Baltimore Museum of Art

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10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States

The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Throughout the Museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city. Visit today! Admission to the collection is FREE for everyone, every day!

Collection

African

American

Ancient Americas

Antioch Mosaics

Asian

Contemporary

European

Modern

Native American

Pacific Islands

Prints, Drawings & Photographs

Sculpture Gardens

Textiles

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Baltimore Museum of Art for Parents and Families

Family Fun at the BMA!

Visit the BMA for exciting family programs throughout the year—hands-on art workshops, special gallery tours, and more! Admission and activities are free, so bring the whole family and stay for as long or as short a time as you like.

Look for Henri Matisse’s dog Raoudi (pronounced “rowdy”), the BMA’s guide for family art adventures. This perky schnauzer from the much-loved painting Interior with Dog leads the way on the Museum’s Artful Stories audio tour and many other activities. Wherever you find him, you’ll know that fun for the whole family will soon follow!

Stop by on Free Family Sundays for free hands-on art workshops and tours just for families.

Free Audio Tour for Families!

Costume Packs

Available whenever the Museum is open

FREE

The BMA features new Costume Packs inspired by works of art. Kids can twirl in a tutu inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer, don King George IV’s fanciful cape, carry a Native American bandolier, or hold court in an ornate collar, necklace, and bodice fit for a Queen.

Costume Packs are available at the Welcome Desk in the BMA lobby.

BMA Audio Tour for Families

FREE

The BMA is one of the only museum audio tours with a dog leading the way! Raoudi, Matisse’s perky schnauzer, is the voice behind the Museum’s new Family Tour, which highlights objects in the collection. Rather than headphones, the Family Tour offers a handheld audio device that allows families to pause and chat about a work.

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Destination Trip Planning Information

BMA Go Mobile NEW!

EXPLORE THE ART WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE!

Access exclusive video and audio interviews with artists, curators, and Baltimore personalities, gallery maps, original compositions by Baltimore-based musicians, and more with BMA Go Mobile (artbma.org/gomobile). The personalized and portable mobile art guide features rich information and fresh perspectives on more than 100 objects in the BMA’s great contemporary collection. Complimentary iPod Touches are also available for museum visitors to check out during their visit.

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Tickets and Admission

BMA Floor Plan

Hours

Wednesday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Monday–Tuesday Closed

In the event of inclement weather, please call 443-573-1700 for information on Museum closings.
The BMA closes at 3 p.m. on December 24 and is closed Christmas, New Year’s Day, July 4, and Thanksgiving. The Wurtzburger and Levi Sculpture Gardens are open year-round with the Museum until dusk, but may close during inclement weather.

Free General Admission

The Baltimore Museum of Art is free—for everyone, every day!

The BMA also presents special ticketed exhibitions and events that may require admission fees.

Members receive free admission to special ticketed exhibitions, as well as invitations to Members First Night preview parties and Members First Preview Days, plus discounts at The BMA Shop, Gertrude’s restaurant, and so much more!

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4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD, United States 34.66 mi

Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland is a children’s theater company offering year-round productions of modern and classic plays. The organization also offers classes in drama, acting, dance musical theatre, and filmmaking for children of all ages. Summer theatre camps give campers the opportunity to take part in a full production of a musical or play.

Imagination Stage is the largest and most respected multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region. We offer a year-round season of professional shows (adult actors performing for families and classes), after-school programs and summer camps for ages 1-18, and arts-integration professional development training for teachers, students, schools, and families. All of our programs are informed by our core belief in making the arts inclusive and accessible to all children, regardless of their physical, cognitive, or financial status.

‘Rapunzel’ at Imagination Stage

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Groups & Parties

Groups

Whether a group of friends or family, a birthday, a social occasion or a fundraiser–a trip to Imagination Stage is guaranteed to delight everyone!

Group Reservations 

Imagination Stage makes bringing a group easy and fun!

  • Split PaymentHold a seat block with a deposit and pay the balance when you have your final headcount.
  • Group Reservation CodePick a performance and we’ll give your group members a discount code to purchase their own seats at their leisure.
  • Backstage ToursAdd-on a tour after most 4 p.m. performances. Tours cover our costume shop, scene shop, lighting and sound booth, and more! 
  • Grab a bite–Groups can eat at our on-site Just Imagine Cafe, check out Hard Times Café right across the street, or try one of the numerous ‘Woodmont Triangle’ restaurants in easy walking distance of our theatre!
  • Don’t forget about Meet-the-Actors in our lobby after every 1:30 and 4:00 weekend show, and fun and creative souvenirs in our Gift Shop!

Prices for our Lerner Family Theatre

Groups of 10-49 20% off
Groups of 50-99 30% off
Groups of 100+ 40% off
Buy-Out (372 seats) $4,500 (includes rental of our gallery space)
Imagination Stage is working hard to keep your ticket price low. We have kept our facility fee at 7% of your total order for online or phone sales. (*Please note that orders of 10+ are not available online.)

Birthday Parties

Having a birthday? Celebrate with tickets to a  show or a private  workshop, then have cake in our party room! Year-round options for all ages and every budget.

 

Fundraisers

Dramatically increase your fundraising by purchasing a block of tickets (or the whole theatre!) for a weekend day or evening show as a fundraiser for your organization. We provide a volume discount (cost as low as $9 per ticket) and you sell the tickets at a premium to your event attendees. It is both wonderful family fun and highly successful.

Are you a Group that just wants tickets?

Contact the box office | 301-280-1660, daily 10 am- 5 pm | boxoffice@imaginationstage.org

Questions about Group Options, Scouts or Fundraisers? 

Contact our Group Sales office | 301-280-1664 | groupsales@imaginationstage.org

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Early Childhood

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My First Imagination Stage is our Early Childhood program that focuses on children aged 1-5, providing fun and developmentally exciting experiences through classes and live performances. Play is serious fun for the very young.

Classes

You And Me (Ages 12-36 months) Be the flower while your child becomes the butterfly! These caregiver and child classes use props and materials to stimulate the senses and promote your child’s development of social and motor skills.Register Online

My Friends And Me (Ages 3–5) Older children are ready to play on their own! Students play together, develop relationships, and enter the world of make believe. Through the use of music, movement and dramatic play, these classes ignite your child’s imagination while flexing his or her problem-solving, language, and physical skills.

Register Online

Single-Session Workshops

Sunday Fun-Day

We invite you and your child to bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Each session you leave with a completed craft, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. These popular workshops are themed around beloved children’s books. Best for ages 1-3.*

Schedule Varies – $10 per personRegister Online or call the Box Office at 301-280-1660 Saturday Song Circle 

You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood Teaching Artist (playing a ukulele!) explores a popular children’s book with your family through song and musical instruments, and you will receive a list of all the songs to practice at home. Best for ages 1 month-3 years.* 

Schedule Varies – $6 per person, Register Online or call the Box Office at 301-280-1660. Watch a video preview!

*Though these workshops are recommended up to age 3, we know your 4 & 5 year-old children will enjoy them, too!

Shows

The My First Imagination Stage theatre series offers intimate, interactive performances designed for the very young in our Reeve Theatre. Tickets are on sale online, or at our Box Office (301-280-1660).


telltale heartsFrom Here to There October 25–November 24, 2013. Two friends build bridges from cardboard boxes and use rhythm and vocal play to create a catchy tune. It’s like jumping inside the world of a child’s imagination! Performances are followed by a “free play” session, allowing the audience to explore some of the props! Ages 2-5.

ASL-interpreted show 11/9 at 11:15. 

Tickets  

Watch a video preview!

Try our From Here to There Activity Guide!


aquariumAquarium December 17, 2013–January 26, 2014. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky. Ages 1-5.

ASL-interpreted show 1/11 at 11:15.

Tickets

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inside out 300Inside Out March 1–April 6, 2014. It’s bedtime! But, instead of getting ready for bed, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet! In this interactive show, discover the joy of turning things inside out. Performances include a “free play” session, allowing the audience to explore some items used in the show. Ages 1-5.

ASL-interpreted show 3/15 at 11:15. 

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mouse_onthe_moveMouse on the Move June 28-August 10, 2014 Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese (so they have heard). In this interactive play, there are many opportunities for audience participation. Join us as we all try to reach beyond the stars.  Ages 1-5

Tickets  

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1520 H Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., DC, United States 36.9 mi

In 2003, Frankie and Kim Harris opened Nashville Ghost Tours leading guests to some of the most haunted and historic sites in Music City. Due to the acclaim of the original tour and demand by the public for more stories, the popular Haunted Tavern Tour was created and, more recently, a Haunted Carriage Ride, and Haunted Cemetery tour. Fans of the graveyard tour’s authenticity and performance standards have often requested the Harris’ bring the same quality tours to haunted towns across the nation. In 2008, Louisville Ghost Tours was launched guiding groups to some of Derby City’s most magnificent buildings and haunted sites. The founders are excited about the new Washington DC Ghost Tours, giving them the opportunity to explore the paranormal mysteries behind one of the world’s most haunted cities.

Southern Haunts, a book about haunted places in the SouthBecause of their knowledge in the field of paranormal history, they have often been featured guests on television, in publications, and on radio. The Harris’ have appeared on NBCCBSFOXABCTLCPBSHBO Films, and the documentary Southern Haunts.  2009 has also seen the publication of their first book, Haunted Nashville, giving the authors a new medium to delve deeper in the haunted history of Nashville in a way that they previously could not.

The priority of all of the ghost tours is historical accuracy, engaging entertaining guides, and that all ghost stories related on the tour have a minimum of three independent sources.


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Family Trips

Looking for a fun, exciting and memorable activity for your next family outing?

We offer unique, entertaining, and educational tours. Our tours offer a great way to learn the history and lore of the city. Some refer to our tours as a “sneaky history lesson. We offer a perfect way to cool down in the Summer with a ghost walk in Washington DC.

Group accommodations vary depending on the time of year, please contact our office with any questions at (888) 844-3999.

With years of  tour experience, your family is our top priority. Through the years we have successfully hosted companies such as Microsoft, Dell, and Saturn, as well as hundreds of school and church groups. We have also proudly entertained high profile audiences from many traveling shows including the entire Broadway cast of “Peter Pan.”

 RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

STEP ON GUIDE SERVICE AVAILABLE!

Washington D.C. has a storied and glorious past. The Capital is rich in history and monumental democratic achievements, but behind its gates and within its corridors a darker past is hidden. Conspiracies, crimes of passion, duels, and assassinations are some of the reasons that Washington’s Lafayette Park is known to some as “Tragedy Square.” On the Washington D.C. Ghost Tour your professional tour guide will lead you by lantern light to discover the true hauntings of the six apparitions witnessed at St. John’s Church, the poltergeist of the Hay-Adams Hotel, and the legendary accounts of Lincoln’s ghost within the White House. See for yourself why Washington D.C. is regarded as the nation’s most haunted city.

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100 Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest, Washington, D.C., DC, United States 37.58 mi

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.

In addition to its leadership training programs, the Museum sponsors on-site and traveling exhibitions, educational outreach, Web site, campus outreach and Holocaust commemorations, including the nation’s annual observance in the U.S. Capitol.

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ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE!

GROUPS OF FEWER THAN 40

From September through February, you do not need passes to enter the Permanent Exhibition. From March through August—the Museum’s busy season—passes are required. You may obtain them online in advance for a small service charge or for free in person at the Museum on the day of your visit. The supply of advance and same-day passes is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

FOR FAMILIES

The Museum has many activities appropriate for families with young children. Pick up a Family Guide (PDF) at the Information Desk to learn more about Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story, an exhibition for children age eight and up, and activities like exploring the Children’s Tile Wall.

The Museum recommends the Permanent Exhibition for visitors age 11 and up.

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2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., DC, United States 37.77 mi

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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5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, United States 63.07 mi

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. We offer programs for School as part of a School Field trip, Family programs as well offer Teacher Workshops and College Student programs. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning.

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Family Trips at the Winterthur 

Especially for Families

Winterthur welcomes families! Spend special time together as you explore the museum and the garden at your own pace. Discover the delights that await you around every corner, and return again and again as your children grow.

View the Calendar of Events to see a schedule of special family programs.


Outside Fun

Stretch your legs and your imaginations! Explore the 60 acres of delightful naturalistic garden created and envisioned by the museum’s founder Henry Francis du Pont. You’ll be sure to find special spots that delight each member of your family in any season. Take a stroll along the garden and woodland paths or take a narrated tram ride. While you munch on your picnic, spy chipmunks, birds, and other wildlife.

Garden trams and the museum shuttle bus are wheelchair and stroller accessible.


Inside Fun

We have several different types of spaces for you and your family to experience indoors.

 

Self-Guided Activities

  • Have a pretend tea party or play in the general store in the Touch-It Room.
  • Pick up a Preschool Pack on your way to visit the Galleries.
  • On Saturdays a Hands On History Cart is available to help visitors of all ages explore themes related to special exhibitions.

Guided Tours

All tours of the house require reservations and are presented by guides who are happy to engage visitors of all ages.  In many cases, babies and strollers are welcome! Children age eight and older will also enjoy a broad range of in-depth tours.

  • The Introductory Tour unveils H. F. du Pont’s home and collection.
  • Experience the Once Upon a Family Tour, designed especially for children ages 4–11 and their families (March through October; 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.).
  • Enjoy a Yuletide or other seasonal tour.

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The Museum

Tour the house to see exquisite spaces in which Henry Francis du Pont entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and objects added since his death. These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight.

In the Galleries, explore unique displays crafted by Winterthur curators with selections from the collection of nearly 90,000 objects. These spaces are devoted to themes such as the history of style and specific media, including furniture, ceramics and glass, metals, textiles, and paintings and prints.  Return often, as the displays in these spaces often are changed.

Be sure to visit the Galleries’ special exhibitions featuring Winterthur objects or loans from other collections.  In the Dorrance Gallery, don’t miss the world-renowned Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens.

The Library

The Winterthur Library was established in 1952 to furnish staff, students, and the general public with research materials about American decorative arts. Since then it has become a recognized research center for advanced study and is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America’s artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the twentieth century.

The library, located in the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Research Building, is open to all interested readers without appointment or charge, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; it is closed on legal holidays. Staff welcomes inquiries and will respond in as timely a manner as possible.

The holdings of the library are cataloged in WinterCat, an online catalog available at Winterthur as well as through Winterthur’s web site. Bibliographic records of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and photographs are added daily to WinterCat, offering researchers an opportunity to inquire about the full range of the library’s holdings. The library’s bibliographic records are contributed to WorldCat, a comprehensive online resource maintained by OCLC.

Garden

Winterthur’s 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life’s work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature’s beauty.

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800-899 N Madison St, Wilmington, DE, United States 63.71 mi

As part of the celebration of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Delaware’s American Bicentennial Commission formed the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame with University of Delaware football coach ”Tubby” Raymond at the helm and Al Cartwright, chair of the hall of fame subcommittee

For periods of time, inductee’s plaques were placed on display at the Grand Opera House, Bank of Delaware, the Wilmington Senior Center and the Balick Store. In later years a search for a permanent home began in earnest.

Horse racing exhibitThe quest finally paid off when in 1993 the Delaware Sports Authority allocated what would become 5000 square feet for a permanent home for the Hall and Museum at the new Daniel Frawley Stadium built for the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Click on the museum page for special exhibits and other happenings on the Wilmington Riverfront.


 

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Family Trips at the Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame

Located at Frawley Stadium – on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware -the museum offers visitors the opportunity to see and hear Delaware sports figures describe their experiences.

Visitors will witness Hall of Famer “Judy” Johnson tell his story to a young fan. Relive athletes winning Olympic Gold Medals, the University of Delaware’s NCAA Football titles, exhibits honoring Delaware’s Special Olympians, pro baseball, football, basketball and soccer teams.

The Museum has computers and touch screens which allow visitors to learn about all inductees, Special Olympics and individual sports halls of fame.

Delaware sports history from Civil War days to the present comes alive through photos, audio & video presentations, artifacts, and memorabilia. Decade by decade exhibits tell the story of the accomplishments of the First State’s athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, sportswriters and broadcasters. Over two hundred and twenty people have been inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. Visitors can access special computers with biographies and photos.

THE “HALLWAY OF THE DECADES”

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2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE, United States 63.88 mi

It might seem that an institution like a museum is carved in stone, but since its founding in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum has actually changed a great deal. Our Centennial Timeline, installed in the Museum’s Orientation Hallway, is a look at how things were and how they have changed, both here at the Museum and in the community that we serve. To put the Museum’s historical achievements in context, the Timeline mirrors notable Museum milestones with important local and world events.

A century ago, the Museum started life with an original purchase of approximately 100 Howard Pyle paintings. That collection has grown to include 12,000 works of art by great American masters such as Winslow Homer, artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and well-known American illustrators. The Museum’s name and physical space have also changed considerably. Originally called the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, and then the Delaware Art Center, the Museum officially became the Delaware Art Museum in the early 1970s. And although we spent decades traveling around—with no permanent gallery space—the Museum now encompasses 80,000 square feet of exhibition and administrative space, four studio art classrooms, and a sprawling 9-acre sculpture park—the first of its kind in the region.

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KIDS’ CORNER

Kids’ Corner is a unique area within the Museum where children finally have the freedom to touch the art on the walls and even design their own artwork.The first part of Kids’ Corner that children usually visit asks the question, “What Can You Create?”  A gigantic white wall is covered in pegs for hanging colored pieces of foam.  Young artists are encouraged to think of the wall as a blank canvas and the foam pieces as paint.  They can use as many pieces as they like and leave their masterpiece up for others to see.

Next, in the Artist’s Studio, curious children will have fun using large magnetic puzzle pieces to create works of art represented in the Museum’s collection. Remember, this is their chance to touch actual painted works. The Story Station provides couches, chairs, and a small library of children’s books.  Adults can relax and share one of the many stories available with their kids.  All of the stories are related to art in some way.

Finally, the Elements of Art allows for direct interaction with three reproductions of the Museum’s priceless works.  By feeling a painting’s texture and changing its colors and line patterns, these elements become easy to understand in the world of art.

PUBLIC TOURS

Docents lead public tours every weekend. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Highlights tour focusing on the Museum’s collection at 1:00 p.m. and a tour of a particular exhibition at 2:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays

Highlights Tour at 1:00 p.m.

Exhibition Tour at 2:00 p.m.

Tours are free with admission

THE ART OF STORYTELLING

The Art of Storytelling is an interactive program for children produced through a collaboration between the Delaware Art Museum and Night Kitchen Interactive, a multimedia design firm specializing in online learning and interactive exhibitions.

The Art of Storytelling website was created to allow online visitors to engage with our collections in a unique and creative way. Beyond experiencing our rich variety of art works in the traditional museum setting, this online project allows visitors to create their own pictures and stories inspired by works in the Museum. These visitor creations can then be shared, both as an email to a friend and published to this site as an entry for all to experience.For more information on Night Kitchen Interactive, please visithttp://www.whatscookin.com or contact the Education Department at the Museum by calling 302-571-9590 ext. 509.Click here to visit http://www.artofstorytelling.org.

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1124 E 7th St, Wilmington, DE, United States 64.32 mi

The Original Kalmar Nyckel

The original Kalmar Nyckel was one of America’s pioneering colonial ships. Its historical significance rivals that of the Mayflower, yet her remarkable story has never been widely told.

Did you know…

The original Kalmar Nyckel sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638 leaving its passengers to establish the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, the Colony of New Sweden in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She made a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic—more than any other ship of the era. Her first voyage to the New World left 24 settlers of Swedish, Finnish, German and Dutch descent in the Delaware Valley. Joining them was a black freedman who sailed from the Caribbean aboard her companion ship the Fogel Grip.

The Present Day Kalmar Nyckel

The present day Kalmar Nyckel serves as Delaware’s seagoing goodwill ambassador. She was built by a group of committed citizens to be a continuing witness to the courage and spirit of those individuals who undertook the mid-winter North Atlantic crossing in 1637-1638.

Since 1998, the ship has served as an outreach platform for the State of Delaware and a catalyst for social and economic development. The ship provides a unique platform for the Foundation’s educational programming as well as a venue for diplomatic, recreational, governmental and commemorative functions. The ship is owned and operated by the Kalmar NyckelFoundation, a non-profit organization that offers people of all ages a variety of sea and land based learning and recreational experiences.

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Public Sails and Tours

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Enjoy a Timeless Adventure!

Sail on Kalmar Nyckel:

The Kalmar Nyckel offers a wide array of sailing opportunities — from April through October.   Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel  — or become a “pirate” with the crew on special pirate sails.

To choose your sail, please click on the Sail/Tour Schedule on your left and browse by date or location. While tickets may also be purchased at the dock prior to a scheduled sail, it is best to make reservations.  That way you can be sure there is room and so we have your contact information in case a sail is cancelled due to weather concerns. To reserve your tickets, please call the Kalmar Nyckel office at (302) 429-7447.

In Chestertown, Kalmar Nyckel will be participating in the Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend November 1st through 4th.  Join the tall ship fleet for a sail down the Chester River, lined with gorgeous fall colors.  For information about the festival and tickets to sail please visithttp://www.sultanaprojects.com/downrigging/index.htm

Pirate Sails

Ahoy Mateys! Come Sail on Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Landlubbers — come walk the plank of this authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th-Century Dutch Pinnace.  Our crew don pirate and sailor garb, and guests are encouraged to dress up as well!  The kids will enjoy a pirate story or help raise the Jolly Roger, and the adults will enjoy a history talk.  Both kids and adults can try their hand at a scavenger hunt with a treasure at the end!  See the ship’s cannons and imagine being at the helm of this magnificent vessel.  Join our captain and a crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas! Visit our Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.

Tour Kalmar Nyckel

In select locations, join the crew for a memorable deck tour of Kalmar Nyckel.  Our crew will talk with guests about the ship, its special place in history and what made it unique in 1638 and today.  Kids can ring our ship’s bell, march around the capstan, and steer the ship using the whipstaff (1630’s helm technology predating the wheel).  Check out her carvings from the dock before you step aboard.  The stern carvings are all newly-painted with period-correct hues, and our gilded figurehead, “Leo the Lion,” shows his fierce teeth!  These 10-15 minute tours are offered for a nominal charge.  Please visit our Sail/Tour Schedule for more information.

For more information, please contact us at: 

Email: info@kalmarnyckel.org

Phone: 302-429-7447

Please note that due to the nature of the weather and conditions beyond our control, the Ship’s schedule is subject to change without notice. 

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755 South Park Drive, Salisbury, MD, United States 87.03 mi

The Salisbury Zoological Park is committed to enhancing our quality of life by providing a friendly, relaxing environment where educational and recreational opportunities come together through participation and interaction. With its animals, staff, volunteers, and park-like setting, the zoo encourages an appreciation of wildlife and inspires conservation of our natural world.

Zoo Tours

Tours are available for schools and civic groups, and need to be pre-booked. Call 410-546-3440 or go to the education section in our website.

Come see the Sloth at the Salisbury Zoo

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All sessions of ZooCamp teach an appreciation for and understanding of animals and nature through live animal interactions, animal observations, environmental games, arts & crafts, and many other exciting activities. ZooCamp sessions emphasize the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship. Each session focuses on a different aspect of animal life. Sessions are offered for children entering grades K-8. All sessions of ZooCamp are aligned with Maryland State Curriculum Standards for Science.

 Summer Camp

  
Zoo Camps are a wonderful way to engage your child this spring or summer in a fun filled, all about animals experience. Gift Certificates can be purchased for camp(s) by contacting the Education Department at 410.546.3440.  Click here to download ZooCamp information.

Home School Workshops

Home School Workshops provide the opportunity for teaching parents to provide their children a fun, science themed, educational workshop.  Workshops are geared for multilevel age groups and are held at the Salisbury Zoo Education Center.  Each workshop includes a discussion on the given topic, live animal presentations, when available and a hands-on activity or game.

Storytime

This free program is intended for preschool children and their parents. Four and five year old children and accompanying adults are invited to join Wildlife Interpreters for an animal story, fun and sometimes silly songs and games and related craft project. This program is not intended for large groups or daycare centers.
Feel free to join us every Tuesdays at 10:00 am, March through November.

Wild Parties

Whether you are turning two years old or seventy-four years old, a Wild Party at the Zoo is a great way to celebrate. You can schedule a party to celebrate any occasion, not only your birthday!
For only $85, Friends of the Salisbury Zoo members ($100 non-members) can celebrate with the animals. Party-goers will enjoy making animal buttons and having Zoo animals join the party.  The birthday boy or girl receives a special gift from the Salisbury Zoo! We provide the craft materials and the animal presentation for the party.  You provide the decorations, food and of course, the guests. The party is scheduled for an hour and a half which allows plenty of time to eat cake and ice cream and to open gifts.  After the party, participants can enjoy exploring through the Zoo and time playing on Ben’s Red Swings playground.
Wild Parties take place in the ESBA Education Center and can be scheduled year-round. Because the party takes place inside, the program is not weather-dependent.

 

Party Rules and Regulations

Wild Party Flyer

To find out more information on family programs, contact the Education Department.

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States 88.38 mi

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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Family & Children’s Programs

Let your creativity soar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Explore a wide range of interactive programs designed for families with children ages 3–12. From large scale Special Family Events to intimate gallery tours, families can discover the world of art together.

Family Programs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers plenty of Family Programs that allow children and parents to learn, create, and most important, have fun together. All programs and events are free. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Services Desk.

Family Celebrations

Family Celebrations showcase local and nationally recognized performance groups for an experience that combines the magic of the visual and performing arts. The Balcony Studio features art projects inspired by artwork in the Museum’s collections.

Children’s Art Classes

Museum teachers guide children through fun and informative experiences in the galleries followed by hands-on projects in the studios. Children in Ages 3-4 and Ages 3-5 classes must be accompanied by an adult (who attends free) for the gallery portion of the class. All children must be toilet trained. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required, and fees are nonrefundable unless the Museum cancels the class.

The winter session of art classes begin the week of January 21, 2014. You may register your child by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks for the Winter semester beginning December 10th at 10:00 a.m. To register by phone, call (215) 235-SHOW (7469). A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to all phone orders (member $2.50, nonmember $3.50). There is no service charge for reservations made at the Museum.

Tuition assistance is available upon request.

Self-Guided Family Tours

Audio Guides for Children
Art comes to life with the American Art Kids Tour and the Arms and Armor Tour, interactive audio guides written especially for children ages 6–10. To learn more, inquire at the Visitor Services Desks located in the East and West entrances.

Self-Guided Family Tours
Explore the Museum at your own pace with a free, printed family guide that includes information about selected works of art and artists as well as looking questions and fun activities.

Make Art At Home activities invite families to extend their Museum visit by having engaging, creative time together at home. Children can learn about masterpieces from the Museum’s vast collections and then create their own work of art in response.

For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at (215) 684-7580, by fax at (215) 236-4063, or by e-mail at educate@philamuseum.org.

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1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States 88.55 mi

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications.

Family Trips & Programs

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For Parents and Families

Whether it’s camp, field trips, birthday parties, or more, sign-up for enjoyable and memorable programs for families and children. You can also participate in family-friendly festivals and museum activities.

Birthday Parties at the Academy

With a T. rex that has celebrated millions of birthdays, the Academy really knows how to throw a party! Celebrate your child’s special day with dinosaurs, butterflies, hands-on activities, and personalized attention from our staff.

Our Birthday Parties…

  • Are for children ages 3 and up
  • Are 2 hours long
  • Are available at 10:30 am or 2:00 pm on Saturdays or Sundays
  • Include free admission to the museum

For More Information on their Birthday Party Packages click here

Family Field Trips and Workshops

The Academy invites you and your family to share in one or more of fun and educational field trips and workshops that are held on selected weekends throughout the year. They are designed for children ages seven and up.

For more information about the programs, contact Hollie Barattolo at barattolo@ansp.org.

Safari Overnights

Experience the Academy After Dark. Enjoy interactive activities and meet some of our live animals—all with the guidance of the Academy’s experienced naturalists! Break to socialize and enjoy refreshments and snacks. Sleep next to lions, tigers, or Tyrannosaurus rex. Awake to a light breakfast and more exploration. Each child receives a participation patch.

For more information on their Safari Overnight Program and Schedule Click here

Tiny Tot Explorers

Young children and their favorite adults can join us in exploring nature through games, crafts, songs, and museum lorations. Tiny Tots Explorers (ages 3–4) meet from 10–11 am on Wednesday mornings in Outside In. We will provide an appropriate snack.

You may register for a single session or the entire series. Session size is limited to ten adult/child pairs.

For more information and Session dates and Times Click Here

Festivals and Events

The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts a wide variety of Events and Festivals through out the year.

Click here to see what is happening when!

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1113-31 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States 88.91 mi

In the city where freedom rings, you’re free to rock at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia! Located in the historic Reading terminal train station, this popular downtown nightspot is just blocks away from the birthplace of America: Independence Hall. Take in the sights, shop nearby at the largest urban enclosed mall, then celebrate your independence and this great nation where rock ‘n’ roll was born – at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia.

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The limited-edition merchandise will be available in stores and the Online Rock Shop, with 15% of the retail price of both the pin and t-shirt benefiting The Fender Music Foundation and The Jimi Hendrix Park FoundationThe Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation is raising funds for a park in Seattle that will motivate youth and others to achieve in music and art. The Fender Music Foundation provides resources for music programs across America, so that kids and adults alike will have an opportunity to experience the joys of music.


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Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia

Family Visits

 

Come one come all, we are a family friendly restaurant that has a diverse playlist. Music evolves with each generations taste. Great scratched based kitchen to provide you with that same great food each time you visit the Hard Rock Cafe! Located at the Terminal station, in Philadelphia, come join us for Breakfast, lunch or dinner on your way through the city of Philadelphia. Our Rock shop has something for everyone from tee shirts to drum sticks! Celebrate your special occasions with us, birthdays, graduations, and everything in between! So, if you are visiting Philadelphia or planning on coming to the City where freedom rings, stop by for a bite to eat and enjoy the only place dedicated to Rock N’ Roll. For everyone in the area, Hard Rock Philadelphia welcomes you to join us for some great food, great tunes and great merchandise. 

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Make your Hard Rock Experience more Awesome by visiting the ROCK SHOP and get your exclusive Hard Rock Memorabilia and get something that will make your stop at Hard Rock Philadelphia a memory that will always last!

SPECIAL EVENTS

TIME TO STRIKE UP YOUR BAND!

Looking for a unique way to have your next birthday party, family gathering, or just in the mood of having a large get together somewhere that has great food and music? Look no further the Hard Rock Philadelphia! Events, like great music are born of inspiration. We pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional experience with a rock ‘n’ roll twist for each of our guests. We start by putting ourselves in your shoes.

From “Acoustic to Full Blown Productions!”

You want more than just another venue to make a lasting impression…

  • Milestone Celebrations
  • Meet & Greets
  • Family Gatherings
  • Birthday to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Wonder if the event menu is only burgers?! Hardly! While our standard fare has raving fans across the world, and features smoke house ribs & chicken, and fresh wild Alaskan salmon, we create awesome menus for even the most discerning tastes! And we love dessert!! We impress rock stars with incredible backstage culinary delights. Its time to give your group the VIP experience.

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5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473, United States 89.07 mi

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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525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States 89.43 mi

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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1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA, United States 96.46 mi

Hawk Mountain is the ideal outdoor destination. The 2,600-acre Sanctuary offers superb hiking in every season, the chance to see large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons each autumn, and in spring, the chance to enjoy comfortable weather, Mountain Laurel blooms, and returning songbirds. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world`s first refuge for birds of prey, and a leader in the study and protection of our magnificent hawks, eagles and falcons.

At Hawk Mountain, we know first hand how moved people are to see a hawk soar across the sky. That`s why raptors, or “birds of prey” make such a compelling focus for learning. Here, we study birds of prey, monitor their annual, amazing migrations, and use our findings to train young conservationists and educate the public.

To help connect more people with nature and, in particular, birds of prey, Hawk Mountain operates a 2,600-acre Sanctuary open to the public year-round. But whether the birds fly or not, Hawk Mountain still boasts an incredible view, 8 miles of trails and its rich conservation legacy. Some highlights:

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Learn more by watching our introductory video. When you visit Hawk Mountain, you can enjoy:

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