Franklin Square is one of my favorite summertime destinations in Philadelphia. Upon stepping foot in the Square you will feel like you have been transported back to the 1950s and 1960s with its old fashioned food and its wholesome entertainment.
The park itself features a working carousel, over-sized fountains, old-fashioned diner food, playground, and a Philadelphia-themed mini-golf course. The 18-hole mini-golf course lets golfers putt through favorite Philadelphia icons, such as Elfreth's Alley, Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Philadelphia Museum of Art, LOVE statue, Chinatown Friendship Gate, Boat House Row, and more. On the 18th hole, you can putt right through the crack in the Liberty Bell!
Stephen Starr's SquareBurger features some of the best hamburgers in town, topped with American cheese, fried onions and pickle relish. "The Philly Dog" features kosher all-beef hot dogs that are wrapped in kosher salami, with onions, cherry peppers, plum tomatoes and mustard. Since I am the dessert King of Philadelphia, I of course, love the milkshakes! Their famous "Cake Shake" features Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpet® and butterscotch sauce. It is topped with Heath Bar crumbles.
Sporting a new Phillies outfit, I went for lunch to enjoy the beautiful weather and beat the summertime crowds. I have been to the Square and eaten at SquareBurger many times. However, I have never actually had a "Cake Shake." It was something worth waiting for! The pieces of Tastykake were not only plentiful, but they were huge! It is definitely something I will return for in the near future. (I actually already have it on my calendar for next week!) I also plan on returning for a round of mini-golf followed by SquareBurgers famous "Birthday Bonanza Double Scoop Sunday!"
If you are looking for something to do in the summer, a way to play hooky on your lunch break, or a great spot for a unique "first date," check out Franklin Square. Square activities are open until Labor Day. Sign-up for special event notifications, changes of hours, and park news by visiting their website at historicphiladelphia.org/day/franklin-square/