Five hours in Philadelphia with an infant and luggage
August 16, 2019 6:40 AM   Subscribe

We're flying to Philadelphia and will have some time to burn before we can check into our AirBnB. What can we do with a 10-month-old and luggage in tow?

It's not an ideal situation, but the morning flights were cheapest. We are arriving around 10 am and can check into our AirBnB at 3 pm. We couldn't negotiate an earlier check in time.

Where can we go and what can we do to waste some time? We'll probably clip the car seat to the stroller and be dragging our rolling suitcases behind us.

How stupid is this idea and should we just hang out at the airport until we can get a taxi to the AirBnB?
posted by stripesandplaid to Travel & Transportation around Philadelphia, PA (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is vast, stroller-friendly, and offers a free check-room for large objects and free wifi. You can eat there too, so it will be a one-stop thing.
posted by ubiquity at 7:18 AM on August 16, 2019 [4 favorites]

ubitquity makes a good suggestion. The museum is large and spacious, you aren't going to be elbow-to-elbow in tiny galleries. If you think that the baby (or yourselves!) might eventually get restless looking at paintings, note that there are entire architectural structures (Japanese teahouse, French medieval cloister, etc.) ensconced within the walls of the museum for you to walk through.

Directly behind the museum, you can wander in the azalea gardens and sculpture garden, chill in the gazebo, and walk up the Schuylkill River Trail toward Kelly Drive, which is bustling with recreation -- bike/runner's path, seating areas, and all of the boathouses for crew racing.

Are you travelling this weekend? Directly in front of the museum, Eakins Oval is a family playspace plus beer garden during the summer through August 18.
posted by desuetude at 8:09 AM on August 16, 2019

What part of the city is your Air BnB?
posted by Pax at 9:42 AM on August 16, 2019

Art museum is a great suggestion. There's also Smith Playground nearby (although you'd need to get there by car, even from the museum.)

Depending on where you are in the city, you can probably find some fun indoor play spaces too (Nest and Play Arts come to mind).
posted by catesbie at 10:46 AM on August 16, 2019

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