Of all the cities in the US, Philadelphia is one of the very best ones to bring your family. There is so much to do here for people of all ages, no matter what the season. It’s one of the birthplaces of America, so not only is there so much to do but your kids can learn about the nation’s history as well through plenty of interactive exhibits and landmarks. There are tons of great interactive exhibits here for kids, which is what makes Philly one of the best places to bring your whole family. Rather than walking around and looking at things they can’t touch, kids are encouraged to get involved at the museums and parks here, which will keep them entertained for hours. So if you’re looking for a great place to bring the family for your next holiday, stop researching and start creating your list of things to do in Philly, starting with our ideas.
This is one of Philly’s five original colonial squares, and it’s a great hub in the city with plenty to see and do. There is always something going on here, and lots of attractions that kids will love. There’s a playground, carousel and a picnic area where you can bring some food and relax to do some people-watching. After lunch, perfect your stroke at the mini-golf course and grab an ice cream cone. You can really spend most of the day in and around Franklin Square, exploring all the fun activities and eating the great food in the area.(Image by IntangibleArts)
Please Touch Museum
How could you not love a museum that asks you to please touch? Kids learn best when they can be tactile, and they will love the chance to grab, squeeze and run their hands all over everything in this museum. They won’t even realize how much they’re learning at the same time! Here they’ll find an incredible Alice in Wonderland exhibit and a carousel modeled after the 1920s.
This is a great place to visit when you want to leave the city for the afternoon. Head to Linvilla Orchards to learn about where your food comes from, and pick your own crops. If you go in the fall months, you can take the kids to the pumpkin patch where they can pick out a pumpkin and go on a hay ride. There’s a small train for kids to ride and a great farmers’ market that parents will love.
The zoo is a great place to take the whole family in Philly. And this is one of the oldest in the country, at 150 years old! The kids will absolutely love checking out the big cats at Big Cat falls, the birds at the Avian Center and the monkeys in the Primate Reserve. You might want to think about taking public transportation here since parking can be a nightmare – the human version of the zoo!
Remember Sesame Street? If your kids are a fan of the classic show, you can’t miss the chance to bring them to Sesame Place where they can relive all their favorite characters. Sesame Place is a bit north of the city, about 30 miles, so you’ll get a chance to see another area. The kids will love meeting Elmo, Big Bird and all their other favorites, then they have the chance to cool down in the Count’s Splash Castle after a hot day!
Philly is a great city to watch sports events, and your whole family will love getting in on the action. You can pick up some Philadelphia Phillies Tickets to see the baseball team, a great activity to do in summertime. Grab some peanuts and garlic fries, pick up a jersey from your favorite player, and you’re all set to cheer on the team. Or you can pick up some Philadelphia Flyers tickets if you’re into hockey! It’s another great sport that the kids will really enjoy.
Camden Adventure Aquarium
Over 200,000 square feet of marine life awaits you and your family at this awesome adventure aquarium. The kids will be spellbound at the hippos, sharks and even crocodiles that live here. When you head down to the shark tunnel, you will literally have Jaws right over your shoulder! It’s a great way to really experience marine life in an interactive way. Kids can learn all about their favorite animals and the bravest of brave can even reserve the chance to swim with sharks (don’t worry, it’s safe!).
This is another great place for kids to learn as they play. Adults will love it, too! The Franklin Institute presents science in a fun and fascinating way, and has been a favorite of families for 80 years in Philly. Kids will experience science in a life-size and fully interactive way, and can watch movies in the IMAX theater.
Smith Playhouse and Playground
In East Fairmount Park you’ll find this incredible park that’s been open for more than a century. The wooded parkland is magical in itself, spreading across six acres and really feels like a respite from city life. But in this park is an amazing 4-story play mansion that’s unlike anything kids will ever find! There’s a huge wooden slide that’s 44 feet long, and giant play equipment like a huge teeter-totter and jungle gyms. Kids can literally be entertained here for days. And admission is free! So while the kids are having the time of their life here, you can enjoy the relaxing park and natural scenery, a calm break from sightseeing in Philly.(Image by monica_tulip)
Camden Children’s Garden
Yet another great interactive space for children, the Camden Children’s Garden is run by a non-profit organization which aims to spread knowledge and appreciation for community gardening. So here, kids will get the chance to get their hands dirty learning about gardening and plants, and even planting their own seeds. There’s also super exciting areas like the Dinosaur Garden, Tree House and a great picnic area where you can bring lunch.
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