Summer Activity Guide 2009 Ongoing



ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF PHILADELPHIA.  1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.  Permanent exhibits feature dinosaurs, animals and their habitats, watersheds, live animals, crystals and gems, Egyptian mummies.  Monday-Friday 10 AM-4:30 PM; weekends 10 AM-5 PM.  $10 adults; $8 seniors and ages 3-12; under 3 free.  (215-299-1000; 


ACTION SPORTS PARK.  Lenape Park, Perkasie.  Rollerblade and skateboard park.  Helmets, pads and liability waiver required.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Open sunrise to sunset.  Free.  (215-257-5065;


ADVENTURE AQUARIUM. 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ.  Featuring sharks, 4-D theater, penguins, exotic sea life and more.  Five new interactive attractions where you don’t just look, but touch!  Open daily 9:30 AM-5 PM.  $19.95 adults; $15.95 ages 2-12; under 2 free.  (856-365-0352;   


ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM. 31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. Permanent exhibitions feature European paintings & sculpture from the 14-17th centuries, American art, the James C. Fuller Gem Collection, decorative arts, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Library from the Francis W. Little house.  Special exhibits through 5/3/09:  "Monet to Matisse:  French Masterworks from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens;" through 7/18/09:  "Waves, Waterfalls and Ripples:  Water in Japanese Art;" and 5/17 through 8/9/09:  "Fashion in Film:  Costumes for the Screen." Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM-5 PM; Sun. noon-5 PM. $6 adults; $4 seniors, $3 ages 6-12; under 6 free.  $5.00 additional admission for selected special exhibits.  Free admission every Sunday. (610-432-4333; 


AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER. Brandywine Airport, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester. This unique museum brings the adventure and history of helicopter flight to life in the country’s only helicopter museum. More than 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convert-a-planes. Wednesday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM.  Helicopter rides available.  Call for schedule and costs. Admission:  $6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 ages 2-18; under 2 free with parent. (610-436-9600;


AMERICAN MUSIC THEATER.  2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster.  Musical theater for the entire family.  See website for schedule of events.  (717-397-7700; 


BERMAN MUSEUM OF ART. Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. 19th & 20th century American paintings, Southeast Asian antiquities, Pennsylvania German artifacts.  Through 5/9:  "Annual Student Exhibition."  Tuesday-Friday 10 AM-4 PM; Saturday and Sunday noon-4:30 PM. Free. (610-409-3500;


BOWMAN HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE.  Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1635 River Rd. (Route 32), south of New Hope. Daily guided tour at 2 PM featuring two dozen trails, more than 1,000 species of native Pennsylvania plants and Penn’s Woods Arboretum. 8:30 AM-sunset daily. Visitor center and gift shop open 9 AM-5 PM. $5 adults; $3 seniors 62+; $2 ages 4-14, under 4 free. (215-862-2924; 


BOYERTOWN MUSEUM OF HISTORIC VEHICLES. 85 S. Walnut St., Boyertown. Displays of vehicles from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries including carriages, wagons, bicycles, sleighs, cars and trucks made within 50 miles of Boyertown, plus an exhibit of electric vehicles, all housed in factory building complex. Tuesday-Sunday 9:30 AM-4 PM. $6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 students; under 6 free. (610-367-2090; 


BRANDYWINE BATTLEFIELD PARK.  Chadds Ford.  Site of the largest engagement of the Revolutionary War, fought on September 11, 1777.  Visitors Center, museum and gift shop.  Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-4:30 PM; Sunday noon-4:30 PM.  $6 adults; $5 seniors 65+; $3 ages 3-11; under 3 free.  (610-459-3342;  


BRIAR BUSH NATURE CENTER. 1212 Edgehill Rd., Abington.   Wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center, Griscom Bird Observatory, 12-acre park and pre-school discovery den. Monday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday 1-5 PM.  Trails open sunrise to sunset. Free. (215-887-6603;   


BUCKS COUNTY RIVER COUNTRY.  Route 32 (8 miles north of New Hope) in Point Pleasant.  Tubing, rafting, canoeing and kayaking on the Delaware River.  9 AM-5 PM daily.  Reservations required.  Season starts 5/9.  Tubing from $14 weekdays; $18 weekends.  Parking fee:  $5.  (215-297-5000;


BURGESS FOULKE HOUSE AND LIBERTY HALL. 26 N. Main St., Quakertown. The museum of the Quakertown Historical Society. Built in 1812 by the father of Quakertown’ s first Burgess (mayor) Edward Foulke, Jr.  Call for tour appointment. (215-536-3298; 


BURNSIDE PLANTATION. 1461 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem. James Burnside, Northampton County’s first elected representative to the PA Provinical Assembly, established this historic farm-in-the-city in 1748.  It includes a restored 1748/1818 farmhouse, 2 1840s bank barns, a high horse-power wheel, large kitchen garden and orchard, a corn crib and a wagon shed.  Self-guided walking tours 8:30 AM-5 PM.  Free.  (610-691-6055; 


BUSHKILL FALLS. Rt. 209, Bushkill. Open since 1904 as one of the Poconos’ most scenic attractions. Nature trails to 8 waterfalls. Pennsylvania wildlife exhibit, Native American exhibit, gift shops, fudge kitchen, ice cream parlor, free picnic area with grills. Paddle boating ($3 per person), fishing ($9 per person), miniature golf ($5 per person). Daily 9 AM-6 PM. $10 adults; $9 seniors & groups; $6 ages 4-10; under 4 free. Admission includes entrance to all exhibits. (570-588-6682; 


CAROUSEL WATER AND FUN PARK. Rt. 652, Beach Lake. Complete family fun center featuring water slides, bumper boats, go-karts, miniature golf, batting range, kiddie cars, game room, snack bar, and free picnic area. Open weekends Memorial Day through mid-June; Wednesday-Sunday from mid-June to Labor Day. Individual ride prices from $2 or Pay-One-Price $12 children under 45 inches tall; $19.50 over 45 inches tall. (570-729-7532; 


CENTRAL PERKIOMEN VALLEY PARK. 1 Plank Rd., Schwenksville. Montgomery County 800-acre park along Perkiomen Creek, featuring fishing, playground, nature trails, Perkiomen Trail, pavilions & picnic areas, playing fields, volleyball, horseshoes and shuffleboard. Open 8 AM-dusk. Free. (610-287-6970;  


CHANTICLEER. 786 Church Rd., Wayne. 35-acre garden featuring an ever-changing array of tropical plants, perennials, and ponds open to tour. Wednesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM; open Fridays until 8 PM.  Guided tours available by reservation.  Opens 4/1. $5 adults; under 16 free. (610-687-4163;


CHURCHVILLE NATURE CENTER.  501 Churchville Lane, Churchville.  Celebrating environmental education and preservation for more than forty years.  Trails, wildlife garden and Nature Center.  Numerous special programs listed by date in this publication.  Park open daily, sunrise to sunset.  Visitors Center open Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-5PM.  (215-357-4005;  


COLONIAL PENNSYLVANIA PLANTATION. Ridley Creek State Park, Media. Celebrating 35 years of living history.  A 112-acre working 18th century Quaker farm. Saturday-Sunday 10 AM-4 PM.  $5.00 per person. (610-566-1725; 


CONRAD WEISER HOMESTEAD. 28 Weiser Rd., Wommelsdorf. Home of Conrad Weiser, influential Pennsylvanian of the early 18th century who served as diplomat, judge, community planner, soldier and Pennsylvania’s foremost coordinator of Indian policy.  Homestead contains residence, springhouse and gravesite set in 26-acre park.  Self-guided tours available. Wednesday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM. $5 adults; $4.50 seniors 65+; $4 ages 3-11; under 3 free.  Grounds and visitor center free.  Fee for guided tour. (610-589-2934;


CORE CREEK PARK. Tollgate Road, Middletown Township.  Hiking, fishing, boating and boat rental, ball fields, tennis, playground, picnic area, and horseback riding. Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM. Free. (215-757-0571;   


DA VINCI DISCOVERY CENTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.  3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown.  Hands-on museum that brings science labs to schools and provides on-site learning programs for children.  Monday-Saturday 9:30 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM.  $9.95 adults; $7.95 children up to age 12  and seniors 62+; toddlers free.  (484-664-1002;       


DANIEL BOONE HOMESTEAD. 400 Daniel Boone Rd., Birdsboro. Birth site of great American frontiersman Daniel Boone, in 1734. Restored homestead and 6 other restored buildings on 579 acres of land. Picnicking and hiking areas are available.  Limited tour availability.  Call for reservations. Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-4:30 PM; Sunday noon-4:30 PM. $6 adults; $5.50 seniors 65+; $4 ages 3-11. (610-582-4900;


DELAWARE CANAL STATE PARK. 1 Lodi Hill Rd., Upper Black Eddy. 60-mile towpath of Delaware Canal from Easton to Bristol.  Canal is National Historic Landmark and towpath is National Heritage Hiking Trail.  Ideal for hiking, fishing and picnicking. Free.  (610-982-5560;


DUTCH SPRINGS SCUBA DIVING.  4733 Hanoverville Rd., Bethlehem.  Adventure and fun above and below the surface of the water.  50-acre lake with sunken attractions at depths up to 100 feet provides opportunities for beginner and experienced divers.  Camping, picnics, parties, aqua park.  Weekdays 10 AM-6 PM; weekends 8 AM-6 PM.  $32 adult divers; $19 weekday non-divers; $21 weekend non-divers.  (610-759-2270;      


EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY. 22nd St. & Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, 5 blocks from the Philadelphia Art Museum. Tour what was once the most famous prison in the world. Admission includes audio tour featuring voices echoing, cell doors slamming, and the 1961 riot. A National Historic Landmark. Wednesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM. $12 adults; $10 seniors; $8 ages 7-12; children under the age of 7 not admitted. (215-236-3300; 


ELECTRIC TROLLEY STATION & MUSEUM.  300 Cliff Street, downtown Scranton.  The first street car system in the U.S. built entirely for operation by electric power began operation November 30, 1886, in Scranton.  The museum provides a picture of the electric railway history of eastern PA and offers trolley rides.  Museum open daily 9 AM-5 PM; Trolley Rides Wednesday-Thursday at 10:30 AM, noon, 1:30 PM, and 3 PM.  Museum:  $4.50 adults; $4 seniors; $3.75 children 3-17; Trolley Ride:  $5.50 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children 3-17.  (570-963-6590; 


ELMWOOD PARK ZOO. Harding Blvd., off Rt. 202 South, Norristown. Dedicated to the conservation and exhibition of North American wildlife including wolves, cougars, jaguar, and birds of prey. Children’s petting barn and walk-through wetlands aviary including otters, beavers and waterfowl. Weekend animal shows through the summer season. Daily 10 AM-5 PM. $10.75 adults; $7.75 ages 2-11; under 2 free. (610-277-DUCK; 


EPHRATA CLOISTER. 632 W. Main St., Ephrata. One of American’s earliest religious communities, founded in 1732 by German settlers. Known for original music and fraktur, the Ephrata Cloister was also an early center for publishing in Pennsylvania. National Historic Landmark. Monday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM. $9 adults; $8 seniors 65+; $6 3-11; children under 3 free.  (717-733-6600, ext. 3001; 


EVANSBURG STATE PARK. 851 May Hall Rd., Collegeville. Features hiking trails, equestrian trails, picnicking, golf course, hunting, fishing in Skippack Creek, a children’s playground. Open daily sunrise-sunset. Free. (610-409-1150; 


FONTHILL MUSEUM. E. Court St. and Route 313, Doylestown. Home of creative genius Henry Chapman Mercer. Castle richly decorated with tiles and treasures from his around-the- world explorations. Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM. $9.50 adults; $8.50 seniors; $4 youth; under 5 free.  Combo ticket with Mercer Museum $14.00.  Guided tours only. Reservations required. (215-348-9461;


FORT WASHINGTON STATE PARK. 500 Bethlehem Pike, Ft. Washington.  Rich in recreational facilities and historic significance as site of temporary fort built by George Washington’s troops in 1777 before heading to Valley Forge.  Flowering dogwoods are Spring highlights.  9-hole disc golf course.  3.5 miles of moderately difficult hiking trails.  Open daily.  (215-591-5250;   


FOUR MILLS NATURE RESERVE. 12 Morris Rd., Ambler. Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association maintains trails on 51 acres, museum with child-oriented nature displays. Open daily dawn-dusk. (215-646-8866;


FRENCH CREEK STATE PARK.  843 Park Rd., Elverson.  Two lakes, extensive forests, 30 miles of hiking trails and 2 disc golf courses.  Furnished modern cabins available for rent.  Adjacent to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.  (610-582-9680;   


GIGGLEBERRY. Peddler’s Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska. Renovated 1922 carousel available for rides. 10,000 square-foot, three-story, six-level obstacle course, maze and children’s fun center. Monday-Thursday 10 AM-6 PM; Friday-Saturday 10 AM-10 PM; Sunday 10 AM-7 PM.  $14.99 child, $12.99 adult for Discovery Land, Giggleberry Mountain, and unlimited carousel rides.  (215-794-4047;    


GOSCHENHOPPEN FOLKLIFE MUSEUM AND COUNTRY STORE MUSEUM. Rtes. 29 and 63, Green Lane. Pennsylvania Dutch artifacts from early settlement days. Sunday 1:30-4 PM; other days by appointment. Donations accepted. (610-367-8286;


GRAEME PARK.  859 County Line Rd., Horsham.  42-acre historic park featuring the Keith House, only surviving residence of a colonial Pennsylvania governor.  Free visitation of grounds; fee for house tour.  Wednesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday noon-4 PM.  (215-343-0965;    


GREEN LANE PARK.  2144 Snyder Rd., Green Lane, Upper Frederick, Upper Hanover & Marlborough Townships.  3,400-acre park with lakes features 600 picnic tables, 170 charcoal grills, and 16 fireplaces.  Camping, fishing, boating, tennis, hiking, Montgomery County Nature Center.  6 AM-10 PM.  Free.  Overnight camping:  $25 per night for Montgomery County residents; $35 per night for non-residents.  (215-234-4528;     


HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY.  200 Hagley Road, Wilmington, Delaware.  The site of the gunpowder works founded by E.I. du Pont houses an important collection of manuscripts, photographs, books, and pamphlets documenting the history of American business and technology.  The site also includes restored mills, a workers’ community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.  9:30 AM-4:30 PM.  $11 adults; $9 students & seniors; $4 children 6-14; under 6 free.  (302-658-2400; 


HAWK MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY. 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd., Kempton. Located along the Appalachian Flyway, offering an outstanding experience in observation of migration of nearly 25,000 hawks, eagles and falcons. South lookout is wheelchair accessible. 8 miles of hiking trails open sunrise to sunset.  No pets.  Visitor Center with museum, art gallery, bookstore and wildlife viewing area is open daily 9 AM-5 PM.  Autumn Hawk Watch begins mid-August. $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 ages 6-12; under 6 free. (610-756-6000;


HENRY SCHMIEDER ARBORETUM. Delaware Valley College, 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown. 60-acre arboretum featuring horticultural displays. Grounds open dawn to dusk.  Greenhouses open weekdays 8:30 AM-4 PM.  Visitors should check in with campus security. Free. (215-489-2283;     


HISTORIC FALLSINGTON VILLAGE. 4 Yardley Ave., Fallsington. 300-year-old Bucks County village recreates an early Quaker community. Guided tours Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 AM-3:30 PM.  $6 adults; $4 seniors; $2 children. Free open house on May 2nd.  (215-295-6567;   


HOPE LODGE & MATHER MILL. 553 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington. Built in the 1740’s by prosperous Quaker entrepreneur Samuel Morris, the early Georgian mansion was used as Surgeon General John Cochran’s headquarters during the 1777 Whitemarsh encampment.  Colonial and Colonial Revival style furnishings. Friday & Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM. $6 adults; $5 seniors 65+; $3 ages 3-11; under 3 free. (215-646-1595;


HOPEWELL FURNACE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE.  2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson.  Preserved early 19th century iron plantation.  Adjacent to French Creek State Park.  Wednesday-Sunday 9 AM-5 PM.  $4 per person; $10 per family.  (610-582-8773;   


INDEPENDENCE SEAPORT MUSEUM. 211 S. Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St., Penns Landing, Philadelphia. Climb aboard an 1892 cruiser Olympia and WWII submarine, see ship models, art & artifacts in the hands-on exhibit, watch a wooden boat being built, search for treasures in the nautical gift shop and more.  Permanent exhibit "What Floats Your Boat" explores art and history of shipbuilding.  10 AM-5 PM. $12 adults; $10 seniors 65+; $7.00 ages 3-12.  Pay-What-You-Wish admission 10 AM to Noon every Sunday.  Groups must have reservations. (215-925-5439; 


INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA.  118 W. 36th St., Philadelphia.  Leading facility in the presentation and documentation of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions and educational programs.  Wednesday-Friday noon-8 PM; weekends 11 AM-5 PM.  Free.  (215-898-7108;   


JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM. 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown.  Tuesday-Friday 10 AM-4:30 PM; Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM. $6.50 adults; $6 seniors; $4 students; under 6 free.  (215-340-9800; 


JENKINS HOMESTEAD.  137 Jenkins Ave., Lansdale.  18th-century Federalist-style homestead, museum and office of the North Penn Historical Library.  Homestead is free.  Fee for research services.  Wednesday & Thursday noon-5 PM; Saturday 9 AM-noon.  (215-855-1872; 


JOHN JAMES AUDUBON CENTER AT MILL GROVE. 1201 Pawlings Rd., Audubon.  National Historic Landmark. 175-acre nature preserve with numerous hiking trails. The first home in America of John James Audubon, artist/naturalist, contains displays of his paintings and drawings. Taxidermy specimens are on view.  Grounds open Tuesday-Sunday 7 AM-dusk; Museum and Museum Shop open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday 1-4 PM.  Museum admission $4 adults; $3 seniors 60+; $2 ages 4-17. (610-666-5593;   


KEMERER MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS. 427 N. New St., Bethlehem. Paintings, antiques, toys, furniture, textiles, glass and hand-painted china.  Thursday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM.  $10 adults; $5 youth.  (610-691-6055;


LACKAWANNA COAL MINE TOUR.  McDade Park, Scranton.  Amazing interactive tour re-creates the experience of the American coal miner by allowing visitors to explore 300 feet beneath the earth in an 1860 anthracite coal mine.  $10.00 adults; $9.50 seniors 65+; $7.50 children 3-12; under 3 free.   (800-238-7245;    


LE PETIT MUSEUM OF MUSICAL BOXES. 255 W. Market St., Marietta.  Display of antique music boxes ranging from 1820’s to early 1900’s. Saturday and Monday 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday noon-4 PM.  $4 adults.  (717-426-1154;


LEHIGH VALLEY HERITAGE CENTER AND MUSEUM.  432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.  Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday Noon-4 PM.  $6 adults; $3 children. Free admission on Sundays.  (610-435-1074;  


LEHIGH VALLEY IRON PIGS.  Coca Cola Park, Allentown.  International League Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  See monthly listings for home dates.  Some games to be broadcast on WNPV 1440 AM.   (610-435-3001; 


LEHIGH VALLEY VELODROME.  1151 Mosser Rd., Breinigsville.  Bicycle racing and training facility with 333-meter banked track.  General admission $5; Finish Line seating $8.  (610-395-7000;


LEHIGH VALLEY ZOO. 5150 Game Preserve Rd., just off Rt. 309, Schnecksville. Native and exotic animals and birds, petting zoo, picnic areas, concessions, nature study building and trails. 10 AM-4 PM. $9 adults; $7.25 seniors 65+; $6.20 ages 2-11. Zoo members admitted free.  Family membership $85.  (610-799-4171; 


LONGWOOD GARDENS. Rts. 52 & 1, Kennett Square. Superb outdoor gardens include 21 lakes, woodlands, formal gardens and fountains.  New East Conservatory now open. Daily 9 AM-6 PM; open Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday evenings in summer. $16 adults; $14 seniors 62+; $6 ages 5-18; under 5 free. (610-388-1000;


LORIMER PARK. 183 Moredon Rd., Huntingdon Valley. 230 acres of woods and meadows.  Hiking, horseback riding. Picnicking and fishing in the trout-stocked Pennypack Creek.   Council Rock, of native American lore, overlooks creek. Picnicking permitted. 8 AM-sunset. Free. (215-947-3477;   


LOWER PERKIOMEN VALLEY PARK.  101 New Mill Road, Oaks.  107 acres in Upper Providence Township features playground, outdoor sports facilities, trails, amphitheater and picnic areas.  (610-666-5371; 


MENNONITE HERITAGE CENTER. 565 Yoder Rd., Harleysville. Historical library & archives, museum, visitors center and unique gift shop.  "Bits and Pieces:  Quilts from Scraps."  Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM-5 PM; Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM.   $5 donation requested. (215-256-3020; 


MERCER MUSEUM. 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Towering castle-like museum houses dramatic displays of the furnishings, folk art, and implements of early America.  Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM; Tuesday until 9 PM.  $9 adults; $8 seniors 62+; $4 youth 5-17; under 5 free. (215-345-0210;


MONTGOMERY COUNTY CULTURAL CENTER.  208 DeKalb St., Norristown.  Theater, music and art performances and exhibits.  In June:  "Honk!" Call for dates, times and ticket prices.  (610-279-1013;    


MORAVIAN MUSEUM OF BETHLEHEM. 66 W. Church St., Bethlehem. Oldest building in Bethlehem with displays of instruments, silver and furniture used by Moravian settlers. Thursday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM.  $10 adults; $5 youth. (800-360-8687; 


MORAVIAN POTTERY & TILE WORKS. 130 Swamp Rd. (Rt. 313), Doylestown. A living history museum and National Historic Landmark producing decorative tiles and mosaics in a manner similar to that employed by Henry C. Mercer. Free entry to tile shop. 10 AM-4:45 PM.  Tours offered every thirty minutes include short video presentation. $4.50 adults; $3.50 seniors; $2.50 youth. (215-345-6722; 


MORGAN LOG HOUSE. 850 Weikel Rd., Towamencin Township. Preserved home of Daniel Boone’s grandparents, built in 1695. May:  Saturday & Sunday, noon-5 PM; June 21-August 31:  Thursday-Sunday noon-5 PM.  $3 adults; $2 seniors 65+ and students; under 6 free. (215-368-2480;


MORRIS ARBORETUM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA.  100 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia.  92-acre public garden listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Winding paths, steams, flowers, special garden areas and the Garden Railway Display.  10 AM-4 PM weekdays; 10 AM-5 PM weekends; Thursdays until 8:30 PM.  $14 adults; $10 seniors 62+; $7 students, under age 3 free.  Free parking.  (215-247-5777;    


MUMMERS MUSEUM. 1100 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia. Exhibits dedicated to tradition of Philadelphia Mummery and New Year’s Day parade. Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 AM-4:30 PM;Thursday til 9:30 PM.  $3.50 adults; $2.50 seniors and children.  Free parking.  Free Thursday evening concerts during summer months.  (215-336-3050;    


MUSEUM OF INDIAN CULTURE. 2825 Fish Hatchery Rd., Allentown. Discover family life of the Lenni Lenape Indians during the time of the early settlers to this region. Gift shop has variety of books, jewelry, craft projects, tapes, cards, posters and more. Two nature trails and a fish hatchery are adjacent to the museum.  Friday-Sunday noon-4 PM. $5 adults; $4 seniors (with AARP card) and ages 12 to 17; under 12 free. (610-797-2121; 


NATIONAL CANAL MUSEUM. Two Rivers Landing, 30 Centre Square, Easton. The only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of America’s historic towpath canals.  Museum open Monday-Saturday 9:30 AM-5 PM; Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. Admission includes Crayola Factory Tour also at nearby Two Rivers Landing.  $9.50 adults and children; $9 seniors; children 2 and under free.  (610-559-6613;


NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER.  525 Arch St., Philadelphia.  Interactive, interpretive facility dedicated to increasing understanding and appreciation of The U.S. Constitution.  Monday-Friday 9:30 AM-5 PM; Saturday 9:30 AM-6 PM; Sunday 12-5 PM.  $12 adults; $11 seniors 65+; $8 children ages 4-12; under 4 free.  (215-409-6600;  


NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM. 321 Chestnut St. between 3rd & 4th Sts., Philadelphia. Galleries and special exhibits address topics of heroism, freedom, diversity and faith.  Daily 10 AM-5 PM. $7 adults; $6 seniors; $5 students; $2 children 5-17; under 5 free. Free admission every Sunday.  (215-925-2800; 


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY. 55 N. 5th St., Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. Exhibits on immigration and Jewish identity in America.  Monday-Thursday 10AM-5 PM; Friday 10 AM-3 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM. Free. (215-923-3811; 


NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF CZESTOWCHOWA. 654 Ferry Rd., Doylestown. The shrine includes a basilica and monastery. Stained-glass windows depict the 1,000 years of Polish Christianity. Above the altar is a copy of the painting "Our Lady of Czestowchowa" also known as the "Black Madonna."  Shrine and gift shop open daily 9 AM-4:30 PM. Free. (215-345-0600;  


NESHAMINY STATE PARK. 3401 State Rd., Bensalem. Delaware River boating access, swimming pool, picnicking, hiking, fishing. Open sunrise to sunset. Free.  Pool (admission charged) open Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10 AM-5 PM weekdays; to 6 PM weekends.  (215-639-4538;


NOCKAMIXON STATE PARK. 1542 Mountain View Road, Quakertown.  Popular boating destination with four launching areas. Features hiking trails, equestrian trails, picnicking, swimming pool, interpretive programs, playfields, fishing, boating, boat rentals, bicycling, and family rental cabins. Sunrise-sunset. Free. (215-529-7300; 


NORRISTOWN FARM PARK.  2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown, off Germantown Pike.  700-acre park offering hiking, fishing, biking, picnicking.  Historic structures date to 1764.  Open daily dawn to dusk. Free. (610-270-0215; 


PARRY MANSION.  45 Main St., New Hope.  Built in 1784 by Benjamin Parry and purchased by New Hope Historical Society in 1966, the Mansion reflect 125 years of decorative changes from 1775-1900.  Saturday and Sunday 1-5 PM.  $5 adults; $4 seniors and students; $1 under 12.  (215-862-5460;   


PEACE VALLEY PARK. 230 Creek Road, New Britain Township. 1500 acres of public land including 365-acre Lake Galena. Playgrounds, picnicking, boating, fishing, hike & bike path, nature center. Trails open 8 AM to sunset. Free. Boat rental opens first Saturday in May. (215-345-1097;  


PEARL S. BUCK HOME. 520 Dublin Rd., Hilltown Township. Re-opening Spring 2007 after renovations.  Guided tours of this famous author and humanitarian’s home are offered Tuesday-Saturday at 11 AM, 1 & 2 PM; Sunday 1 & 2 PM. Call for special events in the Pearl S. Buck Cultural Center. $7 adults; $6 seniors and students; under 6 free. (215-249-0100;  


PENNSBURY MANOR. 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville. The country estate of William Penn. The 40-acre plantation contains the reconstructed 1683 manor house, a smokehouse, blacksmith shop and stable as well as farm animals and formal English gardens. Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM. Last tour daily at 3:30 PM. $7 adults; $6 seniors; $4 ages 3-11; grounds pass $3. (215-946-0400;


PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS.  Galleries at 11-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.  Presenting works by some of the region’s most promising art students.  Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday 11 AM-5 PM.  Tours between 11:30 AM and 1:15 PM weekdays; between noon and 1:45 PM weekends.  Museum café open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-3:30 PM; Sunday 11 AM-3:30 PM.  $12 adults; $8students; $6 children.  (215-972-7600;  


PENNYPACKER MILLS. 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville. Turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival mansion, home of former Pennsylvania governor Samuel W. Pennypacker, preserved as an example of a country gentleman’s estate. Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday 1-4 PM. Free. (610-287-9349; 


PERKIOMEN TRAIL. Multi-use public trail through Perkiomen Creek Valley between Green Lane Park and Valley Forge National Historic Park.  Major trailhead access points at Green Lane, Crusher Road in Marlborough Twp., and Spring Mount provide parking areas, information and amenities.  (610-278-3555;   


PETER WENTZ FARMSTEAD. Rt. 73 & Shearer Rd., Worcester. Restored 1744 farmhouse served as headquarters for General George Washington in 1777 at time of the Battle of Germantown.  Exhibits represent Pennsylvania German culture and Colonial farm life. Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday 1-4 PM. Donation requested. (610-584-5104;


PHILADELPHIA A’S MUSEUM & LIBRARY. 6 N. York Rd., Hatboro. Baseball artifacts dealing with the Philadelphia Athletics American Baseball League team that played in the city between 1901 and 1954.  Monday-Saturday 10 AM-3 PM. Free. (215-323-9901; 


PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM. Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Ave. of the Republic, Philadelphia.  Children will enjoy eight exhibits (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Barnyard Babies, Sendak, Move It!, The Supermarket, Kids Construct, Enchanted Colonial Village, and Story Garden), interactive theatre performances, specials events and more. Suggested for children ages 1-7.  Monday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM; Sunday 11 AM-5 PM.  $15 general admission; under 1 free. Membership available. (215-581-3181; 


POCONO WHITEWATER RAFTING.  1519 State Route 903, Jim Thorpe.  Rafting, canoeing and kayaking through Lehigh River Gorge.  Call for summer dam release dates.  Paintball at Skirmish USA.  Open daily.  Daily rates from $59.95 for rafting; $89.95 for whitewater kayaking; $39.95 for bicycling; $29.95 for paintball; deluxe all-inclusive package $74.95.  (1-800-WHITEWATER; or 


POTTSGROVE MANOR. 100 W. King St., just off Rt. 100, Pottstown. Historic home of John Potts, colonial ironmaster and founder of Pottstown. Restored 1752 house has early Georgian architecture and fine period furnishings. Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday 1-4 PM.  Free. (610-326-4014;


PRIDE OF THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVERBOAT.  City Island, Harrisburg.  Authentic paddlewheel riverboat sails the Susquehanna River daily Memorial Day through October in Harrisburg.  Hourly 45-minute public cruises from $7 adult; $6 seniors 58+; $4 children.  Call to verify times and rates.  (717-234-6500; 


PUTT U.  5200 Route 309, Center Valley.  "The highest degree of miniature golf" provides for family fun on two 18-hole challenging courses.  10 AM-11 PM.  Reservations suggested.  (610-798-9800;     


RAILROAD MUSEUM OF PENNSYLVANIA. Rt. 741 East, Strasburg, Lancaster County. Explore the colorful and dynamic history and technology of

Pennsylvania’s railroad industry. More than 100 locomotives and rail cars are on display. Sit in an engineer’s seat, check out a caboose, experience a turn-of-the-century passenger station and inspect a 62-ton locomotive from underneath. Also, operating H-O layout, Railway Education Center, outdoor yard and Museum store. Monday-Saturday 9 AM-

5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM. $10 adults (ages 12-64); $9 seniors; $8 ages 3-11; 2 & under free. (717-687-8628; 


RALPH STOVER STATE PARK. 6011 State Park Road, Pipersville. Located along the Tohickon Creek, this 45-acre state park provides opportunities for rock climbing as well as picnicking and fishing; family cabins available for rental.  High Rocks area with 200-foot cliffs of shale is popular with climbers and photographers.   Daily sunrise-sunset. Free. (610-982-5560; 


RASCAL’S FOOD & FUN.  6616 Ruppsville Road, Upper Macungie Township. 20,000 square feet of family fun including mini-bowling, bumper cars, arcade with 70 video games, 2-story ball maze, 25-foot rock-climbing tower, and 2 restaurants.  Daily 11 AM-2 AM.  Call ahead for pricing.  (610-366-1130;    


READING PUBLIC MUSEUM. 500 Museum Rd., Reading. Fine arts, history and science exhibits.  See monthly listings for exhibits.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  11 AM-5 PM; Friday 11 AM- 8 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM. Certain galleries are closed during renovations.  Call for planetarium schedule. Strollers not permitted.  $7 adults; $5 seniors and ages 4-17. (610-371-5850;


RIDLEY CREEK STATE PARK. 1023 Sycamore Mill Rd., Media. Picnic areas and picnic shelters, woodlands and meadows; hiking trails; paved bicycle trail; trout fishing; site of Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation. 8 AM-sunset. Free. (610-892-3900;


RINGING ROCKS PARK. Bridgeton Twp., approximately 2 miles west of Upper Black Eddy. Boulder field left by glacier. Strike the boulders with hammer to hear them ring. Other activities include hiking and picnicking. Features include unique geological formations and Bucks County’s largest waterfall. Sunrise-sunset. Free. ( 


ROADSIDE AMERICA. I-78, exit 23, Shartlesville.  A family-favorite since 1935, extensive model train exhibit of miniature villages spanning more than 200 years in time from pioneer days to the present. May-June:  Monday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM; weekends 10 AM-6 PM; July-Labor Day:  Monday-Friday 9 AM-6:30 PM; weekends 9 AM-7 PM. $6 adults; $3 ages 6-11; under 6 free. (610-488-6241 


SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL.  Oaks, Upper Providence Township.  11.5 mile multi-use, paved trail from Valley Forge to Philadelphia, built on old PA Railroad right-of-way parallels Schuylkill River. Biking, rollerblading, jogging and walking.  National Recreation Trail.  (610-666-5371;     


SCHWENKFELDER LIBRARY & HERITAGE CENTER. 100 Seminary St., Pennsburg. Tours and exhibits interpreting the history of the Schwenkfelders and the history of the Upper Perkiomen Valley region. Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9 AM-4 PM; Thursday 9 AM-8 PM; Saturday 10 AM-3 PM; Sunday 1-4 PM. Donations requested.  (215-679-3103;


SELLERSVILLE MUSEUM.  120 E. Church Street, Sellersville.  Changing exhibits relating predominantly to Bucks County history.  Free admission but donations gratefully accepted.  (215-257-5253; 


SIGHT AND SOUND THEATRE.  300 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks.  The Living Waters Theatre and the Millennium Theatre comprise one of the premiere live theatre venues in the Eastern U.S., featuring a 300-foot stage that wraps around 3 sides of the audience for an up-close view and a chance to experience live shows in a dramatic, personal way.  Through 5/18:  "Behold the Lamb;"  5/21-8/29:  "Abraham & Sarah."   6/16-8/29:  "In the Beginning."  Call or visit website for times and pricing. (800-377-1277; 


SPRING MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES.  757 Spring Mountain Rd., Spring Mount.  Fly through the air via a series of zip lines and rope bridges under the canopy of the trees, or enjoy rock climbing, or get in on the high tech treasure hunting (geocaching).  Monday-Sunday 10 AM-dusk.  See website for restrictions and pricing.  (888-305-5044;    


STATE CAPITOL. Capitol Hill, Harrisburg. A magnificent building in a 13-acre park features a 272-foot dome, bronze doors, statuary, mural paintings, stained glass windows. Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4 PM with guided tours every half hour.  Delays possible due to security processing.  Reserve tours as far in advance as possible. Free. (800-868-7672; 


STATE MUSEUM OF PENNSYLVANIA. 300 North St., Harrisburg. Official museum of the Commonwealth featuring historical exhibits, fine arts and a planetarium.  Special children’s area requires $5 admission.  Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM. Planetarium shows Saturday & Sunday at 1 & 2 PM. Museum free. Planetarium admission $3.50. (717-787-4980; 


STEAMTOWN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. S. Washington Ave. (I-81, exit 53), Scranton.  View steam locomotives, a railway post office car, a caboose and more at former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad yard. Daily 9 AM-5 PM. Park admission:  $6 adults & seniors; ages 16 & under free.  Steam train excursions from $30; "Scranton Limited" rides $3 6 & up, 5 & under free. (570-340-5200;


TINICUM PARK.  River Road (Route 32), Erwinna.  Situated between the Delaware River and the Canal, features a historic Bucks County barn, pavilions, picnic areas, camping, and May-October Saturday polo matches.  8 AM-Sunset.  (215-757-0571;


TOHICKON VALLEY PARK.  Cafferty Rd., Point Pleasant.  612-acre park along Tohickon Creek with tent and cabin camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming pool, fishing.  8 AM-Sunset.  (215-297-0754;


TYLER ARBORETUM. 515 Painter Rd., Media, adjacent to Ridley Creek State Park. One of the oldest in the U.S. encompassing 650 acres of renowned plant collections, champion trees, historic buildings, and 20 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows.  June-August:  "Totally Terrific Treehouses."  Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM; Saturday and Sunday 9 AM-8 PM.  $7 adults;$6 seniors 65+; $4 ages 3-15; under 3 free. No dogs. (610-566-9134;


TYLER STATE PARK.  101 Swamp Road, Newtown.  Trails, fishing, canoe rental, picnic facilities, 27-hole "Frisbee" golf course.  Neshaminy Creek meanders through 1,711 acre park.  (215-968-2021;


ULTRAZONE.  4201 Neshaminy Blvd., Suite 130, Bensalem, at Neshaminy Mall.  Indoor laser tag arena.  Tuesday-Thursday 4-10 PM; Friday 4 PM-midnight; Saturday 10 AM-midnight; Sunday noon-10 PM.  $6 per laser tag game with $3 mandatory annual membership.  (215-396-9936;    


UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY. 3260 South St., Philadelphia. More than 30 galleries feature materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, Asia and the Greco-Roman world, as well as materials from native peoples of North America, Africa and Polynesia.  Through 5/3/09:  "Surviving:  The Body of Evidence."  Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4:30 PM; Sunday 1-5 PM. $10 adults; $7 seniors 65+; $6 students 6-17; under 6 free. (215-898-4000;


UPPER SCHUYLKILL VALLEY PARK. 600 Black Rock Rd., Royersford.  15-acre park along Schuylkill River features wildlife center with display of wild animals & raptors. Fishing & picnicking.  Open dawn to dusk.  Free. (610-948-5170; 


VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK. 1400 N. Rt. 23, Valley Forge. 3,600-acre park commemorates sacrifices and dedication of Revolutionary War Army through exhibits, artifacts, and a self-guided tour. Hiking and biking trail.  Welcome center open daily 9 AM-5 PM.  Grounds open 6 AM-10 PM. Free. (610-783-1077; 


WASHINGTON CROSSING HISTORIC PARK.  River Road, Washington Crossing, PA.  See where George Washington led his troops across the ice-choked Delaware River and attacked the unsuspecting Hessians at Trenton.  500-acre site includes 13 historic buildings, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and many picnic areas.  Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM.  $7 adults; $6 seniors 65+; $4 youth 3-11; under 3 free. (215-493-4076; www.ushistory/washingtoncrossing).    


WATCH AND CLOCK MUSEUM. 514 Poplar St., Columbia, Lancaster County. A collection of more than 12,000 pieces from early pocket sundials to the latest in moon phase watches plus German musical clocks, American railroad watches, tower clocks, etc. Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-4 PM. $8 adults; $7 seniors 65+; $4 ages 6-16; under 6 free; family of 2 adults + children $20. (717-684-8261; 


WATER WORLD. 655 Schuylkill Rd. (Rt. 724), Phoenixville. Water-slide and swim park specializing in family, group or business picnics. Enjoy a large pool with two huge slides, jungle rope swing, beach volleyball, video arcade, picnic pavilions and snack bar. Open daily June 2-September 9 weather permitting. Weekday admission from $10; $22 with slides; weekends $12; $24 with slides.  (610-935-1290; 


WHITEWATER CHALLENGERS.  Stagecoach Rd., White Haven.  Lehigh River whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking with varying levels of challenge and excitement for beginners and enthusiasts.  Open daily with rates from $38.95 adults; $26.95 children.  Group discounts and lodging packages available.  (800-443-RAFT; 


WILMINGTON BLUE ROCKS.  801 S. Madison St., Wilmington, Delaware.  Carolina League Baseball Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.  See monthly listings for home dates.  $6 general admission; $9 reserved seats; $10 box seats.  (302-888-2015;      


WINTERTHUR. 5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Winterthur, Delaware. The former country estate of the late Henry Francis DuPont is now a museum filled with his collection of American decorative arts.  Museum and garden open Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM; library open Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.  Guided garden walks 11:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. Admission includes a tour of the Galleries, self-guided garden walk, and year-round tram (weather permitting).  Enchanted Woods fairy-tale garden features Tulip Tree House and Faerie Cottage. $18 adults; $16 students and seniors; $5 ages 2-11. (800-448-3883;