Visit Philadelphia with the Kids

Kid-friendly attractions in Pittsburgh

Best known for its many historical sights and attractions, the historic city of Philadelphia is also packed with fun things to do for kids, so we’ve picked 10 must do’s for your family vacation in Philadelphia. Once you’ve seen the musts like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, go beyond and discover the museums, parks, and places to eat that will keep the whole family happy!

Here are our must-see Philadelphia attractions that are perfect for a fun and cultural vacation you and your kids will love.

Independence National Historical Park

Philadelphia has organized all its major sites into one easy to navigate and visit area dubbed the Independence National Historical Park. This includes the famous cracked Liberty Bell in the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, and Congress Hall, as well as the Benjamin Franklin Museum and the Bishop White House. Don’t miss the outdoor fun at the park too where park rangers offer tours about the environment, as well as the obvious history.

A Philly Cheesesteak In Reading Terminal Market

You can’t take a trip to Philadelphia without sampling a Philly Cheese Steak: a roll stuffed with steak, onions and plenty of cheese – it’s a real treat! Head to the kid-friendly Reading Terminal Market with its many stalls with all manner of interesting foods and don’t miss the Amish pies or the cornbread either – delicious!

Philadelphia Zoo

There are about 1300 animals at Philly’s brilliant zoo, many rare and endangered. The kids will love the very kid-friendly “travel and exploration” train, also known as Zoo360, which allows the monkeys and big cats to circulate above and over pathways! Don’t’ miss the First Niagara Big Cat Falls, the McNeil Avian Center, the PECO Primate Reserve and the newest exhibit KidZooU Education Center.

Franklin Square

A cool family-friendly park and one of William Penn’s original squares, Franklin Square is the place to try out a game of Philly miniature golf, take a ride on the vintage style carousel or enjoy the marble fountain. Family-friendly meals are also available at the very cool SquareBurger food truck!

Please Touch Museum

With a name like that, it’s bound to be kid-friendly! In Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall, you’ll find full floors of interactive exhibits aimed at children seven years old and younger, and the beautiful 100-year-old Woodside carousel, the kids will be in awe of. At the Please Touch Museum, touching is positively encouraged! So get up close to Alice’s Wonderland, discover the Space Station, with over three decades of Star Wars toys or even the walking piano that you probably remember from the movie Big!

The Franklin Institute

It might sound dull, but this science museum is a must-see with its IMAX theater, a Planetarium and plenty of kid-friendly exhibits! Our favorites? Space Command, the walk-through Giant Heart the Electricity and Changing Earth exhibit. Don’t miss Your Brain exhibit for a good look into what makes us tick. Need a break? The rain garden and atrium’s “Shimmer Wall” is just the place to relax.

Adventure Aquarium

Go meet the 8,500 animals in this fantastic aquarium on Camden Waterfront! Don’t miss the suspended Shark Tunnel, the fabulous new Hippo Haven where you can get up close and personal with the giant Hippos and the virtual underwater kid-friendly playground that is KidZone. Kids will also love the Ocean Realm where sea turtles, stingrays, and sharks can be seen. Even better, you can get hands-on, petting and feed stingrays, or just getting to know starfish, shrimp, lobster, crabs, and even sharks! Mind your fingers.

Sesame Place

It’s a wonderful theme park based on the family favorite: Sesame Street®. Set just 30 minutes away from Philadelphia, Sesame Place is packed with rides, water slides, shows, and furry friends that the kids will love. Don’t miss Cookie’s Monster Land and its great new rides and the super-soft play area for toddlers.

Camden Children’s Garden

Budding archaeologists and wannabee Indiana Jones’ will love this amazing collection of fossils and fauna in Drexel University’s collection. Check out the old bones in Dinosaur Hall or visit the sandbox or even the animal petting area. Visiting in August? Don’t miss the bug fest with its cockroach races, painting worms, and tasty crickets!

Where to stay?

Looking for luxury? Check into the historic Rittenhouse Hotel, which is centrally located and has kid-friendly amenities include babysitting, kid’s menu in the restaurant and even baby bathtubs on hand! Another classy address is the Four Seasons Philadelphia where families will appreciate the in-room video game system for older kids and the cribs on request. In downtown, why not go for the pet-friendly Loews Hotel, which also has rollaway for families

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