Duration: Three days and two nights
Take a trip of wonder and imagination through the City of Brotherly Love with the perfect family getaway. With stops at Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Zoo, your kids will experience exhibits designed with their energy and excitement in mind. So whether venturing through Wonderland or saying hello to some exotic tigers, the only ‘to-do’ on this trip’s agenda is to have fun. And if you want to add a little learning to the mix, we’ve got you covered. As the birthplace of independence, Philadelphia has a lot to offer history buffs of all ages. From Independence Hall to the Liberty Bell, make your way through the history of our nation one stop at a time. And when all that fun and learning works up an appetite for great food? Well, Philly’s got that under control. All roads lead to a great time.
In a city known for impressive museums for grown-ups, Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia offers something a little different - a kid-friendly environment. Around here, it's not only okay if kids touch and interact with the exhibits, it's encouraged. Everything is designed with kids under seven in mind. Kids can make their way down the rabbit hole in the Wonderland exhibit, solving riddles and experimenting with optical illusions along the way. After they've finished their rounds at the Children's Hospital medical center, swing by the City Capers grocery store to pick up a few things before heading off to the Rainforest. Yes, you read that right.
The Rainforest Rhythm exhibit gives kids the chance to become tropical musicians with conga drums and jungle animals all around. But the only passport they'll need for this trip is their imagination. Looking for something a bit more out of this world? The Flight Fantasy exhibit lets kids act as mission control and even create their own rockets and explore distant planets as an astronaut in the Space Station exhibit.
And no trip to Please Touch Museum is complete without a ride (or several) on the Dentzel Carousel. The historic carousel was created in 1908 and now resides in its own 9,000 square-foot pavilion on the east side of Memorial Hall.Read More >
Philly is a town of firsts, and the Philadelphia Zoo is no exception. Just minutes from the Please Touch Museum, it's the first zoo in America, and has grown to the point of welcoming 1.1 million visitors a year. Get up close and personal with lions, tigers, jaguars, pumas and leopards at it's newest exhibit, Bank of America Big Cat Falls. Or soar 400 feet above the city on the Channel 6 Zoo Balloon. There's even a petting zoo for the kids as well as pony rides. Around here, there's a full day's worth of wildlife to enjoy, and your kids will get a kick out of every second. Gorillas, polar bears and giant river otters - oh my!Read More >
Since first opening its doors in 1892, this historic farmer's market has been a favorite of locals as well as visitors. Stop in, grab lunch - and maybe a fresh baked cookie or two - then check out the unique crafts from around the world. And then get right back to it. As it's located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, it fits perfectly into any itinerary.Read More >
After a day full of flying to the moon, visiting a rainforest, riding a pony and spending time with exotic animals, wind down at the Windsor Suites in downtown Philadelphia. With fully-equipped kitchens in spacious studio and one-bedroom suites, the rooms feel just like home.Read More >
You can spend years reading about the birth of our country, or you can spend a day reliving it. Step foot inside the Assembly Room in Independence Hall where the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin once met, and where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Tour the Liberty Bell Center and Museum, where you can read all about its history and importance to our nation, and take advantage of a great photo opportunity. Just a block away, see where the Stars and Stripes first came to be at the Betsy Ross House. Be sure to say hello to Betsy while you're there as she shares a story or two about what it was like to live in Colonial times.
The next step on your tour through early America should be the National Constitution Center. Learn all about our great nation as part of the Center's core exhibit, The Story of We the People. Telling the story of the Constitution, its history and its relevance today through more than 100 multimedia exhibits, it helps everyone remember exactly how this nation came to be. With interactive exhibits aplenty to entertain and educate, kids will be having so much fun that they won't even realize how much they're learning. Hey, we won't tell if you won't.Read More >
After packing more than 230 years of America into a single day, treat yourself to an afternoon in Franklin Square. Put your skills to the test in the Philadelphia-themed, 18-hole mini golf course - complete with icons like Independence Hall (hey, that looks familiar) and the Ben Franklin Bridge. After you take a spin on the Liberty Carousel, order up at the world famous Square Burger. Mini golf, carousels, tasty burgers, playgrounds - Franklin Square is a family pleaser of the highest order.
For a dinner the whole family can get behind, a trip to Jones is in order. Featuring comfort food with modern twists, it's safe to say your kids may never look at Sloppy Joes the same way again.Read More >
Explore nature in the Children's Discovery Garden, where your kids can hike the garden's winding pathways, scale the "mountain" and enjoy the view atop this new park designed to provide a getaway to Center City. Or discover the joys of sailing in the boat pond where kids can rent a model boat or bring their own to navigate the high seas. After the hiking and nautical adventure, grab a quick lunch at the Milk & Honey Cafe, which features signature Philadelphia brands including Bassets ice cream and BT brownies.
Featuring thousands of rare and lovely plants, some of Philadelphia's oldest, rarest and largest trees live in Morris Arboretum. Just outside the city, this 92-acre Victorian garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and garden areas is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown Philly. So on your way out of the City of Brotherly Love, swing by and go Out on a Limb with the Morris Arboretum Tree Adventure. This new 450-foot walkway is 50 feet above ground, and gives your kids a look into a giant bird's nest and a chance to crawl across the Squirrel Scramble's rope netting connecting two towering trees. Meanwhile, you'll have a chance to take in a view of nature from a truly unique perspective.Read More >
Before making your way to the Morris Arboretum, be sure to stop by this Philadelphia institution. Known for their award-winning cheesesteaks, Delassandro's is the perfect spot to stop for a quick bite of a Philly original. Wit' whiz or wit'out, no matter how you like your cheeseteaks, you'll love Delassandro's.Read More >
Rocky Steps & Statue
Yo, Adrian! Whether you're four, 94, or any age between, there's one thing you have to know about the Rocky steps. There's no walking them. Oh, and don't forget to snap a quick pic with the Italian Stallion's likeness while you're there.
Schuylkill River Walk
Nestled along the banks of the Schuylkill, stretch your legs and take in the sights along the Schuylkill River Walk. With playgrounds and a recreation center, there's plenty to keep the little ones busy. If it's relaxation you're looking for, hang out on the grassy lawns and watch the world go by.
The Franklin Institute
For the scientist in all of us, the Franklin Institute is the place to be. The Island of the Elements invites kids to join a fantastic journey as they learn all about the basic principles of science through more than 20 interactive experiences. After getting their hearts pumping showing off their athletic side in the Sports Challenge exhibit (even having their fastball clocked by a radar gun), be sure to visit The Giant Heart: A Healthy Interactive Experience. As a two-story trip inside what keeps us ticking, the Giant Heart is a staple of the Franklin Institute and is complete with hands-on exhibits to teach your little ones all about the importance of healthy living.
Dave & Buster's
Set your inner skeeballer free at Dave and Buster's. Located on the waterfront, Dave & Buster's has games and food the whole family can enjoy. From video games to carnival classics, see who can get the highest score, and claim the all-important bragging rights. Share some nachos and count those tickets, because Dave & Buster's has something for everyone.