10 Things to Do in New York City on a Rainy Day

We’re fortunate to live a short drive from Manhattan and try and get to “The City” as often as we can. I enjoy visiting each season, although the holiday season is definitely my favorite!  Read our list of holiday traditions in New York City here. Recently, several readers and followers have asked about indoor activities (since it was still winter at the time) for kids and I thought I would compile a list of all the indoor places we have explored and our favorite activity at each spot.

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20 Family Friendly Places to Explore in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is known for many things: being the “City of Brotherly Love”; the home of the cheesesteak, the first bank, and the Liberty Bell; and the place where “eagles fly.” Home to over one million people and less than a two hour drive from both New York City and Baltimore, it’s probably most know for being the first capitol of America and the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There certainly is a lot of history “preserved” in Philadelphia, but there’s also a ton of other ways to explore the city with kids. Before you head to Philadelphia, check out VisitPhilly.com for tons of recommendations, itineraries, and calendars. The website is well organized and has suggestions organized by neighborhood, season, or family friendly activities. If you’re planning on visiting for a few days, consider purchasing a CityPass or Philadelphia Pass, both of which offer substantial savings if you visit multiple locations (most of which are on my top 20 list).

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Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA

The Please Touch Museum is one of the most popular spots for kids of all ages in Philadelphia- up to 5,000 people visit each (busy) day! The museum is located inside Memorial Hall, site of the Art Gallery for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition celebrating America’s 100th birthday. There is over 60,000 square feet of exhibits open to the public and various classrooms and meeting spaces. The museum is best for ages ten and under, but there are many exhibits even older children will enjoy. The best part? Visitors are encouraged to “touch” everything!

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, located in downtown Dallas, Texas, has to be one of the largest museums we have ever visited- and definitely one of the most fun science centers we have explored! The building is equivalent in size to a 14 story building! Plan on spending the better portion of a full day exploring this 180,000+ square foot museum filled with five  floors of exhibits, although could spend days here and still not see everything. Start at the top and work your way down the floors and through 11 exhibition halls.

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Six Ways to Explore Providence, Rhode Island in the Winter

Rhode Island make take some heat for being the smallest state in America, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in family-friendly fun. Providence, the state capital, is located one hour south of Boston and three hours north of New York City. My family has driven through the Ocean State several time on the way to visit family (check out my posts on nearby Newport, Bristol, and The Farmer’s Daughter) but we’ve never stayed in town for more than a day.

On our way home from celebrating Christmas in Boston, we decided to spend some time exploring Providence. Even though the weather was chilly (mid 20s-30s), we enjoyed lots of indoor and outdoor fun. Here are some of our favorite activities for family fun in Providence:

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