Mommy's Favorite Things: Family Friendly Places to Visit in Philadelphia

Friday, June 17, 2016

Family Friendly Places to Visit in Philadelphia

Last week we had the opportunity to visit Philadelphia, We had an absolute blast and I wanted to share everything here with my readers. There are so many things to do in Philadelphia, and even with 3 kids in tow we were able to do most of what we wanted. 
A lot of the places in Philadelphia are completely free, but I'll touch base on that later. So here are some of our favorite places that we visited. I'll also add that we were staying right in center city and we WALKED to all of these places (except when we drove to New Jersey)

Benjamin Franklin's Burial. It was really cool to see this gravestone and some background info. 
Located at N Independence Mall E and Arch St, it's not too far from Center City. It was $2 per adult and child over 6 to get in.

Eastern State Penitentiary was amazing. This was mine, my husband's and my 2 older kids (9 and 4) favorite place. They really enjoyed it and we did the self guided tour which had headphones and gave us a lot of information (narrated by Steve Buscemi). Al Capone's room is the decorated one in the collage below.
This was a farther walk, located at Fairmount Ave and 21st St

Self Guided Tour is $14 per adult and ages 7-12 are $10. They also have time slots for a Guide Led Tour as well, prices are the same.

A must when you visit Philly is the Liberty Bell. There is a little museum (FREE) and then you get to visit and take pics with the Bell.
Located at 6th and Chestnut

Right across from the Liberty Bell is Independence Hall. Which has FREE tickets to visit, but you have to get them from the visitors center early in the day before they run out. We didn't get to visit this, but I'm sure it's filled with a lot of History.

Carlo's Bakery!! Yes, an official one. We didn't know this existed until we passed by it one day. Their cookies and cupcakes are amazing, so were the  cannolis! 

Located at 21st and Walnut

Hard Rock Cafe. We don't go to any major city without visiting the Hard Rock. Family Friendly atmosphere and GREAT food!

Located at 12th and Market

The Iconic Rocky Steps!! My daughter and I jogged to the top, there is a volunteer taking pics of the family at the statue and he works on tips, we gave him $4. Otherwise this is free (unless you visit the Museum).
Located at Benjamin Franklin Pkwy and ..... if you follow Ben Franklin, it ends there. It's kind of in the middle of like 5 streets haha

Pizzeria Vetri was awesome awesome Pizza. A Large feeds 4-5 people and was ABOUT $25-$30 each. We got a Pepperoni and Melanzana and our family of 5 ate both. Even my daughter had 6-7 slices. They are smaller and thin.
They have 3 locations on Callowhill, Chancellor  (both PA, we visited Callowhill) and Austin (TX)

Just down the road was Sabrina's Cafe, Great pancakes and the Stuffed Challah French Toast will change your life!
Located at Callowhill and 18th St

The Franklin Institute was fun for everybody. Lots of Science stuff and a Pixar museum that shows you how the movies are made.
There was a real Mummy in an exhibit, but we couldn't take pictures. A brain, tons of fun stuff for the kids. They even had a kid science area.

Located at 20th and Race, it's right across from Logan Sq. 

If you want to do everything, tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for kids 3-11. But they offer a Military Discount. Our family of 5 got in for just $58. (Everybody was free, we just paid for Lost Egypt and Pixar)

The U.S. Mint! There is a Factory Tour inside and you can see real coins being made. This was fun and educational for the kids to see.
It is completely free, but you need to go through a scanner at the entrance

This is right across the street from Benjamin Franklin's Burial.

Last but not least. We drove to New Jersey for Breakfast before driving home. Amy's Omelette was awesome. Only a few miles from the border and they have 222 Omelette Options! WHAT?? It was almost impossible to choose! I settled on the belly buster and boy was it!
Omelette's average $10 each, so well worth the price. We visited the one in Cherry Hill NJ, but they have a few other locations.

So there's my list of places to visit in Philly that are family friendly!
Have anything else to add to the list?


missedgy said...

These are great ideas. I enjoy the Franklin Institute and I look forward to going to the mint next time I'm in Philly.

Julie Waldron said...

Pennsylvania is such a pretty state. I've never been to Philadelphia but would love to visit, there is so much history.

Ken C said...

I want to go to Carlos Bakery and visit the mint