As you tour historic Philadelphia, take notes in your Junior Ranger booklet. (You can get a sneak peek of the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet online.) At the end of your visit, go back to the visitor's center and be sworn in as Junior Rangers. (The park ranger will check your work, so do a good job!)
You will be given a plastic badge upon becoming a Junior Ranger. If you want the cloth patch, go to the bookstore and buy it.
I love the Junior Ranger program because it gives you some specific questions to answer on your field trip. Kids seem to recieve it better from a park ranger than they would receive a worksheet from mom. Getting a badge is a real perk, too.
There is also a trading card program at Independence National Park. And this is totally free!
Places we loved and would hate for you to miss:
- Betsy Ross House (Requires purchasing a ticket, but worth it)
- Printing Press at Franklin Court (See the video below for an idea of what you will see there. Ben Franklin walked in during our tour!)
- The US Mint (Adults need identification to enter. There is a security check and metal detector. No photography is allowed.)
- The Liberty Bell
- Independence Hall
- Elfreth's Alley (See what old homes looked like.)