Lives in Bergen County
Since May 2010
35-49 year old female
Married with two young girls. Live for my vacations. What better way to make history come alive for your kids than to travel to places they read about in school. I always enjoy the chance to discover new places and get some sightseeing done I but also enjoy relaxing by a pool or calm beach. Great food is another important factor in our vacations. Love trying new cuisine to sample with the kids.
Sightseeing Tours, Bus Tours, City Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Night Tours
Science Museums, Children's Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums
Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, National Parks
Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
History Museums, Speciality Museums
This hotel is in a great central location. You can leave your car parked and walk to most of the historic sites. We usually find a great deal online that includes the parking for free.
Cute little breakfast spot for a quick breakfast and delicious coffee. Perfect place to start your morning if you want to get started on seeing your sites quickly.
Best pace to see location of all of the main sites, plus the bus guides share great historical commentary.
This was a lot of fun. We all enjoyed walking through the empty prison. It really is eerie to walk around it but very interesting. Our kids were 8 and 10 when we first went and they were captivated. It was very interesting. you can see what al Capone's cell looked like while he stayed there for a short time. I imagine it has to be a great place to visit during Halloween. They have do have a halloween and night time scarefest that looked interesting …not for me since I don’t like being chased.
We asked the bus guide for the best place to get a Philly Steak and this was the site she mentioned. It was very good and they have chicken fingers and other foods for kids.
This is one of our children's favorite museums. They have fun science demonstrations which keep the kids very interested. They have a lot of interactive rooms. We even saw the disection of a cow's eye once to understand how eyes work.
Small little Mexican restauran in a nice trendy area. Delicious food and nice drinks.
The visitor center has a lot of useful information on the different sites. You can book tours here and also view a replica of the Rocky Statue. This is where you can pick uop the Junior Ranger booklet for your kids. If you want to see Independance Hall, this is where you come to get your free ticket. Come early as they do run out of tickets. The tickets are free but they are timed so if go late in the afternoon you might not get in. You can secure tickets online for a small free (about $2.50 per ticket). This is also where your kids would bring back their completed Junior Ranger booklet and earn a Junior Ranger pin.
This was a fun site for our children. Every time we have gone to Philly, this is one of our stops. It's affordable and takes under an hour so it is easy to squeeze into any busy agenda. The best part is that "Betsy Ross" is usually in one of the rooms and she demonstrates why she designed the five point star. They also have an interactive area where kids can "cook" using a kettle and other props.
This is where you can come to the Liberty Bell. The lines get long but it is worth seeing.
Definitely a must see if you are interested in American History. The Park Rangers bring history to life with their storytelling. See where George Washington sat and where representatives from the 13 colonies came up with the Declaration of Independance. Open 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. Tickets are required (except in January and February).
Great place for the kids to run and release all the energy from visiting museums.
Terminal Market is a great place to try different foods. Our favorite is Tommy DiNic's Their pork sandwich so is delicious, That even our picky eaters split one of these huge hoagies.
Another favorite of Terminal Market is this Ice Scream Shop. During our Big Bus Tour we found this was the first icecream shop in Philadelphia. They have a large variety of flavors.
This is one of our kids favorite places to visit. They have interactive displays where you can learch about the different branches of government . Our kids favorite room is Signers’ Hall, which has 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers. See how you measure up next to some of our famous founding fathers.
This place is really good. It's not near the main historic area. But if you have tickets to an event at the Wells Fargo Arena, this is a great place to have a very nice Italian meal. They were very accommodating with our large group of 8 people, four of which were kids.
WOW. The French Toast Towers are HUGE and delicious. The food here was VERY good. But it is a lot of food so go hungry
Beautiful Aquarium. The kids really enjoy the exibits here. They both indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Definitely a fun place to go and take pictures. It's in the middle of a busy area so my husband drove around while the kids and I got our pictures.
One of our favorite places to eat. It is pricey so save it for a special occasion. Our kids loved this place and the Sangria is DELICIOUS! Since the menu consists of small plates you can order a nice variety of dishes for your kids to try without much risk.