Please Touch Museum#12 in Best Things To Do in Philadelphia
Many say this children's museum is one of the best in the country, offering dozens of hands-on displays related to everything from gardening to construction zones. You and your kids can travel to Wonderland with the Mad Hatter's tea party, practice your reading skills in Wordsworth's Cottage and learn about the properties of water in the River Adventures exhibit. The museum also hosts weekly events, ranging from story time to science experiments. And when tummies begin to rumble, the Please Touch Museum Café serves plenty of healthy snacks that both you and your little ones will love.
According to recent visitors, this museum definitely caters more to the younger set. The exhibits may be most suitable for children ages 5 and younger (the miniature grocery store was a particular favorite for recent visitors). Also, note it costs an extra $3 on top of the admission price to ride the museum's popular historic carousel (or $5 for unlimited rides).
The Please Touch Museum is located on the southwest edge of Fairmount Park (just north of the Philadelphia Zoo) in the northwestern part of the city. Parking is $12. The museum is accessible via PHLASH bus stop No. 13 and bus routes nos. 38, 40, 43 and 64. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. (except for Wednesdays, when it opens at 10 a.m.) to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $19 per person. Admission is $2 on the first Wednesday of the month from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit the museum's website for more information.
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#1 Liberty Bell Center
Opposite Independence Hall, you'll find the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Now residing in a huge glass gazebo, this 2,080-pound piece of history was once mounted in the belfry of Independence Hall. It was used to mark important historic events, most notably at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Historians believe the first crack developed in the early 1840s. Metal workers were tasked with repairing the bell in anticipation of George Washington's birthday in 1846. The repair was unsuccessful and the bell ceased to chime ever again.
Despite the long lines, recent visitors called this attraction a must-see for all Americans. They also suggested planning your visit first thing in the morning during the week.
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