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40 Things to Do in Philly for $10 or Less

Published On 11/09/2015 Published On 11/09/2015
Magic Gardens | Flickr/SBC9

Is your wallet feeling a bit thin after trying out all of the city’s best new restaurants? Worry not, fellow Philadelphian. It’s entirely possible to have a great time around town without breaking the bank. Feeling skeptical? Here are 40 things you can do in Philly for less than a 10-spot. Start rounding up those quarters.
 

1. Tour the Magic Gardens

South St
Price: $7
Take a nice, mesmerizing stroll through Isaiah Zagar’s mosaic masterpiece on South St.
 

2. Pay what you wish at the Art Museum

Art Museum
Price: $1-$10
Pay what you want (but don’t cheap out!) at the Art Museum every first Sunday and Wednesday night of the month.
 

3. Pay 1990s movie prices at Cinemark’s Discount Day

University City
Price: $5.50
Going to the movies definitely ain’t cheap anymore. That is unless you head to the Cinemark in University City for $5.50 tickets on Tuesdays, which you totally should.

Flickr/Franklin Smith

4. Snake two 30-minute bike trips around the city with Indego

Citywide
Price: $8 for an hour
Got somewhere to go? Rentals from Indego are definitely cheaper than an Uber trip, plus you’ll get to pedal around places you might not have ever noticed from the backseat of a cab.
 

5. Drown your sorrows with the citywide special

Citywide
Price: Less than $7
Drinking on the cheap is pretty easy in Philly when $7 (or less) will get you a shot and a beer at pretty much every bar in the city.

Dos Tacos

6. Stuff your face with some economically friendly eats

Citywide
Price: Under $10
Looking to chow down on the cheap? How about one of our picks from the 15 best cheap eats under $10?
 

7. First Fridays in Old City

Old City
Price: Free
On the first Friday of every month, Old City’s art galleries hold an open house that oftentimes includes a free drink (or two).
 

8. Get a half-dozen oysters at the Olde Bar during happy hour

Old City
Price: $6 for six oysters
Granted, you could get up to 10 oysters for your Hamilton, but c’mon. Gotta leave some money for a tip.

Flickr/benjamin scott

9. Take a self-guided tour of the Betsy Ross House

Old City
Price: $5
Did she actually sew the first American Flag? Maybe. Perhaps it’s about time you find out.
 

10. Ice skate in front of City Hall at the Rothman Ice Rink

Center City
Price: $5
Assuming you have your own set of skates (rentals will set you back $9), you can skate until your legs fall off all winter long.

Flickr/jpellgen

11. See the Liberty Bell or Independance Hall

Old City
Price: $1.50 for reserved tickets, free for walk-ups
Be a tourist in your own town and actually see the Liberty Bell and/or inside of Independence Hall, ya know, instead of just casually walking by it.
 

12. Use that (valid?) student ID to visit the Penn Museum

University City
Price: $10
Assuming you are a current student (or still have your old student ID), you can get a discounted admission to the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
 

13. Visit the Barnes on the first Sunday for free admission

Logan Square
Price: Free
The normally $22 tickets to the Barnes are free on the first Sunday of every month... or you could use that “valid” student ID for $10 admission all month long.

Instagram/discover_phl

14. Take Instagram-worthy shots atop the observation deck at city hall

Center City
Price: $6
For $6, you can get a 360° view of the city from what used to be the highest point in town.
 

15. Take a run with the Pig Trotters and get some free bacon

Fairmount
Price: $3 drinks
Every third Tuesday of the month, take a three- to five-mile run with the Vetri Pig Trotters and fuel up after with $3 beers, food specials, and the occasional free bacon.
 

16. Go spend $10 at the Franklin Flea

Market East
Price: $10
If you’ve got 10 bones to spend, you could do a lot worse than finding a cool antique or vintage item at the Franklin Flea.
 

17. Sample free beer and tour Philadelphia Brewing Company

Kensington
Price: Free
Tours are free on Saturdays (only), as are the beer samples.

The Original Thunderbird Steakhouse

18. Eat a world-renowned cheesesteak

Citywide
Price: $7-$10
They’re famous for a damn good reason... but make sure you pick a good one.
 

19. Go hiking in Wissahickon Park

Manayunk
Price: Free
Just outside Manayunk there are more than 50 miles of free trails to hike. Pick one.
 

20. Catch a free show at the Kimmel Center, grab a happy hour drink at Volver

Avenue of the Arts
Price: $6-$10
Have a high-class night for the price of an extra value meal at McDonald’s.

Flickr/Brian Brewer

21. See some amateur comedy at Helium Comedy Club

Rittenhouse Square
Price: $5
Most of the shows with real performers will cost you more than $10, but tickets for open mic night are a whole lot cheaper (who knows, you could see the next Aziz Ansari).
 

22. See a Sixers game

South Philly
Price: $10
With Okafor now on the court, $10 may actually be a bargain.
 

23. Figure out namaste at Philly Yoga Factory

Rittenhouse Square
Price: Pay what you want
Most yoga classes are at least $10 a pop, but at the Philly Yoga Factory, you can pay whatever you want.

North Bowl

24. Roll a 300 at North Bowl

Northern Liberties
Price: $4.95 for one game, $4.40 for shoe rentals
Actually, if you can bowl a 300 you probably have your own pair of bowling shoes...
 

25. View some contemporary art at the ICA

University City
Price: Free
Bet you didn’t even know there was an Institute of Contemporary Art (at UPenn) -- well there is, and it’s free. It also features some pretty superb exhibitions.
 

26. Have a drink with some live music at the Twisted Tail

Queen Village
Price: $5-10
With the recent closing of Legendary Dobbs, Twisted Tail is absolutely the best spot to catch live music on South St.
 

27. Find a new (used) book at Book Trader

Old City
Price: $1-$10
Because reading books is still cool, find something new to read at Old City’s biggest used bookstore.

Dan McKay/Thrillist

28. Grab lunch at one of Philly’s best food trucks

Citywide
Price: $5-$10
Choices range from tacos to waffles to waffle fries to... well, there’s A LOT of choices.
 

29. Movie Mondays at the Troc

Chinatown
Price: $3
Every Monday night, catch a classic movie and get a $3 food/drink credit.
 

30. Drinks and Quizzo at Fergie’s

Gayborhood
Price: $5-$10
Show off your trivia skills and enjoy a few pints at Fergie’s Pub.
 

31. Tour Edgar Allan Poe’s house

Callowhill
Price: Free
Quoth the Raven, “It’s free.”

Flickr/Thefuturistics

32. Visit the Mummers Museum

South Philly
Price: $3.50
It’s a little dinky, but come on, where else can you see a museum dedicated to Philly’s favorite social groups?
 

33. Dollar taco night at Loco Pez

Fishtown
Price: $1
With $10, you can get 10 tacos -- that’s cheaper than Taco Bell.
 

34. Tour the Linc

South Philly
Price: $8-$10
Because this is the closest you’ll ever get to the field without the chance of getting arrested.
 

35. Put it all on black at SugarHouse

Northeast Philly
Price: $10
Granted there are smarter ways to gamble $10, but you could always let it ride at SugarHouse... and be sure to show us a cut if you end up winning big.

Flickr/phillyimprovtheater

36. Catch a show at the Philly Improv

Rittenhouse Square
Price: $8-$10
Amateur actors = amateur prices at the Philly Improv.
 

37. Wine tasting at Pinot Boutique

Old City
Price: $8
Sample two red, two white, and one dessert wine -- all from PA and with free snacks -- during Wino Wednesdays at Pinot Boutique.
 

38. Listen to a free recital at the Curtis Institute of Music

Rittenhouse Square
Price: Free
Hear some of the country's best young classical musicians for free every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Curtis Institute.
 

39. Thursday night drag show at Bob & Barbara’s

Graduate Hospital
Price: $7
Come see Miss Lisa and other performers at the original home of the citywide special -- entry also gets you your first drink.
 

40. See the stars during Night Skies

Logan Square
Price: $5
Once a month, head to the Bloom Observatory at the Franklin Institute for a lecture and some serious stargazing through the observatory's five rooftop telescopes.

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Dan’s top pick for your $10 are tacos at Loco Pez -- on dollar taco night, $10 can get you a lot of tacos. You can follow him on Twitter/Instagram at @dannypageviews.

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