If you want to spend your Labor Day weekend in a fun and affordable city, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania can be a great alternative to the crowds of New York or Washington DC. With the summer weather still intact, kids and adults alike can use the three-day weekend to enjoy the many activities Philadelphia has to offer. The city is chock-full of amazing museums, but where Philly really shines is with its natural history and science museums. The Franklin Institute and the Academy of Natural Sciences both awe visitors with their hands-on, interactive exhibits and their stunning collections. Kids and their families can all enjoy these museums' animal fossils, cultural performances, planetarium shows, and IMAX theaters. Baseball season is in full swing in Philadelphia come Labor Day, and the Phillies are always fun to watch as the fans are so loyal (and vocal) about their dedication to the team. The Eagles' football season is just starting up at this time of year, and you might be able to catch an exhibition game if you're lucky.
You can't talk about visiting Philadelphia without considering all the historic attractions in the city - after all, the Liberty Bell, the Declaration House, Betsy Ross' home, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are all located here. Countless war memorials and historic places pepper the city, and the Atwater Kent museum chronicles the 300+ year history of Philly in an enjoyable and educational way. By visiting historic Philadelphia you will not only by learning about the city, but also about the birth of America. You can always top off your Labor Day weekend with an amazing meal at one of the city's four-star restaurants, or just with an equally amazing cheese steak sub from the shop on the corner.