1421 Arch St., Logan Square
Located smack in the middle of the city, this slick outpost of Le Meridien is the ideal home base from which to take in the city’s most notable sights—Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rittenhouse Square, and the Liberty Bell are all close by. The elegantly decorated rooms are fairly spacious for a city hotel and can be easily outfitted with a crib or a pack ’n play if you’ve got littles in tow; the room-service menu has a great kid’s section, perfect for a makeshift picnic when you don’t feel like going out.
222 N. 20th St., Logan Square
Named for Benjamin Franklin, this is one of the country's oldest science museums (the Franklin Institute has been in existence since 1824, and they officially broke ground on the museum in the 1930's). Inside, you'll find a slew of permanent and traveling science exhibits exploring everything from virtual reality to biology to engineering, plus a full IMAX theatre and a recently remodeled planetarium. There's plenty for littles to explore here, but older kids are big fans of their escape rooms, which can be booked in advance.
2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Logan Square
While many come here for the art (most of which is devoted to the French Impressionist era), this is one of our favorite museums because of its incredibly gorgeous garden. But this is not to overshadow the more than 120 sculptures of artist Auguste Rodin–all of which are incredible. Located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Rodin Museum is a walk away from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, thus making for a perfect, leisure, art-filled afternoon.
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