Day Trips in Philadelphia

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If you eventually tire of running up and down the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, there are plenty of places nearby that can make for excellent day trips. Here are some of the more interesting cities to visit and what you can expect to do there.

New Jersey

You can make the trip to Atlantic City in just sixty minutes and spend the day (or night) in the casinos and soaking up the nightlife. As "The Boss" has proven in song, it's definitely worth a visit. Or you can travel just thirty minutes further to experience some of New Jersey's best beaches. Ocean City has long since been one of America's top family resorts, with a no-alcohol policy and a fabulous boardwalk. Cape May Island is a great place to go whale watching or try your hand at parasailing. Leave your car on the mainland and hire a bike for the day, as it's relatively flat and small.

Pennsylvania

There are several places in Pennsylvania that are within easy driving distance of Philadelphia. Harrisburg, the state capital, is only a two hour drive. You can visit the Railroad Yards, the State Capital Building or the Civil War Museum. If you have more than one day to spare, stop at Hershey Park on your way back to Philadelphia and treat yourself to a day of amusement parks and chocolate. Lancaster is only an hour and a half from Philadelphia and includes such historic sites as the Strasburg Railroad Museum and the Fulton Opera House. Don't forget that you're in Amish Country, and be sure to visit some of the farms and shops. The kids will love the Maize Maze. Or you can drive the one hour and ten minutes to Allentown to visit one of the nation's oldest amusement parks, Dorney Park. You can also stop at the Allentown Art Museum and the Da Vinci Science Center. Kids will love the Crayola Factory where they can watch the crayon-making process.

New York

New York City is just one hour and forty-five minutes away, but be prepared for an extra forty-five minutes of traffic. Still, if you have your heart set on seeing the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center and the Ellis Island Immigration Center, then it's definitely worth the round trip.

Washington, D.C.

Likewise, the nation's capital is about two and half hours in the other direction. But history enthusiasts will love touring the Capital Building and the White House, not to mention the Smithsonian museums and the monuments scattered around the National Mall.

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August 26, 2009 change by tiffanymparker

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