Family Travel: Historic Philadelphia
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For families with very young children, the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall is a no-brainer for a fun day. One of the nation's premier children's museums, it features six interactive exhibit zones that cover more than 157,000 square feet. Each section has a unique theme: Explore the fantastical pleasure of "Alice's Adventure in Wonderland," where children can play croquet with the Queen of Hearts and sip tea with the Mad Hatter; check out the Supermarket and let the kids do the shopping -- they can stock the shelves, load their carts, and even ring up the order. All members of the family will love to take a ride on the restored Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. Built in 1908, the Carousel was formally in storage for more than 40 years, but now it provides delights for kids in the 9,000 square-foot glass pavilion on the eastern section of Memorial Hall. While the Please Touch Museum doesn't have any specific exhibits planned for the summer, it offers a full schedule of craft activities, plus dance, music, and storytelling performances.
There is obviously a ton to do and see in Philly. For families looking to explore these attractions and more, consider investing in the CityPass. Providing admission to six different Philadelphia sites, including all mentioned above, it gives a savings of nearly 50 percent. When you purchase the CityPass it is valid for nine days from the first use and can also help you skip most lines. For more information and pricing, visit www.citypass.com/philadelphia.
Jillian Ryan, a travel writer who lives in Astoria, feels that Philadelphia is one of the few cities she's visited that can compete with her native NYC. Philadelphia's history, cobblestone streets, and friendly people have made it a favorite weekend destination.