I love the tourism slogan for Philly. "Pursue Your Happiness." If you've ever been to this amazing city, you know there's something to make everyone happy. If you haven't, well then you need to read this, and then get planning your trip!
Pursue Your Happiness in Philadelphia Pennsylvania
It's been a minute since we've been to Philly, and we've all been talking about going back soon. There are so many things to do, and so many beautiful things to see. For us, it's well worth the four hour drive to go. Philly is gorgeous, historic, educational, and even a bit spooky!
Philadelphia Pennsylvania is home to the Liberty Bell. It's well worth the wait in line to see this fantastic piece of history. Independence Hall is there too. You can actually see where the Declaration of Independence was signed. If history is your thing, then you have to venture to Philly.
Learning is Fun!
A great way to have an amazing day, and learn something new is to take in a museum. When Liam was six we took him to The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Our entire family had a blast there. You can see mummies, space rocks, enjoy butterflies up close and personal, and so much more. Kids and adults can even dig for dinosaur bones. You can touch an actual dinosaur bone and a meteorite! How cool is that?
Cool Off on a Hot Day
When we first stumbled upon Swann Memorial Fountain, there weren't many people there as it was early in the morning, and not super hot. Liam wanted so badly to get in and play, as just like his mama, water calls to him. However, we didn't see anyone else in it, and didn't want to let him in. So we took in the museum. When we walked out hours later, Liam was ecstatic to see that fountain FULL of kids and parents alike. His dad and I were too, because it was about one hundred degrees outside. So if you're in Philly, taking in the sites, and want to cool off, then Swann Memorial Fountain is for you.
Even if you don't want to get wet, you have to see it. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen! Created in 1924 by Alexander Stirling Calder. Calder took the tradition of river gods, and recreated them in his work of art. Each figure symbolizes the area's local waterways. The man is for the Delaware River. The Schuylkill River is represented by the woman. The girl represents the Wissahickon Creek. Then there are turtles, frogs, fish, and swans. I have honestly never seen any fountain as beautiful as the Swann.
October is coming, so if you're into the macabre, then Philly is for you! Smack dab in Philly is Eastern State Penitentiary. It looks like the city was built around this looming castle. Well, it was. And those walls held Al Capone, and Slick Willie Sutton. You can explore the halls during the day to take in history on a less creepy level. If the adrenaline rush of being scared is more your thing, then a night tour is for you!
We aren't the only ones that love Philadelphia. Adrian Rubin is lucky enough to be a Philly native, and he knows how marvelous his city is. Adrian is a part time writer, photographer, and full time animal lover. As a matter of fact, when he isn't writing or snapping pics, he's donating his time to local shelters. Helping four legged babies find their forever homes! (That is awesome Mr. Rubin!!)