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Philadelphia

In 1776, Philadelphia was the largest city in the United States - here the founders met to write and sign the Declaration of Independence and Constitution in Independence Hall. Visit the historic old city to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Ben Franklin's house, and more. Penn's Landing along the Delaware River is a reminder of Philadelphia's history of sea trade and shipbuilding. Philadelphia has excellent art, science and natural history museums along the Parkway, and head to Fairmount Park when kids need a change of pace..


Independence Hall
Historic Old City
Penn's Landing
Center City
Parkway Museums
Fairmount Park
Greater Philadelphia

Valley Forge

 

Tip: So many historic sites to see in Philadelphia, based on the age and interests of children, make your own family itinerary. For example, older kids and teens with a background in American history will get the most out of the National Constitution Center, Museum of the American Revolution, Independence and Congress Halls. For younger kids, visit the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, go to Franklin Square to ride the eagle carousel, have an ice cream at Franklin's Fountain.
Public transportation - In the downtown area, use the comprehensive bus, trolley, rail system (SEPTA), plenty of stops in the historic old city. Get the Family Independence Pass, one day unlimited travel for up to five people.
Fun food
Try Amish baked treats, doughnuts made by hand at Reading Terminal Market, look for big soft pretzels, chocolate covered pretzels, Italian sweets such as cannoli, pizzelle, Philly cheesesteak and hoagie sandwiches.
On a hot summer day, head over to old-fashioned Franklin Fountain for ice cream, try flavors such as "Whirly Berly," "Franklin Mint Chip," or "Honeycomb," along with milkshakes and sundaes.
Family Hotels

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of Philadelphia family hotels, all styles and price ranges, convenient to fun things to do with kids in Philadelphia:


Philadelphia hotels
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