Top Things to Do with Kids
in Philadelphia’s Historic District
Fun activities abound in the Historic District
Philadelphia’s Historic District offers a treasure trove of hands-on, kid- and family-friendly excitement.
All over the district, spots ranging from a carousel-equipped park to a modern roller skating rink offer ways for families to take a fun step back in time. Immersive experiences like meeting the Founding Fathers, playing mini-golf around miniature replicas of iconic Philly sites and munching on 18th-century style cuisine help to bring the past to life for young visitors.
Whether your kids are into costumes and carousels, selfies and sweets or history and heroics, they’re in for an unforgettable visit in the Historic District.
Hang out at the waterfront boardwalk and arcade at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
The waterfront, hammock-filled haven with games
Strap on your ice skates/roller skates at the Blue Cross RiverRink.
Skating, eating and outdoor hanging
Rent a swan or paddle boat at Penn's Landing
A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year
Interact with living history at Colonial Stations throughout the district.
Meet and greet several Founding Fathers and Mothers
Ride the carousel and play Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square.
Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
Muster into the Continental Army.
March out all of that youthful energy, wooden musket in hand
Snap a photo/selfie in front of the Liberty Bell or on Independence Mall.
Capture your sightseeing experiences
Listen to true stories at the Once Upon a Nation benches and collect stars for a Story Flag.
History that speaks to you
Grab an old-fashioned ice cream at The Franklin Fountain.
Sweets topped with history
Grab an authentic Philly cheesesteak.
Score Philly's signature sandwich
Watch the light-hearted Colonial Kids’ Quest Puppet Show.
An adventure to find the missing Declaration of Independence
Learn about Philly’s favorite Founding Father at the Benjamin Franklin Museum.
Revitalized museum dedicated to the life and legacy of America’s favorite Renaissance man
Museum of the American Revolution
An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period
The Museum of the American Revolution lay just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.
Visit the Founding Fathers (all of them!) in Signers’ Hall at the National Constitution Center
The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution
Get a taste — literally — of Colonial Philadelphia at City Tavern.
Colonial America is recreated at this tavern in Old City
Ask Betsy Ross about the creation of the American flag at the Betsy Ross House.
The birthplace of the American flag
Dress up like a firefighter and run the hoses at Firemen’s Hall.
Celebrate African-American history and culture at the African American Museum.
Stories of African-Americans and their role in the founding of the nation
Discover the stories of real-life heroes at the National Liberty Museum.
Honoring real-life heroes and our heritage of freedom
Explore the American Jewish experience at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience
Take in a family-friendly event at Penn’s Landing.
A hub of kid-friendly activity all spring, summer and fall
Throw a penny on Ben Franklin's grave at Christ Church Burial Ground.
Visit the graves of early American leaders
Get your sea legs at Seafarin’ Saturdays at the Independence Seaport Museum.
An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage
Find your state's quarter at the U.S. Mint.
Where pocket change and commemorative coins are made