- The list below includes 191 free or cheap things to do in or near Wilmington, Delaware, including 102 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, Movie Theaters, Art Museum and Specialty Museums.
- From Bellevue State Park to Brandywine Creek State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Wilmington and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Newark, Philadelphia, West Chester and New Castle.
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens features an art gallery, community art center, and a unique mosaic art environment by artist Isaiah Zagar. Visitors will find a wide variety of artwork on display, as well as art classes and educational programs.
95% 4607 votes
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 MoreLess Info
The Philadelphia Museum of Art contains over 227,000 objects, mostly European and American art. The museum also hosts about 25 special exhibitions each year, and the steps in front of the museum often serve as a backdrop for concerts.
92% 3394 votes
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130 MoreLess Info
The Barnes Foundation has a collection of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, African sculptures and paintings, in addition to a collection of Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles. The foundation also has an arboretum featuring 2,000 species of woody plants and trees.
Since 1824, visitors have been learning about science at the Franklin Institute. Permanent exhibits at the science museum include electricity, changing earth, aviation and technology, and the giant heart, while some of the items that can be viewed include five telescopes, space suits, and trains.
62% 237 votes
222 N 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 MoreLess Info
The Franklin Institute Science Museum is a lively, hands-on museum and educational activity center for kids and adults alike. The museum, with its many interactive exhibits, planetarium, and theaters is open daily and on weekends.
78% 45 votes
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 MoreLess Info
Located in the middle of the city, Logan Circle provides a serene heart to a bustling city. The circle contains parks, a beautiful fountain that is one of the sites main attractions, soft grass, and an array of flowers to enjoy.
90% 915 votes
Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19101 MoreLess Info
There are approximately 124 sculptures within the Rodin Museum including the famous piece known as 'The Thinker.' This museum is considered to be home to the greatest collection of Rodin outside of Paris itself.
94% 3644 votes
2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130 MoreLess Info
When the Eastern State Penitentiary was built in 1829 it was the largest and most expensive public structure ever built, and served as a model to over 300 other prisons of how to reform prisoners instead of punish them. Visitors can take a one-hour tour.
The Hard Rock Café in Philadelphia offers fun, food, and music for the whole family. A themed menu, music memorabilia, and live entertainment from bands and the wait staff all make Hard Rock one of the biggest restaurant attractions in the city.