Last Saturday we rode the Amtrak to Philadelphia for the day. Noah wanted to go on another train ride, and Philly is a fun nearby destination. We boarded the train at Union Station in DC.
The trip took about two hours – can’t beat that! Noah enjoyed watching the speedometer on Ryan’s phone along the way. Our train got up to 123 miles per hour at one point – super fast!
After we arrived, we hopped in a cab and headed to the Please Touch Museum to explore all the hands-on exhibits.
Noah’s favorite part of the museum was driving the SEPTA bus – shocker!
Noah also got to drive a flatbed truck, trolley, car and dump truck.
While in the construction area, Noah used a wheelbarrow to move blocks from the back of the dump truck to the conveyer belt.
In the Please Touch Garage, Noah got to work on a car engine, fill up a gas tank and rotate racecar tires.
Noah also got to shop at the grocery store, visit a hospital emergency room and play trains too – so much to do!
In the Water Works area, there was a small-scale canal lock that simulated large locks like those used on the Panama Canal, Suez Canal and Saint Lawrence Seaway. Noah enjoyed watching the lock fill up with water and then opening the downstream lock gates to allow the boats to flow out. Pretty cool!
He also learned about currents and the effects of gravity and air streams on water flow.
Yep, we had a great time at the children’s museum!
Next we rode the PHLASH bus to downtown Philly. We had a quick lunch and then went to Reading Terminal Market, which was one of our favorite finds from our last trip to Philly. Reading Terminal Market is a massive indoor farmer’s market. The market has a HUGE selection of produce, meat, cheese, baked goods, etc. from local farmers and producers. Many of the vendors cook, grill and bake right there too, so the place always smells amazing! We just stuck to desserts this trip. Noah picked out chocolate-covered pretzels, and Ryan chose truffles – yummy!
The weather was gorgeous on Saturday, so we spent a lot of time just walking around the downtown area too. First we came across City Hall.
Then we goofed around at the Board Game Art Park. As you can tell from the photos, Noah had fun playing on the huge Monopoly, Parcheesi and chess game pieces.
And of course, Noah wanted to ride the Philadelphia subway too. So we rode the subway here and there just for kicks, and then we rode it back to the Amtrak station.
So if you’re keeping track, we covered quite a few modes of transportation on our trip to Philly: car, train, taxi, bus and subway – whew! Ha.
We had a blast in Philadelphia. It was a quick trip but definitely a lot of fun. Noah fell asleep shortly after we left the Philly Amtrak station. Yep, he had a busy day. According to Ryan’s phone, we walked over 14,000 steps!