Philadelphia is a great city to visit with kids with a little bit of everything to do from History to fun museums! Pennsylvania in general is just a great state to visit for family vacation and Philly is a great starting point and has fun attractions that a quick car trip away!

Here’s a travel guide to some of the top things to do in Philadelphia with toddlers, children, and teens!

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Please Touch Museum

Designed specifically for children, this museum encourages kids to touch and play with everything. The museum features two floors of fun with interactive exhibits like a water play area, a pretend city, and more. Unlimited rides on the carousel is $5 per child.

General admission is $22 per person for children ages 1 and up. Admission is half-price after 1:30pm on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays. Parking is $16+ in their gated lot and parking is limited.

Please note that the museum is closed on Tuesdays. Reservations are required.

For more information, please visit Please Touch Museum.

Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo is the very first zoo in the USA and is on our Top 10 List of Best Zoos in the USA and one of my kids favorite zoos! The monkeys exhibit is a family favorite as the monkeys were so fun to watch and it was quite large!

Admission varies from $19-28 depending on dates. Members of AZA can receive half-price admission. Children under 2 are free. Admission is free with the Philadelphia CityPass. Parking is $17 or free for members of the Zoo.

For more information, please visit Philadelphia Zoo.

The Liberty Bell

No trip to Philadelphia is complete without a visit to the the Liberty Bell!

The Liberty Bell Center is open daily from 9-5pm and admission is FREE! Keep in mind that you will need to go through security screening first.

For more information, please visit The Liberty Bell.

Franklin Institute

One of the oldest and most prominent science museums in the country, the Franklin Institute offers a range of exhibits on topics like space, physics, and the human brain, plus a giant walk-through heart.

General admission is $25 for adults and $21 for children ages 3-11. Children 2 and under are free. Members of ASTC reciprocal program receive free or half-price admission. Admission is free with the Philadelphia CityPass.

For more information, please visit Franklin Institute.

Adventure Aquarium

Located just across the river in Camden, New Jersey, this aquarium features over 15,000 aquatic species. Kids can enjoy up-close experiences with creatures like sharks, penguins, and hippos.

Admission varies from $27.99 to $47.99 depending on date and ticket type. Children under 2 are free. Check their website or social media pages for special offers and promotions. Admission is also free with the Philadelphia CityPass.

For more information, please visit Adventure Aquarium.

Sesame Place

North of Philadelphia in Langhorne, Sesame Place is a perfect amusement park for young children and Sesame Street lovers! There’s amusement rides, water rides, splash pad, shows, and a parade! Make sure to visit on a hot day because a lot of their rides are water-themed!

Ticket prices are $102.99 but they constantly have sales and promotions and will often be half the price. Check their website and social media accounts for sales and special offers. Children 23 months and younger are free.

For more information, please visit Sesame Place.

Franklin Square

Enjoy this public square that includes playgrounds, mini-golf, carousel and a snack bar.

Prices vary depending on attraction, but is free to enter the park.

For more information, please visit Franklin Square.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Kids can explore the wonders of nature, dig for dinosaur bones in the Big Dig exhibit, and walk through a butterfly-filled tropical garden at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Admission is $27 for adults and $23 for children ages 2-12. Children under 2 are free. Save $2 on admission tickets when purchased online. Admission is $10 on weekdays after 3 PM. Admission is free with the Philadelphia CityPass.

For more information, please visit The Academy of Natural Sciences.

Independence National Historical Park

Visit Independence Hall, and other sites critical to American history.

Prices vary depending on where you visit but some are free and others are a few dollars per person.

For more information, please visit National Park Service.

Smith Playground & Playhouse

Enjoy this indoor & outdoor playground that includes two floors of interactive play and a 6.5-acre playground! This is a great place for kids to burn off some energy!

Always free to visit. Smith is closed on Mondays.

For more information, please visit Smith Playground & Playhouse.

Things to Do in Philadelphia with Kids

What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia with kids? Did we miss any of your favorite family-friendly attractions in Philly with kids?

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