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Labor Day weekend: Free things to do and see in Philly

From boat rides on the Schuylkill to free admission to museums

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The so-called last weekend of summer is upon us.

For many, Labor Day Weekend means one last visit to the shore. But for folks planning to stay in Philly or visit the City of Brotherly Love, we've got you covered, even if you didn't manage to snag a ticket to the Made in America concert. Low on cash? Even better—because here are 10 free things to do in Philly during Labor Day weekend, from boat rides on the Schuylkill River to outdoor movies, to even just lounging in a hammock one last time.

These free things to do are listed in order of date. Know of another low-cost event happening over the weekend? Leave a comment or send us a tip.

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1. Enjoy Parks on Tap at Clark Park

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4300-4398 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The mobile beer garden Parks on Tap will be at Clark Park this weekend, with extended hours on actual Labor Day. It’ll be at the park now through Monday, September 2. Relaxing at the park is free, the food and beer is not.

Want to grill your own grub? Here are 13 Philly parks where you can barbecue and picnic.

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2. Go boating at Bartram's Garden

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5400 Lindbergh Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-5281
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On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can grab a boat from Bartram’s Garden and cruise around the Schuylkill River for free. Just note: The boat rides are limited to 30-minute excursions. Take a stroll along the Bartram’s Mile trail, while you’re at it.

3. Free kids tickets at Museum of The American Revolution

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101 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 253-6731
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The Museum of the American Revolution is hosting a long list of activities over Labor Day Weekend starting on Saturday—and kids under 12 will get in for free. They’ll also receive a free back-to-school packet with colored pencils, a coloring book, and of course, a pocket-sized Declaration of Independence.

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4. Pay-what-you-wish at local museums

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100
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Here's your chance to bask in the air-conditioned goodness of the Philadelphia Museum of Art while everyone else is at the shore. This Sunday, September 1 is the museum's Pay-What-You-Wish day—same goes for the nearby Barnes Foundation.

The exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum has columns flanking the entryway and a large courtyard in front. Courtesy of Shutterstock

5. Watch fireworks at Penn's Landing

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Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, September 1 marks the final fireworks show of the summer at Penn’s Landing. But first, enjoy a free concert by the U.S. Army Band Downrange at 8 p.m. The fireworks follow at 9:30 p.m.

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6. Blue Cross RiverRink

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101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-7465
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Labor Day weekend is your last chance to hang out at the Blue Cross River Rink's Summer Fest. Admission to the beach-friendly on the Delaware River Waterfront is free, but you do have to fork over a few bucks to cruise around the roller-skating rink.

7. Yoga on the pier

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Race St & N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-2386
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The free yoga classes on Race Street Pier continue through November 11. Over Labor Day weekend, roll out your mat for yoga with a view on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

8. Hang at Spruce Street Harbor Park

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301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-2386
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Thanks to so much success over the past few years, Spruce Street Harbor Park is open through September 30. So if you just feel like lounging in a hammock all weekend, this is the place to be.

9. Celebrate Labor Day at Franklin Square

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200 N 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 629-4026
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Franklin Square is open all during Labor Day weekend, when you can ““splash in the square” ride the merry go round and more.

There will also be a weekend-long celebration with a chance to ride the  Lightning Bolt Express Train, but it costs $5 for adults and $4 for children.

10. Family movie night at Bartram's Garden

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5400 Lindbergh Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-5281
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Catch up with Bartram’s Garden Friday night for a free movie screening of “Aquaman” with a tour of the garden. The tour starts at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:30.

1. Enjoy Parks on Tap at Clark Park

4300-4398 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The mobile beer garden Parks on Tap will be at Clark Park this weekend, with extended hours on actual Labor Day. It’ll be at the park now through Monday, September 2. Relaxing at the park is free, the food and beer is not.

Want to grill your own grub? Here are 13 Philly parks where you can barbecue and picnic.

4300-4398 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

2. Go boating at Bartram's Garden

5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can grab a boat from Bartram’s Garden and cruise around the Schuylkill River for free. Just note: The boat rides are limited to 30-minute excursions. Take a stroll along the Bartram’s Mile trail, while you’re at it.

5400 Lindbergh Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19143

3. Free kids tickets at Museum of The American Revolution

101 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Courtesy of MoAR

The Museum of the American Revolution is hosting a long list of activities over Labor Day Weekend starting on Saturday—and kids under 12 will get in for free. They’ll also receive a free back-to-school packet with colored pencils, a coloring book, and of course, a pocket-sized Declaration of Independence.

101 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. Pay-what-you-wish at local museums

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
The exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum has columns flanking the entryway and a large courtyard in front. Courtesy of Shutterstock

Here's your chance to bask in the air-conditioned goodness of the Philadelphia Museum of Art while everyone else is at the shore. This Sunday, September 1 is the museum's Pay-What-You-Wish day—same goes for the nearby Barnes Foundation.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

5. Watch fireworks at Penn's Landing

Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA
Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Sunday, September 1 marks the final fireworks show of the summer at Penn’s Landing. But first, enjoy a free concert by the U.S. Army Band Downrange at 8 p.m. The fireworks follow at 9:30 p.m.

Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, PA

6. Blue Cross RiverRink

101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Labor Day weekend is your last chance to hang out at the Blue Cross River Rink's Summer Fest. Admission to the beach-friendly on the Delaware River Waterfront is free, but you do have to fork over a few bucks to cruise around the roller-skating rink.

101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147

7. Yoga on the pier

Race St & N. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The free yoga classes on Race Street Pier continue through November 11. Over Labor Day weekend, roll out your mat for yoga with a view on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Race St & N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. Hang at Spruce Street Harbor Park

301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Thanks to so much success over the past few years, Spruce Street Harbor Park is open through September 30. So if you just feel like lounging in a hammock all weekend, this is the place to be.

301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

9. Celebrate Labor Day at Franklin Square

200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Franklin Square is open all during Labor Day weekend, when you can ““splash in the square” ride the merry go round and more.

There will also be a weekend-long celebration with a chance to ride the  Lightning Bolt Express Train, but it costs $5 for adults and $4 for children.

200 N 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Family movie night at Bartram's Garden

5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Catch up with Bartram’s Garden Friday night for a free movie screening of “Aquaman” with a tour of the garden. The tour starts at 6:30 and the movie starts at 7:30.

5400 Lindbergh Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19143