Top Regional Attractions

Philadelphia

Academy of Natural Sciences

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

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. George Washington Carver. Butterflies!. $2 fee in addition to admission. Dinosaur Hall. The Florence R. Foerderer Live Animal Center. Outside-In. Egyptian Mummies. Living Downstream. Marveling at Mollusks. Science at the Academy. Naturalist Shows. Beautiful Creatures. $10; $8 seniors, students, military, children 3-12; free for children under 3. 10 am-4:30 pm Mon.-Fri., 10 am-5 pm Sat.-Sun..

American Philosophical Society Museum 104 S. 5th St.; 215-440-3400. www.apsmuseum.org. Dialogues With Darwin. Donations accepted. 10 am-4 pm Fri.-Sun..

American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776. www.americanswedish.org. Featuring exhibits dedicated to Swedish American history, Swedish arts & culture. Anders Zorn: Nudes. $6; $5 seniors & students; free for children under 12. 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:.

Atwater Kent Museum 15 S. 7th St.; 215-685-4830. www.philadelphiahistory.org. Museum closed for renovation until 3/1/10. For info on continuing programs, see website..

Bartram's Garden 54th St.; 215-729-5281. www.bartramsgarden.org. America's oldest living botanical garden & the pre-revolutionary home of naturalist, botanist & explorer John Bartram. 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. Meet Betsy Ross. Closes 12/31. Story Time Sundays With Betsy. Closes 12/27. $3; $2 seniors, military & children under 13. Apr.-Sept.: Daily 10 am-5 pm. Oct.-Mar.: Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Christ Church 20 N. American St.; 215-922-1695. www.christchurchphila.org. Georgian architectural treasure attended by founding fathers; heritage is well documented by an extensive collection of artifacts as well as archival & library materials. Christ Church in the Age of Washington. Donations accepted. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 1 pm-5 pm.

Christ Church Burial Ground Arch Street; 215-922-1695. www.christchurchphila.org. Final resting place of Benjamin Franklin & 4 other signers of the Declaration of Independence. American Artists, Writers & Composers Tour. Guided tours on the hr., last tour at 3 pm. $2; $1 students; $10 groups up to 25. Mon-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 12 pm-4 pm.

Eastern State Penitentiary 22nd St. & Fairmount Ave.; 215-236-3300. www.easternstate.org. The vaulted, sky-lit cells of this prison once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber Willie Sutton & Al Capone. Winter Adventure Tour. $12; $10 seniors; $8 students and children. The William Portner Memorial Exhibit on Jewish Life at ESP. $12; $10 seniors; $8 students & children 7-12. Children under 7 cannot be admitted to the site. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site Spring Garden St.; 215-597-8780. www.nps.gov/edal. Home of the noted author from 1843-44. 9 am-5 pm Wed.-Sun..

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. 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. Money in Motion. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Open weekends Jun.-Aug. Closed bank holidays..

Fort Mifflin Fort Mifflin Rd.; 215-685-4167. www.fortmifflin.com. Battle for St. Vith. 12/12. 10 am-4 pm. $6; $5 seniors; $3 veterans & children 6-12; free for children 5 & under. Wed.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200. www.fi.edu. Body Worlds II & the Brain. $18-$27; $16.75-$24.75 seniors, students and military; $13.75-$19.80 children 4-11; $13-$22 veterans 11/9-11/13. Giant Heart. Space Command. Sports Challenge. The Franklin Air Show. The Train Factory. Sir Isaac's Loft. Franklin. He's Electric. Franklin National Memorial. Wellness Weekend. $12-$23.75; $11-$22.75 seniors; $9.50-$15.50 children 4-11. Sci-Pass: $14.25; $13.25 seniors, students & military; $11.50 children. IMAX & other permanent exhibits open daily 9:30 am-5 pm.

Franklin Square Sixth & Race Sts.; 215-629-4026. www.historicphiladelphia.org. Sun.-Thu. 10 am-6 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-7 pm (hours vary per season).

Independence Hall Chestnut St.; 215-597-8974. www.nps.gov/inde/independence-hall-1.htm. Guided Tour - Explore this historic example of Georgian architecture. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Independence Living History Center 115 S. 3rd St.; 215-629-4026. www.onceuponanation.org/. .

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. Skin & Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor. What Floats Your Boat?. Olympia: Launching the American Century. Home Port Philadelphia. Coming to America. Philadelphia & the China Trade. Divers of the Deep. On the Rivers, On the Shores. $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: The Underground Museum 3822 Ridge Ave.; 215-228-8200. www.theundergroundmuseum.org. Outdoor sculptural garden, horticultural gem & unique historical landmark featuring over 75 acres of art & history. Mon.-Fri. 8 am-4:30 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9:30 am-5 pm.

Laurel Hill Mansion East Fairmount Park; 215-235-1776. www.fairmountpark.org/LaurelHill.asp/. Georgian-style mansion built in 1767 by Rebecca Rawle. $5; $3 seniors; $2 children 6-12. Open 10 am-4 pm weekends.

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. Home of the Liberty Bell. 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. Out on a Limb - A Tree Adventure. Holiday Garden Railway. Closes 1/3. meta Metasequoia. Open Guided Tour. Closes 12/27. Winter Wellness Walk. $14; $12 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.collphyphil.org. Over 200 wet & dry specimens, lantern slides, x-rays & more. $12; $8 seniors, students, children 6-17; free for children under 6. 10 am-5 pm daily; until 9pm Fri..

National Constitution Center 525 Arch St.; 215-409-6600. www.constitutioncenter.org. 1787 copy on display plus more than 100 interactive exhibits, Signer's Hall, The Story of We the People (Multimedia presentation featuring live actor, film & video projection, family-oriented exhibits) & more. Diana: A Celebration. $23; $21 seniors; $15 children 4-12; free for active military and children 3 and under. Closes 12/31. Regular admission: $12; $11 seniors; $8 children 4-12; free for children under 4 & military (audio tour $3). 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. Coming to America. From Conflict to Harmony. Liberty Hall. Voyage to Liberty Through Faith. Heroes From Around the World. Independence Starts Here: Exceptional People. Heroes of 9/11. Education Center / Chihuly Gallery. Let Freedom Ring. Heroes of Character. $7; $6 seniors; $5 students; $2 children 5-7; free for children under 5 & for all on Sun. Self guided tours only. Open 7 days a week (closed Mon. fall, winter, spring).

National Museum of American Jewish History 55 N. Fifth St.; 215-923-3811. www.nmajh.org. Mon.-Thu. 10 am-5 pm; Fri. 10 am-3 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

The Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W. Girard Ave.; 215-243-1100. www.philadelphiazoo.org. Giant Tortoise Feeding. Closes 12/29. Sesquicentennial History Tour - The Solitude. $23; $10 members includes tour and zoo adm.. Closes 12/29. Holiday Festival. Closes 12/20. $18; $15 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm.

Polish American Cultural Center & Museum 308 Walnut St.; 215-922-1700. www.polishamericancenter.org. Polish Christmas Open House. 12/12. 11 am-2 pm. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

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

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology 3260 South St.; 215-898-4000. www.museum.upenn.edu. 3 gallery floors with art & artifacts from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Asia, the Americas, Africa, Polynesia & the ancient Mediterranean world. Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past & Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania. His Golden Touch: The Gordion Drawings of Piet de Jong. Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetery. Painted Metaphors: Pottery & Politics of the Ancient Maya. Philippe Bourgois & Jeff Schonberg: Righteous Dopefiend. Art & Artifact Workshop: An Ancient Mediterranean Expedition. $5; $3 members. 12/12. 10 am-12 pm. Lawrence Coben: Creating an Empire. 12/12. 1:30 pm. Suggested donation: $10; $7 seniors; $6 students & children 6-17; free for children under 6. Tue.-Sat. 10am-4:30pm, Sun. 1-5pm.

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. 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. Guided Tours of Woodford Mansion. $5; $3 seniors; $2 children 6-12. Tours $5; $3 seniors. .

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. $3-$5. .

Pennsylvania suburbs

American Helicopter Museum & Learning Center

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

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. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site Route 1, Chadds Ford; 610-459-3342. www.ushistory.org/brandywine. 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. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

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

Chester County Historical Society 225 N. High St., West Chester; 610-692-4800. www.cchs-pa.org/. Arctic Explorers From Chester County. $5; $4 seniors & students; $2.50 children; free for children under 6. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm.

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. Brunch With Santa. $15; $20 children. Closes 12/22. Brunch w/Santa. $15; $20 children. Closes 12/22. $10.75; $7.75 seniors & children 2-11; free for children under 2. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Fonthill Museum E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-348-9461. www.fonthillmuseum.org. Graham Cracker Castles. $12. Closes 12/12. Fonthill Holiday Lights Meander. $15. 12/12. 6:30-9:30 pm. $9.50; $8.50 seniors; $4 ages 5-17; free for ages under 5. 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. $4; free for children under 16. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Longwood Gardens Rte. 1, Kennett Square; 610-388-1000. www.longwoodgardens.org. The Buds & the Bees: Pollination & the Secret Lives of Plants. Closes 1/10. A Longwood Christmas. Closes 1/10. Breakfast With Santa. $40; $22 children 5-11; free for children 4 and under. Closes 12/20. $16; $14 seniors (ages 62 & over); $6 students (5-22); free for children 4 & under. Mon.-Wed. & Sun. 9 am-6 pm; Thu.-Sat. 9 am-10 pm.

The Mercer Museum 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210. www.mercermuseum.org. Fill 'er Up: Vintage Gas Stations of Bucks County. Closes 12/31. $9; $8 seniors; $4 children 5-17; free for children under 5. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

Pearl S. Buck Cultural Center (Pearl S. Buck House) 520 Dublin Rd., Perkasie; 215-249-0100. www.psbi.org. Walk-In Tours. Annual Festival of Trees. $8; $7 seniors, students. Closes 1/2. Candlelight Tours. Closes 12/18. Community Holiday Open House. 12/15. 6-8 pm. Musical Tours. $15; $12 seniors and students. Closes 12/17. Tue.-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. Tours of Pennsbury Manor. Guided tour: $5; $4.50 seniors; $3 children 6-17; free for children 5 & under. April- November: 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). Holiday Tour. Donation suggested: $2 adults. Closes 1/3. Victorian Christmas Open House. Donation suggested: $2 adults. 12/12. 2-8 pm. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.

Pottsgrove Manor 100 W. King St., Pottstown; 610-326-4014. www.historicsites.montcopa.org. Domestick Beings: Keeping a House, Making a Home. Donations accepted. Twelfth Night Tours. Donation suggested: $2. Closes 1/10. Suggested donation: $2. 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. Donations accepted. Sun. 1 pm-4 pm.

Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Rd., Media; 610-566-9134. www.tylerarboretum.org/. $7; $6 seniors; $4 children 3-15; free for children under 3. Daily 8 am-dusk.

Valley Forge National Historical Park 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia; 610-783-1099. www.nps.gov/vafo. Daily 6 am-10 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park/Memorial Building Auditorium 1112 River Rd., Washington Crossing; 215-493-4076. www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing. Christmas Crossing Dress Rehearsal. $8; $6 children 3-11; free for children 2 and under. 12/13. 10 am-4 pm. Tours begin on the hour. $5; $4 seniors; $2 children 6-17. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

Wharton Esherick Museum 1520 Horseshoe Trl., Malvern; 610-644-5822. Guided Tours of the handcrafted home & studio of the "Dean of American Craftsmen." Step Right Up. Closes 12/27. 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.

. The Creature Feature. Penguin Island. West African River Experience. Jules Verne Gallery. Shark Realm. Irazu Falls. 4D Theater. $22.95; $19.95 children 2-12. Seal Shores. Ocean Realm. Caribbean Currents. Touch-a-Shark. Rainforest Rendezvous. Feather Ridge. Christmas Celebration. Closes 1/3. Aquarium Adventure: Swim With the Sharks. $165; $150 passport holders. Aquarium Adventure: Seals Up-Close. $145; $130 passport holders. Aquarium Adventure: Positively Penguins. $125; $115 passport holders. $17.95; $14.95 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm.

Atlantic City Aquarium 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City; 609-348-2880. www.atlanticcityaquarium.com/. Dive & Dine. Storytime. Ferret Fridays. Daily 10AM-5PM.

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. City at Sea Guided Tour. $19.95; $15 seniors, veterans and children 6-11; free for children under 6 and active military. Fire Power Tour. $19.95; $15 seniors, veterans and children 6-11; free for children under 6 and active military. General Quarters Tour. $18.50; $14 seniors, veterans and children 6-11; free for children under 6 and active military. 4D Flight Simulator Ride. Tour admission. Breakfast With Santa. $20; $16 children under 12. 12/12. 9-11 am. $15-$19; $10.50-$13 veterans, seniors, ages 6-11; free active military in uniform, ages 5 & under. .

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. $6; $4 students & seniors. Sun. noon-5 pm; Wed.-Fri. 12:30-4:30 pm.

Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead 1605 Daniel Bray Hwy. (Rte. 29), Lambertville; 609-397-2752. www.holcombe-jimison.org. Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Hunterdon County's agricultural heritage from the 18th into the 20th centuries. Donation suggested: $5; $3 seniors & students. May-Oct.: Sun. 1-4 pm; Wed. 9 am-noon.

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. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.

South Jersey Museum of American History 123 High St. E., Glassboro; 856-442-0688. Includes artifacts from the Pre-Columbian through the Colonial era, antique hand tools, glass & comprehensive Political History exhibit. Toy Train Exhibit. Closes 1/7. Permanent Exhibits. $4; $3 children. Thu.-Sun. 1 pm-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 children under 6. .

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike, Greenville; 302-658-9111. www.delmnh.org. Life-Size Model of a Giant Squid. Coral Reef Exhibit. The Science of SuperCroc. $7; $6 seniors 60 & over; $5 children 3-17; free for children 2 & under. Mon.-Sat. 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Sun. noon-4:30 pm.

Hagley Museum & Library 298 Buck Rd. East, Greenville; 302-658-2400. www.hagley.org. DuPont Science & Discovery. DuPont: The Explosives Era. Hagley Powder Yard. Workers' Hill. Eleutherian Mills. Christmas at Hagley. Closes 1/3. Easy Does It! How Machines Make Life Easier. $11; $9 seniors, students; $4 ages 6-14; free under 6. Mon.-Fri. 1:30 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9:30 am-4:30 pm thru 3/14; Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm 3/15-1/1.

Museum of Small Town Life 316 South Governors Ave., Dover; 302-739-4266. Donations accepted. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-4:30 pm; Sun. 1:30 pm-4:30 pm.

Rockwood Museum 610 Shipley Rd., Wilmington; 302-761-4340. www.rockwood.org. Guided Tours. $5; $2 children 2-12; free for children under 2. Wed.-Sun. 10 am-3 pm.

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate Rte. 52, Winterthur; 800-448-3883. www.winterthur.org. Faces of a New Nation. In Wood. Textiles & Needlework. Painting & Prints. Metalworks. Ceramics & Glass. The Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens. Dominy Shops. Period Rooms. In Style. Good Tidings to You. Yuletide at Winterthur. $22; $20 seniors and students; $12 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Closes 1/3. 'Tis the Season Tuesday Demonstrations. Closes 12/22. University of Delaware Music Ensembles. Closes 12/18. Breakfast With Santa. $28; $18 children 12 and under. Closes 12/19. Conifers & the Winter Garden. 12/12. 1 pm. Maggie Lidz: Houses of the du Ponts. 12/14. 11 am. WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur. $5. Closes 12/16. Contemporary Portraiture. 12/17. 12:15-1 pm. $15; $13 students & seniors; $5 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.