Philly is Our Kind of Town, Kid Friendly and YUMMY!
Nov 16, 2015
We have traveled all over the world. Quite literally. I just can't believe that we hadn't found Philadelphia! It is in our backyard, only about two hours away...how, how, how have we missed it!
One of the nicest parts about it (aside from being a quick road trip) is the Philly PHLash. Its a big purple bus that stops every few blocks at the tourist attractions (with a stop outside our hotel). I didn't want to kill the kiddos feet (ha!) because we ALL know what kind of afternoon that would be! There are all kinds of public transportation options and it is a very walkable city. Some things, like the zoo, are too far to walk from the city center. Pretty much everything else is easily accessible on foot!
I enlisted the help of a lovely friend, who has LOTS of Philly experience. She gave me the lowdown on what to do (Cheesesteaks) and where to go (everywhere). I am giggling to myself as I type because that made my over planning self go into hyper drive. OMG there is too much to do in two days, how do we choose!? The answer is simple. We have three kids and they pretty much dictate the schedule.
So fine. Shopping is the last thing on the schedule. I did find time to discover the street shopping on the Nut Streets. I also discovered a new Japanese clothing store called Uniqlo. How had I NEVER heard of this magical place before?! Darn kids...ha!
Food was definitely the first priority, but you won't hear me complaining about that! We left the Loews Hotel and made a right. A few blocks later and BAM! Liberty Bell. It was that simple. We also stumbled on an amazing coffee place right next to the Liberty Bell, which was magical for the parental units. The kidlets enjoyed steamed milk in real coffee cups. The honeybadger was hilarious.
We attempted the historical stuff. It went better than I expected, but after our tour of Independence Hall we discovered that the kids needed less confined areas with breakable objects and more running and being kids.
That called for a place that was recommended over and over by parents, the Please Touch Museum. Can I just say, it was amazing. I wish that we had had more time. The free carousel at the end of our visit just made it absolutely magical for the kids. I don't think they had been on one since Disneyland!
We made our way slowly back to the hotel, enjoying the evening settling on the city. It was easy to find a really yummy restaurant for dinner, strolling along the beautifully lit streets. I couldn't help taking some pictures of the architecture at night.
We decided to treat the kids to a room service cookie and Disney Jr. I believe we earned rock star parent status, don't you? I haven't run into a city this easy to navigate with kids yet. I would appreciate some recommendations for our next trip!
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