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Kids Entertainment Tour (Self Guided), Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the greatest family destinations in the United States. This wonderful city offers a diversity of interesting attractions for all ages. Its fabulous Arden Theatre Company, the African American Museum, the magnificent sweet shops on Market Street and the Independence Seaport Museum are amazing places for parents to enjoy with their kids. Check out these great attractions in this self-guided tour!
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Guide Name: Kids Entertainment Tour
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Franklin Square
  • Fireman's Hall
  • Arden Theatre Company
  • The Franklin Fountain
  • Independence Seaport Museum
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Franklin Square

1) Franklin Square (must see)

A renovated Franklin Square was unveiled in the summer of 2006 as part of Philadelphia's celebration of Benjamin Franklin's tercentenary. Courtesy of the project, the park—last of five original squares laid out by William Penn—obtained new walkways, lighting, landscaping, and public WCs with changing tables. Inside the Square is a number of attractions including the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, Philly Mini Golf, and a couple of public playgrounds (one for kids aged 2 to 5, and the other for 5 to 12s). The square also houses a beautiful namesake (Franklin Square) Fountain and Once Upon A Nation's—a unique local attraction featuring storytelling benches, craft demonstrations, and merchandise kiosks.
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Fireman's Hall

2) Fireman's Hall

Housed in an old firehouse that was operational between 1902-52, this unique museum was designed for the Bicentennial to showcase Philadelphia's rich firefighting history and the first organized volunteer fire company in Colonial America – the Union Fire Company – established by Benjamin Franklin in 1736. Another reminder that the Founding Father had a hand in everything!

The building still contains the original brass sliding pole used for quick access to fire trucks. Several other pieces of old equipment are on display, including an 1896 hook-and-ladder, a 1903 high-pressure Cannon Wagon, and a 1907 steam-powered pumper. Of special note are two well preserved hand-pumpers – one from 1815, and the other from 1730. Also on display are axes, saws, nozzles, old fire plaques indicating insured buildings, and leather fire hats from the early 19th century. A large stained-glass window memorializes fallen firefighters.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am–4:30pm
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Arden Theatre Company

3) Arden Theatre Company

Arden Theatre Company runs the first in the city resident professional children's theatre program, featuring shows made with the same cast, designers, and budgets as those engaged in the main, adult productions. Each of the Children's Theatre performances is followed by an informative Q&A session, during which kids can ask the actors questions about their work. After the show kids can meet the actors one-to-one in the lobby. The theater is also home to Arden Kids' Crew, for kids aged between five and 11, and the Arden Teen Company, for teens in grades six to 12. Both of these include summer camp programs, one-day workshops, and classes in acting, design, and muscial theater, taught by some of the city's most experienced theater professionals.
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The Franklin Fountain

4) The Franklin Fountain

Brothers Ryan and Eric Berley come from a long line of antique dealers. When they decided to convert a former bakeshop of dubious taste into a stylish old-school ice cream parlor and soda fountain, no painstaking detail was spared. The ensued result justified the effort and saw an authentic early-20th-century style interior with vintage wooden cabinetry lining the walls and tin ceilings overhead, in which the signature hand-made Franklin Ice Cream is carefully dispensed over Tennessee pink marble counters. On offer are classic sundaes, splits, soda fountains favorites, fruit pies and other baked stuff, complete with rarities such as old-time chewing gum and America's first soft drink—Moxie cola.

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 12 pm- 12 am; Friday-Saturday: 11 am- 12 am.
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Independence Seaport Museum

5) Independence Seaport Museum (must see)

The Independence Seaport Museum is a museum dedicated to the maritime history of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley. It is located in the Penn's Landing complex along the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The museum was founded in 1961 by J. Welles Henderson and has dozens of exhibits including the warship USS Olympia and the submarine USS Becuna. There are many maritime artifacts, ship models, and full-sized boats in the permanent and interactive exhibitions. The exhibits focus on the Port of Philadelphia, trade, immigration, shipbuilding, and deep sea submersibles.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Introduction Walk

The sixth largest city in the U.S. and the birthplace of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", Philadelphia is a dynamic city heaped with old-world charm and contemporary infrastructure. This historical city was born in 1701 when Charles II of England granted William Penn, a famous Quaker, a charter for the Pennsylvania Colony. As soon as the area was settled, Penn made treaties...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Religious Buildings Tour

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Like every historic city, Philadelphia has a vast collection of old churches and historic places of worship. Many of its religious buildings are National Historic Landmarks. Take this self guided tour to see some of the most beautiful religious buildings in Philadelphia!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Philadelphia Old City Walking Tour

Philadelphia Old City Walking Tour

Let Philadelphia tell you the great history of the United States through its many outstanding historic places – from the tale of the Liberty Bell to the legend of Betsy Ross. Take this self-guided tour to learn more about America's founding fathers, key events during the 18th century, the country's long-awaited independence and its glorious attainment of liberty. Standing in the same...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
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Benjamin Franklin was arguably the most fascinating personality in Revolutionary America. He left his Puritan family in Boston as a teenager and came to Philadelphia for a new life. What a fascinating life it turned out to be. He was a writer, printer, philosopher, postmaster, scientist, inventor, statesman, and diplomat. His life was the absolute purist version of the American Dream. He...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Franklin Parkway Walking Tour

Franklin Parkway Walking Tour

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is a scenic boulevard that runs through the cultural heart of Philadelphia. Named for Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, the mile-long tree-lined Parkway features many beautiful sculptures and fountains, and several world class museums. Follow this self guided walk to appreciate its beauty and explore the fine cultural institutions along the way.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles

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