Since July is National Ice Cream month, it’s only fitting that we close out this tourist series, with a fun fact and a trip to Philadelphia’s famous Franklin Fountain.
The Franklin Fountain, located at 116 Market Street in Old City/Society Hill, is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that not only gives you a refreshing kick on a hot day, but also takes you back in time. It doesn’t matter that the fountain opened in 2004; a trip inside makes you feel like you’ve time-traveled back to America’s past.
The Fountain serves homemade ice cream in a variety of Americana flavors, such as vanilla bean, chocolate, cherry vanilla, peanut butter, Franklin mint chip, chocolate chip, Hydrox cookie, teaberry gum, black raspberry, coconut, peach, banana, strawberry, green tea, pistachio, butter pecan, maple walnut, rum raisin, coffee and cotton candy. It also caters to the modern taste with gluten-free and vegan choices. The bakery and coffee and tea selections make the Franklin Fountain and all around dessert oasis.
The interesting twist is that when the summer winds down and the seasons change to autumn and winter, the Fountain changes right along with it. They serve their famous ice cream year round, but the menu is enhanced with cold weather delights such as European Drinking Chocolate, Wilbur’s Hot Cocoa, their own line of hot sodas, and their specialty, the hot milkshake, an invention not available anywhere else in the world.
After a day of touring Old City, or working in one of the many surrounding office buildings like me, it’s a real treat to visit the Franklin Fountain. They are open every day from 11 a.m. to midnight.
This concludes the lunchtime tourist series for summer 2013. Be sure to check out the other options, as these excursions are perfect if you want to explore Philly on your lunch hour (and work downtown), or if you’re a visitor with an hour or so to spare.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Wanamaker Organ
The City Tavern and McGillin’s Olde Ale House
The Philadelphia History Museum
The Italian Market
The Reading Terminal Market