Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

This morning Noelle, Sierra, Mom, Dad and I took the train into Center City to see the Liberty Bell and the Magic Gardens. I've long been obsessed with what some people call "art environments" and the Magic Gardens have been on my bucket list. Sierra enjoyed making friends on the train. We got off at Market East and then headed over to Independence Mall. There was a long line to see the Liberty Bell,
Waiting in Line for the Liberty Bell
but luckily the line moved pretty quickly. We got a family photo at the famed icon of freedom
Family Photo at the Liberty Bell
and then headed to the park behind Independence Hall to feed Sierra her lunch. There was a band playing across the street from the park and Sierra seemed to enjoy listening to the music. She even danced with Pop-Pop for a little while.
Sierra Dances with Pop-Pop

After Sierra's lunch it was time for ours. We headed to South Street where we stopped in at Jim's Steaks.
Noelle at Jim's Steaks on South Street
Back when I was in high school and college I spent a lot of time down on South Street and ate at Jim's quite often. The steaks are still excellent, though it seems the lines are longer now. From Jim's we walked west on South to the Magic Gardens. The Magic Gardens did not disappoint. While the $7 admission is a bit high, especially considering there is no admission fee to such art environments as the Concrete County Park and Wegner Grotto in Wisconsin, I feel the money goes to a good cause in promoting folk art. Dad decided to stay outside,
Dad is Locked Out
but the rest of us enjoyed visiting all the little grottoes and traveling the corridors.
Magic Gardens

Magic Gardens Path

Magic Gardens Window

Mom at the Magic Gardens

Noelle in the Shade

Magic Gardens Corridor

Magic Gardens Mosaic

All-Encompassing Magic Gardens View

Noelle on Magic Gardens Stairs

Even Sierra really seemed to enjoy her visit!
Daddy and Sierra in the Magic Gardens

Sierra Loves the Magic Gardens

1 comment:

luksky said...

Sierra looks to be a very happy girl! Our daughter, now 12 years old, was always a happy explorer too. Now that she is a pre-teen she balks at outdoor adventures. :(