Photo by Jeff Fusco for Historic Philadelphia Inc.
Located near the National Constitution Center and Philadelphia's historic district, Franklin Square is an urban oasis that offers fun family activities. One of the city's five original town squares, it has evolved into a fairground with both daytime and evening attractions. Highlights include the nostalgic Liberty Carousel, a playground, fountain, and a charming Philly-themed miniature-golf course. Visitors can refuel at the popular SquareBurger restaurant. Special events include a winter holiday festival in December, when more than 50,000 lights illuminate the area. During the festival you can also do some holiday shopping, or kick back with a local brew (there's also a hot-beverage menu just for kids). The park is open from March through December.