Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia. PA
When: March 5 – March 13, 2016
Why: This year’s show celebrates the 100th anniversary of America’s National Parks. The extravaganza, presented by The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the National Park Service, will feature acres of trails that mirror our national landscape, including a rainbow of wildflowers, desert blooms, coastal flora, fragrant pinelands and ancient redwoods. It’s all enhanced with Native American art, floral totems and a dazzling waterfall. Spectacular imagery spanning the breadth of the park system will come to life on multiple overhead screens, as sounds of thundering bison and songbirds transport visitors into the wild. Guests will climb a mountain, ford a stream, hike trails, and pitch camp in the interactive exhibits. Kids will marvel at the vast display of model locomotives and rail cars rumbling through the familiar sites of a miniaturized American landscape. A butterfly garden and hands-on activities will keep tots-to-tweens smiling.
Cost: $27 for adults when purchased online by March 4 or $34 at the door. Children ages 2-16 pay $15.
Stay: Many hotels are offering special rates, so enjoy Philly’s multitude of charms when you stay the night.
Get there: Philly is easy to reach without a car. See our Philadelphia Transportation Guide.
Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.