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For visitors traveling with kids, or for those who are kids at heart, Franklin Square is the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny city day. One of William Penn's original parks, part of his effort to create a "green country town," the square in the Historic/Waterfront district has a slew of unique attractions that capture the essence of Philadelphia.

The most identifying feature of Franklin Square is the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, our City was the carousel capital of the country with the three eminent creators- Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Dentzel and the D.C Muller & Bro.- all headquartered here.

The park also invited all visitors to try their putting skills on the 18-hole Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course. Windmills and waterfalls are replaced by some of our City's most prominent monuments and icons, including the Chinatown Friendship Arc, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Elfreth's Alley. The course ends when you hit the ball through the famous crack in the Liberty Bell in front of a model Independence Hall.

A welcoming oasis tucking inside the bustling city, this beautiful green space, revitalized and reopened in the summer of 2006, also offers two state-of-the-art playgrounds, storytelling benches, sand sculptures, a historic fountain, and the Living Flame Memorial for Philadelphia's fallen police officers and firefighters.

For food, Steven Starr has partnered with Historic Philadelphia, Inc. to open a premiere burger and hot dog stand. People can enjoy milkshakes, sodas, salads, and even gelato at tables and picnic benches throughout the park.

Franklin Square is located at 6th and Race Streets. For more information, hours, and a list of special events this season, visit

At The Franklin Institute, the entire family can walk through a larger-than-life heart, learn from Benjamin Franklin's early electricity experiments, and view IMAX® movies on a four-story domed theater. Only a few blocks away, dinosaurs loom overhead and butterflies roam free at The Academy of Natural Sciences, where four floors of exhibits and interactive activities focus on the environment.

Animal lovers will love America's first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, where lions, tigers, bears, giraffes, gorillas and species from around the world come out to play. And just across the Delaware River, more than 1,500 species of fabulous fish and marine life get up close at Adventure Aquarium.

For the little tykes, ages seven and under, nearby Sesame Place® is the only theme park based on Sesame Street characters in the country. Youngsters can also explore the Please Touch Museum® (in its new location at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park) which promotes hands-on learning and parent-child interaction.

Friendly and knowledgeable Philadelphia tour guides lead free daily Philadelphia walking tours of the sights, history and city life at Free and Friendly Tours.

Bring everyone along, from the young to the young-at-heart, and see why Philadelphia will be an unforgettable and unbelievable experience for the entire family!

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