restored 1838 marble fountain in the center. On spring and summer days and nights, this is a lovely place to stroll, picnic, or enjoy the family-friendly facilities.
Originally named Northeast Square by Penn, it was renamed in honor of Benjamin Franklin in 1825.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition