While families get ready for the summer season, planning vacations and plotting weekend getaways, the city of Philadelphia is, too. Whether deep in the heart of the city, visiting a trendy neighborhood or just sticking along the outskirts, there are a few family-friendly and nearly summer-ready destinations in the Philadelphia area worth visiting this year.
Nothing says “budget” like “free,” and the good news for families looking for a vacation that won’t break the bank will find a whole list of low- and no-cost attractions in Philadelphia. Here are some of our favorites.
With Harvard and MIT in the same city, it’s no surprise Boston’s got more in its favor than winning sports teams. Follow the lure of the iconic orange dinosaur out front into the hallowed halls of the Museum of Science, where the butterfly garden chases away the chill of notoriously brutal winters, the planetarium is enough to make one Sheldon Cooper drool, and the five-story-tall IMAX movie theater makes the floors shake, rattle and roll. Longtime favorites include musical stairs and lightning shows in the Theater of Electricity.
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Tourists traveling into the city of Brotherly Love often head straight for Center City. There’s great shopping, dining, theaters and historic attractions at every corner, so it makes sense, but with such a walkable city spreading far and wide, we have a list of healthy dining options worth seeking out. Whether your family is primarily vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, soy-free or just looking for lighter options while in the city, this list is for you.