We have a dreaded routine on our family trips: I read all the literature and tourist guides and come up with a list of things I want to do. John and the kids groan because they hate my forced family marches around cities, through parks, on trails, into museums, etc. I say they'll all thank me later that they don't spend their trips in a hotel room staring at instagram. Some tidbits about our recent trip to Philadelphia.
How far we walked on the longest Saturday of our lives: 6 miles
I felt proud when: my 12 and 14 year old went on a shopping trip alone and navigated the city on their own.
Mimi's favorite part: the giant heart in the Franklin Institute (got into FI free with our St. Louis Science Center membership). Gus liked the brain.
A tiny bit overrated: the Eastern State Penitentiary but the lunch across the street at Jack's firehouse was much needed. We had a great lunch with Coke's in glass bottles, Bloody Mary for John, and a Victory Pils for me.
Thank goodness I found: bowtie at Macy's for Gus. It totally made his look!
My review on the Phlash bus which will take you to all the tourist spots for $5 a day: it's great if it shows up. If one of them gets in a wreck, you're stuck waiting for 40 minutes in the blazing sun waiting for another to show up.
Activities that weren't on "my list" but were glad we did: Richard Avedon exhibit at National Jewish Museum and the Morrissey Concert at the Kimmel Center.
What else we did: family dinner, visit LOVE statue, played in fountains, Genghis Khan exhibit, Liberty Bell, Independence Mall (sadly no time for hall), rooftop pool/pizza/beer with family, Rocky Stairs, Phillies v. Cardinals game.
I'm still in St. Louis moments: "GO CARDS" everywhere and "Hot in Herre" by Nelly at the wedding.
Wish I had made it to: Betsy Ross house and the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.
And- John weary and on 5.5 miles into our city journey, recognized Rittenhouse Square from one of our favorite movies, Trading Places.