Today was the busiest day of our Pennsylvania trip. We did a world wind tour of Philadelphia! We got a great deal on Philadelphia attractions through Citypass.
Citypass is a great deal and they have many different tourist areas to choose from, not just Philadelphia. We paid $55 for adults and $35 for children. For this one low price, you get admission to The Franklin Institute, Big Bus Company, and either Adventure Aquarium or the Philadelphia Zoo. This saves you so much money!
We started our day off at The Franklin Institute. We parked our car there and left it parked there for the day. You would think this museum would not appeal to younger kids, but there was enough for them to enjoy for a few hours.
There is a giant two-story human heart that kids can actually crawl through.
Along with all its arteries.
There is a huge sports exhibit that the kids loved with all kinds of interactive activities. The kids got to give surfing a try since I probably would never let them do it in the actual ocean. Remember, my unnatural fear of sharks. HaHa.
Pretend to drive a racecar.
There is a giant room full of all kinds of clocks. More than you ever thought existed.
We spent about 2 hours there and really had a lot of fun!
The kids are pretending to be afraid of the giant dinosaur outside. Are they convincing?!
Once we had our fun at The Franklin Institute we headed outside and crossed the street to the Big Bus Company bus stop. With our Citypass, we had on-off privileges to the bus all day! It literally goes all over the city and you can get on and off whenever you want at any of the 27 stops. Bonus: it’s a sightseeing tour so you get a tour while you go. There is an open top deck with seats. The kids loved it!
So we hopped on the bus and headed over to Betsy Ross House. Although we are on vacation, I do like to throw in some educational stuff as well.
Gianna and Eric were only 5 years old on this trip so I gave them a very brief explanation of who Betsy Ross was. They liked walking through the house and seeing the exhibits.
We hopped back on the bus and headed over to the Reading Terminal Market for lunch. I researched the Reading Terminal Market before the trip and I couldn’t wait to go. We are such a foodie family!
The Reading Terminal Market is kind of like an indoor farmers market of sorts. There are all kinds of food stands, from pizza to donuts to Amish specialties.
Oh, the donuts… Can you say sugar shock!
We were in Philadelphia so Eric just had to try their famous cheesesteak. I think it was bigger that my arm! He said it was amazing.
The Reading Terminal Market is a good place to eat for families because there is so much variety and everyone can eat what they like. There is literally so many options. We finished off with some ice cream!
Back on the bus to our next stop, the Rocky steps. This was a highlight for Eric. He really loves the Rocky movies. He climbed the steps but the kids and I did not partake. That’s just too much work for us. HaHa.
Little Eric was excited to take a picture with the statue even though he has never seen the movie.
Finally, back on the bus for the last time. This time we actually stayed on the bus for the actual tour and drove all around Philadelphia sightseeing. We got off at The Franklin Institute and headed back to our car. We saved sooooo much money with the Citypass. It was a world wind day, but we had so much fun!
Maybe a little too much fun! I wish this was an appropriate thing for adults to do as well.