Must see Attractions

Must see Attractions

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5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473, United States

Serene country estate landscaped by Thomas Meehan & Sons to highlight the Colonial Revival mansion and surrounding farmland of 170 acres. Originally constructed about 1720, the mansion was redesigned and enlarged by architect Arthur Brockie in 1901 to enhance a country gentleman’s lifestyle. Fully furnished with antiques collected by former Pennsylvania Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker reflecting his interests in early Pennsylvania history, German and Dutch settlers, native Americans, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The collection also includes Governor Pennypacker’s political (1903 – 1907), genealogical and personal papers. Research by appointment.  Scope of Collections

Activities throughout the year include exhibits, nature walks, workshops, and special events.  Picnic facilities available. Large group and school tours are requested to call in advance to schedule visits. First floor of mansion and restrooms are handicap accessible.

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2014 Civil War Reunion

Saturday, May 31, 2014 ~ 10 am to 5 pm

& Sunday, June 1, 2014 ~ 10 am to 4 pm

With cannons blasting and soldiers marching, the Civil War arrives in Montgomery County!

Don’t miss this outstanding two-day event with hundreds of infantry, artillery, and living historians. The event is great for all ages. Especially for kids, come to the Be a Soldier program.

The event and parking are free. Refreshments will be able for purchase.

Please call 610-287-9349 or email

PennypackerMills@MontcoPA.org for more information.

Pennypacker Mills Mansion and Tents

Ongoing Demonstrations, Activities and Shopping Opportunites

Civilian Street
Experience bread  baking, hair fashion, children’s  dolls, phrenology, children’s clothing, & cooking. Also, visit the
military engineers  and learn about map making & surveying.

Military Camps
Visitors are welcome to visit  both Confederate & Union camps where they can inspect the camps, food preparation, meet soldiers & learn about life in the Infantry.

Musicians
Saturday, see  Matthew Dodd throughout the  day on the Mansion Porch. Later in the day, stay after the battle for a early evening concert with the Irish Band of the PA 69th!

Artillery
Stop by both Artillery camps to learn about the cannons, roles of the crew, and ammunition. It’s a blast!
Sutlers
Our merchants sell a wide variety of Civil War Era merchandise from fabric & sewing needs, military & civilian clothing, and wooden toys & furniture.

Mansion Tours
Throughout the weekend tour the decorated mansion of Samuel Pennypacker and his family & visit the new exhibit
in the Galleries.

Museum Shop
Purchase old fashioned toys, period inspired gifts, and books. Buy your copy of Six Weeks in Uniform, Governor Pennypacker’s account of his experience in the Pennsylvania militia .

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137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States

Family Field Trips at Plimoth Plantation offer a fascinating and personal look at the lives of the Native Wampanoag People and the Pilgrims, the English who lived in early Plymouth Colony. In addition to a self-guided Museum tour, School groups have a number of options for tailoring their visit. School Groups with a specific interest, such as early gardens, period cookery, colonial religion, Native culture, timber-frame construction, or navigation, may book a speaker through our Professional Speakers Bureau or a Guided Tour.

Our historical theme dining turns what might otherwise be just another restaurant meal into a memorable (and tasty!) addition to your visit. We offer themed meals with Pilgrim and or Native hosts, and lunch or dinner with food historians who will teach you just how Miles Standish ate his dinner without a fork. For more about historical or modern-day dining opportunities, go to our Dining page.

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The staff at the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center welcome you to Plimoth Plantation. Purchase tickets or membership here, then view the orientation film produced for Plimoth Plantation by the History Channel. This prepares you for the unique experience of visiting our outdoor living history sites, which tell the compelling story of the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people.

Plimoth Plantation museum shops

The Visitor Center houses our Museum Shops that offer a range of products from one-of a-kind Native art and jewelry, to children’s toys and books, specialty foods and an array of items made in New England.

Also in the Visitor Center you can visit the Shelby Cullom Davis Gallery and the Family Discovery Center, where fun is driven by imagination as children can try on Colonial clothes, play Native games and raise the flag aboard the shallop. The gallery also featuresGirl Playing in the Family Discovery Center at Plimoth Plantation

Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth and Meaning, a self-guided exhibit which tells the story about the 1621 events that continue to inspire America’s annual Thanksgiving holiday.

Our quick-service restaurant, Patuxet Café,features menu items adapted from both the Colonial English and Native cultures, as well as the more familiar modern snacks and meals to please diners of all ages and palates. Enjoy your meal in our spacious dining room, or when weather permits, take your food outside to the courtyard, or have a picnic on the lawn that overlooks a beautiful view of the Eel River and Cape Cod Bay.

Designed by architect Graham Gund, the Hornblower Visitor Center is also available for functions. It’s the perfect setting for your wedding, party or conference. Classrooms on the second floor accommodate education programs, workshops, business meetings and dining for small groups. In our theaters we show first-run, independent and foreign films daily in late afternoon and evening.

In the winter months, when our outdoor exhibits are closed, the Visitor Center is still a lively place where we host the Plymouth Winter Farmers’ Market and other activities and programs as announced on our calendar.

Discovery Center

Where do young children go to have fun and learn more about how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag lived in Colonial times? The Family Discovery Station – where imagination creates the experience!

Here, children get to try on Colonial clothes, pretend to cook in a hearth, and learn how Pilgrim children ate their meals off of trenchers without using a fork. Discover how the Wampanoag built their homes and grew many types of vegetables before the Pilgrims settled here. Do you think catching fish is easy? Learn how the Wampanoag built a weir (a fence made of brush) to trap fish in a river.

Climb aboard the shallop (a small boat), raise the flag, and chart your course on a traverse board (a wooden board used in navigation), just like the one used by the sailors aboard the Mayflower to keep track of their course and speed at sea.

Everything in the Family Discovery Station is designed for children to touch, try on, play with and experience, including games and a puppet theater. And be sure to check the daily activity board for a story hour. The Family Discovery Station is a great way for young children to journey back in time.

Programs For Families

Plimoth Plantation offers lots of special activities for kids and families – you can experience the past hands-on when you are here!

Girls make Wampanoag pottery

During school vacations, you can always choose from a variety of Wampanoag (Native) and Pilgrim (Colonial) activities. During the summer, we have week-long day programs called Summer Adventures!

If you are looking for something fun to do with your friends (like a special birthday party), bring them here overnight. You will enjoy an evening of activities (Wampanoag or Pilgrim) here at the Museum, (including dinner) spend the night in the Hornblower Visitor Center, and visit Plimoth Plantation for two days!

Your family could have an even more special family overnight experience, living as a Colonial family wearing authentic clothing, cooking supper over the hearth, and sleeping in one of our Pilgrim homes!

We have lots of online activities for kids, including a special Interactive Thanksgiving Activity called You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving.

To receive special offers and regular updates on Plimoth Plantation’s educational programs, sign up for our Education Mailing List.

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Family Overnights in the 17th Century

Looking for a very special overnight experience with your family or friends? Sleep in the 17th Century at Plimoth Plantation, or Sleep onMayflower II in Plymouth Harbor!

Sleep Like the Pilgrims

Come to visit our fun and educational living history exhibit sites early in the day, then join us in the afternoon to begin your Pilgrim experience. As English Colonists, you will be provided with authentic reproduction Colonial clothing. After you are dressed, you will begin experiencing the fun and the work of the 17th century!

Play games, write with a quill pen, even learn a song or a dance if you’d like! Activities will be tailored to your particular interests. Gather wood and get ready to set a fire, because…

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

…you will assist in preparing a hearth-cooked meal in our reproduction Colonial homes on our Colonial Education Site. Here, you’ll eat “supper” and spend the night, sleeping in authentic beds by a warm hearth. (The homes in our Education site were originally built by the Museum’s skilled artisans at a location on the coast of Maine, for the PBS-TV reality seriesColonial House. After the series ended, we dismantled the homes and reconstructed them at our Colonial Education site.)

A Museum teacher will teach you all you need to know, and will sleep nearby. Your group will have the privacy of the home to yourselves all night. In the morning, your teacher will bring you a continental breakfast (yes, with coffee — although the Colonists in the 1620s had only water…)

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

Join us for this magical, unforgettable experience.

Cost: $1000 for up to six people.

For more information, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org, or make an online reservation request.

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Sleep on Mayflower II 

Rowing the ship's boat at Mayflower II

Yes, you read it correctly! You and your family or friends can spend the night on our full-scale reproduction of Mayflower, the well-known ship which brought the English Colonists to the shores of New England.  Mayflower II is docked in downtown Plymouth, at the same location the Pilgrims chose to build their first homes in 1620. All of our entertaining and educational living history exhibit sites will be available for you to visit both days of your stay.

After the rest of the visitors have left for the day, the ship is yours. You could row the shallop in the harbor, make a model of the ship to take home, learn to tie the knots the sailors would have used in 1620, or even try the foods the Pilgrims would have eaten on their way here from England! If that doesn’t sound like an ideal meal, don’t worry — we will provide a 21st-century meal, too! Spend your time with Museum teachers and marine artisans, who can teach you all you want to know about the Pilgrims’ 17th-century journey, and the journey of Mayflower II, which sailed here from England in 1957. The conversations and activities will be tailored to the interests and needs of your family and friends.

If you have the inclination, the decks always need to be swabbed. You may just have enough energy to explore the many decks of the ship, and then choose which one will be the place you make your bed for the night. Watching the sun set behind the masts and rigging of the ship is spectacular, but not outdone by the glow of the sun rising over historic Plymouth.

Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

For more information about cost and availability, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org.

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1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ, United States

Six Flags in Jackson, New Jersey is the East Coast’s premier amusement park, with awesome rides, 10 thrilling roller coasters, great shows, and incredible attractions! For students, learning about gravity is a lot more fun on a roller coaster. On educational days, the park becomes a giant learning lab for physics and math. Budding scientists can even perform exciting experiments on our record-breaking rides. Call for info on how to book your reservation for our Special Educational Events.

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Family fun is what we’re all about at Six Flags. So get ready to let loose and laugh. From the highest heights to the gentlest adventures, we’ve got plenty of rides you can enjoy together.

Family Rides at Six Flags Great Adventure

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Air Jumbo

Minimum Height: 48″

Take flight with the most unlikely co-pilots, baby elephants, on this light-hearted float-around.

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Big Wheel

Big Wheel

Minimum Height: None with adult

Ride the enduring classic Ferris wheel.  At 150 feet, this one’s as big as the sky.

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Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train

Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure Train

Minimum Height: 41″ with adult

Family thrills await on this swift and scenic junior roller coaster that races through the hills at 22 mph.

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Buccaneer

Buccaneer

Minimum Height: None with adult.

High flying thrills await as the pirate ship Buccaneer sets sail, swing high and low on waves of excitement.

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Carousel

Carousel

Minimum Height: None with adult

Step back in time and choose your ride on this restored old time classic carousel, a favorite for all ages.

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Congo Rapids

Congo Rapids

Minimum Height: 36″ with adult

Brave the current on the ultimate white-water river rafting experience!

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Deja Vu

DejaVu

Minimum Height: 36″

This classic scrambler will spin you so fast you won’t remember if you’re coming or going!

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Enchanted Teacups

Enchanted Teacups

Minimum Height: None with adult.

This tea party’s out of control on a teacup-style spin-a-rama.  The more you twist, the harder you spin!

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Fender Benders

Fender Benders

Minimum Height: 48″ with adult.

No need for brakes as you put your pedal to the metal on this classic, clobbering, bumper car smash-up!

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Great American Road Race

Great American Road Race

Minimum Height: 42″

You’ll love the thrill of the open road on this classic go-kart speedway.

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Houdini's Great Escape

Houdini’s Great Escape

Minimum Height: 48″

Don’t get spooked by the ghost of Harry Houdini on this elaborately designed journey into magic.

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Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger

Minimum Height: None with adult.

An enormous creepy skeleton is your host on a delightfully dizzy—making spin—out.

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Parachute Training Center

Parachute Training Center: Edwards AFB

Minimum Height: 36″ with adult

Experience the rush of parachuting from a 250-foot tower, without jumping out of an airplane!

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Rock Climbing Wall

Rockwall

Minimum Height: 36″

Climb a sheer rock wall with your bare hands on this mountain climbing adventure. Additional fee required.

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Safari Off Road Adventure

Safari Off Road Adventure

Minimum Height: None with adult

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride through a wilderness of 1,200 wild animals running free.

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Saw Mill Log Flume

Saw Mill Log Flume

Minimum Height: None with adult

Saw Mill Log Flume drops you 4 stories down into refreshing water.

Saw Mill Log Flume is closed for the season.

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Skyway Cable Cars (Frontier)

Skyway – Frontier Adventures

Minimum Height: None with adult.

Ride a classic cable car high over the park, from Frontier Adventures to Lakefront.

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Skyway Cable Cars (Frontier)

Skyway — Lakefront

Minimum Height: None with adult.

With these classic cable cars, getting from Lakefront to Frontier Adventures has never been so fun!

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Riddle Me This

Swashbuckler

Minimum Height: 42″

Experience the awesome power of gravity on this standing, revolving, adrenaline rush.

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Tango

Tango

Minimum Height: None with adult.

Jiggle till you giggle on a zigger that skitters back and forth across a wobbly, twisty course.

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2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., DC, United States

The Kennedy Center Education Department commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students, teachers, adults, and families; offers professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers and artists; creates and implements model programs for use by other performing arts centers and schools; develops and encourages community and national outreach programs; fosters careers of young artists and arts managers; and provides arts education resources via satellite, the Internet, in print, and in person. Performances for school groups provide opportunities to learn, to explore, and to embrace the arts.

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Free Guided Tours given by Friends of the Kennedy Center Tour Guides

A tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the banks of the Potomac River, is a highlight of any visit to Washington, D.C. As the nation’s performing arts center and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center welcomes three million visitors annually. The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of a national cultural center, as well as an interactive exhibit on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy. Tours of the Kennedy Center are offered daily, free of charge, and given by the Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers.

Discover Our Programs

The Kennedy Center is the nation’s busiest performing arts center, hosting approximately 3,000 events each year for audiences numbering more than 2 million. Since 1971, we have been bringing the world to Washington with magnificent performances of music, dance, theater, and more. See what’s on stage and buy your tickets now!

  • Theater

    Tony Award–winning triumphs. American musical classics. Powerful, daring dramas. Thrilling new productions. They’re all here, from Broadway’s biggest blockbusters to spectacular revivals produced exclusively by the Kennedy Center.

  • National Symphony Orchestra

    Each season, the nation’s orchestra welcomes the world’s greatest guest artists to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, and offers many other exciting events and educational programs throughout D.C., the nation, and the world.

  • Millennium Stage

    Every day of the year at 6 p.m., the Kennedy Center hosts a free performance as part of its “Performing Arts for Everyone” initiative. No tickets are required, though seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Featuring local, national, and international talents, the Millennium Stage has been hailed as “a cultural institution within a cultural institution” by the Washington Post.

  • Ballet

    As the curtain of the Opera House rises, stories unfold, emotions are laid bare, and elegance is revealed through the grace and beauty of ballet. Every season, the Kennedy Center presents legendary companies from around the globe, including its very own acclaimed ensemble, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

  • Jazz

    From seasoned jazz veterans to the hottest up-and-comers, come to where jazz is just the way you like it—in venues ranging from the intimate Terrace Theater to the cabaret setting of the KC Jazz Club.

  • Contemporary Dance

    Welcome to the nexus of dance… where physical and mystical forces collide, power and poise come to a point, profound connections are made, bodies make impact, and gravity meets grace. The world’s most innovative dance companies and visionaries take you to the core of modern movement, with works of amazing athleticism and beauty.

  • Performances for Young Audiences

    The Kennedy Center is home to heartwarming and fun-filled performances for every age group and their families, from wide-eyed toddlers to young adults. Most events take place in the Family Theater, from Kennedy Center original world-premiere productions based on favorite children’s books, to music, dance, theater, storytelling, puppetry, and much more.

  • Fortas Chamber Music

    Get closer to your favorite artists in the Terrace Theater, Washington’s most intimate and acoustically ideal space for chamber music.

  • Festivals

    Our world-class festivals continue to explore exciting themes, from multicultural journeys to various genres of music. Annual events include the pre-season Prelude Festival and free daylong Open House Arts Festival, as well as the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival and our winter holiday celebration. Past festivals have celebrated the arts of China, Japan, France, and Latin America; country music and the 1940s; international ballet and masters of African American choreography; Tchaikovsky and Beethoven; Tennessee Williams and Stephen Sondheim; and much more.

  • Etcetera

    Explore beyond the ordinary with music, dance, theater, and performance art with a cutting edge and international flair—spanning from the distant corners of the globe to the furthest reaches of the artist’s mind.

  • Banquets, Galas, and Awards

    Prestigious annual events such as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball, and many others are all held here at the Kennedy Center.

  • Explore the Arts™

    Want to go backstage? Learn to salsa? Speak with your favorite actor, ballerina, or conductor? Find out the difference between Beethoven and Bach? With Explore the Arts™, you can do all that and more with the Kennedy Center’s adult education series.

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525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Constitutional Walking Tour, Independence National Historical Park, Tours of Historic Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia takes you on a walking journey through America’s most historic area – the birthplace of our nation. Step back in time to see where The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution were created. The Constitutional offers various types of tours:

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia is an outdoor walking journey that provides a primary overview of the Independence National Historical Park area and visits more than 20 of the most historic sites in America’s Birthplace including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Court, Betsy Ross House and the National Constitution Center. To see the full tour map, click here.

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Constitutional Walking Tours for Family Trips

The Constitutional Walking Tour is perfect for domestic or international visitors alike. In Summer 2005, visitors from all 50 United States and more than 50 foreign countries took The Constitutional.

The Constitutional Guided Walking Tour is also great for team building, special events, and entertaining clients, as well as an ideal orientation event for summer associates, new hires, and relocating firms or employees.

Private and group tours can be arranged for almost anytime – weekday or weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate from 1 up to 300 walkers. We provide multiple in-house trained tour guides for an entertaining and informative tour. We work closely with each client to create the most enjoyable “Constitutional” experience possible.

Our tour guides are passionate historians and Philadelphians who hail from top academic institutions. They have been trained in our “Independence Immersion” curriculum focusing on Philadelphia’s history, tourist attractions, and sharing of best practices in terms of customer service, public speaking and storytelling. Our guides bring Philadelphia’s history alive.

We also offer:

  • Step-on Guides – Our professionally trained tour guides can provide tours on foot and on your motor coach or bus. We specialize in Historic Philadelphia, but we also provide tours of Philadelphia including the Philadelphia Art Museum area, South Street, America’s largest urban park – Fairmount Park, and more.
  • Multilingual Tour Guides – We offer tours in various foreign languages and can also help you find a translator
  • Spouse and Guest Programs – During meetings and conferences, we create spouse and guest itineraries and excursions in and around Philadelphia.
  • “This Date in History”– Create a memorable evening with that special someone as you embark on a private candlelit walking tour of historic Philadelphia and dinner for 2 in Philadelphia’s Old City.
  • Historical Treasure Hunts – We can create great team building experiences as you explore and learn about America’s Birthplace.
  • Destination Management – From providing Liberty Loot’s Authentic Philadelphia Gift Bags (featuring snacks, souvenirs and sightseeing information) to planning seasonal and theme parties to transportation management services and special events, we can serve all your needs with local presence in the market, both before and during your trip.

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4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL, United States

Miami Seaquarium

Its Miami’s premier attraction! Its a place where dolphins fly, where fearsome moray eels lurk in coral reef caverns, where shimmering schools of exotic fish dance through underwater seascapes, and its the only p;lace where you will see the graceful beauty of a Pacific white sided dolphin combined with the awesome power of the three ton killer whale.

Its a world class marine life entertainment park with eight different marine animal shows and presentations offered each day!

Located just ten minutes from downtown Miami on beautiful Virginia Key, we offer visitors hours of fun – and it’s educational too. Across 38 landscaped acres, the marine life entertainment park provides a fun-filled mix of exhibits, shows, attractions, food and shopping opportunities that have made it a Miami institution.

Explore Miami Seaquarium

SHOWS

Shows

EXHIBITS

Exhibits

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

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Field Trips

Birthday Parties

Splashtacular Birthday Parties

Make a BIG splash with your party at Miami Seaquarium! Party with Lolita the Killer Whale, TV superstar Flipper, Salty the Sea Lion and all of your marine animal friends. This is the no-hassle way to give your birthday child a party they’ll remember for a lifetime. Relax and enjoy the party while we do all the work. Birthday parties are only available Saturday and Sundays. Birthday Party Info Packet

Birthday Package includes:

  • Complimentary Miami Seaquarium invitations
  • Party area with decorations
  • A kid-friendly lunch
  • Personalized birthday cake
  • Party paper goods including plates, cups, napkins, and utensils
  • Character visit (weather permitting)
  • Admission to all the shows and exhibits including Salty’s Playground Area
  • A souvenir birthday party T-Shirt for each child (3-9)
  • A return admission pass for each child (3-9)

Birthday child receives

  • A plush animal toy
  • A photo with Salty the Sea Lion
  • A crown or tiara to wear throughout the day
  • Recognition of birthday celebration in one of our shows

Package Price

  • 15 Guests Celebration $525.00, including birthday child and parents
  • Additional Guest $35.00
Party Add On’s:*

Receive special discounts on Animal Encounters with your booked party. Ask your birthday specialist today. *Additional fees apply. Subject to availability. Program restrictions apply. 

Book today by calling 305-365-2507

Family Campout-ZZZ’s by the Sea

2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014 to Sunday, May 4, 2014

Marine adventures await the entire family during “ZZZ’s By The Sea” family camp out. Families will camp under the stars to watch the night sky light up while participating in an exciting oceanic journey throughout the day.

The two day event offers science presentations, marine mammal shows, light snack, dinner, and continental breakfast the next day and much more. Families will also have the opportunity to explore a variety of marine creatures by booking one of the many interaction packages with our manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, sea lions and more. All participating families will need to bring a family tent and camping equipment.

Cost: $50.00 per participant

(Animal interactions are available at an additional cost)

(A minimum of 2 people is required to reserve a camping area)

For more information call:

Phone: (305)361-5705 Ext 520

Fax Form to: (305)365-2500

Send us an Email

Download our October Family Campout Flyer. 

Click here to see an image of our campout shirt! 

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ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS:

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Packages

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Dolphin Odyssey

DOLPHIN ODYSSEY

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Dolphin Encounter

DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER

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Reef Encounter

REEF ENCOUNTER

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Seal Swim

SEAL SWIM

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2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301, United States
(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)
(603) 271-7832

Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center. 

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Discovery Center in New Hampshire

Family Trips

Natives and Visitors alike are in for an experience like no other! Each year thousands of all ages visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, from individuals to families! We offer exciting programs for all ages ranging from Super Stellar Friday workshop series to Aerospacefest – our annual aerospace festival – to a workshop called Little Explorers for 3-4 year olds to aviation ground school. There is something for everyone at the Discovery Center. Explore the exhibits, journey through space in the Planetarium theater or come and discover a universe outside in the Observatory! We welcome you and yours to the Discovery Center on your visit to New Hampshire and discover a whole world that exists beyond ours! 

Educational and Exploration Programs Available at the Discovery Center

Discovery Center Exhibits

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center offers a variety of exhibits that are designed to your next families visit a memorable one. With interactive and multi-sensory exhibits your your family on their next outing will discover a world outside of Earth. A visit to the  Discovery Center is sure to stimulate and add to the learning the environment in the classroom and outside. Find more information on all exhibits on display the Discovery Center in New Hampshire Here!

Planetarium Shows

Planetarium Shows at the Discovery Center run approximately 40-45 Minutes. 

Planetarium Shows

Calendar of Planetarium Shows

Discovery Center Observatory

Come and experience a wonder of its at the Discovery Center in New Hampshire with a visit to the Observatory. Open Thu-Sun 1-4 PM and the 1st & 2nd Friday evenings of the month from 6:30-9 PM, the observatory is your gateway to the stars. You and your Family will experience the thrill of bringing faraway moons, planets, nebulae, clusters, galaxies etc. right into view, up close and personal. The observatory offers a first hand experience  opportunity to see first hand real objects in the day and night skies.

Birthday Parties and Private Events

Looking to hosting an unforgettable event that will wow your guests or your child’s next Birthday Party? Look no further the booking your next event the Discovery Center in New Hampshire. You have the choice of booking just a single room to the whole center overnight. You and your guests can have an all exclusive access to exhibit halls, conference room, function room, Unitil Program Center, observatory, and state-of-the-art planetarium theater.

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Overnight Programs

Enjoy an evening under the stars with an Overnight Adventure! The program includes guided exhibit exploration, hands-on activities, planetarium show, evening snack, and visit to the observatory featuring telescope viewing (weather permitting).

Check-in time is 6 PM; check-out time is 9:30 AM. Enjoy a light breakfast in the morning and visit the Science Store! Everyone receives a special Overnight Adventure patch!

Most Overnight Adventures are scheduled from Saturday night to Sunday morning. We also have some Friday night to Saturday morning availability, and other days may be available upon request.

Download our Overnight Adventure Mission Plan for a packing list and event schedule. Call 271-7827 x0 to make your reservation today!

Workshops

The Discovery Center offers workshops ranging anywhere from the age of 3 to adults. Come in an discover our Little explorers workshop or Rocketeers. Our workshops are designed to encourage learning in and outside the classroom in the subject of Science and Space exploration.

Complete List of Workshops available

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10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, United States

Opened in July 1988, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to have a good time while learning about the vital natural resource just off our shore: Long Island Sound. Set in a refurbished 1860s factory at the mouth of the Norwalk River, the Aquarium building and its location reflect the region’s industrial past and human uses of Long Island Sound for recreation and commerce.

Visitors explore at their own pace, observing 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species. The Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. These close encounters with animals, enhanced by friendly volunteer interpreters and informative display panels, educate visitors about the aquatic life of Long Island Sound and its watershed.

The sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles and other animals, carefully tended in re-created natural settings, serve as ambassadors both for their species and the Sound’s natural environment. These intimate encounters are the heart of the learning experience and provide visitors – children especially – with a basis for understanding their role in the web of life.

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Asides from the normal visit at the Aquarium and checking out the IMAX theater at Norwalk, the Maritime Aquarium offers many great programs suitable for children and families. Take a look below at all the fun and interesting things that the aquarium has to offer.

Study Cruises onto Long Island Sound

Cruise out with us aboard the research vessel Oceanic for thrilling explorations of the Sound’s marine life: with a variety of animals brought up right onto the boat (April-October) or to look for some of the seals & waterfowl that winter in the Sound (December-April).  Details …

Creature Encounter (11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays)

Meet one of our beautiful Diamondback Terrapins and learn what you can do to help protect Long Island Sound. Their lovely blue skin offers a hue rarely found in the animal world.

FREE with Aquarium admission.

Animal Embassy Programs (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on selected days)

Stamford-based Animal Embassy will present some of their live “animal ambassadors” in guided hands-on introductions. Children (and adults!) will be able to touch and even hold select animals while learning about their appearances, behaviors, adaptations and habitats, as well as the conservation issues they face. FREE with Aquarium admission. • Sometime in October

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Would you jump into a tank of water filled with 6- and 7-foot sharks? Actually, it can be done – bloodlessly – because sharks aren’t really the aggressive man-eaters of popular myth. Come see for yourself when The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team spends some quality time among the sand tiger sharks, lemon shark and other creatures of the 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit. Thanks to a cool communication link, you can even talk with the divers while they’re in the exhibit with the sharks! They’ll tell you that sharks should be respected … but not feared. (You also can talk to the divers before they go in the water between 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on “dive days.”) FREE with Aquarium admission.

“Behind-the-Scenes Tours” (On the third Saturday of every month, at 8:15 a.m.)

Operating the aquarium is an complicated production that must satisfy more than 1,000 animals with varying requirements for food, water temperatures and salinities, and more. See how it’s all done when you visit our jellyfish “nursery” and the “fish kitchen,” where meals for our residents are prepared. We’ll go above the “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, where you can look down on the sharks in their 110,000-gallon tank … and even toss in some fish for them to eat! And feel the tickle as you hand-feed the cow-nosed rays!

Participants must be 10 years and older. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. “Behind-the-Scenes Tours” cost $32.50 for non-members ($22.50 for Aquarium members) and include Aquarium admission at 10 a.m. There is a maximum of 25 people per tour. Advance reservations strongly recommended. Walk-up sales are accepted.

For reservations, Purchase tickets online (click on the date you wish to come) or call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. Space is limited.

Aquarium Cruises

The Maritime Aquarium offers two study cruise programs onto Long Island Sound. These are available to the public and also to schools/summer camps as charters.

Marine Life Study Cruise:

Offered from May 5 through October

Public schedule: 1 p.m. Saturdays May 5-June 30 and then at 1 p.m. daily in July & August. Also on Saturdays in September & October.

Study marine biodiversity from the water’s surface down to the bottom for a first-hand understanding of Long Island Sound’s interdependent marine life. Students utilize such sampling techniques as a plankton tow, biodredge, mud grab and otter trawl that may bring up fish, crabs, lobsters, sea stars and more. A video microscope and touch tank onboard enhance observations. Passengers must be over 42″ tall. Capacity: 29. Cost: $20.50 per person. ($18.50 for Aquarium members)

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Happy Birthday!

Maritime Aquarium Birthday Parties

Spend your child’s special day at The Maritime Aquarium with a wild cast of characters including seals, sharks, otters, turtles, jellies and more! We’ll help you throw a party for your child with the excitement only the Aquarium can provide. Birthday packages for ages 4 – 12. We can also host Birthday parties for older kids and adults including IMAX movies, tours and more. Just ask us to design a party for you. In-house catering available for more lavish affairs.

What Happens At A Maritime Aquarium Birthday Party?

After your guests arrive and select an aquatic critter name tag we will lead you through the Aquarium paying special attention to animal demonstrations, feeding times and of course the celebrant’s favorite animals! Take a break for cake and refreshments before enjoying the rest of the Aquarium’s special exhibits.  The guest of honor goes home with a gift from The Maritime Aquarium that only a birthday party child can receive…showing that you “seal-a-brated” your birthday at The Maritime Aquarium.

Download the pdfBirthday Party Brochure

To schedule your child’s birthday party please call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206 or e-mail reservations@maritimeaquarium.org.

Traveling Birthday Parties

“Crabs and Critters” Come to You!

Invite some crabs and other critters from The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk into your home for a birthday party your kids and guests are sure to remember. They will have a great time, get to touch the animals, and will learn something too. It is a face-to-face close encounter they will enjoy and remember.

Our 45-minute traveling birthday party program is for groups up to 25, ages 4 to 12; we leave a crab craft as a gift for each party guest.

(There is an additional fee for travel outside a 20-mile radius of the Aquarium.)

Download the pdfTraveling Birthday Party Brochure

Call Reservations: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, to book your Traveling Birthday Party!

Goodie Bags and Party Stuff

Goodie bags and party favors are available for birthday parties. Orders can be placed by calling the gift shop at (203)852-0700, ext. 2236.

Sleepovers at the Maritime Aquarium

Imagine falling asleep as jellies float next to you and seals lounge on the rocks a few feet away! That’s what you’ll experience during your group sleepover at The Maritime Aquarium.

What Goes on at a Maritime Aquarium Sleepover?

After check-in at 6:15 pm and a light dinner, we’ll fill your groups evening with a fun and fact filled guided tour of the Aquarium, “aquatic games”, snacks, and crafts. Lights are out at 11:15 pm!

Breakfast the next morning is at 7:30 a.m., followed by a private seal show and an IMAX movie. Visit the Gift Shop at 9:30 am, and you’ll be on your way home by 10 a.m. Every child leaves with a customized program patch.

Download the pdfOvernight Brochure

To learn how you can help with fun activities such as sleepovers, email volunteers@maritimeaquarium.org.

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