So, my 11-year-old and I returned recently from a 4-day trip to Philadelphia and D.C. It is truly amazing how many sights and sites you can pack into a 4-day trip when you go from about 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (or later) – if you can live to do it. At the end of the trip (which was 4:15 a.m. Monday morning), we were all hot, sweaty, and tired, but we had seen and learned a lot.
We spent the first evening and half of the next day in Philadelphia.
The first night featured a walking tour of the old city. I am always amazed by the tour guides. They are usually of the more-mature variety, but they walk all over (and faster than most of us), and often have other day jobs. Ours trained people by day and led tours by night.
If you visit Philadelphia, be sure to visit the Constitution Center, which is new since I went in the ’80s. It’s just across the mall area from Independence Hall, and features Signers’ Hall, with life-size replicas of all the signers of the Constitution. The people who made the statues put a lot of effort into making the heights, body builds, hair, etc. all accurate. It’s very interesting. You can see first-hand how tall George Washington was in comparison to James Madison. You can sit on Ben Franklin’s lap!
One thing I would love to see sometime, but didn’t this time (one of the downfalls of a group tour is the inability to leave the group) is the Wanamaker Organ at the nearby Macy’s in Philadelphia. It’s the largest operational organ in the world, and is played daily for customers. Someday …