Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn’s Landing
211 South Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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If it would not have been for their Pirate Day festivities I don’t think I would have brought the boys to the Seaport Museum. I always joke that I will have all boys and live in a pirate ship so it was time to put my money where my mouth is. Turns out it only cost us $24 to be pirates (kids under 3 are free).

The first thing I was surprised about was how hands on the Seaport Museum was. I thought it was going to be a look but don’t touch situation and I was totally wrong. If you are not allowed to touch it, it is in a glass case (thank-you!). You can climb in little skiff boats, do a little welding, climb in a berth and push and pull all the things that make boat noises. You kinda feel like you are in a giant version of those wooden train sets…but in a good way. Heads up that the museum is cold and there is mood lighting through out the whole thing so it is a touch dark.


What was really cool was following the smell of fresh cut wood to the Boat Making 101 room. They have a full wood shop where you can learn to make boats on the weekends. This I need to look into a little more because it looked awesome.

Perfect Pairing: A cool added bonus are the ships and submarine that are docked outside and around the corner from the museum. We took a self guided tour of a Becune a submarine and her berthmate battle cruiser Olympia. Both are amazingly weird and cool. Check out all our pictures on Flickr!



Strollers can be parked outside the ships and I would suggest you strap on the little one as it gets pretty tight. The submarine is not that enjoyable with little ones and toddlers because of how tight it is but it was still really cool to see. I bailed half way through and took Ollie up for air.

Park it:

There is a parking lot but I would recommend the cheaper option of paying the meter and parking on the Market Street Bridge and going down through the Penn Landing Gate. We parked on Front and hoofed the stroller down the flight of stairs which I am used to.

Will we go again?

Yes, Henry is loving boats and he spent the entire time moving from one thing to the next yelling look at this, look at this. We will most likely check out their $5 after 5 pm deal which happens Thursday, Friday and Saturday (always double check they are still running this before you go!).

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