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Top 10 Things to do in Philadelphia with Kids Off the Beaten Path

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Once you’ve visited the main historical sites in Philadelphia like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, think about getting off the beaten path and trying these 10 unique things to do in Philadelphia with kids.

1. Run up the “Rocky steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

If you’ve seen the movie Rocky, you’re familiar with his run up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Even if kids haven’t seen the movie, climbing the steps and checking out the view is a fun activity. And it’s interesting to note, the Rocky steps are the second most visited movie location in the entire world!

2. Ride the Ducks in Philadelphia

Ride the Ducks is a land and sea tour where you can see the major Philadelphia attractions and also take a boat ride on the Delaware River. It’s a great way for even young kids to see the major sites and a view of the city from the water. Ticketing and boarding is near the Liberty Bell at 6th and Chestnut Streets.

3. Play Miniature Golf and Ride the Carousel at Franklin Square

Franklin Square at 6th and Race Streets is close to the historical sites and has all the fun activities kids love! You can ride a carousel and bring a picnic or eat at Squareburger. And one of our favorite activities is playing mini golf on a course built with miniature versions of Philadelphia’s icons like the Liberty Bell and Boathouse Row.

4.  Eat a Cheesesteak

It’s hard to imagine bringing kids to Philadelphia and not trying a cheesesteak. The two best-known restaurants are Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks which are located across the street from each other in South Philadelphia. Jim’s Cheesesteaks on South Street is another good choice within walking distance of the historical sites.

5. Tour the National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center is an interactive museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution.  Although the original signed version of the U.S. Constitution is in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., you can view one of the few original printed copies here at the museum. The center is located in historic Old City near the Liberty Bell and has live performances and great games for elementary school kids.

Unique things to do in Philadelphia off the beaten path - National Constitution Center

Visiting the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is one of the unique and educational things to do in Philadelphia with kids.

6. Buy a Philly Pretzel from a Street Vendor

Buying a Philly soft pretzel off the street is the best way to try this snack. They are large enough to share with a generous topping of salt. You will see the vendors on many street corners in the historic district.

7. Visit the Adventure Aquarium

The Adventure Aquarium is located right across the river from downtown Philadelphia in Camden, NJ. Two exciting exhibits are Adventure Aquarium’s Shark Tunnel and Great Hammerhead shark. It has been ranked as one of the two best aquariums in the East (along with Baltimore’s National Aquarium) by the Travel Channel.

8. Explore the Pennsylvania Hospital Museum

Pennsylvania Hospital was our nation’s first hospital and was co-founded by Benjamin Franklin. The museum is located at 8th and Spruce Streets and focuses on historic medicine and surgery. As long as your kids have a stomach for old medical devices and the idea of surgery without anesthesia, they will find this interesting and will be grateful for modern medicine.

9. Take a Playground Break at Three Bears Park

Located on Delancey and 4th Streets, this playground is located in a residential area and offers new play sets, soft surface mats, and shady benches. Just steps away from the historic sites, it offers families a nice spot for a little playing between tours.

Three Bears Park in Philadelphia

If you need a break from sightseeing in Philadelphia, check out Three Bears Park near historic Old City.

10. Relax in Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is beautiful urban square with plenty of park benches and places to run around. I can’t say why, but the most popular meeting place for kids is the giant frog sculpture. Almost any time of day you will find kids climbing on it or playing with chalk or jump ropes nearby and the square makes a perfect rest spot for families while sightseeing.

With these unique ideas for things to do with kids in Philadelphia, we hope you and your family will have fun exploring the city in a new way.

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