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Sesame Place

Sesame Place

Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®. Credit: Photo courtesy Sesame Place

There are few cities as family-friendly as Philadelphia. From the numerous fascinating (and FREE) attractions in Old City (like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall) to kid-centric museums like The Franklin Institute and the Please Touch Museum, there's no shortage of activities to occupy the whole clan for a day, a weekend, a week or longer.

When stomachs start to rumble, head to Reading Terminal Market, which surely has something for everyone to eat. Top off any meal with a gelato from Capogiro Gelato.

The fun doesn't stop within the city limits either. Head into New Jersey to experience the massive Adventure Aquarium, or venture into the Philadelphia Countryside and visit with Big Bird, Elmo and more at Sesame Place.

Complete your family vacation with a stay in one of Philadelphia’s fantastic hotels. When you book the popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™, your car stays FREE.

No matter what you choose, there's more than enough to keep the entire family engaged and happy throughout your entire trip.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO

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  • The Philadelphia Zoo

    Animals and plants thrive at America’s first zoo

    As you approach PECO Primate Reserve, imagine for a minute that a group of primate conservationists have taken up residence in an abandoned timber mill to help save primates from around the world.

    One of the best laid-out and most animal-packed zoos in the country, the Philadelphia Zoo is set among a charming 42-acre Victorian garden with tree-lined walks, formal shrubbery, ornate iron cages and animal sculptures.

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  • Sesame Place

    Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®

    Meet your favorite furry friends at Sesame Place.

    Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®.

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  • Please Touch Museum

    Where kids ages 1 – 7 are boss

    Ride on the restored 1908 carousel at the Please Touch Museum.

    The city’s award-winning children’s museum is fun-filled, totally hands-on and so delightful that adults are entertained, too. Each nook and cranny has a different theme — from the fantastic to the practical.

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  • The Franklin Institute

    One of the oldest and most beloved science museums in the country

    Front of the Franklin Institute.

    An innovator in designing hands-on exhibits before “interactive” became a buzzword, The Franklin Institute is as clever as its namesake. Its eminently touchable attractions explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space.

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  • Reading Terminal Market

    America’s oldest farmers’ market

    Delicious Pennyslvania Dutch pies and baked goods? Yes, please.

    Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”

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  • Franklin Square

    Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

    Franklin Square, one of Philadelphia’s five original public squares, boasts several family-friendly attractions, including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.

    Franklin Square, one of five public squares laid out by William Penn in his plan for Philadelphia, boasts a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench and picnic area.

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  • Sister Cities Park

    Outdoor oasis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Sister Cities Park

    Located on Logan Square in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Sister Cities Park is a welcoming space featuring a brand new café, boat pond, educational garden and commemorative fountain.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing

    Summerfest will feature a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

    Through September 5, 2016
    Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is the home of warm-weather fun, with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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  • Capogiro Gelato Artisans

    More than 25 delectable choices of gelato and sorbet will make it impossible to resist

    Capogiro

    Everyone is raving about the gelato at Capogiro, from Town and Country and Oprah’s O Magazine to Food and Wine and the New York Times.

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  • Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village

    Weekend celebration of the orchard harvest in Bucks County

    Visitors pack Peddler’s Village in the fall for the annual Apple Festival.

    November 5-6, 2016
    Apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters, caramel apples – find these treats and more during the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village.

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  • National Liberty Museum

    Honoring real-life heroes and our heritage of freedom

    Discover the stories of freedom at the National Liberty Museum.

    Liberty comes to life at the National Liberty Museum in Historic Philadelphia. Discover the story real life heroes, including Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Jim Henson and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, at the museum’s interactive exhibitions and inspirational galleries.

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  • National Constitution Center

    The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

    The National Constitution Center is the world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays.

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  • Museum of the American Revolution

    An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    A new museum in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Museum of American Revolution brings an expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    Opening April 19, 2017
    Set to open in spring of 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution promises 118,000 square feet full of art, manuscripts and printed works from the nation’s Revolutionary Period.

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  • Independence Hall

    Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

    Independence Hall

    They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.

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  • The Liberty Bell Center

    Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom

    Visit the Liberty Bell in Independence National Historic Park and grab a photo with Independence Hall in the background.

    The Liberty Bell stands prominently in a glass chamber overlooking Independence Hall. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Liberty Bell Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images bring the bell to life by exploring the facts and the myths surrounding it.

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  • Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens

    An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation

    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark with the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape.

    August 3 – October 29, 2016
    The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2016 with the return of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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  • Independence Seaport Museum

    An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage

    Sailing on the river outside the Independence Seaport Museum.

    With historic vessels to board, an underwater ROV to maneuver and a mock cannon to fire, Philadelphia’s maritime museum conveys what the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers have meant to the city over the years.

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  • Franklin Square

    Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

    Franklin Square, one of Philadelphia’s five original public squares, boasts several family-friendly attractions, including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.

    Franklin Square, one of five public squares laid out by William Penn in his plan for Philadelphia, boasts a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench and picnic area.

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  • Washington Square

    A leafy retreat with tree-shaded benches, located steps from Independence Hall

    Washington Square is one of William Penn’s original five squares set aside to establish parks for the public.

    Washington Square is one of William Penn’s original five squares set aside to establish parks for the public.

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  • Independence Visitor Center

    All-in-one center for info, tickets to Independence Hall, tips from experts and more

    Independence Visitor Center

    Start your visit to Philadelphia at the Independence Visitor Center, where you can get personalized recommendations, tickets to popular attractions, souvenirs, maps and more.

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  • Peddler’s Village

    Charming countryside village just one hour from Philadelphia

    Peddler’s Village

    Peddler’s Village offers small town, colonial charm just one hour from Center City Philadelphia. Explore 65 independently owned and operated specialty shops, six restaurants, a 71-room inn, family-friendly attractions and exciting annual events.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn’s Landing.

    Through September 25, 2016
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Lost Egypt at The Franklin Institute

    Come face-to-face with a real Egyptian mummy and learn about the modern techniques utilized by present-day archaeologists

    Learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to understand the ancient civilization of Egypt in Lost Egypt.

    January 30 – August 28, 2016
    Come face-to-face with an Egyptian mummy and learn how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover the ancient civilization of Egypt.

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