How to Spend a Day in Philly on a Budget

The only thing better than a day in Philly is a day in Philly on the cheap.

Home to outstanding restaurants, riveting art, and dynamic and diverse neighborhoods, Philadelphia is one of the world’s must-visit destinations. (Just ask the folks at Condé Nast Traveler and TIME.)

As the world continues to recover from COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to get out and explore, support small businesses, discover new attractions and revisit familiar favorites.

Locals and visitors can experience the best Philly has to offer on a budget. Many top attractions are totally free and offer impressive discounts, and with a food scene as varied as ours, there’s always a deal to be found.

Visit a top museum at no cost, fill up on Philly’s most iconic foods, sip a delicious craft beer at a local brewery, venture through a historic garden and ride a Ferris wheel. Do it all for less than $30 per person!

For starters, check out the Free Parking Saturday deal and discounted attraction tickets at the Independence Visitor Center. Not driving? The Philly PHLASH, Indego Bike Share and SEPTA make getting around easy and affordable.

And with all the money you’ll save on activities, consider spending the night! Extend the fun of with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and enjoy another day (or two) in Philadelphia.

Of course, exploring Philly is a bit different right now. Mask-wearing is strongly recommended for all individuals in indoor public spaces, and advance tickets or reservations remain recommended or necessary at many spots. Your best bet: Plan ahead. Read more right here.

Keep reading for five awesome ways to spend a day in Philly on $30 or less.

Note: This article was last updated on July 26, 2021.

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