Return to childhood memories of old while riding the Carousel. Philadelphia was once home to three of the largest manufacturers of the carnival favorite "Merry Go Round". Here in Franklin Square enjoy the Liberty Carousel, play the Philadelphia themed Miniature Golf course, or enjoy a "Shake of the Month" at Burgers by Starr Restaurants.
SEPTA Routes: 17, 33, 38, 44, 61, Market-Frankford Line
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
The nation's oldest natural history museum is home to a spectacular collection of dinosaurs and butterflies. The hands-on discovery center, Outside In, invites children to touch specimens and meet live animals.
SEPTA Routes: 2, 32, 33, 38, 48
Visit one of America's first Zoos and enjoy over 300 species of animals. Ride the Amazon Rainforest Carousel, take a Swan Boat Ride or soar above the sky in the Channel 6 Zooballoon. Your little ones can even pet and feed animals at the Children's Zoo or ride a pony.
SEPTA Routes: 15
Please Touch Museum
The museum is showcased in historic Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Children have six interactive fun-zones of adventure. Two museum favorites are City Caper's ShopRite Supermarket and River Adventures.
SEPTA Routes: 15, 38, 40, 43, 64
There is something for everyone here. Gaze at the stars from the Observatory, or walk from end to end of one of the museums first exhibits-The Human Heart. The Institute also features three movie theaters including the Tuttleman Imax Theater.
SEPTA Routes: 2, 7, 32, 33, 38, 48
Venture through the doors of the nation's largest insect museum. Come see the thousands of live and mounted bugs on display, selected from the millions of bugs actually sharing the world we live in. Educational demonstrations and interactive exhibits round out a fun-filled visit.
SEPTA Routes: 28, 66
Fairmount Water Works Interpretative Center
Fairmount Water Works supplied water for Philadelphia from 1815 until 1909. The abundant water sparked population and industrial growth and the rise of Philadelphia as an American Industrial Revolution leader. The land surrounding the Water Works (Fairmount Park) was purchased to control river pollution. Today, through the Water Works Interpretative Center, efforts to protect our water continues. Visitors learn how our actions on the land affect the quality of our water. Fun learning activities include a simulated helicopter ride up the Delaware River, making rain and visiting Pollutionopolis.
SEPTA Route 38
Old City's restored 1902 firehouse celebrates the past and present of Philadelphia firefighting. Who knew the first organized volunteer fire company was formed by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia? The hall is filled to the brim with a captivating collection of firefighting exhibits and memorabilia.
SEPTA Routes: 5, 17, 33, 44, 48, Market Frankford Line
Another first for Philadelphia - the U.S. Mint was founded here in 1792. Through exhibits and video stations, learn how the coins we use every day are made, designed and delivered in "mint" condition.
SEPTA Routes: 17, 33, 44, 48, 57, Market Frankford Line
Independence Seaport Museum
Explore maritime history and culture through interactive exhibits. Come away with a sense of what Navy life was like at the turn of the century or how it felt to come to America as an immigrant on a ship. Step on board the USS Olympia or go below the deck of the Becuna, a WWII submarine, just steps away from the museum on the Delaware River.
SEPTA Routes: 21, 25, 42, Market Frankford Line
Sister Cities Park
An inviting retreat in the heart of the Parkway Museum District. Come explore the Children's Discovery Garden, complete with a stream, trails and "mountain" top. Sail your own boat or rent one for some water fun in the Boat Pond. Relax and enjoy the Sister Cities Fountain and grab a bite to eat at the family-friendly Milk & Honey Cafe. Enjoy daily park activities and special events.
SEPTA Routes: 32, 33, 38, Suburban Station
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
Opened in 1899, Smith Memorial, located in Fairmount Park, is the largest and oldest playground in Philadelphia. Generations of children have roamed the 6.5 acres, climbed on the state-of-the art play equipment and glided down the now century-old giant wooden slide. The three story playhouse mansion is home to rooms of creative play areas including a climb-on train, the town of Smithville and a huge toy room. Children 5 and under will experience indoor fun for hours. Check with Smith Memorial for days and hours of operation.
SEPTA Route 3 provides direct weekend service.