Birthplace of the Nation: Philadelphia With Your Grandchild

Discover Philadelphia with your grandchild through the eyes of a revolutionary soldier, a founding father, an 18th century child, an American icon and, of course, a Road Scholar.
Rating (5)
Program No. 2562RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,849 / ADULT
999 / CHILD

At a Glance

Why is Philadelphia one of the best cities in the country for grandparents and grandkids? Because there is so much history to learn about together and so many fun experiences to share! Explore the homes and hang-outs of America’s Founding Fathers and Mothers, examine revolutionary relics at the new Museum of the American Revolution, learn amazing facts about the human body inside a two-story model of the human heart and much, much more!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking one mile per day on city streets, standing at historic sites and museums. Use of public transportation, getting on and off city buses.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey back in time as you learn about the important events and figures that helped shaped the legacy of the United States of America, from Independence Hall to the famed Liberty Bell.
  • Explore the exhibits of the Franklin Institute, where you’ll walk through the giant beating heart and learn about the most-famous Philadelphian, Ben Franklin.
  • Get a fascinating look at several domestic arts from the colonial era, including handmade paper and colonial cooking, at a historic homestead.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12.
Featured Expert
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John Becton
Joe Becton was introduced to history by his father, a history teacher in the Philadelphia School District. After attending Philadelphia public schools, he went on to earn associate degrees in social work and social science and a B.A. in history education at the University of West Florida. He is a noted Philadelphia musical artist who performs a repertoire of 19th century spirituals and Civil War songs. He also interprets the styles of music developed by Africans in America and the collision of cultures that created the music we call gospel, jazz and blues. Joe is a retired National Park Service Ranger at Independence National Historical Park.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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John Becton
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Philadelphia Then & Now
by Mauger, Edward Arthur
by Franklin, Benjamin
A Concise History of Philadelphia
by Avery, Ron
Small paperback book telling the history and politics of Philadelphia from 1682 to 1976
A Guide's Guide to Philadelphia
by Curson, Julie P.

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