Fall is in full swing and excitement from the election is still lingering. What better time of year to take a family road trip to beautiful, historic Philadelphia?
For East Coasters, Philadelphia is an easily accessible destination with lots to do for families and is a wonderful spot for a night out without the kids.
“Night out without the kids while away from home?” you say.
Yep, UrbanSitter has just expanded to the area, so you can now book a local Philadelphia sitter – before you leave home or when the inspiration strikes during your trip. Leave your kids in the care of a trustworthy sitter while you balance your family trip with a much-deserved time out with your spouse. It’s just as easy as booking a sitter in your own hometown.
Here’s how to give your kids a good time and a taste of history, too, while visiting Philadelphia this fall:
What was once one of Philadelphia’s five original colonial squares is now a place recently ranked one of the nation’s top playgrounds. Take a spin on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, grab a burger at the renowned SquareBurger, and let the kids go wild on the playground. Make sure you stick around until sunset, when on weekends in October, the square’s Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course becomes Spooky Golf. It’s a creepy, fun place to play a round with lights, fog and cobwebs to bring out your Halloween spirit. Your kids will go crazy for it!
The Historic Philadelphia Center is an ideal first stop on a trip with kids to Philadelphia. Located across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, it’s a good place to pick up maps and purchase tickets, but the main attraction is the Liberty 360 Show in the PECO Theater. It’s a thrilling 12-minute 3D film that takes you on a journey through American symbols, like the Liberty Bell, really bringing history alive with the impressive use of multi-media.
This is a top-notch children’s museum located in Memorial Hall, a National Historic Landmark in Fairmount Park. The place is enormous, truly hands-on and offers something for toddlers to kids as old as 7-10. Three of its six interactive exhibit zones are designed for kids 3 and younger, so if you have toddlers in tow, this is an especially good pick for a morning or after-nap activity. In addition to the exhibits, the museum provides live theater, and has a gorgeous century-old carousel to ride.
Veer out of the city to Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA, a family-friendly farm dedicated to not only agriculture but also to entertainment. The experience changes with the seasons. Now until November 4, it becomes PumpkinLand, a big Harvest Festival with pumpkins, scarecrows, hayrides, pony rides, a corn maze, live music, and crafts and entertainment geared toward kids. There’s also a playground, a train to ride, and a big pumpkin patch to pick your own. If you don’t make it there by November 4, wait until after Thanksgiving, and go for the Christmas Wonderland experience it becomes. You can pick your own tree, take a family caroling hayride, and visit with Santa.
Don’t forget Date Night! There’s so much to do in the City of Brotherly Love after dark, we found it hard to choose just one thing. So, we’re recommending a one-stop, happening spot where you can have a drink at the bar, enjoy a fabulous dinner and stay for a live music performance. Talk about a sure-fire date night hit!
Johnny Brenda’s is a hugely popular gastro-pub with a 250-person live music venue upstairs. It’s located in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, which incidentally is in the midst of revitalization and can feel a bit rougher than the more touristy areas. The venue feels historical and elegant, reportedly designed to keep the feel of a turn of the century burlesque club or theater. Try one of the local beers served at their bar, enjoy a fantastic meal prepared with as many farmer’s market picks as the season allows, and stay for the music. They host an eclectic mix of performances, which you can purchase tickets to in advance via their web site or at the downstairs bar.
Go ahead. Book your trip before the gorgeous autumn weather becomes the Dead of Winter!