Ten Ways to Visit Philly (and the surrounding suburbs!)

Say it Rah-shay By May 08, 2014 3 Comments

This week Stasha is asking us about ways to share the city we call home. I called upon some of my blogging friends for help with ten places to kick it when you visit Philly and the surrounding suburbs.

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1. The American Swedish Historical Museum Pippi Lonstocking exhibit

The American Swedish Museum visited by library and they were awesome! The kids who attended the program were making plans to visit Sweden, all of my Pippi Longstocking books were checked out and it was fun to learn about a new country and culture. This tip was shared by Jersey Family Fun. 

 2. Lancaster, PA

Lancaster is about a 45 minute drive away from Philly and was always on the class trip rotation when I was younger. There is something about the lifestyle of the Amish as well as shoo fly pie that always made the trips must attends. Stephanie shares how to make Lancaster a weekend getaway with your family. This tip was shared by Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom

3. Visit Historical Philadelphia

A couple of years ago The Bee and I took part in a Visit Philly photo shoot and were allowed to check out historical Philly. It’s amazing to take a look at the history of our country and reflect on what America is today! Far too often we “forget” the many treasures that Philly holds for us, focusing on some of the busier aspects of life. This was a good reminder.

4. Hershey Park

Yes. The people who make chocolate has a theme park associated with them! Touted as the Sweetest Place on Earth, Hershey Park has amusement rides, a boardwalk and Chocolate Town! Dee has some amazing tips for making the most out of your trip. This tip was shared by From Wine to Whine.

 5. The Mutter Museum

The Mutter Museum is touted as “America’s finest museum of medical history, displaying beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting. It also boasts a lady “made of soap,” Einstein’s brain and a specimen from John Wilkes Booth’s vertebra. This tip was shared by Deanna from Teaspoon of Spice. 

6. The Cowtown Rodeo

Every Saturday night from Memorial Day through the end of September, families can experience a real rodeo with seven different events at the Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove, NJ near Woodstown in Salem County on Rt. 40. This tip was shared by Rachel from The Daily Vacationer.

7. The Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a folk art environment, gallery space, and nonprofit organization that showcases the work of mosaicist Isaiah Zagar. Located at the site of Zagar’s largest public mosaic installation, the Magic Gardens includes a fully mosaiced indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic sculpture. This tip was shared by Steph from A Grande Life.

8. Chanticleer

Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. It is a garden of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home. This tip was was shared by Mary Ellen from james project. 

9. The Mummers Museum

The Mummers is a Philadelphia tradition and on New Year’s Day there is a parade to watch them strut their stuff. The Mummers Museum opened in 1976, and is dedicated to the Philadelphia celebration of the new year. The museum houses a rich collection of mummers’ paraphernalia and memorabilia, including spectacular costumes, a few of which date back to the turn of the 20th Century. This tip was shared by Kelly from Delco Deal Diva. 


Chinatown is a predominately Asian part of Philadelphia filled with shops, bakeries and delicious places to eat. Entering Chinatown always felt like a journey to another land due to the The Chinatown Friendship Gate decorated with dragons and a bold red. This is another place I would never think to visit but will make sure to stop the next time I am rolling through the city.  This tip was shared by Thien-Kim who writes I’m Not the Nanny


There you have it! Ten ways to check out Philly and the surrounding areas! Did I miss a tip? Drop me a line as this summer will host lots of day trips until my summer program is done.


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  1. Heather Ruetschlin Schugar says:

    You have a bunch on here that I have never been to. Wondering if I can talk the boys into a rodeo!

  2. Great list! Love so many of these places!

  3. Great list! My brother and his wife were married in Chinatown and it was the first time I had ever visited – definitely a place to go!

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