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Best for Kids in Philadelphia

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Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

The Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown takes care to ensure comfort and a more than satisfactory experience to all guests. A foreign exchange bureau, valet dry-cleaning, two restaurants, jacuzzi, fitness center, and nearby golf courses are some of the features here. The King Tut Treasure Package is one of the specials on offer. Call for reservations.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Originally the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Savings Fund Society (PSFS), this fantastic hotel boasts comfortable rooms, wonderful service, chic yet historic decor, fully wired rooms for business travelers, and packages for romantic weekend getaways. A red neon sign atop that says PSFS, marks the skyline as a historically significant landmark and the best of early 20th Century design and architecture. Since it's located across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, advance reservations are recommended.

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Academy of Music

This has been the jewel of the Philadelphia culture scene since it opened in 1857. The simple brick Federalist exterior opens into an ornate interior—art deco lamps, velvet cushions, and possibly the largest chandelier on the East Coast. The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the opera and the occasional pop show have performed at the academy. There is some criticism about the acoustics and sight lines, but none of this matters. This is where the big shows are.

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Merriam Theater

Hailed as the number one Broadway roadhouse, Merriam Theater has contributed greatly to the vibrant cultural scene in Philadelphia, importing the latest hit Broadway musicals for local audiences. An important cultural hub in the city, the theater is home to the Pennsylvania Ballet and also hosts a number of music concerts and theatrical productions. The venue is also available on rent for private and social events.

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Born Yesterday

Nestled across Rittenhouse Square, Born Yesterday is a chic boutique for children. Established a few decades ago, this store is a magical trove of fashion and toys that are really one-of-a-kind. From young girls to boys and newborn babes, their collection comprises popular labels like Bitz Kids, Scotch and Soda, Scotch R'belle, BillieBlush, Appaman, Eliane Et Lena and Deux par Deux. These include artisanal sweaters, gorgeous dresses, fashionable tees, cute toys and gift items. Though expensive, it is one of the best places to dress your child in haute apparels.

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Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences boasts one of the most extensive collections of dinosaur remains and fossils in the country. Visitors can view the 40-foot frame of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the vanquished rulers of the Earth. In addition to the permanent displays, the academy often puts emphasis on ecological exhibits and their relevance to today's environment. It is conveniently located close to the Franklin Institute and other museums, as well as shopping and eating destinations.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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The Franklin Institute

A man of amazing talent and stature, Benjamin Franklin, is celebrated as one of the founding fathers of America and for being an influential figure in history. It follows naturally that his contributions have inspired generations of Americans. The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia is one such landmark that celebrates the man. The institute serves as a science museum, education center and event venue. Apart from exhibits that date back centuries, there are interactive rooms, so patrons can experience it all themselves. A session in the escape room will test your noggin, while the sports zone pushes your physical fitness levels. Explore the inner workings of the heart and brain or let the marvel of space exploration leave you spell bound. The iconic Benjamin Franklin National Memorial statue watches over the proceedings from the centrally located rotunda. The Franklin Institute definitely warrants a visit if you're around Philly.

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Liberty Bell

A jewel of the Independence National Historic Park, the Liberty Bell spans layers and layers of long-standing history. In 1751, William Penn asked that the new bell being cast for the Pennsylvania Statehouse be engraved with the words, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” When the bell first rang to call citizens to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence, little did it know that it was going to change the course of the country forever. It was later dubbed the 'Liberty Bell' by abolitionists, who adopted the bell as a symbol of their fight for freedom for all Americans. A copper-clad, 2,080-pound (940-kilogram) icon of American independence, The Liberty Bell yet serves as a symbol of pride, inspiration and freedom.

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Franklin Square

Franklin Square is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of five landscapes planned by William Penn in the late 1600s. It was formerly called Northeast Square, and later renamed in 1825 to honor Benjamin Franklin, a pioneer of the country as well as inventor and activist. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1981.

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Ali's Wagon

Ali’s Wagon is a vibrant boutique located on Fairmount Avenue, near Fairmount Park. The shop itself offers an extremely colorful, fun environment. The family-run store offers a plethora of baby care equipment, baby clothes, footwear, furniture and much more. Apart from a fantastic collection for children, there are delightful gifting items, local souvenirs, care baskets, wedding and baby shower presents and a nice collection of baby books available here.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art features over 240,000 objects filled with treasures spanning across continents and cultures, drawn from a collection of more than 400,000 works of art like prints, drawings and photographs. The huge stone edifice of the museum, supported by majestic Doric columns, looks over the Schuylkill River. Scale the steps made famous in the 'Rocky' movies.

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Independence Seaport Museum

Philadelphia has been an important seaport town since the 1600s. The Seaport Museum traces this history through exhibits, demonstrations, and several ships on display, including a World War II submarine and the USS Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship in the Spanish-American War. The auditorium at the museum is also used for chamber music concerts.

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