With so much to see and do in Philadelphia it can be hard to know where to start – below are our picks of the best the city has to offer to give you some great inspiration for planning the perfect family day trip.
Franklin Institute Science Museum
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, the museum was originally established in 1824 and is one of the most celebrated in the US. There is a daily schedule of fun and interactive activities and demonstrations that the whole family will enjoy – from live dissections to 3D printing to awe-inspiring IMAX movies. The museum also houses two new immersive Escape Rooms where you are transported to a fantastical world to solve a range of puzzles before time runs out! If you plan to visit before March 4, make sure you catch the special Terracotta Warriors exhibition, which showcases life-size statues constructed over 2,000 years ago in China. Make sure to download the Augmented Reality app before you visit for the full experience.
Independence National Historical Park
This park preserves some of the most important historical sites in the US that are linked to the American Revolution and the founding of the nation back in the 18th century. Start your visit at Independence Hall and see the very room where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were both signed. After this, a short walk across the street will take you to the Liberty Bell Center where you can view this famous symbol of liberty and explore a range of special exhibitions on the founding of the bell. Finally, take a visit to the Benjamin Franklin museum and learn all about the fascinating life and work of one of the United States’ Founding Fathers.
Famous as the first zoo in the US, this 42-acre site is home to over 1300 animals, many of which are rare and endangered species. You can plan your trip using the interactive tool on the zoo’s website to make the most of your visit – you can even email, save, or print your itinerary to take with you on the day too. Make sure to check out one of the special keeper presentations to learn more about the animals, watch them feed, and have a chance to ask questions, with demonstrations ranging from Humboldt Penguins to Giant Tortoises to African Lions.
Please Touch Museum
Located in Philadelphia’s Centennial District, this kid-focused museum turns the old ‘Do Not Touch’ concept completely on its head. Here visitors are encouraged to get hands-on and interactive with exhibits that include the Statue of Liberty constructed entirely from toys, a chance to ride on a restored vintage 1908 carousel, or to take a trip through the rabbit hole into Wonderland. There are special theatre performances, sing-alongs, and a Story Castle all offered daily. Adult visitors can also marvel at the historic architecture that houses the museum, originally built as the art gallery for the Centennial International Exhibition in 1876.
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