A revitalized Franklin Square
opened during the summer of 2006 as part of Philadelphia's celebration of Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday. The park - the last of William Penn's original five squares to be developed - features new walkways, lighting, landscaping, and public restrooms with changing tables.
Attractions inside Franklin Square
include the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, Philly Mini Golf, and two public playgrounds
(one for children ages two to five, another for ages five to 12). The square also offers Once Upon A Nation's
unique brand of storytelling
, craft demonstrations, merchandise kiosks, and the beautiful Franklin Square Fountain. SquareBurger
, an eatery inside Franklin Square
that's operated by Starr Restaurants, offers a reasonably-priced menu of burgers, hot dogs, French fries, beverages, and frozen treats, including ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, and floats. Veggie burgers and salads are also available. SquareBurger opens one hour after the park opens and closes one hour before the park closes. Franklin Square
is available to rent for birthday parties and special events
. Call 215.629.4026 for rates and details. Parking
for Franklin Square
is available at underground lots below the National Constitution Center
(enter from Race Street between Sixth and Fifth Streets) and at the Independence Visitor Center
(enter from Fifth or Sixth Streets, between Arch and Market Streets).