Fun Philly Finds for Families: 6 Authentically Philadelphia Family-Friendly Things To Do!

Heading to “The City of Brotherly Love” this summer and bringing the entire family? Whether you’ve got babies, toddlers or kids (or one of each!), Philly is a great place to explore! It’s the 8th largest metropolitan area in the US, so there’s tons to see, do and experience!

USA Market in Philly

We’ve collaborated with a local Philly mama and avid traveler, @sarimarissa (or otherwise known as the @fabphillymom), to give you a full list of family friendly things to do while in Philadelphia. Sari Marissa has two adorable daughters and their family travels have taken them to 48 states, 29 national parks, 22 countries, and 4 continents! They definitely know how to travel and explore a city! Philly is the traveling family’s home and Sari says of her hometown: “Philly is such a wonderful city for families! It’s filled with history, it has a funky urban edge and has many eclectic outdoor areas for play, too!” Make sure to follow this mama’s blog for more Philly fun and travel inspirations! (All images courtesy of Sari.)

Our official list kicks off below, but you’ll want to fuel up before you start your Philly adventure so we recommend…cheesesteaks! You can’t visit the city known for the delicious subs and not indulge. So, on your mark, get set, go! Explore Philadelphia on a tummy full of a delicious cheesesteak (hint: here’s a great list of cheesesteak places in the city!).

Explore Fairmount Park in Philadelphia

Please Touch Museum in Philly

“We love trips to Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban green spaces in the country, for visits to The Please Touch Museum and Smith Memorial Playground to ride the 100 year old wooden slide! This is a MUST! We enjoy the carousel rides, making wishes in the fountain and Philly landmark themed mini golf at Franklin Square Park. Don’t miss grabbing a milkshake made with Philly’s own Tastykake! If you visit in the warmer months, there’s an amazing Chinese Lantern Festival you must see at night. In the winter, they have an Electrical Spectacle where lights dance around you!” Fun fact: Fairmount Park was visited by more than 10 million people the nation’s Centennial Exposition in 1876!

Experience historical Philly and dine like our Founding Fathers!

Shane's Confectionery in Philly

For an authentic old school Philly experience, we head to City Tavern in Old City not far from The Liberty Bell. Not only is the waitstaff dressed from the colonial era, but you can sit at George Washington’s table and enjoy ales and original recipes from our founding fathers! We combine trips here with strolls down the oldest street in the country, Elfreth’s Alley, and then have dessert at Shane’s Confectionery, the oldest continually run candy shop in America! Don’t miss Thomas Jefferson’s hot drinking chocolate in the back.”

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A theme park dedicated to Sesame Street? Yes please!

Sesame Place in Philly

If you have babies, toddlers and preschoolers, chances are you love and they love Sesame Street. The show has been loved and watched since 1969! Our Philly mommy blogger, Sari Marissa, says the theme park is a must-see: “Sesame Place just outside of the city is sure to delight any fan, and definitely worth the trek!”  

Nap time for baby = Philly museums for mom, dad, and the big kids.

Academy of Natural Science in Philly

We may sound like a broken record, but no matter where you go, make sure to bring (or rent!) a stroller and put baby in a front pack. That way you can explore all day long! While baby is napping, spend some time in local museums with older kiddos who have a longer attention span. Baby can sleep while the rest of the family learns! “The Franklin Institute and The Academy of Natural Science are great ways to spend part of the day. We like to hit up Sister Cities Park across The Parkway for toy-boat racing afterwards!”

Go to the harbor for summertime fun in Philly!

Spruce Street in Philly

Located on the Delaware River Waterfront the Spruce Street Harbor Park is the perfect urban, water recreation area. “Spruce Street Harbor Park is a neat place! They have colorful hammocks, fountains for splashing, oversized games, plastic building blocks, as well as character paddle boats. Don’t miss ice cream in a takeout container from Franklin Fountain!”

Last but certainly not least, channel your inner Sylvester Stallone and live like Rocky.

victor's cafe philly

We can’t mention Philly without talking about Rocky! If you wanna get your “Rocky on”, take a family jog up the art museum steps, nosh your way through The Italian Market on 9th Street and dine at Victor’s Cafe, where they sing opera in an old RCA record building!” Here’s the perfect go to “Rocky” guide to hit all the iconic Creed tour spots!

A big shout out to @fabphillymom for providing all of these awesome and authentically Philly destinations. Whether you explore like Rocky or dine like Washington, you’ll have a great time. Snap pictures of your little ones enjoying all that Philly has to offer and tag us!

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