It was another fast-paced, fun-filled day in the city of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia! And we really loved our time here.
We started with some history – as this is the “birthplace of America”, we needed to really see it. Since seeing the actual Declaration of Independence and Constitution in Washington D.C., it was only appropriate to go and see where it was created and signed – the Independence Hall. We had a quick tour through the building and when we got to the room where both documents were debated and finally accepted, you couldn’t help but get chills. These men had the foresight to created the words that live so strong today. Ok, I’m officially a history nerd now.
And right across the street was the Liberty Bell – not quite as big as you would think it is, this is the actual bell that rung in the 1800s during all the turmoil and Independence. Chills….
My daughter played Betsy Ross in her 3rd grade Living Museum, so we had to go and see her house. It’s a quick tour to see the actual rooms that she greeted George Washington in and where she sewed the first flag – her bedroom. But the most fun was meeting Mrs. Ross and hearing how she convinced George Washington to use a 5-point star.
For lunch, I wanted to take the kids somewhere special, so I took them to Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. I had heard about the owner on CBS Sunday Morning and thought the concept was awesome. You can buy $1 slices of pizza for homeless in the area while you are buying lunch for yourself. It was pretty humbling how many slices they have served since opening in Dec 2013 – 25,000 slices of pizza for FREE!
Our tired feet couldn’t stand walking anymore, so we took a Big Bus Tour to see all the other sites in Philadelphia. We always like these tours – you learn so much more about the city. And when we got to the iconic steps that Rocky ran up in the movie, we just stood up and snapped a photo. Easy!
We had some time to kill, so we popped into the Franklin Institute – a fantastic science museum. We walked through a giant heart, learned how the brain worked in all these cool hands on exhibits, and saw the amazing Art of the Brick – Cool LEGO pieces.
So, we pretty much did everything we had set out to do for our Philly trip – with the exception of one thing – we had to find a cheesesteak. Luck for us, a recommended spot was only a few blocks from the Loews Philadelphia – Steve’s Prince of Steaks! And yes, they are yummy!!
On to New York City tomorrow!!