Family Activities in Philadelphia, PA
Located thirty minutes north of Philadelphia in Langhorne, PA, Sesame Place is the country's only themepark based entirely on the beloved children's television show, "Sesame Street." The park is well-suited for kids ten and under, who squeal in delight at the opportunity to meet their favorite "Sesame Street" characters. A ticket price of $55.95 (plus tax) grants you full-day access to the theme park's countless rides, mazes and interactive play areas (children under 23 months are admitted for free). Don't forget to bring a bathing suit and sandals during the hot summer months -- cool off in the park's wet attractions, like Bert & Ernie's Slip & Slide, then gather the family for a 1,000 foot float down Big Bird's Rambling River.
Boasting forty gardens over 1,077 acres, Longwood Gardens preserves the early 20th century gardens of horticultural enthusiastic Pierre S. du Pont, and offers rest and respite for a family who's always on-the-go. Wear your favorite pair of walking shoes for a one-mile self-guided tour of Longwood's twenty outdoor gardens. You'll pass by meticulously-groomed trees, bushes, fountains and flower beds filled with seasonal blooms (the gardens are home to 11,000 different types of plants, both indoors and out). Longwood offers engaging activities for children, too, like the highly-popular Indoor Children's Garden, complete with a maze formed from bamboo and a "drooling" dragon water feature. The kid-friendly fun continues outside with the Bee-aMazed Children's Garden, which teaches childre
Open to the public since 1874, The Philadelphia Zoo is home to over 1,300 animals. Adults and children alike revel in wonder at the Zoo's collection of rare and endangered animals, with exhibits spread out over a 42-acre parcel of land. Highlights include the PECO Primate Reserve -- home to gorillas, orangutans, ruffed lemurs, and squirrel monkeys -- and the Big Cat Falls, which allows you to get up close and personal with lions, snow leopards, pumas, and tigers. Youngsters will jump at the chance to explore The Children's Zoo, a special, kid-friendly section with a farm animal petting zoo, a duck pond, and a Bunny Village.
If you're in Philadelphia, a family outing to see the Liberty Bell is obligatory. Located in the Old City section of Philadelphia, The Liberty Center houses the Liberty Bell in a glass enclosure, with a clear view of Independence Hall (the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence) serving as a backdrop. Taped video presentations, historic documents and images teach about the bell's rich history, from how it became an icon of personal and national freedom, to its weight and chemical make-up, and the origins of that infamous crack (be sure to view the X-rays of the bell's crack and interior). Tickets are not required to view the famous bell, and the Center is open to the public year-round.
Immerse your family in Philadelphia's rich history with a visit to Independence Hall. A stone's throw from the site of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall has played a significant role in our nation's history: it served as the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress; hosted a meeting regarding the final design of the American Flag; and marks the spot where the U.S. Constitution was drafted in 1787. But most notably, Independence Hall housed the signing of the Declaration of Independence on that fateful day in 1776. The historic site still has many of its original details intact, and is open to the public year-round. Visitors are admitted free of charge, but timed tickets are required to tour the building between the months of March and December.