Open 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.
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.
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.
This impressive piece remembers the 643 Philadelphia residents who were killed in the Vietnam War.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.