Don’t get us wrong, 5-star resorts and Michelin star dining are great. But if you’re on a budget and looking for a vacation that won’t break the bank, Philadelphia is a great option this summer. Whether you’re a single explorer or a family of four, there’s plenty of inexpensive or free things to do in Philadelphia. Check out our recommendations below for all the best to do, see, and eat!

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Hang out at Spruce Street Harbor Park and explore Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest: Situated within walking distance of one another at Penn’s Landing, these two outdoor spaces are can’t-miss highlights of the summer in Philadelphia. Spruce Street Harbor Park offers hammocks for lounging, floating gardens, tasty craft beer, and food from popular Philly restaurants. If you’re feeling less like lounging and more like moving, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest offers Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller skating rink. The best part: entrance to the park is free and open to the public. Roller skating, mini-golf, games, rides, and concessions are pay-as-you-go.

Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and run the Rocky Steps: This is the spot where high culture and pop culture meet in a way that’s uniquely Philadelphia. Any first-time visitor to the city should make their way to the Art Museum. First, grab a photo with the Rocky Statue at the base of the steps (you’ll spot folks queuing up most days). Then, do your best to jog up the 72 stone steps to reenact some Rocky glory of your own. Both activities are completely free. Of course, the Museum itself should not be missed–and luckily, admission is Pay What You Wish from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m every Wednesday and all day on the first Sunday every month.

Take a seat (and a listen) at Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches:

Treat your inner child at Franklin Square:


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Feel the LOVE at JFK Plaza (LOVE Park):

Take in cutting-edge art at the Institute of Contemporary Art:

See history at Independence National Historical Park:

Enjoy art and fresh air at Philly’s Museum Without Walls:


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Browse the stalls at Reading Terminal Market:

Take a bite out of a Philly Cheesesteak:

Explore West Philadelphia:

Dip into some Middle Eastern Delights:


Of course, no vacation is complete without a hotel to call home. This summer, Hilton is offering an awesome deal that lets you stay with us for less: INSERT YOUR FEATURED SRP + LINK TO OFFER PAGE.



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