10 Best places to visit with kids in Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a perfect destination for your kids whether you are going for a short trip or a week-long holiday. There are so many places to visit and activities to take part in with your kids that you can only feel overwhelmed and cherish all the moments of your holiday. The roads can be walked down without increasing much of your traveling expense; you can easily navigate the streets, so it is fully secure and safe to visit with your younger ones as well. There are loads of adventures waiting for you and your kids and
here is the list of twenty such places which you must visit with your little one when in Philly.
The Franklin Institute: If your kid is already a scientist in the making or even if he or she has a love for science, then in Philly the first place you must make him or her visit is The Franklin Institute. It has different departments but for the visitors, the museum is the place which is open from 9.30am to 7 pm and the tickets are really cheap. A lot to see and explore in this museum like the terracotta warriors which is one of the significant discoveries from the past. Then there are shows portraying breakthrough inventions and discoveries in science and in the world. There are daily and weekly shows as well and you need to plan your visit according to the timing of the show which you want to catch. There are different exhibitions continuously taking place in the museum which your kid will enjoy. From escape rooms to 3D printing, everything is under one roof of the museum for utmost entertainment as well as knowledge gain session of your child.
Adventure Aquarium: If your kid loves sea and water-bodies and life within it, then this place can be a wonderland of aquatic life for them. Whether your kid is small or grown-up, they can enjoy different forms of sea creatures and sea life here in Adventure Aquarium which is open all around the year. There are sharks but don’t be scared, no hard will be caused to your child as every precautionary measure are there for the safety of the families and the child. From penguins to water birds, to turtles, stingrays, reptiles, and even crocodiles are there which you can see and explore a lot about them from the guides over there.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: The museum offers best views of the whole city at large so when you and your kid is done with exploring the historic collections inside the museum, you can let your child go around the museum and view the city from some of the beautiful angles. There are artworks from the past which are collected and showcased, and then there are different shows which you can watch with your kid in the museum. There are almost 2, 40,000 collections of different pieces of arts and sculptures from different places which can amaze you and your kid and so much you can learn from this place which makes this place a must visit one when in Philly.
Smith Playground: For the children under the age of 10, this place can be a great attraction. It is located within the East Fairmount Park and is famous for its huge slide made of woods and is there for more than a century. There is over fifty equipments for the kids of all age to play and cherish the day. A 24000sqft of playhouse which is a dream for every kid and lots of other amusements. It is one of the most treasured places of Philly, especially for the children.
Independence National Historical Park: Philly is full of historical places and so much to explore here that none of the days of your holiday can be wastage of time or money. This place is cobblestoned and when you with your kid walk through it you can learn about the colonial history of America and the different political events of the past. This place is comprised of blocks of twenty cities. When you get to the Independence Hall, there is the Liberty Bell Centre and this is the place where the constitution was signed after Independence. There are other free attractions at this place which you can cover as well.
The Philadelphia Zoo: The Philadelphia is not only the first Zoo in America but also the first conservation center for the animals in the country. This place is home to more than thirteen hundreds of animals out of which many are endangered and unique or rare. More than 1.2 million of visitors visit this zoo in a year and it is a complete family destination when you are in There are loads and loads of giraffes, cheetahs, monkeys, big cats – tigers and lions to amuse your kid all through the day.
The Philadelphia Mint: The Mint at Philadelphia is a major attraction for all the ages and for the kids, it is full of amusements. There are free tours which are conducted at this place and it is fascinating. The tours are comprised of the recent place where the coins are made or manufactured. Then the history of the mints is also told to the visitors. The tour also includes a complete description of manufacturing of a coin. You and your child can learn about the craftsmanship of the coins and how they are made, what are the required elements to produce coins etc. The experience can be really overwhelming and that is why you shouldn’t miss out on this place.
National Constitution Centre: This place is a definite visit for the kids who love to ask questions. They can ask different questions on the government’s working, how it is formed and ran etc. There are televised debates, activities like Pennsylvania Flag Finding, vote casting, playing hail to the Chief or acting to be the president can amuse your kid a lot. There are many other activities which can be done here and a lot to learn about the American government and the constitution.
Sesame Place: This is a place which is full of amusement for your kid. From playing in the water to the dry lands to watching different parades and the shows conducted here to eating all they want and love and playing with the furry, colorful Sesame Place is full of colors, cartoon characters coming live in front of your kids and making them go crazy is all they want, isn’t it?
Please Touch Museum: If your kid loves Alice’s Wonderland and want to play amid of the same, then this is the place where you need to bring him or her. The museum is situated in the Memorial Hall of Fairmount Park and spread across the two huge stories of the building. Here you can find exhibits which will interact with your kid, carousel which is almost 100 years old but completely restored to your child. Then there is various hands-on funs like River adventures etc.
Franklin Square: It is one of the five Philly’s original Squares and is definitely the best place to visit with your kids. There is a carousel in which the kids can take rides, there are other adventures awaiting them in the park. There is an eighteen-hole small or mini golf course for the kids. Here you can assist your child to play golf and the grounds are marked with major attractions of the city such as Elfreth’s Alley etc. which makes the game more interesting.
Spruce Street Harbour Park: For the summer times, this is a must visit place in Philadelphia for both parents and the kids. The waterfront on the Delaware River has a great scenic view as well and it is one of the most popular urban beaches in the city of America. It is rather an oasis on the outer part of the waterfront with hammocks, palm trees, arcades and what not.
Morris Arboretum: A 92 acres area, full of trees, birds, canopies, what else do you need? The young adults and kids can climb the roped trees, explore the nests of the birds, there are even exhibitions for nests of different birds which you can visit. There are activities like “conservation quest” in which your kid can take part in. You can also conduct the walking tours all along the arboretum.
Sister Cities Park: If your kid is a water baby and you are too in love with water then during the summer, you can visit this part which is full of the pebbled surface with water all around and go splashing and enjoy the heat of the summer. There is also beautifully landscaped hills will lot of fountains all around to enjoy the summer days with your kids. There are all sorts of arrangements already available for you that are from the kiosk to the lifesaving jackets sunscreens etc.
Museum of American Revolution: Another place to learn about the history of America is The Museum of American revolution which is located in Philly. It is situated in the historic district of the city and it offers free admission to the little kids under the age of 5 years and there are discounts for the older ones. This place is full of activities as well as one can play various roles on the deck of the warship etc., join hands with the Sons of Liberty etc.
Camden Children’s Garden: This is a place which offers different horticulture activities and experiences to the kids and their parents. The place is open from April to December and it is comprised of three main attractions which are in the indoor section and they are the butterfly house, Ben Franklin’s Workshop and the Tropical Plaza De Aibonito.
Indoor Children’s Garden At Longwood Gardens: Another Horticulture and farming destination for the kids to explore. The bamboo maze or the dodge the drooling dragon are some of the most lauded attraction in this place. In the most of October, there is Pumpkin Playground for the kids which are made by the playground authority. There is also a fountain of flowers which really worth a visit.
Blue Cross River Rink: If your kid loves skating and you are also fond of it, you can go to the Blue Cross River Rink which is on the waterfront at Penn’s Landing. It is open to the visitors and the guests during the summer fests for roller-skating or rollerblading in the rink. During the winters, ice-skating is the thing to enjoy here in the rink.
Academy of Natural Sciences: This is a Place for the kids who love nature and want to explore more of it. There are skeletons of dinosaurs, a garden full of butterflies and other birds and loads of historical sculptures and dioramas to amuse the kids as well as the parents. A lot to learn from this place about the history of America and around the world.
Storytelling benches in the Historic District: Hardly there is any kid who doesn’t love listening to stories, right? So there are thirteen such benches spread across the historic district of the Philadelphia where experienced storytellers tell tales about the history of America, various forgotten events and secrets from the past to the little kids and even tot the grownups. Kids who collect the hidden star stamps in or around the benches can get a free ride of the carousel at the Franklin Square.
So, the next time you are visiting Philly with your kid, don’t miss out on these twenty places as they can really make your day or holidays a mesmerizing one.