Families traveling to Philadelphia this winter have so much to enjoy and look forward to. Don’t worry if you’re feeling a little bit intimidated by the low temperatures in Philadelphia during the winter season. From taking in the best arts and culture the city has to offer, to treating yourself to great meals and shopping sprees, these are our favorite indoor activities for families in Philadelphia this winter.
We are major proponents of celebrating and enjoying Philadelphia’s rich collection of museums and cultural institutions. Going to a museum is a great way to expose adults and children to interesting creations, historical insights, and educational exhibits while staying warm. Check out our post on why The Franklin Institute Might Be The Best Kid-Friendly Museum in Philly, and our post on Why We Love The Barnes Foundation.
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most exciting and competitive basketball teams in the National Basketball Association. Come check out one of their games with the whole family this winter and marvel at stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid as they dominate the court. The historic Philadelphia Flyers franchise also plays their home games at the Wells Fargo Center for all you hockey fans out there.
One of our favorite winter activities is shopping. Peruse this list of our favorite places to shop local in Philadelphia, and break up your warm retreats by taking the family walking and shopping one afternoon on your next visit. Don’t forget to treat yourself along the way.
One of the most fascinating things you do while visiting Philadelphia, is take the whole family to prison. Seriously! The Eastern State Penitentiary is a historic prison that’s now become a museum of architecture, art, and culture. Throughout the year it’s home to a number of unique events, and it’s considered one of the most unique places to take kids in town.
By picking some of the city’s most critically-acclaimed restaurants in our neighborhood of Center City, you can get out of the room without lingering too long in the cold. And luckily, the options are pretty great. Check them out on our breakdown of the Best New Restaurants in Center City.
Planning a visit to the City of Brotherly Love? Check out The Independent Hotel’s blog for our favorite recommendations of what to see and experience in Philadelphia.