Post # 1
Hi ladies! I need help with an itinerary for our family vacation this July! My Fiance and I are taking our three daughters to Sesame Street place for a day but we are planning on staying for 3 days/2 nights around July 12. Our girls are (going to be)4, 2 and 11 months. I would like to know what are the best places for our little family to visit and see and eat. I know for a fact he wants a cheesesteak, I want to see the liberty bell and our kids, well, just want to run around. I don’t have a baby carrier so littlest will be in a stroller. I heard the market can get super busy, which times do you recommend visiting it? We might also hit New Jersey since it’s right there. Thanks so much bees!!
Post # 3
The kids will love sesame place ! Definitely head to the shore for a day or two! I would recommend ocean city, (family town with plenty of kid friendly activities along the boardwalk , however it can be pricey and be prepared that it will be crowded (try to go during the week like Tuesday-Thursday.) if you want a shorter drive go to AC, still great boardwalk and beach and the piers have plenty of amusement rides. You can do storybook land (in mays landing ) and check out lucy the elephant in margate
Post # 4
Cheesesteak: PLEASE no Pat’s or Geno’s. They’re not even top 50 steaks in the city, not to me. Lots of small shacks/holes in the wall that make amazing, delicious steaks! Nick’s Roast Beef on 2nd and Market is to die for. Omg.
Liberty Bell: That thing gets crowded and fast. Be patient – that line can get very long and nobody likes to move when they get to the front.
Reading Terminal Market: DO NOT go during regular lunch time unless you like massive crowds and looking for a seat forever. I would go right before or right after peak hours (12-2) to avoid the crowds. It’s a great place to be. If you go on any day but Sunday, the Amish make BANGING food.
As for other places to see? Right around the Liberty Bell, you’ll find lots of educational sights. I love Fairmount Park and the Art Museum. If you stay near front street, Penn’s Landing is a nice place. I think the ferry is open now too and you can go to Camden (stay near the river, please) and see the Battleship and the Aquarium. Please Touch Museum and the Zoo are also great attractions. It really just depends where you want to go.
I love AC. Do go!
Post # 5
Agreed with Sealevels about cheesesteaks, however the last few times I was at Nick’s, I had a terrible experience. Check out Steve’s or Chink’s.
If you are going to do anything do in center city – do it earlier rather than later. Reading Terminal is great place. Sunday’s all the Amish vendors aren’t there.
There are soo many museums and things to check out in Philly – Art Museum I wouldn’t really do with kids but there is Franklin Square, Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences (my kids loved the butterfly room – we had all sorts of pretty butterflies landing on us), Camden Aquarium, Zoo, Please touch Museum, Longwood Gardens, Linvilla Orchards.
You don’t even have to leave the Philly area to check out all the great places.
Post # 6
Thanks everyone! I haven’t decided if we are staying in langhorne or Philly yet, but since this will be a short trip (I have school Monday-Thursday) I will really have to crack down on the best places to visit lol I might bump the arrival date up to Thursday to avoid crowds.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
Oh, PLEASE take your kids to the Please Touch Museum! We wanted to get married there, but my family wanted something else. Anyway, it’s AWESOME and I can’t wait to take my niece there!
So much for kids to enjoy!
Post # 8
@VossinatorsButterfly: I agree with PPs about the cheesesteaks!! Steve’s is a personal favorite, and there’s one near Langhorne, so check it out!
Also agree with PPs about the Please Touch Museum. It is a great place for kids, especially those ages!
I’d honestly skip the Liberty Bell if you’re trying to pack in as much as you can in a short amount of time. Your kids might not enjoy waiting in such a long line!
The Zoo is my favorite, Fiance and I are members. Lots for kids to do and see there as well. There’s also the Camden Aquarium, which might be better if it’s super hot or rainy.
Post # 9
The problem with Philly/Langhorne is that they aren’t close to each other if you are car-less. Do you intend to rent a car? I would stay in Philadelphia and drive up to Langhorne since you’ll be doing more activies there and Langhorne only has Sesame Place.
The Franklin Institute is another great place to take kids, as well as the Academy of Natural Sciences. The Liberty Bell on display, well I’m going to burst the bubble, is a replica. The real one is still hanging up in independence hall. But the line is long. You also can see it from the ouitside you actually dont need to go inside. If you want to go inside independance hall you have to make advance reservations (this is a new thing).
Go get a cheeseteak at Jim’s steaks. I’m extremely particular about my cheesesteak. Pat’s and Geno’s and a few other pretty popular places are awful in my opinion. My absolute favorite place to go is in a different neighborhood, but Jim’s is second and in center city.
As far as New Jersey, I cant think of anything to do in such a short time other than hit the beach. Wildwood and LBI are the only free beaches, the others all have a charge. OCNJ is extremely family friendly. Well, there’s an aquarium too, but I dont know how unique it is compared to others.
Post # 10
I have to disagree about Philly/Langhorne not being close. If they stay close to 95 than it is easy to get into the city, might take 45 mins depending on traffic. The hotels may be cheaper outside the city too.
If you want to plan more of a family trip, than I would stay away from the historical sites. Your girls are too young to understand or appreciate the site and may get bored easily. I have two girls – 3 & 7 and they do love the beach.
It really all depends on if you want a relaxing but fun vacation or do you want an on the go vacation.
Post # 11
@VossinatorsButterfly: I couldn’t agree more about Please Touch Museum. That was my favorite place to go as a kid. If you go down the shore, I would suggest Ocean City, which is super family friendly and even has little kiddie rides on the boardwalk too. Have fun in my fair city!
Post # 12
@MASPA: we have a car, it’s only a 9 hour drive for us.
Post # 13
If you wanna visit independence hall book early, it’s free but you have to pay a res fee. Just showing up you prob won’t get a ticket.
Post # 14
@Atalanta: thanks! Although my girls are really young I do want to see some historical site! Sometimes I wish it was just me and my Fiance but hey, can’t leave them behind!!
Post # 15
I would recomment Sesame Place, Please Touch Museum, Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Zoo. You’ll have a good time and the kids will enjoy it too!
Post # 16
Keep in mind that if you’re here over the weekend in the summer, the city actually empties a lot because people head down the shore! I definitely think Reading Terminal Market is a must-see…I agree that morning is best (or late afternoon). If you go late afternoon, Famous 4th Street Deli cookies are on sale for $1 – amazzzzing! Please Touch Museum is absolutely incredible for kids. If possible, I’d definiteyl recommend staying in the city so you can maximize your time for the short trip!