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Family Adventure Holidays: Road Trip to Philadelphia from Washington D.C.

Road Trip Route. For families with kids, Visit the most interesting museums and galleries, Meet the inhabitants of the wild nature and the underwater world, Spend time outdoors and have fun in an amusement park.

The only thing better than a road trip is a family road trip! We have planned places for you interesting for both the young adventurers and their parents. The settled route makes the trip not only entertaining, but also informative. The travel scenario originates in Washington D.C., and in this city you visit the most interesting natural science museum, you can almost touch the stars and learn a lot of fascinating facts about flying machines in the local planetarium and, of course, explore the inhabitants of the zoo. On the way to Philadelphia, you stop in small towns, each of which has its own zest, whether it is untouched nature reserves, or collections of works by local artists. Some days of the scenario offer alternatives of places to visit so that children of any age can spend time with joy and fun and get unforgettable impressions.

Families with Kids, History and Culture. From: Washington

Elena Sadchikova.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Welcome to Washington D.C.

So, you are in Washington D.C., and this means that your unforgettable family trip will begin soon. The program of today will not be too intense, it includes only a visit to a Mexican restaurant and a walk in the park, but tomorrow you will have many bright new impressions.

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Welcome to Washington D.C., an active family adventure begins today. The first stop of the route upon arrival in the city is a cute Mexican restaurant with colorful interiors and a cozy atmosphere. There is quite a wide selection of dishes, from soups to snacks, especially delicious and soulful tacos. Another interesting feature of the restaurant are some dishes and sauces serviced in authentic handmade dinnerware.

National Mall

Washington D.C. National Mall is perfect for the first walk through the city, the most famous and important sights of the metropolis are located here. Tomorrow we take a closer look at some of them, visit the most interesting museums and learn something about the history of the city, and the evening is devoted to a relaxing and leisurely rest and exploration of architecture.

Day 2: Meet the inhabitants of the wild

Can't wait to see surprises of the first full day in Washington D.C.? Let's lift the shroud of mystery: today you visit the zoo, watch the bizarre representatives of the animal world, and also visit the museum of natural science to explore the history of our planet, starting from prehistoric times.

Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato

The whole city awakens in front of you, and Dolcezza staff is ready to delight guests of the facility with aromatic coffee, many varieties of delicious ice cream and fresh pastries. And if you think that morning meal should include not only sweets, then the cafe offers several options for your breakfast: from green salad with soft-boiled eggs or scrambled eggs to berry pancakes with syrup.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

A visit to the Washington Zoo is interesting for both children and adults; here you can watch a variety of animal species: from active primates to graceful wild cats. The favorites of the public are incredibly cute clumsy and charming big pandas. Please note that the best time to visit the zoo is from spring to autumn, in winter some aviaries are closed, but in the cold season the park is decorated with colorful illumination.

Los Hermanos

After a long walk through the zoo you need a hearty lunch. Many cafes and restaurants to suit every taste are nearby, and we recommend visiting Los Hermanos. The specifics of the facility is traditional Dominican cuisine. The restaurant serves no exquisite dishes and has no unusual interiors, but there is always a friendly and warm atmosphere and large portions of delicious home-cooked dishes.

National Museum of Natural History

Whatever your interest is - from archeology to jewelry art, there will be exhibits in the museum of natural science that can surprise you. On the territory of the museum are several dozens of thematic meetings illustrating the stages of the development of life on Earth. Young researchers are always attracted by the halls, where giant skeletons of door reptiles are presented, and the harsh inhabitants of the deep sea. The museum has an interactive component, for example, you can mould yourself in the computer image of a Neanderthal.

Enid A. Haupt Garden

After a long exploration of the museum collections, you can enjoy your time in the fresh air in the city Haupt Garden. It has everything for a comfortable family holiday and aesthetic pleasure: well-groomed avenues, intricate flower arrangements, fountains and modern sculptures. The park is particularly magnificent during the flowering magnolia, it turns into a fragrant pink cloud.

Blue Duck Tavern

The Blue Duck Tavern restaurant has a lot of advantages - from the original recipe to the modern conceptual interiors, but, of course, the distinctive feature of this place attracting visitors is the open kitchen. You can watch a team of experienced chefs creating another culinary masterpiece through a glass partition.

Day 3: Your adventure starts now

Today, you can get closer to the stars in Washington Planetarium, look at the flowering of rare plants in the vast territory of the Botanical Garden, and then spend family time with joy and fun in an amusement park, where every member of the family can enjoy the entertainment.

The Coffee Bar

TCB is a very cozy coffee shop located in a low-rise historic building. There is quite a wide range of drinks: a variety of classic variations of coffee, tea, there are matcha lattes and special menus in place to provide seasonal variety, e.g. iced coffee or fruit smoothies. A great addition to the aromatic drink will be a croissant, donut, or soft waffles.

Albert Einstein Planetarium

The Washington Planetarium is interesting because by visiting it, you can get a complete and detailed picture of the conquest of the sky and space. Museum exhibits aircraft, from concepts by Leonardo da Vinci to modern space satellites. Also you can make a real intergalactic journey, thanks to modern technologies of three-dimensional visualization.

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Near the bustling streets of the metropolis, in an area of 700 acres, Kenilworth Park is located, a real paradise on earth, a fantastically beautiful park with a peaceful atmosphere. Most travelers visit the park in July, when beautiful lotuses are in full bloom. However, in other months, the park also remains an interesting place to visit, here you can not only explore rare and unusual plant species, but also watch wildlife and birds.

Wegmans Market Cafe

Market Cafe is a food court where you can taste dishes of different cuisines - here you can enjoy pizza, sushi, Mexican tacos, and a large selection of salads, side dishes and drinks. You can also have food to go - a convenient option for a road trip.

Six Flags America

It's Family Fun Time! The Six Flags park offers entertainment for both the young tourists, for example, rides on a children's train, or the Ferris wheel, and fans of extreme sensations. These include, first of all, the Superman slide, whose height is more than two hundred feet. To freshen up on a hot day, take a ride on some of the myriad water attractions. If you get hungry while visiting the park, you can have a snack at one of the food courts right on site.

Olive Garden

In the warm family atmosphere of the Olive Garden restaurant you can taste classic Italian dishes: pizza, pasta, ravioli, excellent desserts and wines. Facility staff is always friendly and glad to help visitors with a choice of dishes.

Day 4: From Bowie to Baltimore

Visit a real farm in the morning, and then go to Baltimore. The landmark of this city, interesting for both children and adults, is the urban aquarium, and in the evening you can enjoy the view of the city from the viewpoint located in a real pagoda.

Nautilus Diner & Restaurant

Diner for a road trip. The menu has a good selection of dishes for breakfast. Here you can order Benedict scrambled eggs with various additions, such as bacon or crab meat. And there is a large selection of cakes, pastries and cakes, which are prepared according to simple homemade recipes, which makes them even more delicious.

Kinder Farm Park

On the way to Baltimore there is a place that will be interesting to visit for people with children. Spacious, rurally charming park where you can walk and watch the animals: lambs, goats, pigs and domestic birds. The farm also has a small museum and a children's playground with slides and swings.


Nando's is a restaurant that attracts with bright, memorable interiors and, of course, delicious chicken dishes. The restaurant’s recipes are based on African cuisine, its owners are especially proud of the seed sauce of Chile, the traditional recipe of which came almost unchanged from Mozambique. There is also a large number of side dishes, salads and delicious desserts on the menu.

National Aquarium

The Baltimore Aquarium represents a real ecosystem of coral reef, you can look at the majestic sharks, friendly dolphins and other marine life, and explore eight species of jellyfish here. There are also many exotic birds, reptiles, and mammals. There are even sloths. The aquarium is open until 17:00 from Monday to Thursday, until 20:00 on Friday and Saturday, until 18:00 on Sunday.

Patterson Park

Very nice place for walking, beloved by locals. The main attraction of the park is a high pagoda, inside of which there is a spiral staircase leading to a viewing platform. It offers an interesting view of the city and the river. And walking along the alleys and the shore of the pond, you will most likely meet representatives of the local fauna - waterfowl and curious squirrels friendly with people.

Verde Pizza Napoletana

The main distinctive feature of Neapolitan pizza is the dough, soft but extra crispy. In Verde Pizza Napoletana, a traditional Italian dish is cooked in the wood stove, and the hand-mix dough is used. The Neapolitan atmosphere is also complemented with a wine list including some craft Italian drinks.

Day 5: Close to nature

Today you will get a chance to look at unusual plants and animals not only in the zoo or the greenhouses of the botanical garden, but also in natural environment. After lunch, you will visit a very picturesque place, a park in the Susquehanna River Valley, where you can take a close look at interesting representatives of flora and fauna.

Broadway Diner

New discoveries will soon be upon us, and for a good start to the day, travelers need a tasty and rich breakfast. Tthe Broadway Diner is perfect for this. The breakfast menu is traditional for America, no frills, but with feelings, and the portions are large. And an excellent carrot cake, worth trying, is also served here.

Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory

The botanical garden, founded in the late nineteenth century, continues to delight visitors with a variety of flowering plants. Many flowers and fruit trees are planted in the park, and the greenhouse offers the exotic plant life of the tropics. All year round, there is a farmer’s market at the botanical garden, where you can buy organic products, mainly vegetables, fruits and berries.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Near the botanical garden small lake is the entrance to the Baltimore Zoo. Explore the inhabitants of the African savannah and the Arctic here. To make walk through the zoo not only entertaining, but also informative, join the tour and listen to interesting facts about the life of animals in the wild.

Golden West Cafe

Golden West Cafe takes you to the last century. This is an incredibly cozy place with hand-painted walls. The menu is a mix of American and Mexican cuisine. The facility staff is proud of the fact that many dishes are prepared according to retro recipes, and all products for their preparation are supplied by local farmers and are organic and environmentally friendly. The menu has gluten-free options, as well as vegetarian and vegan ones.

Susquehanna State Park

The National Park, located in the Susquehanna River Valley, is considered one of the most beautiful places in Pennsylvania. On its territory are several small waterfalls and natural lakes, here you can meet many representatives of wildlife, from powerful eagles to funny beavers. Also, walking through the park, you will see several interesting historical buildings, including an old mill and farm buildings.


On the way to the hotel, stop and have some dinner. Chick-fil-A is a pleasant snack bar with a typical fast-food menu, most dishes are made from chicken fillet. In addition to burgers, wings and fried potatoes, soups, vegetable and fruit salads and yoghurts are also prepared here, so there is a snack even for those who follow healthy eating.

Day 6: Visit to the museum and outdoor activities

To make the day the most interesting for travelers of any age, visit one of the two museums of your choice in the morning: it can be a fun educational space for kids, or a museum of fine art. In the afternoon, enjoy a family walk in the nature park.

Brew Ha-Ha!

Have breakfast in a pleasant coffee shop near the Brandywine Park. The cafe's owners describe its philosophy as a mixture of Italian quality and Delaware friendliness and hospitality. A special comfort is given to this place by an interior in which elegancy is combined with the brutality inherent in usually hunting lodges. The menu has a good selection of dishes especially for breakfast: scrambled eggs, toast and bagels with different fillings, cupcakes and other pastries.

Delaware Children's Museum

Travelers under seven will be interested to visit the children's museum. Here you can both get new knowledge and have a great fun. The museum has an art studio for kids, several playgrounds, educational areas where children can look at simple experiments or learn about professions. If your child is over seven, or too serious for such entertainment, make a choice in favor of the art museum or the zoo, they are both located in the territory of Brendwine Park.

Delaware Art Museum

Very beautiful museum, which will appeal even to those who are far from art. The park around the building is decorated with original sculptures, the works by our contemporaries. The collections of the museum contain thematic collections of art works from pre-Raphaelite paintings to bold installations of the creators of the twenty-first century. There is also a children's art studio and a pottery workshop at the museum. Сheck the schedule on the official website. The museum is open to visitors from Wednesday to Sunday.

El Diablo Burritos

In el Diablo, you can choose absolutely every ingredient for your tacos and burritos, from the base of meat or vegetables, to sauces and spices. In addition to traditional Mexican snacks, the menu has a good selection of meat and fish dishes, salads and side dishes, so you can come here not only for a snack, but also for a full meal.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful green park in the southwest of Philadelphia. Here you can see amazing contrasts of untouched nature and the metropolis: some viewpoints offers a view of the city skyscrapers. The park is perfect for watching animals and birds, ducks, herons, gulls and turtles can be found on numerous lakes, fearful hares are hiding in the grass, and if you're lucky you can take a picture of a family of spotted deer.

Talula's Garden

Let's have dinner in Philadelphia. A visit to Talula's Garden is a real gourmet feast. If the weather is good, you can enjoy a delicious meal on the open veranda, richly decorated with flowers. And the interior looks particularly warm and cozy, thanks to the original eclectic decor. You will definitely find a dish to taste in the menu, and it is definitely worth taking a tasting cheese set.

Day 7: Philadelphia: parks and museums

Explore Philadelphia, the largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. Enjoy subsequent days of your journey in this sunny and slightly bustling metropolis. Visits museums of your choice, enjoy city parks and make a lot of excellent family photos with the city attractions.

JFK Plaza / Love Park

The "Love" bright installation has become a kind of symbol of Philadelphia. Start the exploration of the city with this place, take a few memorable pictures, and then walk along the town hall and other sights.

Federal Donuts

So beloved by the citizens, the place offers variety of delicious donuts: hot and glazed, with different toppings and fillings - the dream of any child. And if you are not used to starting day with sweets, you can take a breakfast sandwich, a burger, or a fried chicken.

Eakins Oval

The main attraction of the square is the majestic monument in honor of America’s first popularly elected president, George Washington. The figure of the president towers over the sculptural groups symbolizing the indigenous peoples of America, as well as the inhabitants of the wild nature, in the base of the monument there are several fountains. Fairs, open-air exhibitions and other events are often held on the square.

Please Touch Museum

This children's museum is notable for the fact that any exhibits in it can and should be touched, they are designed for the very game interaction. During the game, children learn something new about the world around them: wildlife, art, and the laws of physics. And under the glass dome in the large hall is a copy of the torch of the statue of liberty, which, unlike the original, is made entirely of toys. The museum hosts weekly master classes, check the schedule on the official website. Please Touch would interest the children from three to ten years old.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

According to the tradition, as an alternative to the children's museum, we offer to visit the gallery of fine art. The Philadelphia Art Museum contains works by the greatest masters of painting and drawing, who made a huge contribution to the development of world art. Here you can explore the paintings of Rembrandt and Rubens, marvel at the fantastic ideas of Salvador Dali and follow Picasso's creative path. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, the entrance is free for children under 12 years.

Little Pete's

A good diner with tasty and inexpensive food has long been one of the favorite places for lunch with the Philadelphians. This cozy and slightly bustling place is more suitable for a quick meal than for long relaxed conversations, but that would be good for us, there are still many discoveries ahead.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

The Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is an open-air museum that represents the facade of a house and a labyrinth at the entrance, each corner of which is decorated with a mosaic of glass or ceramic tile, and some decorative elements are entirely made of household items used before: dishes and kitchen utensils, tools and old toys. Many Magic Gardens visitors say the place reminds them of Gaudi’s works in Barcelona, ​​there are those who disagree and consider such art too simple and naive, but you can make up your own mind only by visiting the open-air museum yourself. The museum is open on Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, and from 11 am to 5 pm on other days.

Washington Square

The day route finals are coming up, which means it’s time for the family outdoor activities. Start your walk from Washington Square, then follow the paths of the Independence Park and walk past the old town hall and the Liberty Bell to the National Constitution Center. This park is a great place for both active family walk and exploration of key junctures in the American history.


"Zahav" means "gold" in Hebrew, and the name is perfect for this restaurant, which is a real gastronomic treasure. The restaurant’s dishes combine old-fashioned Israeli recipes and a modern professional chefs approach. The restaurant is equipped with a real wood stove for cooking of traditional Laffa bread every day.

Day 8: Walking with butterflies and sharks

It's time to go! Today you visit the aquarium, where amazing ocean dwellers swim right over your head, and also walk along the pavilion with tropical plants, surrounded by fluttering butterflies. As always, we've selected the best cafes and restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner for your convenience.

High Street on Market

High Street on Market is a very cozy bistro with delicious dishes and unusual serving - some dishes are served on wooden boards. You can have breakfast in a cozy room or outdoor.

Adventure Aquarium

Explore the underwater world In the Philadelphia Aquarium, go through the tunnel with sharks swimming over your head, watch penguins and fur seals. Children particularly like a giant aquarium with hippos - it is so amazing to watch these massive and seemingly awkward creatures moving gracefully in the water.

Bains Deli

There is a cafeteria in the Philadelphia Aquarium, and if there are no queues, you can have lunch without leaving the building. Or choose one of the nearby restaurants, for example, Bains Deli. The restaurant’s menu is fairly simple, but there is everything for a full meal, from snacks to soups. Home-cooked dishes suit all tastes and are served quickly.

Wiggins Waterfront Park

Enjoy the quiet walk along the city embankment. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the skyscrapers on the opposite bank and the legendary USS New Jersey.

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

In the pavilions of the Philadelphia insectarium, one can explore many species of insects and arachnids in terrariums or natural habitats. Here are rare tropical plants, and hundreds of unusual butterflies from different parts of the world flying between them.

Pennypack Park

Pennypaсk picturesque part of nature is twenty minutes to drive far from the city center. Many historical buildings have been preserved on the territory, for example, the stone bridge is one of the oldest in the USA, and the building of the Baptist church was built in the late seventeenth century. To date, the park is inhabited by many species of mammals: deer, rabbits, foxes, beavers and muskrats, more than 150 species of birds, both aquatic and altricial ones. The park is a perfect place to explore the fauna of Pennsylvania.

Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar

Spend your evening in Barbuzzo enjoying the Mediterranean cuisine. It offers many types of pasta, from classic to rather unusual, for example, black cannelone. But, to be honest, the restaurant guests adore this place just for pizza. Whatever you order, traditional margarita or pizza with duck and fruits in confiture, it is very tasty.

Day 9: Philadelphia Museums: Antiquity Time

The day is very educational both for children and their parents, because two extremely interesting museums are planned for today, one offers the skeletons of dinosaurs and other creatures of the Mezozoic era, and the other - exploration of the ancient civilizations. Have a final family trip dinner at a very authentic French restaurant.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters

La Colombe Coffe Roasters is considered one of the best coffee shops in Philadelphia for a reason. Coffee drinks here have a pronounced and intense aroma, you can buy coffee beans of any sort you like to enjoy the taste at home, remembering the finest moments of your family trip. As for breakfast - there is a dish for every taste: pastries, burgers, sandwiches, cereals and superfoods, for example, chia seeds with fruit.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Explore the fascinating history of the mankind, world-famous unusual exhibits in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Have a closer look at the Sphinx, get an idea of the development of the art of ancient Rome and Greece, learn more about Canaan and Etruscan cultures and marvel at the skill of Chinese artisans here. And after exploring the museum expositions you can spend an active time in the park or on the embankment.


For more than ten years, the Sweetgreen restaurant has delighted visitors with tasty and healthy food, freshly prepared here, no ready-to-cook food, the ingredients are purchased only from reliable suppliers. You will always find fresh fruits and vegetables of the highest quality here. You can choose a main dish and a salad from the menu or compose a lunch of your choice from the available ingredients.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The first thing visitors see at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University when entering the museum is the giant skeleton of a tyrannosaur, more than forty feet long. More than thirty skeletons of these mighty prehistoric creatures are presented in the dinosaur hall, the museum also offers ancient fossils, dinosaur models of real size and many other interesting exhibits. The museum hosts thematic temporary exhibitions and children's educational programs during the year, check the schedule online on the official website.

Logan Square

Surrounded by museums, Logan Square is another favorite walking spot for locals. At its very center is a fountain, in the Art Nouveau style, built in the 20s of the last century, also known as the Fountain of the Three Rivers, which are embodied by three sculptures in the middle.


Have a French final dinner in Philadelphia. The Parc Brasserie is perfect for this. In terms of atmosphere, the restaurant is very similar to traditional French restaurants, it offers excellent classic onion soup and serves delicious meats and seafood sets. Indulge in a creme brulee and apricot tart for a dessert, the dishes are delicious. Both locals and foreign tourists appreciate Parc Brasserie restaurant, so the evenings here are quite crowded and it’s better to book a table in advance on the restaurant’s website.

Day 10: Time to go home

Our trip is coming to an end and there is not much time left for departure. Have a breakfast in a cozy cafe, stroll through the beloved city center and buy souvenirs for friends and memorable trifles for yourself.

Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too

Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too is a cafe perfect for warm family breakfasts. Taste pancakes with banana and maple syrup, the dish is very tasty! If you still have free time, after breakfast, stroll through the city center, exploring the contrasts of architecture.