We visited the Liberty Bell. The line moved fairly quickly and we were allowed to stand in front of the bell for pictures and to get a good look at it.
|Quaker Meeting House and medicines on the ledge|
We continued our walking tour and viewed Benjamin Franklin's grave, Betsy Ross' grave and courtyard at her home, Independence Hall and Elfreth's Alley (the oldest residential neighborhood in America, built 1720 - 1830).
|Independence Hall, where Congress debated and adopted the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution|
We finished the day off with a Philly Cheese Steak. It was very good and fun to get something unique to Philadelphia.
We returned to our hotel room at about 7:00 for the evening. We decided to stay in a hotel 12 miles outside of the city to control costs and increase the quality of the accommodations. This worked out really well.
Monday ~ We decided to buy the city pass which gets you into five attractions for a reduced rate. It was a good buy, even though there was one attraction we didn't get to see. We started our adventure at the U.S. Mint. Little Red Riding Hood loves coins so this adventure was for her. We enjoyed learning how coins were made and then bought a few national park quarters that we didn't have in our collection. We then rode on the Big Bus Tour, which gave a great overview of the city attractions. Our bus tour ended at the Philadelphia Zoo. We all enjoyed the zoo. It is a very nicely laid out zoo with lots of shade. We bought a fan that sprayed water which helped immensely to combat the heat (did I mention that the temperature was in the 90s?). Everyone especially loved watching the lions walk on the overhead catwalk.
We all craved quiet and air conditioning after such a busy day and settled into a calm Italian
restaurant for dinner. On our way back to the car we stumbled upon Benjamin Franklin's house (outline of his home). We explored the "house" and grounds.
|The kids dared me to put a picture of Benjamin Franklin's privy on my blog ... so here it is!|
We finished our wonderful time in Philadelphia with an afternoon at the Franklin Institute (science museum). We only did about half of the museum. I did not want to rush them and they were enjoying every minute of it. The museum was wonderful and my science nuts were really in their element. Most of us braved the Skybike two stories above the ground. I thought it was fun.
|Being neurons in the brain and working through the mazes of the brain|
|Walking around a huge model of human heart|
|Working with gears|
|Learning about how mechanical belts work|