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Flying from Philly? Ten tips for family travelers

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 15, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--With Christmas around the corner, Philadelphia International Airport will be the holiday launchpad for hordes of festive families.

But whether you’re joining family Tampa or Toronto, or headed for Amsterdam, Rome or Paris, you might need some advice on pre-flight activities in and around the City of Brotherly Love’s air transport hub.

With that in mind, here are ten tips for family travelers flying from Philly.

1.Rocky Steps and Statue

No self-respecting film fan visits Philly without running up the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and having their photo snapped hands aloft like Sly Stallone’s pugilistic silver screen hero.

2.One Liberty Observation Deck

The One Liberty Observation Deck in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, is the best place to get a bird’s eye view of Philadelphia. At 57 stories above street level, the 360 degree cityscape scenes are simply spectacular.


3.Longwood Gardens

If you’ve got time to spare, Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, PA is a fabulous family attraction featuring 1077 acres of woodlands, world-class horticultural gardens and elegant fountains. It’s the perfect spot for a pre-flight picnic.

4. Museum mile

If your kids have a thirst for knowledge, satisfy them with facts and figures at Philadelphia’s Museum Mile. By the time they’ve soaked up the knowledge on offer at The Rodin Museum, Franklin Institute and Free Library of Philadelphia, their little brains will be fit to burst.

5.Airport parking

Don’t run the gauntlet of cramped and unreliable public transport in order to get your family to the terminal on time. Instead, ride in the comparative comfort of your own vehicle and ensure it’s safe for the vacay duration by pre-booking airport parking on comparison site — it’s easy.

6.Aldo Lamberti Trattoria

If you want to get your chops around some mouth-watering Italian food served with care and charm, head to Aldo Lamberti in Philadelphia Airport’s Terminal C — the Stromboli and salads are just like momma used to make. 

7.Auntie Anne’s

Auntie Anne’s iconic pretzels were first sold from a market stand at a Downingtown, PA farmer’s market in 1988. They’re now worldwide, and you can sample them yourself at Philly airport’s Terminal B.

8.Bar Symon

If you’re flying solo or about to embark on a romantic weekend without the kids, savor refreshing draft beers and bombastic burgers at Bar Symon. There are power outlets at every table to charge your cellphone and flight status screens to help you keep a tight schedule.

9.Kids play area

When young kids are feeling antsy thanks to troublesome flight delays, take them to the Please Touch Aviation Station near Gate D-10. There’s a mock airliner with a whirling propeller they can activate using hand controls — pretty cool!


For the ultimate pre-flight pampering session, enjoying a full body massage at XpresSpa outlets at Terminal C or F is absolutely fabulous. If you want to go the whole hog, throw in a manicure, eyebrow wax and facial — you’ve got to be good to yourself!

That’s our list of awesome activities near Philly airport! Share your own tips in the comments section.