No Spend Weekend Ideas – Free Activities in Philly
Visit the Schuykill Banks and Schuykill Banks Boardwalk
The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a breathtaking, 2,000-foot-long pathway that extends the popular Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to South Street. The scenic path allows pedestrians, runners and bicyclists to literally walk over the river and enjoy some of the best skyline views around — for free. Also for free: lounging on the Schuylkill Banks overlooking the Schuylkill River.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Ever since Andy Warhol and his entourage caused a near-riot here in 1965, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has been shaking up the city with shows revealing the hottest and coolest trends in contemporary art. The ICA has led the way with the first-ever museum shows of Warhol, Laurie Anderson, Agnes Martin, Robert Indiana and other influential artists. It continues to host distinctive exhibitions for visitors to explore, free of admission.
Join a morning bird walk or stroll through the fragrant flower gardens and riverside meadows at Bartram’s Garden, the place where gardening first took root in America. With its riverfront location and beautiful view of the Philadelphia skyline, the attraction creates a fielded oasis, rich in history and outfitted with 18th-century farm buildings. Tours are available of this 45-acre National Historic Landmark from April through December.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
A contemporary art museum devoted to creating work in new media and new materials, The Fabric Workshop and Museum boasts an extensive permanent collection, in-house and touring exhibitions, and comprehensive educational programming. Admission is free of charge.
Museum Without Walls
The Association for Public Art offers an engaging way to experience more than 70 outdoor sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in Fairmount Park and Center City. Art enthusiasts and recreational passersby use the program’s free mobile app, streaming audio or audio downloads to listen to short, interesting stories about sculpture on their cell phones.
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