Philadelphia Family Attractions

Philadelphia Family Attractions
Home to over one and half million residents, Philadelphia holds unique historical significance as the geographic center of the original 13 American colonies. Today, the region welcomes more than 8 million visitors annually and offers an abundance of interesting and educational experiences appropriate for families. Possibilities include visiting Valley Forge National Historical Park and joining others on an outdoor journey to foil a plot to kidnap General Washington. Whether visitors prefer to explore the 45-acre Bartram's botanic garden or go hiking in the 9,000 acre Fairmount Park, they will find plenty of opportunities for outdoor and indoor fun, alone or with the family.

Ride The Ducks

It is possible to see Philadelphia from the back of a duck on this 70- to 80-minute tour of the city. Combining fun and music with history and sights, the tour allows guests enjoy visits to various stops, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Ben Franklin's Grave on land before "the duck" loses its wheels and slides into the water at Penn's Landing. Gliding down the Delaware River, kids learn fun and educational facts while get a first-hand look at the city from a unique perspective. Parents appreciate the affordable prices and easy boarding location next to other downtown destinations.

Ride The Ducks
@ Independence Visitor Center
601 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-5234

Please Touch Museum

At the Please Touch Museum, kids ages one through 10 call all the shots. Brightly colored walls and several rooms comprise this property. Numerous exhibits, all hands-on await curious minds. Kids enjoy building and constructing, simulating flight, trains and pursuing automotive interests. Little ones can take a trip around the full-scale Carousel or enjoy an interactive original theatrical show. Prices are affordable. The museum is open seven days a week.

Please Touch Museum
Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park
4321 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 581-3181

Lights of Liberty

Visitors take to the streets in the Lights of Liberty tourist attraction. Walking guides lead groups through the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia on an interactive sounds and lights tour. Guests wear wireless headsets used to immerse themselves in the historical significance of this area. High-tech, smoke-and-lights and auditory effects allow a "virtual" Colonial experience. The Revolutionary story is compressed into five acts. Crackling rifles, booming cannons and the Founders of America arguing is all enunciated with big projector images on buildings. The Philadelphia Orchestra plays in the background and the 1776 finale takes place in back of Independence Hall concluding the tour. Seasonal availability applies. Prices are reasonable.

Lights of Liberty
@ Liberty Center
6th and Chestnut
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(877) 462-1776

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