Things to do for Family Travelers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    Liberty Bell

    61 reviews

    A participant in historic events but perhaps even more, a symbol of liberty recognized around the world, the Liberty Bell continues to be a popular destination for all visitors to Philadelphia. The walk to the Liberty Bell has useful displays that place the bell in better perspective.

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    Please Touch Museum

    9 reviews

    This is a must see for toddlers. They can run around and do whatever they want. The tot supermarket is fun for kids. The museum moved to this location a few years ago. It is beautiful and was once the site of the world's fair.

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  • 3

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    42 reviews

    Known as much for its steps as for the museum behind them, this is a great spot right near the river. If you make it past the Rocky impressions on the steps, there is a nice collection to discover.

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  • 4

    Franklin Institute

    14 reviews

    Great place to take kids (of all ages). A hands-on type of place! Something for everybody.

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  • 5

    Rittenhouse Square

    22 reviews

    Where Philly goes to shop, eat, and relax. On a warm sunny weekend there is no better place to see what Philly is all about than by wandering through the Square.

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  • 6

    Philadelphia Magic Gardens

    9 reviews

    Philadelphia's version of L.A.'s Watts Towers, In 1994 Isaiah Zagar began turning vacant lots near his studio into a mosaic wonderland, now available to all for a minimal fee.

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    National Constitution Center

    9 reviews

    Amazing museum! Affordable and interactive. The performance that is included with the exhibit is so inspirational, you'll walk out of it chanting USA. Definitely not your average boring history museum!

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  • 8

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    17 reviews

    Love this place. It's creepy and dripping with such interesting history. A must stop if in Philly!

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  • 9

    Philadelphia Zoo

    18 reviews

    The Philadelphia Zoo is located in a lovely setting in Fairmount Park and you can stroll through enjoying both the animals and nature. There is an impressive animal collection and long walkways. Wear good walking shoes. If you get tired, you can take the tram. A great day trip for families.

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  • 10

    Independence Hall

    38 reviews

    Given the number of people one is surrounded by when touring the interior of Independence Hall it's difficult to go back in time to imagine you were present when the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated. Regardless, this is the place it all happened, most of the building is still the original and the five stars reflect what was ...

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  • 11

    Academy of Natural Sciences

    5 reviews

    The Academy of Natural Sciences is a nice natural history museum offering plenty to explore for kids and adults. Whether your interest is in dinosaurs or butterflies, gems or fossils, you will end up visiting other areas as well, once you see the quality of the exhibits there. Not sure if the museum still does it, but some years ago, ...

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  • 12

    University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

    9 reviews

    This overlooked museum contains all the treasures that were stolen in the earlier 20th century! LOL! It's great for everyone. The kids will love it. Not stuffy at all. Maybe Indiana Jones is even lurking somewhere.

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  • 13

    Mütter Museum

    9 reviews

    You never forget your first pickled oddity—and that’s why this museum of medical history (and world’s creepiest attraction) makes our list for families that relish the macabre. There are plenty of suitable exhibits just the right side of gruesome for older kids to see, such as Einstein’s brain and a skeleton of a giant. Children under eight, or of a ...

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  • 14

    Independence National Historical Park Visitors Center

    7 reviews

    Touristy but the visitor's center does a good job given the number of people they have to deal with. Get your tickets to visit Independence Hall here. Screenings of informational films take place here. You can also buy tickets here for commercial tours of Philadelphia.

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  • 15

    Benjamin Franklin Bridge

    4 reviews

    The Benjamin Franklin Bridge connects Philadelphia to New Jersey. The Delaware River flows beneath it.

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  • 16

    Love Park

    35 reviews

    it's a beautiful park where kids can play and families can have picnics. it's also a photo statue

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  • 17

    Italian Market

    6 reviews

    There are very few street markets in the US, so the few we have are treasures, and I especially love this one. It's unpretentious and really a functioning neighborhood (unlike NYC's Little Italy), and very interesting for its mix of different foods--not just Italian, but now some Asian shops moving in, and a few very old stores (vinyl records!).

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  • 18

    Wells Fargo Center

    2 reviews

    Love coming here for sporting events! Enjoyable for the whole family!

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  • 19

    Kelly Drive

    7 reviews

    Take some time to enjoy Kelly Drive (especially, if the weather is nice) – walk, bike, rollerblade, run, have a picnic… A good place to start your outdoor activity is from the back of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (there is parking there, and there are more parking lots along the road). The Boat House Row sits perfectly along the ...

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  • 20

    United States Mint

    5 reviews

    A lot cooler than you think it might be. You'll have fun and learn at the same time.

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