Our soccer tournaments allowed us this year to visit Philadelphia. I knew that we would not have a lot of time so I knew that we wanted to see the Liberty Bell and go to the “Rocky Steps.” (Yes, believe it or not, it is listed on Google Maps as “Rocky steps”) We went during Memorial Day weekend so we knew that it was going to be busy. We parked on the side streets and then started walking toward the Independence Visitor Center. In the visitor center, there are plenty of tours to take and you can take a pic with Rocky himself!
Since it was free, we decided to visit the Liberty Bell. Also, it was a holiday weekend so we did have to stand in line for 45 minutes. (security checkpoint too) Once inside, you learn about the history of the Liberty Bell. (Did you know it was cracked upon its first use and first casted in Great Britain?) My kids were more annoyed about standing in line and I don’t know if they fully grasped the history of the bell. TIP: if you don’t want to wait in line, go to the back of the Liberty Bell Center and snap a picture through the glass.
Next, it was time for lunch! We were told by a Philly native to head to 1st and 2nd streets for some eclectic food. The streets were lined with brick and they did have some cool shops and restaurants. There were lines for pizza and of course Philly Cheesesteaks. (We also passed a house where Benjamin Franklin lived) We then had a conversation about him with the kids while we were walking around. (Insert history moment: actual learning and absorbing!) We couldn’t decide on a place to eat so we headed back toward Independence Hall. There was a building close by to the attractions that had sign that said “Food Court” so that’s were we decided to eat. It was a good place to take the kids because there were a variety of foods to choose for us and the kids. My husband did order the traditional Philly Cheesesteak. (Yes, that is Cheeze Whiz on top!) I did take a bite of it and it must say..it was good!
After that we headed toward Independence Hall. (This is where the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence) We did not get tickets in advance for a guided tour but you can walk through one building without having a ticket. (Timed ticket tours are free)
Our final stop was to head to the “Rocky Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We did have to go back to the car and we did find some free parking around the museum. I am sure that this is wonderful museum and but most of the people were there to capture themselves on the Rocky Steps! (Yep, that means US too!) I had my kids watch the movie prior to heading here so they could understand why people headed here to get their picture taken! Have you been to Philly? Did I hit the highpoints of the city?