We left our friends in Boston and dove down to New Jersey and stayed the night at a hotel. We then woke and drove into Philadelphia. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. It was the first city I wish we had more time to explore but we had three goals in Philadelphia, see Independence Hall, The Franklin Museum and leave with enough time to get to Washington, DC and continue driving south toward Auburn, AL. We accomplished all of those things, saw the Liberty Bell and the kids earned another Junior Ranger Badge.

City Tavern
We parked by the City Tavern

 

City Tavern
City Tavern was a meeting place for many heated political discussions.

 

Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton

 

Ben Franklin did so many things for this city. One of them being this Library.
Ben Franklin did so many things for this city, one of them being this Library.

 
Ben Franklin

 

Ben Franklin Statue
Ben Franklin Statue

 

The Liberty Bell
So we thought we were walking into a totally different building. When we got inside we realized where we were and took a picture.

 

Independence Hall
Independence Hall

 

Independence Hall
Independence Hall

 

Independence Hall
Independence Hall

 

Independence Hall tour
Independence Hall tour

 

America's Birthplace
The Birthplace of the United States of America

 

Independence Hall tour
The ranger gave us a wonderful history lesson about the events surrounding America’s Independence.

 

Independence Hall tour
Independence Hall tour

 

Independence Hall tour
Independence Hall tour

 

Independence Hall tour
Independence Hall tour

 

Independence Hall tour
Independence Hall tour

 

Independence Hall tour
Independence Hall tour

 

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Asking the NPR ranger
Earning a Junior Ranger Badge usually includes having to ask the ranger questions.

 

Earned a Junior Ranger Badge
Earned Junior Ranger Badge number 3.

 

The Signer
This statue is a reminder that both the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution were signed here.

 

After learning a little history we thought we would run over to the Franklin Institute and have some fun.  Because we are members of The Museum of Science and Industry they have a reciprocal agreement with many other museums around the U.S.  One of them being the Franklin Institute and therefore we were able to get in free, an $80 savings!

The Franklin Institute was founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Ben Franklin.  We had about 3 hours left before it closed but thankfully we found rockstar parking.

Rockstar Parking
Rockstar parking at the Franklin Institute.

 

Ben Franklin
Thank you Ben Franklin!

 

Let’s go have some fun!  We loved how interactive this museum was. There were games to play, jumping, running and mars rovers to build.

Sprint to the finish
This exhibit times and took a video of your race sprint to the finish.

 

How high can you jump?
How high can you jump?

 

How high can you jump?
How high can you jump?

 

How high can you jump?
How high can you jump? Yes I got 9′. I was in flip flops.

 

Pulleys, weights and leverage.
Pulleys, weights and leverage.

 

Pulleys, weights and leverage.
Pulleys, weights and leverage.

 

A maze through the heart
A maze through the heart

 

Building a Mars rover
Building a Mars rover

 

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We were only able to see a very small part of Philadelphia but what we saw was beautiful.  We hope to return and spend more time, but on to DC we went.