Chanticleer Gardens

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.

The Battleship New Jersey

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.

Independence Visitors Center

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.

Eastern State Penitentiary

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.

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.

Independence National Park

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.

Avenue of the Arts, Inc.

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.

BalloonRidesDaily.com

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.

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.