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Philadelphia, PA

For family travelers who want to learn a big dose of American history in a fun and engaging way, then a family vacation to Philadelphia is in order. Philadelphia is the cradle of America, and on a Philadelphia family vacation, history comes alive. But families will be glad to know that there is much more to Philadelphia than just history: Museums in Philadelphia are world-class, the zoo is a blast for family vacationers, and there is even an old prison to tour. Philadelphia seems made for family vacations; from the family friendly lodging to the hearty welcome on the lips of every local, Philadelphia will be fun for every member of the family.

Philadelphia National Historic Park

Also called Independence Mall, this historic park is the number one Philadelphia attraction for family vacationers. This is where America first formed, and every member of the family will be interested and amazed by what they see. A visit to the Mall should start at the Independence Visitor Center, and will lead family vacationers past the oldest street in Philadelphia, the US Mint, and of course, Independence Hall itself. Family vacationers will discover that Independence Hall is the centerpiece of the park: this was the actual place where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and families today can take informative and interesting tours of the building. Families will then move on to the Liberty Bell in the Liberty Bell Center, which was rung when the Declaration was signed. Another highlight of the Mall for Philadelphia family vacationers is Christ Church Cemetery, where Ben Franklin and George Washington are buried. Families might also want to stop for a bite at City Tavern, which was the site of debates during Colonial times and still serves food and drink to hungry family vacationers today.

Philadelphia History Museums

The museums in Philadelphia are as interesting and rich as the historical sites. Family vacationers will discover that many Philadelphia museums are located in the Independence Mall, clarifying further that that is an area of the city where they will spend lots of time. Three notable Independence Mall museums include: the African American Museum, which tells story of famous Philadelphian African-Americans, the National Museum of American Jewish History, which includes a Torah scroll, and the Atwater-Kent Museum, which traces the history of Philadelphia for family vacationers who want to learn Philadelphia from its infancy to current times. Outside the mall are other amazing museums to discover on a Philadelphia family vacation. The Independence Seaport Museum is in a beautiful waterfront building, and has over 100,000 square feet of U.S. maritime history and traditions: another fun and important history lesson for those on family vacations. Family vacationers who come at the right time can see an active boat shop, where boats are still built in a traditional style. Kids on a Philadelphia family vacation will especially appreciate the submarines. Family vacationers who are interested in American history will also want to visit the Masonic Temple, which displays Masonic rarities and artifacts in its architecturally awesome building. A museum that kids especially will love on a Philadelphia family vacation is the Franklin Institute Science Museum, which has a walk-through heart and hundreds of hands-on exhibits, perfect for kids who like to learn through touch and feel. Attached to the museum is Fels Planetarium, which is another big hit for Philadelphia family vacationers.

Philadelphia Art Museums

The kids on the family vacation may groan and grumble, but the art museums in Philadelphia are among some of the best in the world, so no family vacation should end without thoroughly investigating them. The first art museum that Philadelphia family vacationers should visit is the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, which was founded in 1805 and displays works by some of the best known American artists in the world. Highlighted artists for family vacationers to check out at the museum include Mary Cassatt and Winslow Homer. The building itself will be a marvel for Philadelphia family vacationers: it is considered one of the finest examples of Victorian-Gothic architecture in America. Another art museum that will be wonderful for family vacationers is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which attracts major exhibitions as well as having a superior permanent collection. Like many museums in Philadelphia, there is a special emphasis on American artists. Among others, a final art museum that Philadelphia family vacationers will love is the Barnes Foundation, which has one of the best displays of French modern and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world. There are more than 180 Renoir paintings and 69 Cezanne paintings, for starters. Egyptian art, African sculpture and American furniture also make up the eclectic collection.

Philadelphia Family Entertainment

The cultural scene in Philadelphia is so prevalent, that families will be glad to know that there are also places where they can go to just have fun. One place that kids and adults love on a family vacation is the zoo, and Philadelphia has a great one. The Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest in America and has over 2,000 species, including many rare ones. They also have one of the finest otter habitats in the world. A dedication to maintaining as-close-as-possible natural habitats makes this zoo a wonderful spot for family vacationers. The zoo is in beautiful Fairmount Park, which itself will be another highlight on a Philadelphia family vacation. Family vacationers will discover that Fairmount Park also has seven historic manor houses in beautiful period styles, a Japanese house and wonderful gardens. But more importantly for family vacations, Fairmount Park is also home to Smith Playground, which includes merry-go-rounds, a giant slide and a huge playhouse. A very unique Philadelphia sight on a family vacation is the Eastern State Penitentiary, which was an active jail until 1971 and is now a tourist attraction. What makes this prison interesting is that Quaker influence dictated that each prisoner be completely alone: therefore, each cell is single, with its own exercise yard, and completely out of sight of every other cell. Prisoners would literally never hear or see another human being for the duration of their stay. This fascinating history is sure to appeal to Philadelphia family vacationers. For the little ones in the family, parents should definitely visit Sesame Place on their Philadelphia family vacation, which is thirty minutes north of the city, but worth the trip as Sesame Street comes alive for the 2-12 year old set.

Philadelphia Dining

Eating in Philadelphia is a stand-out experience for family vacationers. The working-class, down-to-earth nature of Philadelphia lends itself to cuisine that is unfussy, served quickly, and is always delicious. All of these are attributes of a perfect family vacation meal. For starters, hungry families might want to visit the Reading Terminal Market, a historic downtown market that has over eighty different stands that sell lunch food from all over the world. Family vacationers who are in the mood for Chinese are in luck, as are those who want to try Pennsylvania Dutch food. But no Philadelphia family vacation should end without eating a famous Philly cheesesteak. There are many places all over Philadelphia that advertise having the best one, and many times family vacationers can just stumble onto a delicious version. For family vacationers who need a little help, a cheesesteak shop that has been in business for sixty years is Jims Steaks, on 62nd Street. Another famous cheesesteak shop that family vacationers will love is Pats, King of Steaks, which claims to the orginiator of the Philly cheesesteak. However, right across the street is Genos, a famous rival of Pats. On your Philadelphia family vacation, have your family choose for themselves which one is better!

Philadelphia is one of the best family vacation destinations in the United States. Family vacationers come in droves to explore the historic and artistic activities, the fun family entertainment, and the local culture, which is certainly unique. Philadelphia has been an important American landmark for hundreds of years, and will make an exciting and fun family vacation.


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