Category: Nature

Academy of Natural Sciences-Philadelphia

It’s practically a requirement of childhood that at some point you visit an academy of natural sciences.  All the realistic dioramas and dinosaur skeletons are sure to fascinate kids and peak their interest in animals and the natural world.  I decided to throw in a visit while we took…

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Adventure Aquarium (Camden, NJ)

I know, I know…this destination is not actually in PA…BUT it is marketed to tourists in Philadelphia, included with the Philly CityPASS booklet, and is a quick jaunt over the Ben Franklin Bridge on the Camden riverfront (without driving into the shady part of town).  Formerly the New…

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The Philadelphia Zoo

I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t like animals, at least not enough to prevent them from enjoying a trip to the zoo!  The Philadelphia Zoo (formerly called Philadelphia Zoological Gardens) has the notable distinction of being the first zoo in America, founded in 1874.  Designed to…

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Longwood Gardens

No doubt worthy of a” Top Ten Most Beautiful Gardens in America” designation, here in Southeastern Pennsylvania we have the lucky privilege of being within easy shot of Longwood Gardens.  Thirty miles from Philadelphia and 40 miles from Lancaster, it is well worth the trip if you have not yet…

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Driving Tour of Fairmount Park (Philadelphia) Historic Mansions

Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the nation’s largest urban park with a sprawling 9,200 acres of quiet, natural beauty containing miles of trails, recreational fields, shaded woodlands, and peaceful waterfront vistas all within easy reach of Philadelphia citizens.  A special feature (and my personal favorite) are the…

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Valley Forge National Historical Park

Of all the day trips our family has taken in recent years, this trip stands out as one of our favorites.  It was one of those days when time seems to stand still, and the whole day seemed like a day dream.  We came home with that relaxed, just-did…

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Indian Steps Museum

Trying to take advantage of a beautiful autumn day, we took the family down to York County to the Susquehanna River where a tucked-away historical landmark sits right off of the sparkling river.  The Indian Steps cabin, erected in 1912 by John Edward Vandersloot is a unique structure built…

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Morris Arboretum

Just in case you are thinking by now that I have the perfect kids who always cooperate and enjoy learning, let me put your mind at ease…I do not.  This trip almost turned me into “Day Tripper Lady,” gonna leave those kids at home next time.  I took advantage…

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Barnyard Kingdom

If your children participated in Lancaster Library’s Summer Reading program, you received a free child’s admission to the Country Barn’s Barnyard Kingdom (but HURRY, they expire 9/18!).  I went years ago when my older children were small and I was not impressed.  It seemed run down…

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Historic Germantown, Philadelphia

(This is a more extensive post as it was a 2-day trip, but I think if you stay with it, you will find it interesting and informative.) Many people would not think of Germantown as a tourist destination, and although in recent decades there have been urban problems plaguing…

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