Ancestry Inn

310 West Duval Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19144, United States
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Philadelphia / nearby + with a toddler

by welys

Hi everyone

We're going to Philadelphia for a week at the end of May and will be travelling with our daughter who will be nearly 16 months old.

Has anyone got any suggestions for things we could do that we'd all enjoy?

I've seen references to the Sesame Place, and varying opinions on whether it would be suitable for our daughter - there are activities for under 5s, but obviously she's a long way under 5. I was hoping she'd still enjoy it though.

Also, as we may not be able to go out for dinner most evenings (though we're staying with family so we may get out once or twice if anyone has any suggestions of somewhere special to eat) we will be trying to have nice lunches instead, so any tips would be welcome.

Finally, we hope to go somewhere else for the last 2 nights and will be flying home from Newark. Can anyone suggest somewhere that would be good to visit for a couple of days - could be Pennsylvania or anywhere within 2/3 hours drive of Newark.



Nice place for families, even toddlers

by PR-7

Every child loves a zoo, and Philly has a very good one.

If you like water fowl in natural settings, your family would probably enjoy Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Seeing a one-meter blue heron landing on the water is a site to behold.

If the weather is nice (and it should be), check out some of the public squares in Center City. Rittenhouse Square, Franklin Square -- these and many others are bursting with places for a youngster to toddle around in safety and fun.

I might also suggest you buy your child a Phillie Fanatic plush doll before or soon after arrival. Then, take the child around to the various Phanatic sites.

Re: Philadelphia / nearby + with a toddler

by welys

Thanks PR-7. The last suggestion about the Philly Phanatic doll & visiting sites where she can see it is a lovely one, thanks!

Travel Tips for Philadelphia

Liberty Place Phase II


There was a building boom in Philly in the late 80's which revitalized the city center.

If you go to Philly stick to an area bounded on the north by Race Street , on the south by South street , the west by the train station and the east by the river .

Do not go for a walk at night unless you are familiar with the city.

Claim to Fame: I went through North Philadelphia . Some American friends drove me through at 10:30 am on the American Thankgiving Day . We did not stop at red lights or stop signs .

get a cheesesteak at Pat's or...

by crandolph

get a cheesesteak at Pat's or Geno's at 4am, or see the Triangle Tavern live show on the weekend (10th & Reed) or the drag show at Bob & Barbara's (16th & South) on Thurs night. Everything. We rock. Hostile City USA.

An Exhibition in the...

by shiran_d

An Exhibition in the Department of Special Collections
Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania.

The year 1996 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the ENIAC computer, the first large-scale general-purpose electronic computer. Built at the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering, ENIAC is an acronym for 'Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer,' but its birth lay in World War II as a classified military project known only as Project PX. The ENIAC is important historically, because it laid the foundations for the modern electronic computing industry. More than any other machine, the ENIAC demonstrated that high-speed digital computing was possible using the then-available vacuum tube technology.

My cusin is one of the a lectures of this Universtiy. I was previladged to be a visitor to the exibition room where the ENIAC housed.

The world greates mordern invention. I than to the masters for making our life simpler. Open for disscusions please write if you feel I am wrong in stating these words.
God bless our world and lets all live with love and peace. Human kind is the greates of all creations. Reading the making of the world's first computer.

ENIAC, the Electrical Numerical Integrator and Computer, was not the first computer developed, but it opened the door for everything that would follow.

Weighing in at just over 30 tons with 18,000 vacuum tubes, 1500 relays and hundreds of thousands of resistors, capacitors and inductors it was the first multipurpose computer. Within a decade commercial uses of computers were introduced and it was largely due to the pioneering accomplishments of ENIAC.

John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert would have made Charles Babbage proud with their invention of the ENIAC. Babbage had envisioned a device that could do multiple types of calculations. Other computers of the time all had specific functions.

For example, the British computer Colossus was designed specifically to crack the NAZI codes during the war. But ENIAC could be programmed to perform different functions. It was also fast. It could add 5,000 numbers or do 14 ten digit multiplications in a second. While this is slow by modern standards it was incredible for the 1940s.


by acemj

There's the Liberty Bell, the LOVE monument and of course, the Columbus Obelisk down at Penn's Landing. All over town, you'll find monuments, historical markers and pieces of interesting art. Philly, isn't nearly as big as New York and the advantage of that to me is that it's much more manageable. You can spend a weekend here and actually leave with the impression that you have a handle on the place. Don't get me wrong, there's enough to do for a lifetime in Philadelphia, but you just won't feel so overwhelmed like you do in some larger cities.


by Sharrie

Head north (1 block from Carpenters' Hall) to FRANKLIN COURT. This is the only house B. Franklin owned although he lived in Boston, London & Paris as well. From this site, a 'ghost structure' was set up to visualize his mansion.

To read more about about his legends, please proceed to


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