As the birthplace of America, Philadelphia is teeming with interesting historical sites and attractions. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution were both signed here, and symbols of American history and freedom exist throughout Philadelphia’s famous Old City. It’s a fun and exciting place to learn about history and take in the amazing sites. To ensure a fun-filled trip for you and the kids, consider these tips from Hussain al Nowais:
- Learn about America’s history before you go
Get the kids excited about the trip and teach them a little about America’s history before you go. You can teach them fun facts about America’s founding, and switch up their bedtime stories with tales of the founding fathers and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This will help them understand what they’re seeing when they get there.
- Get your tickets in advance
You’ll need tickets to visit Independence Hall and the Constitution Center. Tickets can sell out, so be sure to purchase them in advance. If you are unable to get tickets in advance, then have someone in your party pick up tickets at 8:30 a.m. when they open. Keep in mind that everyone in your party will need a ticket, and the tickets will have timed entries.
- Stay nearby
If you’re spending the night in Philadelphia, stay somewhere nearby. This way can get an early start and don’t need to worry about walking too far or driving in the city. There are plenty of great hotels in Old City.
- Get an early start
With so much to see, you’ll want to get an early start to ensure you have enough time for everything on your list. This gives you plenty of time to see the most popular attractions, like the Constitution Center, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell, while having extra time to stop by Ben Franklin’s grave, the Betsey Ross House, and other must-see sites.
- Visit the Liberty Bell first
Once you have your tickets for the Constitution Center and Independence Hall, it’s best to stop by the Liberty Bell. The line to see the Liberty Bell only gets longer as the day goes on. If you don’t have time to wait for the Liberty Bell, you can see it through the glass from outside the building.