Friday, May 31, 2013

Adventure in Philadelphia: Downtown History

A couple of summers ago we spent some time in Pennsylvania for my sister's wedding, and while there took a few day trips to the local attractions. One of the days was spent in downtown historic Philadelphia. It was an absolutely fun time, and the only expenses were the parking and the cheesesteaks we just HAD to have. :)

There were two fun and free things we enjoyed there. The first was a visit to the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell Center is located in the National Historic Park, and it has free admission. Because it is in a National Park, there is a fun free program families can take advantage of: the Junior Ranger Program. (This is offered at nearly all National Parks!) We love to pick up a Junior Ranger book and use the things we are learning at that particular park to fill it out. Then the kids can be "sworn in" as junior rangers!

The other free attraction(s) we loved were the Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches!

From the website, the schedule for 2013 is:

  • Storytelling Benches will operate on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27.
  • From June 18 through August 10, Storytelling Benches will operate Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • From August 16 through August 31, Storytelling Benches will operate Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Storytelling Benches will operate for Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bench Locations

  • Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets
  • Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets
  • Independence Square, behind Independence Hall
  • Signers' Garden presented by the Avery Foundation, 5th & Chestnut Streets
  • The ACE INA Foundation Storytelling Bench at Carpenters' Hall, Carpenters' Hall, on Chestnut between 3rd & 4th Streets
  • Franklin Court, on Market between 3rd & 4th Streets
  • Christ Church, 2nd & Market Streets
  • Betsy Ross House, 3rd & Arch Streets
  • The Lincoln Storytelling Bench at the National Constitution Center, 6th & Arch Streets
  • Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets

They had local theater students performing/telling the stories of each historic location. We had a great time traveling from bench to bench to catch each performance. It brought the city's history to life! I hope you too can enjoy them. :)


This post is part of our Adventure Fridays series. If you'd like to join us, we'd love to have you return every Friday for something new!

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1 comment:

  1. There is so much great history back east, can't wait to,get back there one day! Thanks for linking FTF, I'd ove to guest post sometime for you! We take lots of adventure trips here in Hawaii :).


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