Philly isn’t all nightlife and bars -- there’s plenty for the underage crowd, too. Make a day trip out of these family-friendly destinations sure to please the whole brood.
This place is as hands-on as it gets. With interactive exhibits that appeal to young children’s senses -- like the “Alice In Wonderland” themed attraction and century-old carousel -- and the stunning Beaux Arts-style building, built for the World’s Fair in 1876, the museum is a splendor for all ages.
Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic.
Greeted by a giant tyrannosaurus rex (don’t worry, he doesn’t bite), guests of the Academy of Natural Sciences can revel in skeletal dioramas of over 30 dinosaur species in addition to more lively subjects like butterflies and mollusks.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Learn about the discoveries and inventions of Benjamin Franklin at the museum that bears his name. Don’t miss any of the major touring exhibitions, too. Other draws: A giant, explorable heart and planetarium.
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
America’s first zoo is home to lions, tigers, bears and reptiles. Of the zoo’s 1300 animals, many are rare or endangered. Some animals — including meerkats, lions and gorillas — are free to roam throughout the grounds via enclosed pathways in what they’re calling Zoo360. Get an aerial view via the popular on-site hot air balloon.
Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.
Of the five original city squares, this one boasts mini golf, a carousel and drool-worthy burgers and milkshakes. Visit in the wintertime for a holiday light show, or in the summer for the Chinese lantern festival.
Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th St.
On the other side of the Delaware River in Camden, deep sea creatures are swimming about. Lock eyes with hippos or go for a stroll just inches above swimming sharks swimming. For an added a bonus, take the RiverLink ferry.
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, N.J.
By summer, the area along the Delaware River Waterfront at Spruce Street is the ultimate riverside oasis. You’ll find hammocks, colorful lighting and games for the kids, plus great food and booze offerings for the adults.
Spruce Street Harbor Park, Columbus Blvd. and Spruce St.
You can’t go wrong with an old-fashioned playground. Full of age-appropriate equipment for kids ages 10 and under and a 16,000-ft playhouse for younger tikes, the free play area is a one-stop-shop for relaxing playtime.
Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr.