After lunch at a local spot, we drove about 2 hours into downtown Philly. We pricelined the hotel and ended up at a Sheraton. We had a little adventure, as I went to park the van while Andy checked in. Our family truckster was TOO tall for the parking garages. I must have drove around for 45 minutes. At 1 point, Grant and I were trapped inside a gated lot and couldn't get out (had to find security to lift the gate). Finally, after making 5 trips past the front door of the hotel, the parking attendant said we could just leave it right along the front curb (you know, where the cabs are and where people get in and out of their vehicles) It made us a little nervous...but he didn't ask to keep the keys so we gave it shot. Luckily it was still there (and made for easy access when we realized we forgot things in there 2 times)
We thought we would have family nap hour...but realized that if we wanted to see the sights, we would need to get going. So...we put on our walking shoes and headed the 15 blocks to the Historic District. It was an interesting walk...Philly is a unique city.
We stood in line to see the Liberty Bell
and then got in line to see Independence Hall. We just had to wait in line for about an hour for a 15 minute abbreviated tour. Of course it started to rain...Grant was quite the trooper for being exhausted.
Once inside, we saw the courtroom and the room where the Declaration was signed. It was a good thing we didn't have 30 minute tour tickets...cause Grant couldn't even make it through the 15 minute tour.
Since we were all tired and wet we didn't want to tackle the 20 block walk home....found a subway that would at least get us within 4 blocks of the hotel. Seth LOVED it...he wanted to ride it all night long.
On the walk home we found a courtyard with giant size game pieces...kinda fun!