Have been reading a few guidebooks and the comments on this board to plan for a spring break trip to Philly. Wanted to get a few comments on our itineary. We will be in Philly the first week of April---two adults, two kids (boy 15, girl 13). I got what I think is a reasonable rate at the Downtown Courtyard for $135.00/night (any comments thoughts on this hotel would be apppreciated as well).
Day 1 - Visit the historic area, see the Liberty bell, Independence Hall, the Constitutuion Center, Christ Church, etc.--was not planning to rush and thought a whole day here would not be overkill. is this too much time for this area?
Day 2 - Visit the Franklin Institute (see the King Tut Exhibit)--other stuff there as well, have some luch and the head to the Mint for a Tour in the afternoon.
Day 3 - Philadephia Art Museum and then the Eastern State Penitentiary (thought the kids might find the prison interesting). I have read that the Barnes Faoundation has an impresive collection of art---would that be a better choice than the Philadelphia Art Museum? I think we will do one or the other as too much art may not hold the kids attention.
Day 4 - Take a trip out to Valley Forge and see the park. Any suggestions for accomodations there or would we be just as well coming back to Philly for the evening?
I amnot big on rushing around to see "everything"---I would rather go a pace where we can take our time and not feel rushed. thanks for your help in advance.