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Veteran's Day Weekend in Philadelphia

A November 2005 trip to Philadelphia by ActSpacey

Breakfast with Ben Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: My 8-year-old son and I spent a 4-day weekend exploring Philadelphia: the Liberty Bell, zoo, and even Valley Forge. Read on...

Veteran's Day Weekend in Philadelphia

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4-day weekend- We stayed in a hotel that was too far away, and parking in city was expensive.Don't miss:Liberty Bell & Independence HallReading Terminal MarketChinatownFranklin InstitutePhiladelphia ZooUnited States MintIf you have time and want to get out of the city for a while, also visit Valley Forge.Quick Tips: If you can, try and get a hotel in the heart of the historic district. This will give you easy access to all the sites without having to hunt for parking. Though the rates at these hotels is higher than for those farther out, you may save that much in the cost of parking alone. Public transportation, once in the histor...Read More
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Not to be confused with ice cream, Capogiro makes authentic Italian gelato which is denser, has less air and actually has half the fat and half the calories of regular ice cream (source: Capogiro Gelato Artisans website http://www.capogirogelato.com)They use only natural ingredients with most of them coming from local farms. Their flavors change daily and run the gamut from traditional (sounding) Cioccolato to non-traditional like prickly pear or jalapeno. You can select multiple flavors for a single dish - my son's favorite was the lemon and coconut milk.The best gelato I've ever had....we came back 3 times during our short 4 day stay in the area. I somehow mana...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2006

Capogiro Gelato Artisans
119 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia 19107
(215) 351-0900

Breakfast with Ben

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Photo-Op Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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In honor of Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday, Philadelphia has put together a pleasant, low-key family activity with its “Breakfast with Ben” event. This is one of many special events. Held one Saturday each month, the local Ben Franklin lookalike joins families with their children for a breakfast buffet. “Ben” greets each child and shares stories. The gentleman bears an uncanny resemblance to Ben Franklin and does a great job of staying in character. He tells funny stories and shares his enthusiasm for the history of the City of Brotherly Love. He got the whole crowd singing sea shanties and laughing at his stories.At price of $19/$12 per adult/child, the breakfa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 23, 2006

Independence Hall

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Attraction | "Independence Hall and Liberty Bell"

Independence Hall Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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You can’t go to Philadelphia without a visit to the Liberty Bell. I’m not really sure why we’re all so drawn to this bell and all it symbolizes, but even my 8-year-old was impressed by it.Due to the extra security precautions since 9/11, the area around the Liberty Bell is cordoned off, and you must pass through airport-like security in order to get in. Normally the Park Service provides timed tickets. You wait in line at the visitor center to get a ticket and then arrive at the pavilion to wait in line to get through security, see the bell, and take the tour of Independence Hall.Since we were there on Veteran’s Day, they weren’t using the tickets....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 23, 2006

Independence Hall
500 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
215/597-8974

Philadelphia Zoo

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Philadelphia Zoo Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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My son loves animals, and we rarely visit a new place in our travels without finding a zoo to visit. This is one of my favorite zoos. We had a beautiful day for our visit... Unfortunately the big cats were not there since they were building a new habitat for them. Since Philly is a relatively easy drive for us, I'm sure we'll make it back there again.Philadelphia's law requiring public art being created as a certain percentage of any development budget the zoo has lots of statues which Sam enjoyed posing on or near, which is a minor obsession of his! I don't mind though, because I'm assured of getting those great pictures of him to remember our trips by.The zoo offers swan...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2006

Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(215) 243-1100

Franklin Institute Science Museum Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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This is a great science museum. You need to allow plenty of time to take in all the hands-on activities and exhibits. We made the mistake of arriving late in the afternoon leaving us only 2 hours to see the museum. We had to come back again on Sunday to see the rest. You could easily spend an entire day at this amazing museum.Body World was there during our visit, and we paid the extra entry fee. It was quite fascinating, but it did begn to creep my son out after a while. They did warn that this was not an exhibit suitable for all ages, so that was my own fault. He got a lot out of it though, it was just a little overwhelming.Sports exhibits were fun for my son. He prob...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2006

Franklin Institute Science Museum
20th St and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
215/448-1200

United States Mint

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Worth a visit especially if you have any interest in coins or coin collecting. You shouldn't spend less than an hour here else you won't have time to get much out of the tour. The tour is self paced - lots of reading. We were late getting to town and only had 45 minutes to blast through. Ended up without time to visit the gift shop which was major disappointment for my son.

Security measures, no cameras. Check the website for all rules regarding what you can and cannot bring in.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 23, 2006

United States Mint
151 North 6th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
+1 215 408 0114