7 extended family members are visiting Philadelphia over Columbus Day weekend. There are four adults and 3 9-11 year old cousins. We plan a trip every fall,somewhere between upstate NY and Washington DC to decrease drive times for both families. The kids are all into history right now so we picked Philly. Now we are trying to regroup and we have a couple of transportation questions.
We are staying at the Homewood Suites on City Ave, which now I know, following more planning is not convenient, but it fit our budget, included breakfast, and has a pool so... Are there any good places for dinner or ordering in near there? What would you recommend for getting from the hotel to the tourist area? Parking there sounds expensive.
Our plan for Friday night is to just go to the hotel and relax.
Saturday we will probably get moving around 10. We thought we would park near the constitution center. I am thinking the constitution museum might be good since we can't do independence hall. Should we do the museum first or the hop on-hop off? We figured we would get off and go to Reading Terminal for lunch. We were also wondering about whether we can wander around and see the outsides of buildings around independence hall and I heard we can look in a window and see the Liberty Bell? The other things we thought we might do are the city hall observation area, carpenters hall, and Betsy Ross's house. Is this doable and would this be enough history/interesting to 9-11 year olds? Is there something else you would recommend instead? Saturday night we will relax by the pool.
On Sunday we will probably get going around 10 again and go to the Franklin Museum. Is there another activity you would also recommend or will this take the majority of the day? Half the group leaves after dinner on Sunday.
We are looking at doing a one day Philadelphia pass for Saturday.