Fun Things to do in Philadelphia with Kids
Philadelphia is called the City of Brotherly Love and there is plenty to love about a weekend in this historic city! Here are some recommendations for fun things to do in Philadelphia with kids when you have only two days.
Day 1: Walking Tour of Old City, Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
Seeing the historic sites of Philadelphia is a must, so start your day in historic Old City. First, visit the Independence Visitor Center located in Independence National Historical Park to pick up free timed tickets for a tour of Independence Hall later in the day. You can also order tickets online in advance and then pick them up when you arrive in the morning.
Second, start your walking tour of Old City making sure to see the Betsy Ross Home, Elfreth’s Alley and Congress Hall. A fun choice for lunch is City Tavern at the corner of 2nd Street and Walnut Street. It is a historic tavern where George Washington once dined! The servers dress is historic costumes and provide interesting facts about the restaurant.
After lunch head to the Liberty Bell to take a look at this important American icon and then cross the plaza to get in line for your tour of Independence Hall. You will need to go through a security check-point 30 minutes before your scheduled tour so be sure to leave enough time. The guided tour takes about 30 minutes and really brings history to life for kids who have studied these events in school.
After a busy day it’s time to head to a welcoming hotel like The Inn at Penn which is located near Center City at the edge of the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. For dinner, a great choice is Pod, which is located right next door to the Inn at Penn. This Asian-fusion restaurant owned by well-known Philly restauranteur Stephen Starr offers sushi and upscale Asian food in a modern, colorful environment. It is great for kids who are able to sit through dinner at a non-fast food restaurant and if you go early, ask for a “pod” where the kids can change the colors of the lighting in your private dining nook! If you’d like to explore the area after dinner it’s an easy walk through the campus at the University of Pennsylvania.
Day 2: The Franklin Institute and Rittenhouse Square
Now that you have seen Old City, today pick a museum to explore in-depth. One I recommend is the The Franklin Institute which is a science and learning museum with a variety of exhibits and interactive experiences for kids. Adults and kids will all learn about the brain, the heart, and how science affects sports.
You can eat lunch in the museum or walk to nearby Rittenhouse Square for lunch at family-friendly Devon Seafood Grill right on the square. Although seafood is their specialty there are non-seafood kid favorites as well. Then take a few minutes to relax on a park bench in Rittenhouse Square. If you have more energy for walking, be sure to stroll down Walnut Street with a variety of stores and cafes.
There are so many historical and educational activities in the area, and these are just a few ideas for fun things to do in Philadelphia with kids if you have a day or two.
Hopefully you will enjoy your trip and return again to see different sites.
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