Philadelphia Your Way
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Our picks for seeing the city if you’re on a budget, with the kids, looking for a little serenity —or all three.
Budget- Friendly The best things in life are priceless, and so is being a savvy traveler. Luckily in Philly, it’s easy to enjoy the city without emptying your wallet. Movie buffs can literally follow in the footsteps of an iconic character for free by running up the (1) Rocky Steps. Even if you choose to walk up, the view at the top makes everyone feel like a champ. Discover what they didn’t teach you in chemistry class at the (2) The Science History Institute. This free site lets the curious explore with exhibits that combine science and the world around us. In addition to watching their dollars, the money- conscious can also learn about American currency at the (3) U. S. Mint, where self- guided tours reveal the money-making process from the first coining press to modern- day operations—all gratis. Family We know zoos are nothing new. But in addition to being America’s first menagerie, the
(1) Philadelphia Zoo should top any list if only for its above- ground netted pathways, through which tigers, orangutans and other animals freely roam the campus. If you have time to visit only one attraction, take your family to the (2) Please Touch Museum. This hands- on site encourages children to do everything from race a sailboat to jump down a rabbit hole into Wonderland. And true to its name, everything here encourages a tactile approach. Interaction is also a key theme at (3) The Franklin Institute. With so much fun, young ones won’t realize they’re learning as they walk through a giant heart, explore outer space and experience a train factory all under one roof. Zen Seeker Bookworms who find solace among shelves stacked with knowledge will feel right at home at (1) The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Founded in 1814 to collect common materials, the site now stores tomes, architectural drawings, photographs and historic objects that attract architects, interior designers and museum curators. Feel more relaxed outdoors?
(2) Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark that’s ideal for soaking in nature’s splendor. Stroll the gardens, paddle a kayak along the river or explore the surrounding historic buildings. Added bonus: the gardens feature a great view of the city skyline. Those looking for a little pampering with their relaxation bliss out at an oasis like
(3) Rescue Spa, where a wide range of treatments help you tackle a new day.