Ready for a sign of spring? Franklin Square, one of William Penn’s original five squares, is now open to the season with all of the fun-filled attractions — and plenty of grassy space — that you know and love.
As long as unseasonal weather doesn’t cause closures, the park will be open every day all the way through to December 31 for rounds of Philly Mini Golf, rides aboard the Liberty Carousel and sights of the vintage marble fountain.
While the park is open now, SquareBurger, its popular on-site cafe, opens for the season on Saturday, March 18 with its signature Cake Shake (a vanilla custard milkshake blended with Tasytykake Butterscotch Krimpets and caramel sauce), burgers, fries, hot dogs and more delicious food.
For now, the park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until March 17 and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m from March 18 to 31. Come summer, Franklin Square will offer expanded hours and even more programming.
Look out this summer for special movie nights, yoga, festivals and more at this popular park in Philadelphia’s Historic District.
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square
After a super successful festival last year, the Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to Franklin Square this spring.
From May 9 through June 11, the park will glow with 29 new (read: different lanterns than last year) handcrafted lanterns, including a newly rebuilt 200-foot long Chinese dragon (a favorite lantern from last year) constructed by lantern artisans from China. Other lantern designs include a brand-new entrance gate, sea creatures, lions, pandas and mythological creatures.
Stay tuned for more on special events and seasonal programming at Franklin Square.