When a day without a music lesson, soccer game, dance class, or scout meeting presents itself, Philly parents must be ready with ways to keep the kids entertained. Thankfully, the Delaware Valley offers an abundance of day trip options for Philly families. From amusement parks to educational museums to outdoor gardens, there is something for everyone. We have rounded up some of our very favorite day trip destinations. Read through our list to find some ideas for your next day trip, and don't forget to share this post with a friend who might need inspiration of their own.
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There is so much to see and do in Wilmington, Delaware. And with its proximity to Philadelphia, families can consider making a day trip or a weekend stay. A straight shot down I-95 (and even accessible by Amtrak), this family-friendly city is a delight for parents and kids alike. From sites along the Riverwalk to museums and outdoor adventures, Wilmington will have you coming back for more. Here is our roundup of the top 27 things to do as a family in Wilmington.
Still not sure where to take your next day trip? Check out our city guides for more ideas!
Spring is here and so is festival season. Philly families look forward to a springtime season filled with festivals, fairs, and carnivals. Whether you're in the city or the 'burbs, it is definitely worthwhile to put some of these events on your family's calendar. The variety is remarkable- from science to art, from nature to culture, from food to fitness, there is truly something for everyone. Bad weather can impact some of these outdoor events so be sure to check directly with the venue if the weather seems questionable.
For more fun things to do this season, check out our Spring Fun Guide for Philly Families. Now, browse through our list below and get ready for a great spring!
Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail.... As Peter Cottontail makes his way to the Delaware Valley, Philly kids should find their favorite basket and get ready to search high and low for eggs at these local Easter egg hunts. Most of these egg hunts are outdoors. In the event of questionable weather, please be sure to check directly with the organizers to see if they have a rain date (all of our event listings link to official websites). Also, make sure to click through to our events calendar for exact times since many hunts have multiple time frames based on age.
The majority of these egg hunts are FREE and are a great way to welcome spring and create Easter traditions with your kids. Be sure to also check our Easter Bunny Express post for info on special holiday train rides and our Easter Fun at Farms post featuring plenty of photo ops, animal visits, and outdoor fun.
Spring is always a fun time of year to visit local farms in the Philly suburbs—plants are starting to grow, baby animals make appearances, and Easter celebrations abound. Visitors may find egg hunts, hayrides, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny at some of these local events. Whether or not the groundhog was right about spring, all this fun on the farm will certainly remind families that real springtime weather is just around the corner.
Be sure to check our events calendar for even more Easter and spring break activities.
Being home to one of the longest continuously held St. Patrick's Day parades, Philadelphia certainly knows how to celebrate the luck of the Irish during the month of March. However, it's not all about pub crawls and green beer. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are opportunities to learn about Irish history, see Irish step dancing, listen to Celtic music and Irish stories, search for hidden leprechauns, and, of course, watch a traditional St. Patrick's Day parade! We have rounded up a list of exciting activities worth a pot of gold. So, get the family ready and have some fun this St. Patrick's Day. Sláinte!
Spring is in the air, and many of our scenic railroads are celebrating the season with Easter excursions. Families are invited to get outside after a long winter to enjoy a trip through the countryside with Peter Cottontail himself! We have rounded up several Easter-themed trains that are running special events for kids in the Delaware Valley.
Some of these trains include an Easter Egg hunt at the halfway stop. It is helpful to check whether the railroad provides a photographer and charges for a picture with the Bunny or if you can bring your own camera.
Every four years, Philly families turn their attention to the excitement of the Winter Olympics. From watching the grace and beauty of the figure skaters to the exhilarating rush of the bobsledders, Philly kids and parent alike enjoy rooting for the good, ole, U.S.A. as they watch the games on television. This year's events are happening half-way around the world in PyeongChang in South Korea. Feel more connected to the spirit of the games by participating in some of these Olympic-themed activities happening locally throughout the Delaware Valley. Let's cheer on our amazing U.S.A. athletes as they compete to bring home the gold!