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Adventure Aquarium

http://www.adventureaquarium.com/

866-451-AQUA; 800-616-JAWS or 856-365-3300

1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ. Across the Delaware River from Penn’s Landing.

Open daily, 9:30am-5pm. Adults, $17.95. Children (2-12), $14.95. Open daily, 9:30am-5pm. Adults, $18.95; Children (2-12) $14.95. (Children under 2 are FREE).
Visitors can view the mysterious Shark Rays, touch exotic species from all around the world, explore a state-of-the-art exhibit with underwater hippo viewing, surround themselves with sharks in a 40-foot walk-through tunnel and see and feel the wonders of the underwater world in a 4-D theater.

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Avenue of the Arts, Inc.

http://www.avenueofthearts.org/

215/731-9668

Broad Street, Philadelphia

The Avenue of the Arts is the longest, widest, busiest street in the region and operates at street level and underground. It unifies a wide range of different neighborhoods, and bridges both the historic and the new. Moreover, the Avenue is home to over fifty of the city’s most important institutions dedicated to arts and culture, education, and hospitality, while also becoming known as a destination to dine, shop, and stay at an Avenue hotel.

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BalloonRidesDaily.com

http://www.ushotairballoon.com/

800/763-5987

by The US Hot Air Balloon Team

World Class Hot Air Balloon Rides every day over Lancaster County Amish farm country, Chester County, Brandywine River Valley, Bucks County, Delaware River Countryside. Hot Air Balloon Ride “Gift Certificates.” The perfect gift for every occasion.

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Bartrams Garden

Just minutes from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House is America’s oldest living botanical garden, a pastoral 18th-century homestead surrounded by the urban bustle of Philadelphia. Highlights include the oldest Gingko Tree in America and the Franklina Tree, saved from extinction by John Bartram and named after his friend, Benjamin Franklin.

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Chanticleer Gardens

http://www.chanticleergarden.org/

admin@chanticleergarden.org

610/687-4163

786 Church Road Wayne, PA

April 2-October 31, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm. The garden will stay open until 8pm on every Friday May through August. Tours start at 10:30am and 1:30pm every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tours last about 1-1/2 hours. $5 adult (16 and over), under 16, free. Season pases available. Group tours cost $10 per person. A deposit of $100 to cover the first ten participants must accompany your registration prior to the date of the tour. The balance is due on the day of the tour.
Thousands of bulbs clothe the ground in spring, followed by orchards of flowering trees with native wildflowers blooming in the woods. A vegetable garden complements a cut-flower garden, both accompanied by espaliered fruit trees. Courtyards are a framework for unusual combinations of herbaceous perennials, punctuated by pots of tropical plants. A “sculpture” of wheat and boulders undulates while a perennial garden reaches its peak in the warmest days of summer. A woodland garden carpeted with exotic groundcovers and full of rarities precedes a water garden surrounded by grasses and sweetsmelling herbs.

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Christ Church

http://www.christchurchphila.org/

mail@christchurchphila.org

215/922-1695

2nd St above Market St.

Founded in 1695, this has been the spiritual home of many of the Founding Fathers and first families of Society Hill. Benjamin Franklin was one of the members here, and it’s probably another place where George Washington slept. As the “Nation’s Church” they are a member of Independence National Park and give free tours daily. The tour is well worth it. It’s a beautiful building, modeled on the work of Christopher Wren. The 196-foot steeple was added in 1751-54, after a lengthy fundraiding drive led by Franklin. Benjamin Franklin and his wife are in the Christ Church Burial Ground at 4th and Arch Sts, two blocks north and two west.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

http://www.easternstate.org/

215/236-3300

22nd St & Fairmount Ave.

This 19th-century landmark was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks. Former inmates include bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone. Tour vaulted cellblocks, central rotunda and death row.

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Fairmount Park

http://fairmountpark.org/

info2@fairmountparkconservancy.org

215/685-0052

Beginning at the Art Museum, running along the banks of the Schuykill River.. Athletic Fields

Permits are required if you’re in the Park after the 1:00 a.m. curfew. Free. Public space.
Fairmount Park is the largest urban park in the United States, though, unlike Central Park, it’s actually on the west edge of town, separating Center City from the suburbs. In fact, all Philadelphia city parks — Roosevelt, Pennypack, etc. — are part of the system, for a combined size of 9,200 acres. Great for hikes, dog walks, off-road biking, and more. On the west side of the Schuykill River runs Martin Luther King Drive along the edge of the park, as does the Philadelphia Zoo and the Mann Music Center. There are tours of Colonial mansions within park grounds. That huge green dome visible from the expressway is Memorial Hall, the centerpiece of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and the only building left from that event. (For more on the Centennial, visit the Atwater Kent Museum or the Smithsonian in Washington, DC). Memorial Hall is the future home of the Please Touch Museum, which is moving from the Parkway. To the east of the river is Kelly Drive, the Dell East concert shell, and Belmont Plateau, with another excellent view of the city.

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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

http://www.fairmountwaterworks.com/

215/685-4908

640 Waterworks Drive (on the Schuykill River, below the Art Museum)

Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm. losed Mondays and City of Philadelphia holidays.
Behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along the Schuykill River, is the old water works, the source of filtered water in the 19th century. These buildings have finally been restored. Tour the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center for a history of this facility, or just stroll around the grounds. If you bring your fishing tackle, there are a few spots along the river that local fishermen will be glad to not tell you about. Plans call for eventually opening a restaurant in the main building, which should be a spectacularly expensive view.

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First Baptist Church of Philadelphia

215/563-3853

123 S 17th St.

The beautiful First Baptist Church of Philadelphia was founded in 1698 and is the eleventh oldest Baptist Church in America. The building is available for weddings, performing arts, seminars and business meetings with over 12,650 square feet of space available. The sanctuary has 5,850 square feet and a capacity for 1,200 people (handicap accessible). The Dining Hall and the Education Hall can both seat a minimum of 120 people. Five meeting rooms also available. Contact Building Manager B.J. Randleman for more information.

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Independence National Park

http://www.nps.gov/inde/visit.html

215/965-2305

Old City, between Chestnut and Arch Sts, 2nd and 6th Sts.

Visit the famous historic area of Philadelphia, featuring renowned landmarks such as Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell. Just opened: The National Constitution Center. Start your tour at the Visitors Center, 6th and Market Sts.

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Independence Visitors Center

http://www.independencevisitorcenter.com/

800/537-7676 or 215/965-7676

6th & Market Sts.

Sept. through July daily hours: 8:30am-5pm. Daily Summer hours 8:30am-7pm daily from July through Sept.
Start your tour of Independence Mall and the nation’s birth with a quick trip to this place. Get a map, see an orientation film, ask directions, join a tour group, tell your family to meet you back here if you get separated.

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Morris Arboretum

Open all year, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. April through October: 10am-4pm weekdays, November through March: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day. Thursdays in June through early October, open until 8:30pm. Garden Railway: see website for dates. Free to members. Students, faculty and staff of the University of Pennsylvania are admitted free with a valid Penn Card. Nonmembers (effective 4/30/05): Adults $10.00; Seniors (65+) $8.00; Students (13-18 or with ID) $5.00; Children (3-12 ) $5.00; Children under three and members free. Admission includes free parking. Call 215-247-5777 X157 for more information on handicap assistance.
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is not just acres of magnolias, roses, trees, local and historic flora, and sculpture, but also a full laboratory for botanic research by the university. As the official arboretum of Pennsylvania, it offers tours and classes. Though the Chestnut Hill terrain can be rugged in spots, the gardens are handicap accessible, and Morris provides free wheelchairs when requested. In the summer and fall, there is a large outdoor model train display, running through a landscape of miniature Philadelphia landmarks. Bruno’s restaurant is open daily 11-2:30 p.m. from April 30 through October 31, and longer hours in the summer. And, of course, there’s a gift shop, but there’s also an annual Spring Flower Sale every May, where rare plants from the Morris’s grounds may be purchased, with free advice and lectures from the arboretum’s horticulturists.

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National Constitution Center

http://www.constitutioncenter.org/

215/409-6600

525 Arch St, Independence Mall

525 Arch St, Independence Mall. 215/409-6600.
Mon-Fri, 9:30-5; Sat 9:30-6; Sun noon-5. Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children 4-12 $8. Extra charge for some special exhibits.

citypassThe National Constitution Center is dedicated to honoring the U.S. Constitution. This dynamic and modern museum tells the story of the Constitution through interactive and multimedia exhibits.

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Old Pine Street Graveyard

http://www.friendsofoldpinestreet.org/

215/925-8051

412 Pine St.

Open daily 9am-5pm. Private tours available with 24 hour notice.
Established in 1764. Filled up by the 1830s. See fluttering 13-star flags on graves of 121 Revolutionary War Soldiers and Patriots. Photo-ops galore! The site of the chase scene in the Disney movie National Treasure starring Nicholas Cage.

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Philadelphia Zoo

http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/

215/243-1100

34th & Girard Ave.

citypassOpen daily year-round, the zoo is home to more than 1,600 animals including America’s only giant river otters, frolicking polar bears, exotic rain forest animals, reptiles and magnificent birds from around the world.

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Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari and Hurricane Harbor

http://sixflags.com/

732-928-1821

Jackson, NJ

Six Flags Great Adventure is home to Wiggles World! The park’s fourth area devoted exclusively to kids features themed rides, shows and attractions, plus The Wiggles’ famous cast of characters. Next door, the largest drive-thru safari outside of Africa features the new Wild Safari Exploration Station, a hands-on Safari adventure! You will enjoy educational and exciting animal shows, interactive science exhibits and get up-close to exotic animals! Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park offers wet ‘n wild fun including a wave pool and lazy river, nearly 20 water slides and an enormous water playground. Call 732-928-1821 or visit sixflags.com.

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The Battleship New Jersey

http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/

866/877-6262

Battleship Place, Camden, NJ

October 1-March 31, 9am-3pm. Adults $10; Children under 12, senior citizens and veterans $7; Group rates available for groups of 20 or more.
The Battleship New Jersey, our Nation’s most decorated battleship, is now a floating museum on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from Center City Philadelphia. History comes to life as visitors experience a guided tour through the Iowa-class ship, one of the largest battleships ever built.

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United States Mint

215/408-0114

5th and Arch Sts.

Visitors to this free attraction can view actual coin production in the world’s largest mint. On November 18, 2003, they started producing the first Sacajawea dollar coins

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Yards Brewing Company

Brewery tours and tastings available by appointment Mon-Sun.
Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia’s premier brewery, brought the return of cask conditioned ales to Philadelphia in 1994. Yards uses the time-honored principal of cask and bottle conditioning – in accordance with British and Belgian brewing techniques. All of their products are unfiltered and unpasteurized to optimize the flavor of these complex ales. Yards’ award-winning ales are available in finer restaurants and beer bars throughout PA, NJ, MD.

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