Family Trip to Philadelphia: City of Brotherly Love

Patriotic Betsy Ross flag Philadelphia city
Betsy Ross flag

Go family adventure takes on the city of Philadelphia with a family trip to the city of brotherly love. On one of our trips to Washington DC, we decided to add on some time and took the train to Philadelphia. In John’s previous job, he spent more of his life in Philly than he did at home in SC. He was delighted to return and show us around his other city. Just like Boston and Washington DC there is a lot of history within the streets and buildings. Put Philadelphia on your family trip list for a memorable time.

One night the boys ventured out to the baseball park to watch the Phillies and Holland and I went to dinner and then back to the Kimpton Hotel Monaco for a movie night. We could not have been more pleased with the location and amenities there. The interiors were beautiful and just steps away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

City Historic Sites

Regarding your visit to Independence Hall, which is FREE, note the following. Admission is by tour only. Timed entry tickets are required March – December. No tickets are required in January – February, or after 5 p.m. during summer hours. No tickets are required on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (December 24), or Independence Day (July 4). A limited quantity of free tickets are available each day at the Ranger’s Desk in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. Same day ticket distribution begins at 8:30 a.m; distribution is first come, first served. Arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. for the best selection of tour times. Visitors must pass through a security screening area to visit the buildings on Independence Square, including Independence Hall. The screening area is located adjacent to Old City Hall, near the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets. The Liberty Bell is also FREE to visit and through June 2020 is open daily 9am – 5pm. The security screening area closes 5 minutes before the building closes.

Philadelphia Independence Hall city at night
Independence Hall at night
Liberty Bell Philadelphia city historic site
Libert Bell

City Museums

We spent hours at the Franklin Institute and walked through Benjamin Franklin’s home as well as Betsy Ross’ home. We even made some time for art at the Rodin Museum. John and I fell in love with Rodin while we were in Paris and were thrilled to take the kids to see some of his work. They are chomping at the bit to see more in Paris sometime soon.

City Life & Culture

We Ubered over to the famous dueling corners where you can do a very formal taste test between Pat’s & Geno’s philly cheesesteaks. Get your accents down before you order- the boys had a hard time with their southern drawls, but my daughter was a natural asking for a cheesesteak “wit”. All in all, our family loves a city and loves to walk the city blocks seeing, learning, tasting, and hearing the city life. Philadelphia is a fantastic city perfect for family adventuring.

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