Philadelphia...the birthplace of American democracy, known for its arts + culture, is an incredible place to raise a family. While Marie + Henry are still too little to have interest in the rich history of our city, they sure do enjoy parks, fountains, carousels, mini golf, burgers, candy, and ice cream. And yes, we did all of those things and managed to get home for naptime. WHEW! Our adventure began at Franklin Square, one of five original city squares. It's super kid-friendly and central to all the main sites.
The fountain (built in 1838) is very entertaining for the littles, and serves as a nice interlude between activities, as well as a backdrop for lunch at SquareBurger. Don't be fooled by the burger stand facade - it's a Stephen Starr joint, which is always a treat. Have the Cake Shake for dessert–you're welcome.
The carousel has a vintage vibe, with colorful creatures + characters. At age two, the kids are just now starting to enjoy carousels...they've been a source of stress in the past, as evidenced here (ha). We stayed on for a few go-rounds, and I managed to remain vertical while capturing these moments. It’s a special talent.
Our favorite activity of the day was the miniature golf course, complete with child-sized local landmarks. The photo ops were just too good. Marie got a lesson from daddy on proper form, and while a few balls were hit, the majority of the time was spent running from the Liberty Bell to Elfreth's Alley, and back again.
After an errant tee shot and grueling round of golf, we were all ready for some sweet treats. We headed over towards Penn's Landing to the old-fashioned heaven that is Franklin Fountain + Shane's Confectionary. Vanilla ice cream and root beer floats were the order of the day, and after a lesson on vintage candy and some shopping, we were ready to head home. We left the city smiling, with full bellies and happy hearts.
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