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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 excitement for the whole family.

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.

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Dress up like a firefighter and run the hoses at Firemen’s Hall.

Housed in a firehouse that dates back to 1902, Fireman’s Hall both chronicles the history of firefighting in Philadelphia and promotes fire safety. But the best part of it all? Kids can play dress up with helmets, boots and jackets.
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Get your sea legs at Seafarin’ Saturdays at the Independence Seaport Museum.

An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage

The Independence Seaport Museum delights visitors seven days a week, but kids especially love heading there on Seafarin’ Saturday. Free with museum admission, this weekly program lets youngsters participate in age-appropriate nautical activities and crafts.
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Find your state's quarter at the U.S. Mint.

Where pocket change and commemorative coins are made

The first U.S. Mint opened in Philadelphia in 1792, and while there are four such production facilities around the country today, the majority of coins in circulation still come from Philly. During free, self-guided tours, families can learn about the history of coin-making and even look for their home state’s quarter.
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