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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.

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