Philadelphia is the perfect city to visit with the whole family. With a myriad of museums and attractions specifically designed for children (and the adults accompanying them), there are plenty of things to do together throughout town. Check out our favorite spots to take the kids for fun, and a little learning too:
The Please Touch Museum is one of the nation’s best children’s museums. Two floors of kid-centered fun focus on enriching young lives through play. Learning opportunities and cultural awareness come to the forefront of a variety of hand-on activities, including interactive exhibits, an Alice’s Wonderland area, and theatrical shows in the Please Touch Playhouse. Adults and kids can also enjoy a restored 1908 Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. Extra perk: on Wednesdays, the museum is open from 4-7 p.m. with only $2 admission.
4231 Avenue of the Republic
A favorite museum among locals and tourists alike, the Franklin Institute is one of the leading science centers in the country. Visitors of all ages can connect with science and technology through a variety of creative exhibits and interactive zones. Our favorite must-see exhibit is The Science Behind Pixar, which showcases the STEM concepts used by artists and computer scientists to create award-winning films like Toy Story, WALL-E, and Finding Nemo. Other programs include Lost Egypt—featuring a real mummy, the chance to take a selfies with a camel, and Egyptian artifacts—an activity-filled sports zone, and Your Brain, which exhibits a two-story tall neural structure with sound and lighting effects.
271 North 21st Street
Ancient dinosaur bones, different classification of fauna, and a tropical garden full of butterflies highlight the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. A variety of displays and activities make a day at the museum the perfect family destination. Kids can climb a T-Rex skull, try on horns and claws, and dig for fossils in Dinosaur Hall. There are also four floors of exhibit space that feature remarkable collections of dioramas and various specimens, as well as a sandbox and live animal presentations of birds and a variety of mammals.
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Franklin Square is the perfect venue to spend time outside as a family. An 18-hole Philly-themed miniature golf course features icons like the Liberty bell, Boathouse Row, and Elfreth’s Alley. You can enjoy a nostalgic spin on the Philadelphia Parx Liberty Carousel, which houses racehorse celebrities like Afleet, ALex and Smarty Jones. Be sure to grab some BBQ pulled pork, cheesesteaks, or sweet potato fried from the burger shack, SquareBurger in between rides and rounds of putt-putt (the milkshakes are noteworthy as well).
200 N. 6th Street
The Philadelphia Zoo is America’s first zoo, and is home to over 1,000 animals. Its animal travel and exploration trail system Zoo360 is the first of its kind and enables primates and large cats to roam above and across the main visitor pathway. First Niagara Big Cat Falls, the McNeil Avian Center, the PECO Primate Reserve, and the KidZooU are all award-winning exhibits that are educational and entertaining for everyone. Be sure to stop by and check out the vast variety of animals, including rare and endangered species like leopards, lemurs, frogs, and gorillas.
3400 W Girard Avenue