Family Attractions Near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Family Attractions Near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa., offers several family attractions for vacationers that are fun for the entire family. Philadelphia benefits from its large metropolitan resources and boasts a rich history with several historical sites. Family activities include the Philadelphia Zoo, Ride the Ducks and The Franklin Institute.

Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo is famous because it was America's first zoo, having opened in 1874. The zoo is always a great choice not only those visiting the area but also for those who live nearby. The park, which spans a massive 42 acres and has more than 1,300 animals to see, will constitute a full day of activities. The zoo averages 1.2 million visitors each year and you will find some rare and endangered animals living at this zoo. Besides all the animals to see when visiting the zoo, there are also educational programs and family workshops.

3400 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 243-1100
www.philadelphiazoo.org

Ride The Ducks

When visiting Philadelphia see it from the original duck tour and see historic parts of the city on land and water on an unusual amphibious vehicle. The vehicle is equipped with wheels like a car or bus but is also works as a boat. Ride the Ducks has been in business for almost 30 years has given over 500,000 tours and carried around 10 million guests.

601 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 627-5234
www.phillyducks.com

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute opened in 1824 to promote engineering, or what was know as Mechanical Arts during that period. By 1934, The Franklin Institute Science Museum opened to the public and as the first hands-on type of museum to open in the United States. Currently, the museum is extremely modern and includes Body Worlds, Giant Heart, Kids Museum, the IMAX Theater, Planetarium Theate, and the Franklin Theater. Truly, this stop will be an adventure the entire family will enjoy. As of December 2009, tickets ranged from $14.75 to $22.25.

222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 448-1200
http://www2.fi.edu

Article Written By Terrie Berry

Terrie Berry, MBA and has a background in IT/Management who has been writing since she was a young child, she currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, and Associated Content. She graduated from Baker College and Wayland Baptist University. Ms Berry resides in Texas and is self-employed; she is a computer guru, enjoys research, reading, fine wine, and sharing the knowledge she has gained.

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