Last week the kids and I visited a Philadelphia family attraction for the very first time, the Fairmount Water Works! Nestled between Boathouse Row and the Art Museum off of Kelly Drive, the Fairmount Water Works is a great place to take the kids and is open to the public. My kids had a blast learning, exploring the exhibits and then playing outside and looking out over the Schuylkill River.
Inside are water wheels, turbines and pumps that at one time supplied the City of Philadelphia with its water supply but still show their original structures and now house this fantastic facility of education! The watershed education center is complete with interactive exhibits, theater, classroom and cool tunnels that will remind you of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
An interesting fact I learned while there was how clean the Philadelphia water supply actually is. Philly tap water is tested 100 times per week for bacteria and 500 times per week for other contaminants and proudly exceeds state and federal requirements. The cost of 50 glasses of tap water here is less than one penny, so save your money for a soft pretzel instead!
Admission is free and parking is readily available as well. Our spot right outside in the circle was free to park until 11 am. For more information on the Water Works Interpretive Center, you can visit their website or call 215-685-0723.