1. Kid-friendly food: Pretty much all of our best foods come in sandwich format. Most of them come with a side of Cheez Whiz.
2. Our most famous landmarks, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, are FREE to visit.
3. Ignore the drama of our major league sports teams and enjoy some of the most family-friendly minor league sports ever, at a fraction of the cost.
4. You know how museums always have those signs that tell you not to touch anything? Three words: Please Touch Museum.
5. Fun with science: We have that kind of sneaky educational stuff that’s so fun, your kids won’t notice they’re learning. You can walk through a two-story human heart (Franklin Institute), explore a submarine (Independence Seaport Museum), and hold disgusting insects in your very own hands (Insectarium).
6. If your kids start bickering, remind them that they are in the City of Brotherly Love. Tell them we take that so seriously, that they can be arrested for fighting with their siblings. Not true, of course, but your kids don’t know that. Family togetherness! Yay!
7. Your teens are now way too cool to vacay with Mom and Dad? Take them to the Mutter Museum of medical oddities and see how tough they really are. Spoiler: they are not nearly as tough as they think.
8. Getting around: In many cases, and with a tiny amount of planning, you’ll be able to walk from one attraction to another. When walking isn’t an option, we have taxis, but public transit is way cheaper and pretty easy to navigate. There’s also a ferry you can take across the Delaware to lots of fun stuff on the New Jersey side of the river.
9. So many movie catchphrases to choose from! If you’re planning on videoing any of your visit, be sure to teach your kids to yell “Yo, Adrian!”, whisper “I see dead people,” and deadpan “I’m gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.” (Pro tip: Do not use that line from National Treasure when you’re actually in Independence Hall, though.)
10. Philadelphia is basically one giant, interactive social studies classroom: Visit the Liberty Bell. Visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution was written. Sit on the Supreme Court at the National Constitution Center. This is the stuff that’s in your kid’s history textbook, except it’s really right in front of you.
Check out our slideshow below for 22 fun things to do, see, and eat with your whole family!
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