This historic city offers plenty for families to warm up to.
For an upscale treat be sure to check out The Moshulu (moshulu.com), the world’s oldest and largest square-rigged sailing vessel still afloat, berthed on Penn’s Landing. Fan favorites include the tuna tartare, crab cakes, and swordfish for adults and the penne and burgers for kids. Nonna has traditional Italian food that appeals to both kids and adults. At this old-school fan favorite not only is the food super tasty, but the friendly staff and cozy dining room make for a lovely warm spot on a cold winter’s night.
Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
It’s free to see the world’s most famous cracked bell, but it’s best viewed at the very beginning or end of the day when the lines are the shortest. The bell has become a symbol to abolitionists, suffragists, and other freedom-seekers around the world. Independence Hall offers free, timed tickets. Go to the Independence Visitors Center early to get your same-day tickets. It’s best to get there by 8:45 as these tickets go fast. This is where the 13 colonies declared their independence; be sure to check out the U.S. Constitution in the adjacent West Wing.
Betsy Ross House
This little museum is well worth a visit, since a re-enacted Betsy Ross explains how George Washington came to visit her 18th century upholstery shop and asked her to sew the United States' very first flag. The kids can ask any questions and Betsy has an answer. While in this area, be sure to wander around Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest continuously inhabited street. The cobblestone makes it a really picturesque and quaint spot.
Museum of the American Revolution
This is one of Philly’s newest—and most popular—museums. It has plenty of interactive dsplays to keep the attention of young kids, plus there is a lot of in-depth history for adults including short films and Revolutionary-era weapons and personal stories.
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