Taking the family on a day trip can be a great way to reconnect and spend the day creating new memories. But with kids, teens, and adult family members in tow, choosing the right destination can be tough. The answer? Take a bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia. Once there, you can check out some of these great family-friendly attractions. 

Philadelphia Zoo

If there are animal lovers in your group, the Philadelphia Zoo is a must-visit attraction.  Open year round, the zoo gives visitors the chance to check out over 1,300 animals, including some endangered species.

The Philadelphia Zoo is considered the nation’s first zoo. And it’s had plenty time to cultivate a great experience for visitors and residents.  As such, it’s easy to spend an entire day roaming the 42-acre property. 

If you’re planning a visit, be sure to check out their newest, one-of-a-kind feature, Zoo360 Trails. This property-wide network of mesh trails and tunnels lets residents, like baboons, goats, and tigers swing, climb, stroll, and crawl above and around the zoo. This unique experience will leave you asking if you’re walking around the zoo or if the zoo is walking around you. 

Please Touch Museum

Museums may not always be a favorite among younger travelers.  But when it comes to the Please Touch Museum, your kids are sure to make an exception. Designed to entertain and enchant the 6 months to 8-year-old crowd, the Please Touch Museum has tons of extraordinary exhibits. It’s great place to spend the day exploring.  

While there, you and your little one(s) will be able to splash around in the expansive River Adventures exhibit; learn about healthy living in the Healthy Me center, and get in touch with your inner artist in the Creative Arts Studio — just to name a few museum hot spots. 

The Please Touch Museum also offers several rotating exhibits and events. This includes Play Without Boundaries, where children with autism or other learning and sensory needs can relax and explore on their own terms. 

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Want to get up close and personal with some dinosaurs or explore a butterfly filled garden in the middle of winter (or whatever month you choose)? You can do all that and more at Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences.  

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is filled with over 18 million specimens and treasures that will allow you to take a deep dive into history. This natural history museum hosts a number of both short and long-term exhibits geared towards a variety of age groups as well as many interactive opportunities, including a Fossil Dig and Children’s Discovery Center.. 

In addition to interactive exhibits, the museum also houses work by some of the most renowned naturalists, including Thomas Jefferson and well-known explorers Merriwether Lewis and William Clark.  

Independence National Historical Park 

Philadelphia is home to a lot of remarkable attractions, but each year, over 5 million people head to Independence National Historical Park to get in touch with the nation’s roots. Located in the Old City Philadelphia, the historic park is considered to be the very place where the United States began. You can even see evidence of 18th-century charm, including cobblestone streets.

The park is packed with history. There you’ll find the Liberty Bell as Independence Hall, where our founding fathers signed both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. You can even walk through Congress Hall and tour Christ’s Church(1744) property, where Benjamin Franklin leaders were laid to rest. 

Not sure everyone in your group wants to take in a day’s worth of history? There are plenty of shops and eateries close by, making Independence National Historical Park a great place spot to add to your itinerary. 

The Adventure Aquarium (a.k.a. The Camden Aquarium) 

Though the Adventure Aquarium isn’t necessarily “in” Philadelphia, it’s close enough to make our list. Located right across the Delaware River in Camden, NJ, this aquarium is the perfect place to visit any time of year. With indoor and outdoor areas to roam, families can spend the day getting to know some of the 15,000 aquatic animals that call the Camden aquarium home. 

During your visit, you can check out live animal shows and feedings, watch the two resident hippos play and lounge in the Hippo Haven, and catch a glimpse of one of the many sharks that lurk and swim around the Shark Realm. Small children also love the Adventure Aquarium KidZone, where they can explore stingrays, starfish, and other creatures in the touch tank. 

Taking the Bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia

Traveling as a family is great, but it can also be a challenge. Getting everyone (and everything) into the car can be tough. Finding parking and navigating traffic with anxious passengers can be even harder. When you take a Martz bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia, you can enjoy the day with your family. There’s no need to worry about the logistics.  Plus, kids from 2 to 11 years of age can receive a 25% fare discount while traveling with Martz. That makes the bus a stress-free and affordable way to get out of town for the day. 

Chartering a Bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia

Thinking of traveling with the whole family — aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents included? Why not charter a bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia. When you charter a bus with Martz, you create unique trip experience. You pick the time and place, and we’ll do the rest. Charter buses are also a more affordable option for group travel.  Spend less time worrying and more time connecting with your family. 

Great family getaways don’t have to be costly or include lengthy car trips. Take a Martz Bus from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia and unlock a ton of exciting experiences. You’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.