Things to do in Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute - A vibrant 21st-Century organization that continues to offer new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would both amaze and delight Mister Benjamin Franklin.

Philadelphia Trolley Works

Philadelphia Trolley Works - Philadelphia's largest provider of sightseeing and specialty transportation. Visitors can enjoy a sightseeing tour of Philadelphia's attractions, regional day tours or majestic horse drawn carriage tours.

 Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum - Home to six interactive exhibit zones across 38,000 square feet, designed to encourage learning through play. Let your child be your guide as you explore this unique environment. The open-endedness the exhibits allows families to personalize each visit, for there is no wrong way to play!

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Hawk Mountain Sanctuary- Located in Kempton which is about 25 miles west of Allentown. Open to the public year round. It is a scientific research center, a wildlife sanctuary, and one of the best places in northeastern North America to see the annual hawk migration in the Fall. There are 8 miles of trails, a native plant garden, a visitor center and a full schedule of workshops and lectures. Some of the birds you can see here include the American kestrel, bald eagle, hawks, black vulture, tundra swan, goshawk, and osprey.

Independence National Historical Park - The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People." Explore Franklin's Philadelphia and learn about the past and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' Declaration that "all men are created equal."

African American Museum in Philadelphia - The first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. Doors are open for your enjoyment and enlightenment six days a week.

Historic Philadelphia - Give the story of American Independence a little more personality. Hear history from the lips of the founding fathers themselves. Sneak into Independence Hall after hours. Get the true stories from professional storytellers, right in the places where history happened. Historic Philadelphia. History that speaks to you.

The Academy of Natural Sciences - Located on Philadelphia's beautiful Museum Mile on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Museum develops and presents exhibits and programs for the Academy's varied audiences. Visitors can find permanent exhibits on Dinosaurs, Dioramas, and Academy research as well as a space for traveling exhibits.

Allentown Art Museum - Features beautiful European and American art, textiles, paints and drawings, work by Frank Lloyd Wright, Lectures, performing arts, and much more to enjoy!

ArtsQuest - Offers beautiful art, sculptures and galleries plus studio artists and their breathtaking work.

Crayola Factory - Roam through a crayon and marker factory, explore the magic of light and color, and experiment with cool art techniques. It's all under one roof at the Crayola factory in Easton.

Elmwood Park Zoo - Welcomes over 130,000 visitors annually for an educational adventure in a fun, clean, and family-oriented environment.

American Helicopter Museum - The nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. They collect, restore and display historic aircraft and chronicle the origin and development of rotary wing aircraft.

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens - One of eastern Pennsylvania's great horticultural and environmental assets. As a botanical garden, the Arboretum maintains a collection of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns in a tranquil, naturalistic landscape.

Lehigh Valley Zoo - Creates a safe, engaging and enlightening wildlife experience for guests of all ages as it demonstrates leadership in the cultural, scientific and conservation communities.

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. The collection of Asian art,Japanese art, European and French includes ceramics, sculpture, paintings, and decorative objects and stained glass.

Sesame Place - A family theme park with rides, attractions and entertainment featuring Sesame Street characters.

Silver Lake Nature Center - The Silver Lake Nature Center creates opportunities for the natural habitats of Silver Lake to inspire students of all ages and abilities with the wonder and beauty of this living treasure.

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center - Dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance, through an interactive, interpretive facility within Independence National Historical Park.

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo - Visit America's first zoo. The Philadelphia Zoo is a 42 acre park located within minutes of Center City, the Avenue of the Arts, and the Liberty Bell. Featuring more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals, the Philadelphia Zoo is a great place to visit. The Philadelphia Zoo also features a variety of educational programs and events throughout the year, making it perfect for the whole family.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary - With its magnificent structure, it was once the world's most famous and expensive prisons, and was the first Penitentiary. Visit this historic landmark and learn about its rich history, and that of the criminals who were contained here, including Al Capone.

Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland Reptiland- Located in Allentown in eastern Pennsylvania. Here you will see almost 40 species of reptiles and amphibians in naturalistic habitats and there are interactive exhibits to test your reptile IQ, experiment with lizard adaptations, and learn to speak Croc Talk. Attend a daily croc talk with a zookeeper or meet an off-display animal in the winter at animal encounters. Visit the Island Giants exhibit and see komodo dragons and Aldabra tortoises, watch dinosaurs come to life in the Dinosaur exhibit or walk through the greenhouse filled with butterflies. Some exhibits are open seasonally.

Independence Seaport Museum - Go on a journey of discovery through the history and traditions of the Delaware Valley's maritime past. Enjoy family-oriented, interactive exhibits, step inside a wooden boatshop, tour Admiral Dewey's 1892 cruiser Olympia and go below deck of WWII Submarine Becuna - both National Historic Landmarks.

Dutch Springs - Adventure Fun for the Whole Family. Two of the biggest attractions are The Aqua Park, which includes several large blow up features and the Sky Challenge, which includes a two story climbing wall and ropes course..

Ride The Ducks - Fun Philadelphia tours always include an exciting ride on an amazing land and water duck vehicles. Ride through the historic streets of Philadelphia. Splashdown and cruise the Delaware River. Quack along with the captain and the music aboard this 70-minute city adventure.

American Swedish Historical Museum - An outstanding example of twentieth-century Swedish interior design. From early Pennsylvania history to decorative arts to architecture to science and technology there is much to explore!

Brandywine River Museum of Art - Exhibiting American art in a 19th-century grist mill, the Brandywine River Museum is internationally known for its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of Wyeths and its fine collection of American illustration, still life and landscape painting.

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom - A family fun oriented, amusement and water park with over 100 rides and attractions. From high speed world-class roller coasters to soaking wet water slides, you're sure to enjoy a day spent at the park.

Happy Tymes Family Fun Center - This indoor soft play climber is one of the largest in the United States. With four stories of tunnels, slides, and other great activities, the fun frame is a great place to spend some time with your friends or to make some new friends. There is also a toddler area for the small ones to play in the ball crawl or use the mini slide.

Independence Visitors Center - Helps you make the most of your visit to Philadelphia and The Countryside. Make it your first stop for the Philadelphia region's best event, touring, and lodging information.

Longwood Gardens - Over 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres of heated greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants; spectacular fountains; and 800 horticultural and performing arts events each year, from flower shows, gardening demonstrations, courses, and children’s programs to concerts, organ recitals, musical theatre, and fireworks displays.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens - Explore the fully mosaiced gallery space and labyrinth sculpture garden at your own leisure. Visitors can spend as little as 20 minutes or stay for hours, viewing the thousands of diverse tiles, intricate sculptures, and varied texts embedded in the walls. Garden "guide" interpreters are available to give brief introductions to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens and answer questions.

Christian C. Sanderson Museum - A tribute to the life and collection of one man, Christian C. Sanderson. The museum contains thousands of artifacts pertaining not only to local Chadds Ford history, but to American history as well.