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Take the family to Philly for a daytrip

Family Philadelphia trip Itinerary

PhillyLiberty Bell CenterW1. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
520 Chestnut St.
Tour the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution and view the Liberty Bell.
Admission: Free tickets are required from March 1-Dec. 31, and do sometimes sell out. Walk up first thing in the morning to make sure you get yours, or buy tickets for $1.50 ahead of time. The Liberty Bell is free but seeing it is on a first-come first-served basis.
To get there: Park at Independence Hall Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets (or find other lots at historicphiladelphia.org).

2. Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St.
Tour Betsy Ross’s 18th-century home, the birthplace of the American flag, and learn about the life of the woman who first sewed it.
Don’t miss exhibit: Meet Betsy Ross in her upholstery shop and learn about the tools of the trade.
Admission: Self-guided tours $5 for adults, $4 for children. Audio tours (with admission) $7 for adults, $6 for children.
Kids’ amenities: Concessions are sold in the courtyard daily in the summer and Thursday-Sunday in March and April.
To get there: Walk from Independence Hall parking.

3. Reading Terminal Market
12th & Arch streets
Merchants selling cheese, meat, seafood, ethnic food and more.
To get there: Walk or check the website for parking lots where validation is possible with purchase from the market.

4. PHLASH trolley
Accessible from various stops
A purple trolley that transports tourists on weekends during May, September, October and daily during summer months.
Admission: $2 per person each ride, or all-day passes for $12. Children 4 and under ride free.

5. Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Let the kids take the lead as they explore eight exhibits to play in as well as art, theatre, and music opportunities.
Adults and children 1 and up: $17
Don’t miss exhibit: Ride the 100-year-old refurbished carousel.
To get there: Take the PHLASH trolley or park in the museum lot for $8.
Kids’ amenities: The Please Touch café offers grilled or baked meals and a quiet space for kids who need a sensory break (and other accommodations for those with special needs).

6. Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave.
“America’s first zoo” offers a wide variety of animal exhibits.
Don’t miss exhibit: KidZooU, a children’s zoo with interactive activities designed with the needs of autistic children in mind.
Admission: March-October, adults $20, children ages 2-11 $18
To get there: Take the PHLASH trolley or park in the zoo lot for $15.
Kids’ amenities: Food is available for sale at multiple locations plus picnic spots, Nursing Mothers Station, quiet area in KidZooU for those who need a sensory break, and family restrooms.

7. Franklin Square
200 North 6th St.
One of Phildelphia’s original five squares, Franklin Square offers a shaded playground, fountain, carousel and mini golf course.
Admission: Free but carousel rides are $2.50 for everyone 2 and older. Mini golf is $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 2-11.
Kids’ Amenities: In addition to the attractions, the restaurant SquareBurger offers burgers as well as milkshakes.

Four other Philly options

1. Phildelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South St.
A multitude of art is on display in the form of elaborate mosaics, a labyrinth sculpture garden and more. $3 for ages 6-12, $7 for adults

2. Ride the Ducks Philadelphia
Boarding at 6th and Chestnut streets
Take a tour of the city in amphibious vehicles that travel both on the street and in the water.
$3 for kids 0-3, $17 for kids 4-12, $27 for ages 13 and up

3. Franklin Institute
222 North 20th St.
See a wide variety of science exhibits, including one devoted to kids. Through the end of April, see the Pompeii exhibit with artifacts from the city destroyed by a volcano in 79 AD.
$14 for ages 3-11, $16.50 for 12 and up, with Pompeii exhibit $21.50-27.50

4. Phildelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Many works of art are on display, including the exhibit Treasures from Korea, which begins March 2. $14 for ages13-18, $20 for adults.

Photos Top: The Wethington family visits Philadelphia. Courstesy of the Wethington family.

Second: Annie and Jack Wethington at the Betsy Ross House.

Bottom: Kids enjoy a close up view of the Liberty Bell, an international icon for freedom, which hangs in its own pavilion within eyesight of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™

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