Which Philadelphia activities are worth seeing on a school trip?
Knowing what is available to you is imperative in planning an incredible experience for your students.
With over 25 free things to do in the city, planning a school trip on a budget is very accessible. However, if your expenses allow, the following Philadelphia activities provide an educational experience that is totally worth the price.
Student Group Rates:
$ = $10 or less
$$ = $11-20
$$$ = $20+
Christ Church and Burial Grounds Tour ($) – This church’s congregation has included Ben Franklin, George Washington and Betsy Ross. Visit Benjamin Franklin’s gravesite, among others.
National Constitution Center ($$) – ” The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the U.S. Constitution and its legacy of freedom. Located two blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Historic Philadelphia, the Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires active citizenship as a state-of-the-art museum, a civic education hub and a national town hall.”
Eastern State Penitentiary tour ($) – “Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers…Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.”
Franklin Institute Science Museum ($) – “Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and premier centers of science education. The museum is known for blockbuster exhibits, a bevy of interactive ongoing exhibitions, and one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences.”
Independence Seaport Museum ($) – “See nautical art, interactive exhibits, the Workshop on the Water, and our two historic ships – the cruiser Olympia, the oldest steel warship still afloat in the world and the WWII-era submarine Becuna”
The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia ($$) – “This museum, located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, showcases medical oddities.”
Philadelphia Museum of Art ($) – “An impressive collection of European art housed in a stately, neoclassical building.”
Philadelphia Zoo ($$) – “Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo, is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered.”
Betsy Ross House ($) – “The Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag, is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Tour the house and then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exciting life and times through our interactive, historical programming.”
Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour™($$) – “Visit more than 20 scary sites to hear Philadelphia’s haunted facts and folklore. Experience Philadelphia’s monuments by moonlight. Travel the cobblestone streets of Old City to hear chilling stories about the Spirits of ’76”
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