-This past weekend we made a quick overnight trip to Philadelphia. Noah had been asking to go on an Amtrak train, and Philly is a fun nearby destination. We boarded the train at Union Station in DC.
We stopped at stations in Baltimore and Wilmington on the way to Philly.
Noah’s favorite part of the ride was going through the tunnels outside of Baltimore.
The trip only took about two hours – can’t beat that! Here is a photo of Noah and Ryan at the Philadelphia Amtrak station.
After we dropped off our bags at the hotel, we walked to nearby Reading Terminal Market for lunch. This is a massive indoor farmer’s market that’s been around since the late 1800’s. There was a HUGE selection of produce, meat, cheese, baked goods, etc. from local farmers and producers. Many of the vendors were cooking, grilling and baking right there too, so the place smelled amazing!
Noah picked out truffles and chocolate-covered pretzels for dessert – yummy!
We happened to be in Philadelphia during the annual Bloom Philly Festival, so we came across quite a few extra activities. As we left the Market, Noah and Ryan teamed up for a giant game of Jenga that was part of the outdoor festival. Fun! They of course had to play Jenga by Noah’s rules, which basically meant no rules. Ha.
We had to see a few of the usual Philly sights too. We headed to the Liberty Bell first.
Next we visited Independence Hall. As you history buffs know, Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and signed.
After that we walked back to the hotel to relax and go swimming. In Noah’s opinion, we saved the best for last. Ha.
Noah definitely had a busy day. He fell asleep fast!
We headed back to the Amtrak station Sunday morning. While we were waiting for our train back to DC, Noah and Ryan read “The Polar Express” – yes, a book about a train!
Ryan’s phone has an app that clocks the your speed. Our train got up to 123 miles per hour – wow!
By the way, the Acela Express (Amtrak’s highest-speed rail line) goes even faster at 150 mph. Yeah, we’ll definitely have to ride the Acela to New York City or Boston someday.
It was a very quick trip to Philadelphia, but we had a great time! There’s a lot to see and do in Philly, so we plan to visit again!