Top 12 Family Friendly Attractions

Awesome events in and around the city!

  1. Philadelphia Zoo
  2. Franklin Square
  3. Independence National Historic Park
  4. Betsy Ross House
  5. The National Constitution Center
  6. Please Touch Museum
  7. The Franklin Institute
  8. Sister Cities Park
  9. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  10. Adventure Aquarium
  11. Sesame Place
  12. The Independence Seaport Museum

Bonus: Smith: The Kids’ Play Place in the Park

Bonus: Camden Children’s Garden


Philadelphia offers a ton of great activities for families that go far beyond must-see historic attractions like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Explore a dozen of our favorite family-friendly museums, parks and attractions that will keep the entire family engaged and happy throughout your entire trip.

1. Philadelphia Zoo


(Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

America’s first zoo and one of the region’s foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. The zoo offers a first-in-the-world animal travel and exploration trail system—called Zoo360—that enables primates and big cats to move above and across the main visitor pathway. Award-winning exhibits include First Niagara Big Cat Falls, the McNeil Avian Center, the PECO Primate Reserve and the newest exhibit KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center.

2. Franklin Square


One of William Penn’s original five squares, Franklin Square is a modern and fun family park, with a Philly-themed miniature golf course, a restored marble fountain, playgrounds and an old-fashioned carousel featuring some famous Philly horses. When hunger strikes, SquareBurger delivers with burgers, fries and shakes from Starr Restaurants.

3. Independence National Historical Park


The Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and the Bishop White House are just some of the buildings that make up Independence National Historical Park in Historic Philadelphia. In the summer months, the park offers ranger-led walking tours, including Dr. Franklin’s Philadelphia, History Beneath Our Feet and Underground Railroad.

4. Betsy Ross House


America’s most famous flag maker greets guests in her interactive 18th-century upholstery shop at the Betsy Ross House Visitors learn about Betsy’s life and legend from the lady herself. Summer brings a weeklong, annual Flag Fest celebration with free events every day. Also, every morning at 10 a.m. in the summer, kids can participate in a free flag-raising event with Betsy and a Colonial friend.

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