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A weekend in Philadelphia with kids

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Philadelphia is a great city to enjoy with your kids. It brings history to life in such a fun way. There are also a lot of great places to eat if you or your family members are foodies. The best thing is that there is so much to do within walking distance. So leave your car at the hotel and go explore!

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Foodie

20 Places

5 City Tips

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20 Places

Day 1

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

Hotels

Cafe Ole

Restaurants

Big Bus Tours

Sightseeing Tours, Bus Tours, City Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Night Tours

Eastern State Penitentiary

History Museums

Sonny's Famous Steaks

Restaurants

The Franklin Institute

Science Museums, Children's Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums

Las Bugambilias

Restaurants

Day 2

Independence Visitor Center

Visitor Centres

Betsy Ross House

Speciality Museums

Independence National Historical Park

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, National Parks

Independence Hall

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums

Independence Mall

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Tommy DiNic's

Restaurants

Bassetts Ice Cream

Restaurants

National Constitution Center

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Scannicchio's

Restaurants

Day 3

Sabrina's Cafe

Restaurants

Adventure Aquarium

Aquariums

Love Park

Parks

Amada

Restaurants

kmq2000's City Tips

  • Do your kids like treasure hunts? The National Park Services offers a great Park Ranger program for kids. http://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/kidsyouth/juniorrangerbooklet.htm
  • Check this site for a list of operaing hours for many of the historic sites: http://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/hours.htm
  • The CityPASS gives you admission to 5 must-see Philadelphia attractions including the Big Bus tour, which is a great way to see the city and get sites that are further away.
  • Don't miss the many diffierent food options at the Terminal Market. We love DiNic’s Roast Pork sandwiches.
  • Look for hotel deals that include the parking for free. Parking in most hotels or around the city can be pretty steep. On average $20-$40.
    Day 1
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    Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
    Hotels
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Look for online deal to save on the parking.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 89 Hotels in Philadelphia
    • Great location 19/09/2018
    • The front desk 19/09/2018
    • Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
    Address:
    400 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-2120
    Phone:
    +1 800-207-4421
    Other:
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    Cafe Ole
    Restaurants (American, Cafe, Israeli)
    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #177 of 2,967 restaurants in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Never disappoints! 16/09/2018
    • yummy food, generous portions 26/08/2018
    • Cafe Ole
    Address:
    147 N 3rd St
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-1914
    Phone:
    +1 215-627-2140
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:30 - 19:00
    Mon - Sat
    07:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Big Bus Tours
    Sightseeing Tours, Bus Tours, City Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Night Tours
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    kmq2000 Says:

    Best pace to see location of all of the main sites, plus the bus guides share great historical commentary.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Do this first to get familair with the location of sites and to get to your furthest desitnation like the Zoo or Eastern State Penitentiary
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 76 Tours in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Tour 21/09/2018
    • Philadelphia Big Bus Tour 21/09/2018
    • Big Bus Tours
    Address:
    500 Market St
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Phone:
    +1 215-389-8687
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    09:30 - 17:00
    Sat
    09:30 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Eastern State Penitentiary
    History Museums
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Historical prison that dates back to 1829 and housed infamous criminals such as Al Capone; not recommended for children under seven. It is mostly outdoors so dress accordingly.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 488 things to do in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting bit of American History 22/09/2018
    • A great visit while in Philadelphia 22/09/2018
    • Eastern State Penitentiary
    Address:
    2124 Fairmount Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
    Phone:
    +1 215-236-3300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Sonny's Famous Steaks
    Restaurants (American, Fast food)
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 2,967 restaurants in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 15% discount if you ride the Hop On Hop Off bus tour 21/09/2018
    • On red bus and other bus routes, lot less wait. 20/09/2018
    • Sonny's Famous Steaks
    Address:
    228 Market St
    Frnt
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-2846
    Phone:
    +1 215-629-5760
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 03:00
    Other:
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    The Franklin Institute
    Science Museums, Children's Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Great place to go on a rainy day.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 488 things to do in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent for All Ages 21/09/2018
    • Surprisingly Cool 19/09/2018
    • The Franklin Institute
    Address:
    222 N 20th St
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
    Phone:
    +1 215-448-1200
    Price range:
    US$23 - US$23
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Las Bugambilias
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin)
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    kmq2000 Says:

    Small little Mexican restauran in a nice trendy area. Delicious food and nice drinks.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • It's a small place so reservations are a good idea
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #312 of 2,967 restaurants in Philadelphia
    • Tasty lunch! 21/08/2018
    • Getting Tired 31/07/2018
    • Las Bugambilias
    Address:
    148 South St
    Philadelphia, PA 19147-2415
    Phone:
    +1 215-922-3190
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$25
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    11:30 - 23:00
    Wed
    11:30 - 22:00
    Thu
    10:30 - 22:00
    Fri - Sun
    11:30 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Independence Visitor Center
    Visitor Centres
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go early and reserve your tickets to Independance Hall. Pick up Junior Ranger Program Guide for your kids here.
    • Great place to stop if you need a restroom.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 488 things to do in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The information is not always the accurate one 21/09/2018
    • Inquire about the free tickets to Independence hall 20/09/2018
    • Independence Visitor Center
    Address:
    599 Market St
    Independence Mall
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-1518
    Phone:
    +1 800-537-7676
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Betsy Ross House
    Speciality Museums
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Hours: Daily: 10-5 Location: 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia Fee: Adult: $5 & Child $4
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 488 things to do in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yes it was priced well and interesting 19/09/2018
    • Not that great 12/09/2018
    • Betsy Ross House
    Address:
    239 Arch St
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-1999
    Phone:
    +1 215-629-4026
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Independence National Historical Park
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, National Parks
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    kmq2000 Says:

    This is where you can come to the Liberty Bell. The lines get long but it is worth seeing.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It's free to see. It gets very crowded so plan to arrive early (10am) or in the late afternoon (4pm). They close at 5 and we did see them sending people away when it became 5 pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 488 things to do in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Birth of a Nation 22/09/2018
    • Small area with a ton of sights and history 21/09/2018
    • Independence National Historical Park
    Address:
    143 S 3rd St
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-2818
    Phone:
    +1 215-965-2305
    Other:
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    Independence Hall
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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).

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Free tickets can be obtained at the Independence Visitor Center or via the internet for a small fee at: http://www.recreation.gov.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 488 things to do in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best in American History 22/09/2018
    • It is a must see historical attraction particularly if you are an American citizen. 21/09/2018
    • Independence Hall
    Address:
    Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Phone:
    +1 215-965-2305
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Independence Mall
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    kmq2000 Says:

    Great place for the kids to run and release all the energy from visiting museums.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Starting Memorial Day weekend look for 'Once Upon a Nation' Storytelling at benches. Our Kids favorite http://historicphiladelphia.org/once-upon-a-nation/storytelling-benches/
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 488 things to do in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Definitely a must when in Philly 21/09/2018
    • Take the tours 21/09/2018
    • Independence Mall
    Other:
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    Tommy DiNic's
    Restaurants (American, Fast food)
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 2,967 restaurants in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 05/09/2018
    • great pork sandwich 03/09/2018
    • Tommy DiNic's
    Address:
    1136 Arch St
    Philadelphia, PA 19107-2921
    Phone:
    +1 215-923-6175
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    08:00 - 16:00
    Tue - Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Bassetts Ice Cream
    Restaurants (American)
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 2,967 restaurants in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Incredible ice cream 22/09/2018
    • So good 09/09/2018
    • Bassetts Ice Cream
    Address:
    51 N 12th St Ste 45
    Reading Terminal Market
    Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
    Phone:
    +1 215-925-4315
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    National Constitution Center
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 488 things to do in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another Great Museum 17/09/2018
    • Making a document come to life 16/09/2018
    • National Constitution Center
    Address:
    525 Arch St
    Independence Mall
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-1595
    Phone:
    +1 215-409-6600
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Scannicchio's
    Restaurants (Italian)
    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • They get full so make reservations.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #445 of 2,967 restaurants in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dinner before a concert on September 13, 2018 14/09/2018
    • Oh, my can they cook. 25/08/2018
    • Scannicchio's
    Address:
    2500 S Broad St
    Philadelphia, PA 19145-4615
    Phone:
    +1 215-468-3900
    Hours:
    Sun
    15:30 - 20:30
    Mon
    16:00 - 20:30
    Tue
    16:00 - 21:00
    Wed - Thu
    11:30 - 21:00
    Fri
    11:30 - 21:30
    Sat
    15:30 - 21:30
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Sabrina's Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Cafe, International)
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They have a lot of great reviews on Trip Advisor so it does get packed. Go early if you are a large group. Parking was easy to find on the street.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 2,967 restaurants in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great New Menu 20/09/2018
    • Tepid food on a lovely Saturday morning-oh, dear! 15/09/2018
    • Sabrina's Cafe
    Address:
    910 Christian St
    Philadelphia, PA 19147-3808
    Phone:
    +1 215-574-1599
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Adventure Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    kmq2000 Says:

    Beautiful Aquarium. The kids really enjoy the exibits here. They both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • We used the Philadelphia: CityPASS tickets which included the Aquarium as one of their attractions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Camden
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easy to get to from Philly 20/09/2018
    • Great aquarium for the kids 16/09/2018
    • Adventure Aquarium
    Address:
    1 Riverside Dr
    Camden, NJ 08103-1060
    Phone:
    +1 844-474-3474
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Love Park
    Parks
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Parking might be difficult unless you are planning to be here for another reason.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #105 of 488 things to do in Philadelphia
    • Like the sign 09/09/2018
    • Picture under the Love sign in Love Park 07/09/2018
    • Love Park
    Address:
    John F. Kennedy Blvd and North 15th St
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Phone:
    +1 215-636-1666
    Other:
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    Amada
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    kmq2000 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make reservations well in advance. I tried calling two weeks before going and they were already booked.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 2,967 restaurants in Philadelphia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great tapas 15/09/2018
    • Great tapas and great selection 09/09/2018
    • Amada
    Address:
    217-219 Chestnut St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-2812
    Phone:
    +1 215-625-2450
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    17:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 - 14:30
    Fri - Sat
    17:00 - 23:00
    Sat - Sun
    11:00 - 14:30
    Other:
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