Visit the Main Line in Philadelphia with Kids
The Main Line is an affluent suburb of Philadelphia that is made up of a number of small towns located along the former “Main Line” train line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. These western suburbs of Philadelphia have rolling hills, classic stone houses and many family-friendly activities and restaurants. Here are some ideas for places to eat and things to do on the Main Line with your family.
Fun Things to do on the Main Line with Kids
Valley Forge National Historic Park
Valley Forge Park in the western Main Line is a national park where George Washington’s Continental Army camped from 1777 to 1778. Admission to the park is free and families can see historical cabins, canons and monuments. There are miles of trails for walking and appreciating this part of history. Kids events such as “Join the Continental Army” take place throughout the year and all information is available on their website.
Riverbend Environmental Education Center
Riverbend Environmental Education Center is a 30-acre nature preserve located in Gladwyne in the heart of the Main Line. They seek to educate children and families with engaging environmental education. You can wander through the trails and nature preserve or attend a children’s program on topics including plants, bird watching, or astronomy.
Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum is a hands-on children’s museum located in the renovated Memorial Hall (a National Historic Landmark) in Fairmount Park right outside of Philadelphia near the Main Line. The museum is geared toward children 7 years-old and younger and has fabulous interactive areas, play spaces and special exhibits. There is also a 100-year old carousel.
Best Main Line Restaurants for Families
Tango in Bryn Mawr is located on the Main Line train track and one of the dining rooms is even built like a dining car on a real train! If there are train lovers in your family, they will love watching the trains whiz by and everyone will appreciate the contemporary menu. This is a more sophisticated sit down restaurant but families are welcome.
Gullifty’s is a well-known restaurant in Bryn Mawr that has been going strong since 1975. It has a large indoor dining area and an outdoor space that is open in warmer months. The food is American with plenty of options for kids. We have been there with special kids’ events going on like face-painting, and it is easy to see why it has previously been named a “Best Place for Kids” by Main Line Today.
Christopher’s: A Neighborhood Place is a family-friendly American restaurant in Wayne, PA. Another Main Line Today “Best Place for Kids,” Christopher’s has a “casually classic” interior and a menu with great choices for kids. If anyone in your family has food allergies like we do, it’s nice to know they offer a range of nut-free and gluten-free items and they can accommodate many allergies.
Ardmore Farmer’s Market
Ardmore Farmer’s Market is located in Ardmore next to Suburban Square shopping center. It’s a great spot for a quick and casual lunch or snack with kids. Choose from the 20 vendors including Di Brunos Bros for deli meats, Sushi Sei and Cupcakes Gourmet. Note, it is closed on Mondays.
Connected to Peace-A-Pizza in Rosemont is one of our favorite local treat spots, Hope’s Cookies. The all-natural cookies and muffins are known on the Main Line as a tasty treat or hostess gift. My favorites include classic Chocolate Chip and Heath Bar Crunch.
A Great Place to Stay
For a family friendly hotel convenient to the Main Line check out Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue. This property is located next to Bala Cynwyd, the first “stop” on the Main Line. It is also close to center city Philadelphia.
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