The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 5 children- Boy age 11, Girl age 11, Girl age 11, Girl age 7, & Boy age 4.
Address: Historic Quarter of Philadelphia
Hours: Varies by Segway Rental Company
Website: Several to choose from, start with Google!
Admission: Depends on vendor
Description: A tour of the historic quarter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania allows you to see many famous landmarks and places of importance in the history of the United States. Using a Segway allows you to get around very conveniently, saving you on the time spent traveling and also saving your feet so that they are not sore by the end of the tour. Most tour groups are small so that you receive personal attention. You must weigh between 90 and 275 lbs in order to operate a Segway. Age requirements will also apply.
Our Experience: This tour was a big hit with the adults and older kids, but it is not appropriate for young kids. Make sure to choose a company with a knowledgeable and friendly guide, and make sure he will point out the many places and structures of interest. We had an opportunity to see many places of interest. The Segway was easy to learn how to operate, and we had a terrific time exploring the past in this historic area.
Address: Historic Quarter of Philadelphia
Hours: Will vary by store
Website: Several stores in the historic quarter of Philadelphia have websites. Use an online search engine like Google to find these sites.
Description: The historic quarter of Philadelphia has many shopping opportunities for visitors to take advantage of. You will find charming shops and a few upscale boutiques and handcrafted items and some vintage apparel.
Our Experience: We spent some time browsing through a number of the local shops and boutiques. Some were a little touristy but there were others which were hidden gems if you like offbeat stores and vintage stores. If you enjoy shopping with your family then this could be a nice way to spend an hour or two, but smaller kids may not enjoy this activity. Some of the prices were a little high but we did find some bargains as well.
Address: 526 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 965-2305
Hours: 9am to 5pm, summer hours are extended
Description: The Liberty Bell Center is the home of the famous Liberty Bell from the American Revolution period in the past. In addition to the actual artifact you will also find historic documents from the founding of our nation, and a number of graphics that are very informative and exciting to view. Look at X-rays that show the actual inside and the cracked areas of the Liberty Bell. Visitors will also see products and materials that include the use of the Liberty Bell through the past. Expect to pass through a security checkpoint for this attraction.
Our Experiences: Seeing the actual Liberty Bell through the glass walls was worthwhile. There was a sense of history that the adults and older children experienced here. We all enjoyed seeing the historic documents and learning more about the Liberty Bell and the creation of our nation. This is a must visit for any family that enjoys history.
Address: 9th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: Not Applicable
Hours: Sunday 9am to 2pm, Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm
Description: The Italian Market area in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has a nice dose of history and tradition. The market has morphed to include other nationalities and is one of the oldest markets in the country. In addition to authentic Italian food products you will find jewelry vendors, restaurants, flowers, discount stores, cookware, housewares, and much more.
Our Experiences: The sights and smells of the Italian Market are fun to soak up. There are plenty of opportunities to see and try new foods and other products. Authentic Italian foods were displayed in abundance, unusual and unique items were widely available, and many of the vendors were very friendly and pleasant. Nevertheless, overall, while we enjoyed our time, the market did not feel as authentic or exotic as we would have hoped. We thought that much of the old world charm and authenticity has gone.
Address: 1012 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hours: Summer Sun. through Thurs. 11am to 6pm, Fri. and Sat, 11am to 8pm. Winter Sun. through Thurs. 11am to 5pm, Fri. and Sat, 11am to 6pm.
Admission: Children under 6 free, children 6-12 $3, adults $7
Description: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens offers many popular murals and pieces by well known artist Isaiah Zagar. There are also murals that this artist has painted around the city of Philadelphia, many of which can be viewed free of charge in public places. These gardens include gallery spaces, statues, tile art, sculpture gardens, and much more on display.
Our Experiences: In the end we chose not to go into the museum. Instead we simply wandered to the public places where murals by this artist were located. We enjoyed seeing his work on real walls within the city rather than in a museum. It seemed much more authentic way to appreciate the very special art. Smaller children may not be able to appreciate some of the murals, and they may enjoy another activity better. The adults and teens in our group enjoyed it.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips