Things to Do

Camden, New Jersey

Walt Whitman House (NJ EPA)

A 12-minute walk from the Rutgers Camden campus on Martin Luther King Blvd across the street from the New Jersey Supreme Court.  In 1884, Walt Whitman bought this house on Mickle Street (now called MLK Blvd) and lived there with his housekeeper and friend Mary O. Davis until his death in 1892.  Visit to see this intimate glimpse of the life of the poet and giant of 19th century American culture. Admission is FREE and their hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday 10 AM-12 PM & 1 PM- 4 PM and Sunday from 1 PM- 4 PM.
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/historic/whitman/

Battleship New Jersey

A short walk from Rutgers Camden on the East bank of the Delaware River, wades the most decorated battleship: Battleship New Jersey!  Within there is a museum and memorial with exhibits led on a tour route.  Open every day from 9:30 AM until 5 PM. Entry is free for children 4 years of age and younger; adults $21.95, children 5-11 years old $17, veterans $17, and seniors ages 62 and above $17.
http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/

Adventure Aquarium

A short walk from the Rutgers campus to the waterfront, Adventure Aquarium contains piranha exhibits, sharks, hippopotamus, and African penguins.  They also have a stingray, blue penguin and hippo feedings.  There is also sea turtle time and up close encounters with animals. Open every day 10 AM to 5 PM. General admission includes exhibits like the Shark Bridge, 3D movie, live shows and feeds — $21 for children (ages 2-12) and $28 for adults (ages 13 and up).
http://www.adventureaquarium.com/

Camden County Historical Society

Take bus 403 from the Walter Rand Transit Center or Take the PATCO to Ferry Ave to experience the archives and exhibits of this 118 year-old historical society.  It preserves, collects, studies, and interprets the cultural enrichment of life in Camden County and Southern New Jersey more broadly.  They contain the Camden County Museum and Richard H. Hineline Research Library with 100,000 resource materials for $25/ hour for conducting research or $5 to visit.  The research library is open 10 AM-4:30 PM Wednesday to Friday and Sunday from 12 PM to 3 PM.
http://www.cchsnj.org/

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Experience all that Philadelphia has to offer. Whether you want to explore Philadelphia’s rich history, visit a museum, find a festival, or relax in a park, Philadelphia has you covered.

By the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Logan Square

Art Museum

Whether you want to reenact the run up the “Rocky steps” or take the side entrance to admire diverse and expansive exhibits, come visit the Philadelphia Art Museum at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Beside the day-long appreciation of art suggested, therein contains the archives which are by appointment from 1 PM- 4 PM (Tuesday through Friday) in the Perelman Building.  The archives contain “a variety of materials, including corporate records, manuscripts, personal papers, ephemera, scrapbooks, photographs, and artifacts which chronicle the history” the institution.  Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM- 5 PM, with Wednesday and Friday closing at 8:45PM.  Wednesday night after 5 PM is pay what you wish. Admission for Adults: $20, Seniors (65 & over): $18, Students (with valid ID): $14, Youth (13–18): $14, Children (12 & under): Free.
http://www.philamuseum.org/

Franklin Institute

At one point of Logan Square on 271 North 21st St., come calculate your carbon footprint, build and test a Mars rover, be an engineer with the massive Baldwin 60000 Locomotive, and see and experience countless others events.  In the mood for an movie?  They also have an IMAX and 3D theater.  Want to experience the encompassing feeling of the night sky?  Within is contained the Fels planetarium with different shows multiple times a day.  Open daily 9:30 AM- 5 PM.  General Admission (not including special exhibits)- Adults (12 years and older): $19.95, Children (ages 3-11): $15.95, Children under 2 years entry: FREE.
https://www.fi.edu/

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Come visit the oldest natural sciences institution in the Western Hemisphere.  Founded in 1812, the Academy served to contain artifacts and samples from expeditions into the western wildernesses.  Turning to a further exploration of the Arctic, Central America, and later Africa and Asia in by the turn of the century; it became part of the Environmental Research Division in 1948. Open Monday-Friday 10 AM- 4:30 PM, Weekends and Holidays 10 AM- 5 PM. Entry for Adults: $15.95; Children (ages 3-12): $11.95; Seniors, Students and Military (all with valid IDs): $12.95.  http://www.ansp.org/

By Olde City (east of Broad Street)

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Come check out the “Audacious Freedom” display at the African American Museum.  Walk through this interactive guide with voice acted avatars of history’s past.  Open Thursday-Saturday from 10 AM -5 PM and Sunday 12 PM- 5 PM.  Admission for Adults: $14, Youth (4-12 yrs.), Students (ID), Senior Citizens: $10, Children under age 4: FREE
http://www.aampmuseum.org/

National Museum of American Jewish History

Come see the establishment of the Jewish community in Philadelphia and the United States at large.  Available exhibits include: “Foundations of Freedom” 1654-1880 to the “Dreams of Freedom” 1880-1945, and finally “Choices and Challenges of Freedom” 1945- Today.  In particular check out their “Childhood” collection which is interspersed throughout their halls.  Open Tuesday- Friday 10 AM- 5 PM, Weekend 10 AM- 5:30 PM, Wednesdays open until 8 PM.  Admission for Adults (22-64): $12, Youth (13-21): $11, Children (12 and under): FREE, Seniors: $11
http://www.nmajh.org/

Independence National Historical Park (National Park Service)

Comprising of various buildings and institutions which house the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, these disparate edifices have their own historical significance to Philadelphia.  Come stroll through these different sites of foundation to the city of brotherly love!  The Liberty Bell Center is open 9 AM- 5 PM daily, the National Constitution Center is open Monday- Saturday 9:30 AM- 5 PM, Sunday 12 PM- 5 PM with admission for Adults: $14.95, Youth (ages 6-18): $11, and Children (ages 5 and under): FREE.  There are many other sites contained in this park, it is suggested that you visit the Independence Visitor Center to get a map and start your adventure!
https://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/independencevisitorcenter.htm

Philadelphia History Museum

On 15 South 7th Street, the Philadelphia History Museum contains 100,000 objects dating from the 1680s until present day.  They contain African American Collections, pieces from the Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies, as well as pieces from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  Open Tuesday- Saturday 10:30 AM-4:30 PM.  General admission for Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, Students and Teens (13-18): $6, and Children under 12 years of age: FREE.
http://www.philadelphiahistory.org/

Independence Seaport Museum

Come see Philadelphia from a distinct point of view, maybe from a ship?  Tour the Seaport Museum’s exhibits “Patriots & Pirates” with a full-size Schooner named the Diligence as well as the “Tides of Freedom” covering the African presence on the Delaware River.  Visit the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library which contains documents, manuscripts and books, all focusing on the maritime culture of the Delaware River Watershed, the Port of Philadelphia and surrounding areas (spanning from the 18th century to the present).  Open daily from 10 AM- 5 PM, Admission is: $16 for Adults, $12 for Seniors (65 & over), $12 for Children (3–12), College Students or Military (active & retired) and  FREE for Children (2 & under).
http://www.phillyseaport.org/

Closer to the Navy Yard

American Swedish Museum

Come explore the oldest Swedish Museum in the United States.  Visit the phenomenally decorated galleries that tell the earliest tales of European colonization and Native American collaboration before the British arrival.  Open Tuesday-Friday 10 AM- 4 PM and Saturday- Sunday 12 PM- 4 PM.  Admission for Adults: $10,Seniors/Students/Military with ID: $7, Children 5-11: $5,Members and Children Under 5: Free
http://www.americanswedish.org/

Navy Yard Walking Tour

A short walk from the AT&T station of the BSL, this is a 2 mile self-guided tour to explore the historical and presently operating spaces of the Navy Yard. Open Monday- Friday from 6 AM- 8 PM
http://www.pidcphila.com/images/uploads/resource_library/The_Navy_Yard_Walking_Tour_and_Visitors_Guide_2015_lo.pdf
http://www.navyyard.org/information-and-directions/walking-tour-visitors-guide/

Tours of Interest:
Mural Arts Tour
https://www.muralarts.org/public-tours/
Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours Inc.
https://www.philadelphiasightseeingtours.com/
Philadelphia Trolley Works & Big Bus Tours
https://www.phillytour.com/

Helpful Links:

www.visitphilly.com

www.discoverphl.com

www.historicphiladelphia.org

www.phillyfunguide.com

 

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