Top Regional Attractions

Philadelphia

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000.

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. $15.95; $13.95 seniors, students, military, children 3-12; free for children under 3.

10 am-4:30 pm Mon.-Fri.,

10 am-5 pm Sat.-Sun.

African American Museum 701 Arch St.; 215-574-0380. www.aampmuseum.org. $10; $8 seniors, students and children. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

American Philosophical Society Museum 104 S. 5th St.; 215-440-3400. www.apsmuseum.org. Donation requested: $2. Apr.-Oct: Thu.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm; Nov.-Dec.: Fri.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776. www.americanswedish.org. Featuring exhibits dedicated to Swedish American history, Swedish arts & culture. $8; $6 seniors & students; $5 children 5-11;

free for children under 5. Tue.-Fri.

10 am-4 pm, Sat.-Sun. noon-4 pm.

American Women's Heritage Society Underground Railroad Museum

2000 Belmont Mansion Dr.; 215-878-8844. www.belmontmansion.org.

Winter: Tue.-Fri. 11 am-5 pm.

Summer: Tue.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm:.

Bartram's Garden 54th St.; 215-729-5281. www.bartramsgarden.org. America's oldest living botanical garden. Grounds: Daily 10 am-5 pm. Tours: Mar.-2nd week of Dec.: noon-4 pm.

Betsy Ross House 239 Arch St.; 215-686-1252. www.betsyrosshouse.org. $4; $3 seniors, military & children under 13. Jan.-Feb.: Wed.-Sun. 10 am- 5 pm; Mar.-Sep.: Daily 10 am-5 pm; Oct.-Dec.: Tue-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Christ Church Second St.; 215-922-1695. www.christchurchphila.org. Visit the "Nation's Church" to sit where Washington and Franklin did, while hearing stories of how vision, faith, and courage shaped our nation. Donation suggested: $3; $2 students.

Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm. Closed Mon.-Tue. in Jan. & Feb.

Christ Church Burial Ground

5th & Arch Sts.; 215-922-1695. www.christchurchphila.org. Final resting place of Benjamin Franklin. $2; $1 students; Guided tours additional fee. Mon-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm, weather permitting, Mar.-Nov. Limited hrs. in Dec. Closed Jan. & Feb.

Eastern State Penitentiary 22nd St. & Fairmount Ave.; 215-236-3300. www.easternstate.org. The vaulted, sky-lighted cells of this prison once held many of America's most notorious criminals. $14; $12 seniors; $10 students and children 7 and over. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Elfreth's Alley Second St.; 215-574-0560. www.elfrethsalley.org. $2; $1 children 6-18. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm,

Sun. noon-5 pm.

Fairmount Water Works

Interpretive Center

640 Waterworks Dr.; 215-685-0723. www.fairmountwaterworks.com. Free. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.

The Federal Reserve Bank

of Philadelphia 100 N. 6th St.; 866-574-3727. www.philadelphiafed.org. Free. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Open weekends Jun.-Aug: Sat. 9 am-3 pm, Sun. 11 am-3 pm. Closed bank holidays.

Fort Mifflin Fort Mifflin Rd.; 215-685-4167. www.fortmifflin.us. $6; $5 seniors; $3 kids 5-12 & veterans; free for kids under 5. Wed.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200. www.fi.edu. $18.50; $14.50 children 3-11. IMAX show times vary. Permanent exhibits open daily

9:30 am-5 pm.

Franklin Square

6th & Race Sts.; 215-629-4026. www.historicphiladelphia.org.

Daily 10 am-9 pm thru Labor Day.

Historic Philadelphia Center

6th and Chestnut Sts.; 215-629-4026. historicphiladelphia.org. Mon. 9 am-7 pm; Tue.-Sat. 10 am-7 pm.

Independence Hall

Chestnut St.; 800-537-7676. www.nps.gov/inde/independence-

hall-1.htm. Guided Tour - Explore this historic example of Georgian architecture. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Independence National Historical Park 6th & Market Sts.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde/. Most sites free.

Daily 8:30 am-5 pm.

Independence Seaport Museum

211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 215-925-5439. www.phillyseaport.org. $12; $10 seniors; $7 children/students/military; free for children under 2. 10 am-5 pm daily.

Independence Visitor Center

N. 6th St. & Market St.; 800-537-7676. www.independencevisitorcenter.com/. Open daily 8:30 am-6 pm.

Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge Ave.; 215-228-8200. www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Outdoor sculptural garden, horticultural gem & unique historical landmark. Free. Mon.-Fri. 8 am-4:30 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9:30 am-4:30 pm.

Laurel Hill Mansion East Fairmount Park; 215-235-1776. laurelhillmansion.org. Georgian-style mansion built in 1767

by Rebecca Rawle. $5.

Liberty Bell Center 501 Market St.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde. Home of the Liberty Bell & exhibits on its origins & role as symbol of freedom. Free. Mon.-Fri .9 am-5 pm;

Sat.-Sun. 9 am-6 pm.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania 100 E. Northwestern Ave.; 215-247-5777. www.morrisarboretum.org. $16; $14 seniors; $7 students & youth 3-17; free for children under 3.

Hours vary throughout year.

The Mutter Museum 19 S. 22nd St.; 215-563-3737. www.muttermuseum.org. Over 200 wet & dry specimens, lantern slides, x-rays & more. $15; $13 military & seniors; $10 students & children 6-17; free for children 5 & under.

Daily 10 am-5 pm.

National Constitution Center

525 Arch St.; 215-409-6700. www.constitutioncenter.org. 1787 copy on display plus more than 100 interactive exhibits, Signers' Hall, Freedom Rising & more. $14.50; $13 seniors & students; $8 children 4-12; free for children under 4 & military. Winter pricing: $10 through 3/31. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-5 pm,

Sat. 9:30 am-6 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

National Liberty Museum

321 Chestnut St.; 215-925-2800. www.libertymuseum.org. $7; $6 seniors; $5 students; $2 youth 5-17; free for members & children under 5.

Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-6 pm.

National Museum of American Jewish History 101 S. Independence Mall East; 215-923-3811. www.nmajh.org. $12; $11 seniors & youth 13-21; free for children 12 & under (pay-what-you-wish through 10/31/13). Tue.-Fri. 10 am-5 pm; Sat.-Sun 10 am-5:30 pm.

Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology) 3260 South St.; 215-898-4000. www.penn.museum. Three gallery floors with art & artifacts from ancient Egypt, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the ancient Mediterranean world. $15; $13 seniors; $10 children 6-17 and full-time college students with ID; free for active military and children 5 and under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm; first Wed. of each month 10 am-8 pm.

Philadelphia History Museum

15 S. 7th St.; 215-685-4830. www.philadelphiahistory.org. $10; $8 seniors; $6 students and teens 13-18;

free for children 12 and under.

Tue.-Sat. 10:30 am-4:30 pm.

Philadelphia Museum of Art 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. www.philamuseum.org. $20; $18 seniors 65 and over; $14 students and children 13-18; free for children 12 and under. Tue. & Thu., Sat.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm;

Wed. & Fri. 10 am-8:45 pm.

The Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W. Girard Ave.; 215-243-1100. www.philadelphiazoo.org. $20; $18 children 2-11; free for members & children under 2. Open daily

9:30 am-5 pm; Jan.-Feb. 9:30 am-4 pm.

The Physick House 321 S. Fourth St.; 215-925-2251. www.philalandmarks.org. $8; $6 seniors and students; $20 family. Tue.-Sat. noon-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.

Polish American Cultural Center & Museum 308 Walnut St.; 215-922-1700. www.polishamericancenter.org.

Free. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Powel House 244 S. Third St.; 215-627-0364. www.philalandmarks.org. $8; $6 seniors and students; $20 family. Tue.-Sat. noon-5 ; Sun. 1-5 pm.

Ryerss Museum & Library 7370 Central Ave.; 215-685-0544. ryerssmuseum.org. Asian art & artifacts as well as generations of family heirlooms & paintings. Free. Fri.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden Horticultural & Lansdowne Drives; 215-878-5097. www.shofuso.com. $7; $5 students, seniors & children 3-18; free for children under 3. Apr. & Oct.: Sat.-Su. 11 am-5 pm. May-Sept.: Wed.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm; Sat.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Wagner Free Institute of Science

1700 W. Montgomery Ave.; 215-763-6529. www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org. Founded 1855. Houses Wagner's natural history collection of skeletons, mounted animals, fossils. Donation suggested: $8; Guided tours: $15; $10 seniors; $5 children. Office: Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm.

Woodford Mansion

33rd & Dauphin St.; 215-229-6115. www.woodfordmansion.org. Elegant 18th century summer house furnished with an exquisite collection of period antiques. $5; $3 seniors; $2 children 6-12. .

The Woodlands 4000 Woodland Ave.; 215-386-2181. www.woodlandsphila.org. National Historic Landmark District featuring the William Hamilton mansion

& carriage house of 1789 & the continuously active Woodlands Cemetery founded on the remains of Hamilton's estate in 1840.

Pennsylvania suburbs

American Helicopter Museum & Education Center

1220 American Blvd., West Chester; 610-436-9600.

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. $10; $8 students; $7 groups; free for children under 2. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm,

Sun. noon-5 pm.

Beth Sholom Synagogue 8231 Old York Rd., Jenkintown; 215-887-1342. www.bethsholompreservation.org. Sun. 10 am-4 pm; Wed.-Thu. 10 am-2 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site Route 1, Chadds Ford; 610-459-3342. www.brandywinebattlefield.org. 52 acres of woodlands, meadows, Washington's headquarters, artifacts, weapons, uniforms. House tours: $5; $3.50 seniors; $2.50 children 6-17; free for children under 6. Park free. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

Brandywine River Museum Rte. 1 & Rte. 100, Chadds Ford; 610-388-2700. www.brandywinemuseum.org. $15; $10 seniors; $6 students & children 6-12; free for children under 6 & for all Sun. until noon. Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm.

Chadds Ford Historical Society 1736 Creek Rd., Chadds Ford; 610-388-7376. www.chaddsfordhistory.org. $5 for 2 houses; $3 students 12-17; free for children 12 and under.

Chester County Historical Society 225 N. High St., West Chester; 610-692-4800. chestercohistorical.org. $5; $4 seniors & students; $2.50 children; free for children under 6. Wed.-Sat. 9:30-4:30.

Elmwood Park Zoo 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; 610-277-3825. www.elmwoodparkzoo.org. The Norristown Zoological Society operates the Zoo, an educational adventure in a fun, clean & family-oriented environment. 14; $10 children 3-12 & seniors 65+; $12 students with ID; free 2 and under. Apr.-Oct.: daily 10 am-5 pm.

Nov.-Mar.: daily 10 am-4 pm.

Fonthill Museum

E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-348-9461. www.fonthillmuseum.org. $12; $10 seniors 65 & over; $5 children 6-17; free for children 5 and under. Mon.-Sat.

10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm. Reservations recommended.

Hopewell Furnace 2 Mark Bird Ln., Elverson; 610-582-8773. www.nps.gov/hofu. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Longwood Gardens

Rte. 1, Kennett Square; 610-388-1000. www.longwoodgardens.org. $20; $17 seniors (ages 62 & over); $10 students; free for children 4 & under.

Daily 9 am-5 pm.

1st Fri The Mercer Museum

84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210. www.mercermuseum.org. $12; $10 seniors 65 & over; $6 children 6-17; free for children 5 and under.

Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

Pearl S. Buck International (Pearl S. Buck House) 520 Dublin Rd., Perkasie; 215-249-0100. www.psbi.org. $12; $10 seniors; $6 students. Mon.-Sat. at 11 am, 1 & 2 pm; Sun. at 1 & 2 pm.

Pennsbury Manor 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville; 215-946-0400. www.pennsburymanor.org. Recreated country home of William Penn. Provides a peaceful contrast to the hurry of modern American life. $9; $7 seniors; $5 children 3-11. March- December: Tue.-Sat.

9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville; 610-287-9349. historicsites.montcopa.org/pennypackermills. Turn-of-the-century mansion & farm of PA's 25th Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker (1903-1907). Free. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.

Pottsgrove Manor 100 W. King St., Pottstown; 610-326-4014. www.historicsites.montcopa.org.

Donations accepted. Tue.-Sat.

10 am-4 pm, Sun. 1-4 pm.

Richard Wall House Museum 1 Wall Park Dr., Elkins Park; 215-887-9159. Features 4 floors of exhibits, visitors' orientation center, springhouse, "Flapper" room, Victorian & Edwardian fashions & more. Sun. 1 pm-4 pm.

Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Rd., Media; 610-566-9134. www.tylerarboretum.org. $9; $8 seniors; $5 children 3-15.

Daily 8 am-dusk.

Valley Forge National Historical Park 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia; 610-783-1099. www.nps.gov/vafo. Free. Park grounds open daily from dawn until dusk. Visitor Center and Washington HQ open daily 9 am-5 pm..

Washington Crossing Historic Park

1112 River Rd., Washington Crossing; 215-493-4076. www.washingtoncrossingpark.org. Bowman's Hill Tower Tour: $6; Tours of Colonial Village & Thompson-Neely House: $6 each; Discounted combo ticket

for all 3: $11. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

Wharton Esherick Museum 1520 Horseshoe Trl., Malvern; 610-644-5822. www.whartonesherickmuseum.org. Guided Tours of the handcrafted home & studio of the "Dean of American Craftsmen." $12; $6 under 12. Reservations required prior to visit. Mon.-Fri. (groups only) 10 am-4 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.

New Jersey

Adventure Aquarium

1 Aquarium Dr., Camden; 866-451-2782. www.adventureaquarium.com. $24.95; $17.95 children 2-12; free for children under 2. Sept.-June: daily 10 am-5 pm. July-Aug.: Mon.-Fri. 10 am-5 pm;

Sat.-Sun. 10 am-7 pm.

Air Victory Museum 68 Stacy Haines Rd., Lumberton; 609-267-4488. www.airvictorymuseum.org. $4; $3 seniors; $2 students 4-13. Apr.-Oct.: Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. 11 am-4 pm. Nov-Mar.: Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Atlantic City Aquarium

800 N. New Hampshire Ave.,

Atlantic City; 609-348-2880. www.atlanticcityaquarium.com/. $7;

$5 seniors; $4 children 4-12; free for children under 3. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Battleship New Jersey Museum

62 Battleship Pl., Camden; 866-877-6262. www.battleshipnewjersey.org. Experience what life was like aboard our nation's most decorated battleship. $21.95; $17 veterans, seniors, ages 5-11; free active military in uniform, ages under 5.

Camden County Historical Society

1900 Park Blvd., Camden; 856-964-3333. www.cchsnj.com. Features exhibits on Camden County history, from the Lenni Lenape people through the industrial age. Pomona Hall - 18th-century mansion once home to the Cooper Family. Tours available. $5; $4 students & seniors. Sun. noon-5 pm; Wed.-Fri. 12:30-4:30 pm.

Howell Living History Farm

70 Wooden's La., Titusville; 609-737-3299. www.howellfarm.org. 130-acre farm is an educational facility, open to the public, that preserves & interprets farming life & processes from the era of 1890-1910. Free. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm;

Sun. noon-4 pm.

South Jersey Museum of American History 123 High St. E., Glassboro; 856-442-0688. www.southjerseymuseum.org. Includes artifacts from the Pre-Columbian through the Colonial era, antique hand tools, glass & comprehensive Political History exhibit. $4; $3 children. Thu.-Sun. 1-5 pm.

Washington Crossing State Park

355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; 609-737-0623. www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/washcros.html. Includes 18th Century Johnson Ferry House (historic farmhouse & tavern site) & Visitor Center Museum featuring exhibits on the Continental Army's crossing of the Delaware River & the Battles of Trenton & Princeton. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. 1-4 pm.

Delaware

Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village

866 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover; 302-734-1618.

. $5;

$3 seniors & students; free for members & children under 6.

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike, Greenville; 302-658-9111. www.delmnh.org. $9;

$8 seniors; $7 children 3-17; free

for children under 3. Mon.-Sat. 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Sun. noon-4:30 pm.