Next up in our Summer City Guides series, we’re heading to the City of Brotherly Love with 10 fun things to do in Philadelphia with kids!
1. Visit the National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center is quite possibly the most hands-on history museum in the whole country. This museum is dedicated to the US Constitution, signed on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia. Located on Independence Mall, there are three main exhibits you won’t want to miss. Singers’ Hall is home to 42 life size statues of the Founding Fathers, The Story of the People is an interactive exhibit on the history of the Constitution, and Freedom Rising is a fantastic multimedia theatrical production for the whole family.
2. Visit Independence National Historical Park
Known as the most historic square mile in all of America, visit Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed. You can also visit Ben Franklin’s grave site and walk just a few blocks down to see the Liberty Bell!
3. Visit the Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell is arguably the most famous landmark in all of Philadelphia and it’s just a few blocks away from Independence Hall. Visit the Liberty Bell Center to see this icon of American freedom and independence, plus visit the museum to learn how abolitionists, civil rights advocates and women’s suffrage advocates used this bell as inspiration for their movements that changed the course of American history.
4. Explore Penn’s Landing
Not far from the historical sights is Penn’s Landing, a series of parks and greenways along the Delaware River. Visit Spruce Street Harbor Park with for a bite to eat and to explore the floating lily pad lounges, hammocks, and carnival games. The park also hosts summer movie screenings, festivals and concerts all summer long. Just down the path, the Blue Cross RiverRink hosts rollerskating. You’ll also want to check out the Cherry Street Pier and the amazing views of the Philadelphia skyline!
5. Climb at Treetop Quest Philly
Escape the city by climbing up into the trees! Treetop Quest is Philadelphia’s first aerial adventure park and it’s geared towards ages four and up. There are numerous obstacle courses up in the treetops for kids and adult of all ability levels, plus zip lines to cruise! You’ll be outfitted with a harness, helmet and gloves as part of your climbing adventure.
6. Touch Everything at the Please Touch Museum
There’s nothing more exciting for kids than a museum named the Please Touch Museum! Children are encouraged to explore and learn through hands-on exploration. Be sure to check out the Double Rainbow exhibit, Fairytale Garden, Creative Arts studio, the Albert Greenfield Makerspace, Cents and Sensibility exhibit, Imagination Playground, Nature Pond, the Rocket Room, and River adventures!
7. Visit the Philadelphia Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest zoo in the United States. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in March of 1859, it’s opening was actually delayed by the Civil War so the zoo did not officially open to the public until July 1, 1874. Today, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to more than 13,00 animals- many that are rare and endangered, protected by the zoo’s conservation program. Visits the African Plains exhibit, Big Cat Falls, Penguin Point, Bear Country, Bird Valley, and the Rare Animal Conservation Center.
8. Get Creative at the Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute is a science museum and research center that honors Benjamin Franklin by helping inspire a love for science, technology and inventing in children and adults. There are hands-on exhibits that explore the human body, Isaac Newton’s loft is full pf physics exploration and fun, a Tech Studio that inspires young engineers, a Space Loft and a planetarium for exploring the night sky. There are daily science demonstrations plus a creativity workshop sponsored by Crayola that is a must see this summer!
9. Play on Kids Castle
Philadelphia is home to a truly amazing playground. Kids Castle is an eight-story tall wooden play structure located in Doylestown Central Park. Carve out some time to let the kids explore and play!
10. Grab a Philly Cheesesteak
You can’t stop in Philly without having a Philly cheesesteak! Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks are two of the most popular places to grab this local grub- but you’ll find cheesesteaks all over town so be sure to grab one!
Which of these awesome things to do in Philadelphia with kids is at the top of your list this summer? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out our other summer destinations featured in our Summer City Guides series!
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