Tips for The Franklin Institute

222 North 20th Street Philadelphia PA 19103
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The Franklin Institute 4.4518853695324285 out of 5 663

135 The Franklin Institute Tips

  • Casual 4
  • Take public transit 1
  • Park in lot 1
  • Parking is cheap 1
  • Food and drinks for purchase 2
  • Pack a picnic 2
  • Dine before you go 1
If possible, go after 3 PM. School groups in season then summer camp groups, and weekends are family time.
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Food and prices OK, standard fare but tasty.
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Get there when it is not that crowded. Parking can be an issue.
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Linda Collier
Two great places to eat. Lower level and Cafe. Cafe food was awful we had some hard pizza and tasteless fries. Pack your own lunch.
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Linda Collier
The weather was Cold. I wore Check your coats on lower level.
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The weather was sunny day , nice breeze blowing.. I wore Jeans and sneakers. Make sue to bring sweater or jacket it gets cold in the museum. .
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Son really enjoyed the circus part of the franklin institute.
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The weather was sunny and warm with a few afternoon showers.. I wore shorts, t-shirt, and comfortable shoes..
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You can take public transit or drive (as we did). We found ample street parking 1 block away. We parked for $1.25 per hour. Be careful, though. Parking times, rates and method of payment (coins only at meters or credit card at the muni-meter) vary widely around the museum. Parking enforcement officers are everywhere. Avoid a ticket, read the signs carefully. There is a parking garage in the museum, but we didn't use it.
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Food is expensive and not many nutritious choices. I would eat before I went and pack snacks/food for lunch if that is allowed.
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we took a nice walk to the Art Museum about 10 minutes away to see the iconic Rocky statue
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The weather was Summer . I wore sneaks and comfortable clothing.
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The weather was sunny.. I wore comfortable shoes!.
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check out other parking venues in the neighborhood and prices before you get there just in case they can't accommodate you. Sometimes Central Parking or other places have coupons you can print out ahead and use.
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Have your kids each take there own small back pack and bring a water bottle and or juice box and some small snack like crackers, granola bars, raisins. the food is very pricey. We got 2 pretzels , a refillable popcorn, 8 drinks and 1 slice of plain pound cake, and it was almost $35.00 !!
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Arrive as close to open as possible. Review all timed events so you can plan to hit all accordingly. We arrived at 9:30, did Pompeii at 10, Ice Age Movie at 11:15, Lunch, Planetarium at 12:45pm, Observatory before 3pm closing then worked our way down again until just before the museum closed at 5pm. We were thankful our car was in the lot of the same building. We were TIRED!
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You can pack your own food if you like and wear a back pack. We brought 1 bottle of water 1 soda and three granola bars to hold us over until lunch. We ate in the Franklin Works Cafe. GOOD food! Worth the price. 2 adults, 1 child - $35 and we were full! Had two cheesesteaks with fries and a drink and added on the chicken fingers and fries for the child. Full the rest of the day.
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Be prepared to pay 20 to 25 dollars if you are spending most of the day at the institute if you park in the Museum's parking lot. Well worth it if you have kids and it's too cold to walk from another parking lot!
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The weather was dry and sunny but cold. I wore jeans, sneakers (a must) and a sweatshirt. I looked presentable, not sloppy..
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The weather was ridiculously cold. I wore a coat that I left in the car if you park underground close to the elevator..
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