With summer winding down quickly, we have been packing in some last minute excursions while we have the time. Last week was a busy week! We managed to squeeze in a quick trip to see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia before visiting my husband for lunch at his office. I had wanted to take my son to see the historic part of Philadelphia for a while, but am glad I waited until this summer. He was old enough to handle the line for the wait and a bit of a description of the history. I promised him that when he is a little older we will go back and really read more of the history so he understands more of it.
We started with a train ride to Market Street East and walked down Market Street towards 6th Street. I pointed out some buildings to him, such as the Gallery, which used to be a great mall when I was a child and Litt Brothers, and old department store. When we got to the beginning of Independence Mall, we first explored the President's House and then we headed to the Liberty Bell. Seeing the Liberty Bell is free, no tickets required. This made visiting easy! We stood in line for maybe ten minutes and played the role of tourist. We observed that the people in front of us were speaking Japanese and the people behind us were speaking German. We talked about why the Liberty Bell was a famous touist destination and an important part of American history.
Afterwards we walked over to Old City Hall, which is adjacent to Independence Hall. We were able to purchase our very own mini Liberty Bell and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. We saw where the US Supreme Court met prior to their move to Washington D.C. On a quest for a penny smashing machine, we learned that the Independence Visitor Center had them, so we wandered over there and found a plethora of information, while also getting some smashed pennies. My son wants to do one of those Segway tours, but I found out he has to be 14 years old to do it. There was so much information in the center. I think next summer we will have to head there early on to discover more about the city.