Family fun in Philly
Collected by Sue Manuel, AFAR Local Expert
Philadelphia boasts endless options for family fun. After visiting the historic sites, take the kids to the Art Museum for photos at the Rocky statue and a run up the iconic steps. Then walk a few blocks to hang out with some dinosaurs... Philly offers several family-friendly museums and attractions to entertain both kids and parents. Here is an insider's list of kid-friendly things to do in the City of Brotherly Love.
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
This was my favorite museum as a kid, and since I never really grew up, it's still my favorite. It is the oldest natural history museum in the Americas. Founded in 1812, the Academy moved into its current building on Logan Circle in 1876 after its...
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Philly visitors, don't miss a stop at Pennsylvania’s most-visited museum, the Franklin Institute. Allow ample time to make your way through its multiple floors, where entertaining and hands-on educational displays await....
100 Clinton St, Camden, NJ 08103, USA
Visitors to Philadelphia, especially those with kids, should consider a day trip to Camden, just across the Delaware River from Philly’s Penn’s Landing waterfront. Easily accessible via the RiverLink ferry, Camden is home to the battleship USS New...
51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Visitors to Philadelphia should not miss out on an iconic local treat—the soft pretzel. Sure, you can find them pretty much everywhere in Philly, but the real deal is baked fresh daily. At the Reading Terminal Market, go to the place where...
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
What do Al Capone and Bruce Willis have in common? They both did time here at Eastern State Penitentiary. (OK, Willis wasn't an inmate, but he did shoot the film 12 Monkeys here.) The facility's first inmate was brought through these doors in...
1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
Imagine yourself behind the wheel of this five-seater with your kids buckled in the child seats up front. Oh wait, someone has to pedal? Wheel Fun operates several locations in Philly, but the one located on Boathouse Row is directly on the bike...
200 N 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Sister Cities Park is adjacent to Logan Square where two of Philly’s most popular family attractions are located (the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Franklin Institute). The café in Sister Cities Park is a highly recommended pit stop for...
Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, USA
In warm-weather months, the Penn’s Landing waterfront area along the Delaware River is always busy with activity. On the Great Plaza there are ongoing free festivals, summer concerts, a movie series, and Fourth of July fireworks. Other...
1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Philadelphia’s City Hall is the largest and tallest city hall in the US, and for locals, the midpoint for all things Center City. Designed by architect John McArthur, Jr., it was completed in 1901 and originally designed to be the world's tallest...
51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Never has a yummy treat been mired in such controversy as the Whoopie Pie. First, how did this burger-shaped cake with the sugary cream filling get its name? Does the name come from the exclamation that schoolchildren shouted upon opening their...
3500 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
Philly visitors with young children should not miss this unique, historic (and free) play destination. Inside the large playhouse (for children 5 and younger), kids can choose from room after room of themed play equipment. Outside, the 6-acre...
3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Like many other Philly institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is America’s first. It opened in 1874 and encompasses over 40 acres of gardens and exhibits, featuring more than 1,300 animals, including many rare and endangered species. Visitors may need...
301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Easily one of the most popular outdoor attractions in Philly, Spruce Street Harbor Park was originally created as a pop-up park and quickly became a blockbuster hit with locals and visitors alike. Situated along the Delaware River waterfront just...
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