Family Travel » Philadelphia, PA

Family travel in Philadelphia, PA

Can we tell you how to get to Sesame Street? Yes -- come to Philadelphia! Play with Big Bird at Sesame Place, then get some serious education with a trip to the National Constitution Center.
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Adventure Aquarium

Right across the river from Philadelphia sits the Adventure Aquarium, where you can sign up to feed the rays or swim with the sharks. For everyone else, there are several touch stations located throughout the aquarium and the Touch the Rays exhibit allows you to touch a ray. This is a hands-on museum that keeps kids interested and features movies with popular characters like Dora and SpongeBob, so be sure to check out the movie when you visit. During the school year, the mornings are often crowded with school trips. 


Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute features an IMAX theatre, an interactive sports exhibit where you can learn about how athletes achieve some incredible feats, an oversized heart that you can walk through and an exhibit featuring the effect climate change is having on our planet. The climate change exhibit is amazing. Made entirely out of recycled materials, it shows what will happen as the world gets warmer. Parking can be hard. If you cannot find street parking at a meter, or if you plan on being inside longer than 2 hours, there is a parking garage on 20th Street whose tickets can be validated in the museum for discounted parking.


Loews Philadelphia Hotel

This luxury hotel has all the amenities, like the spa and gym for mom and dad, as well as a special Fisher Price check-in gift for kids under 10. Your kids will also enjoy a wide selection of games, and for the older kids, a music download card, DVDs and Gameboy. There are also special camps and tours run for kids throughout the year, so check with the concierge upon check-in to see what options are available during your stay. The location is great and you will be able to take the family and walk around and experience Philadelphia while you're there. 


Longwood Gardens

Indoor and outdoor gardens make this a fun place to visit all year. Enjoy the outdoor gardens and fountains and take your kids through the honeycomb maze to teach them about the different parts of a flower. If the weather isn’t cooperating, take them inside and be mesmerized by the indoor children’s garden and bamboo maze with fountains and water walls. If you are visiting in the summer, make sure to check the event schedule for the summer fireworks series; this display of fireworks and shooting fountains is a must-see.


National Constitution Center

The only museum to tell the story of the Constitution, you will be immersed in the history of the constitution and why it is still important today. The movies, photographs and artifacts give a lasting impression of how the nation started and how the Constitution was developed. Some of the best exhibits are temporary exhibits that usually last well over a year and can highlight some of the amendments and why they are so important. If you plan on going to multiple attractions in Philadelphia, consider the CityPASS, which includes tickets to area attractions at almost 50% of face value. 


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