Here’s just a few of my ‘must see’ picks for families:
1)Independence Visitor Center
This is a great place to start and pick up maps, flyers, and an up-to-date- events calendar. Don’t’ feel the need to pay big-bucks for professional tours (or even a car-rental) as the on-duty Park Rangers can give you directions to lots of interesting sites within walking distance and can tell you about the many FREE events available. Also, pick up your Independence Hall tickets here!
2) The Liberty Bell
Just across the street from the visitors center the building that houses welcomes visitors FREE of charge. No tickets or scheduled visit is required, but do expect a short line for security before seeing this iconic symbol of freedom.
3) Independence Hall
Although admission is free, I recommend reserving tickets for the Independence Hall tour several days in advance so as to choose the time you prefer. There is a $1.50 per ticket fee, but tours are popular and you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow for security. The tour guides are animated and knowledgeable and make the time spent truly enjoyable.
4) The Betsy Ross House
Just off the beaten path, you’ll find this home turned museum. For just two additional dollars you can enjoy the audio tour – which I highly recommend. An actress playing Betsy can be found on the main floor. Be sure to stop and chat/ask questions. The historical information is great and ‘Betsy’ never breaks character. She and I shared a long talk about the trials of motherhood (she the mother of seven girls -me with my two boys). It’s my favorite memory of my trip.
5) City Hall
This beautiful building is just magnificent at night. It’s as if Batman will fly in at any moment to declare Gotham City safe for all!
6) The Subway
No trip to a big city is complete without a ride on public transportation. Feeling brave? Try it at rush hour! For young and old, it’s just plain good fun at $1.50 a head.
7) The Reading Terminal
This is my new, all time favorite place to people watch. It’s the farmer’s market/food court/gift shop to top all. Come hungry, expect a crowd, and try not to stare. I loved every minute of it!