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A Family-Friendly Philadelphia Tour

From catching the stars visiting Betsy Ross to hopping a ride on Smarty Jones, families can view Philly the fun way.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This tour starts with a trip back in time, and ends at a modern playground. In between, there are plenty of choices. This tour is... more »

Tips:  Two essentials on this tour are water and walking shoes. Although there are a couple of concession stands along the route (try the... more »

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Points of Interest

The tour starts at the Betsy Ross House, in the heart of the historic Old City district. This tour is kid-friendly and history-light, but the home of America's most famous seamstress is a good starting point. The tour through the house is relatively short and there is always something going on that appeals to the younger set.

While touring the... More

2. Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Bench

As you're leaving the Betsy Ross House courtyard, send your children over to the Once Upon A Nation storytelling bench on the corner of 3rd and Arch streets. This bench is one of 11 scattered throughout historic Philadelphia. Take a seat on the bench, and a storyteller will magically recreate the days when the country was new.

Stories are only a ... More

Continue down Arch Street to the Independence Mall area. The United States Mint is located between 4th and 5th streets.

When our forefathers decided to create a currency, the first mint was established in Philadelphia, then the nation's capitol. The mint opened in 1792 and was made a permanent fixture in Philly by an act of Congress in 1828.

A... More

4. Philly Mini Golf

Leaving the Mint, head north on 5th Street to Race. Continue up 5th until you see the entrance to Franklin Square, which will be on your left.

Franklin Square was one of the original squares planned by William Penn when he designed the city. The area had fallen into some disrepair, even being called a "skid row park" by architecture writer Jane... More

5. Philly Park Liberty Carousel

After your game (or photo session), continue heading around the park to the right until you reach the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel. The only carousel in the city, this 30-animal merry-go-round pays tribute to Philadelphia's rich history of amusement making. It also salutes some beloved animals in the city's recent past.

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Disclaimer - yes, there is a playground to the right of Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel. And yes, it is perfectly fine to end your tour there, as the equipment is safe and fun, it's closer to your parking spot and your kids may be nearing their nap times.

But, if you want to visit the premiere playground in the area, head back to your car to... More