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On the Way to Cape May - Via Philadelphia and Atlantic City

Program Number: 21307RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/6/2014 - 6/12/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture; Homes & Gardens
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Join us to explore the best of bustling Philadelphia and Cape May, N.J., with a stop at glorious Atlantic City along the way! Time travel from the 18th century to the present, beginning in historically rich Philadelphia, home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Then head to charming Cape May, a seaside resort town on the Atlantic Ocean at the southernmost tip of New Jersey. Here, discover an arts community boasting the second largest number of beautifully restored Victorian homes in the nation. En route, explore the “Boardwalk Empire” of Atlantic City.


• Discover the contrasts of the cultural metropolis of Philadelphia and the lively coastal city of Cape May, N.J.
• Follow an architecture trail that dates from Georgian Philadelphia to Victorian Cape May.
• Enjoy a visit to Atlantic City, NJ, with lunch at a well known restaurant that was popular during Prohibition.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on varied terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Philadelphia, Pa., 3 nights; coach to Cape May, N.J., 3 nights; coach to Philadelphia, Pa., departure.

Coordinated by The Philadelphia Society For The Preservation Of Landmarks.


An appealing and walkable metropolis, 300-year-old Philadelphia is steeped in the beliefs that founded the American Revolution and today is a vibrant city of diverse neighborhoods and internationally recognized cultural institutions.

Philadelphia: Private hotel in the Rittenhouse Square District. Cape May: Modern, oceanfront hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters Hotel
  Philadelphia, PA 3 nights
   The Grand Hotel of Cape May
  Cape May 3 nights
 Club Quarters Hotel
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920s in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank. Our meals are in Davios restaurant (one of Philadelphia's finest). This stylish, upscale restaurant offers a variety of Northern Italian specialties. Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award 2000, 2004, 2005. Wine Spectator Magazine "Award of Excellence" 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The hotel is ideally located in the Rittenhouse Square District and close to, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and centered around world-class dining restaurants and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. Located in the heart of the city's Business District at 1628 Chestnut Street and within walking distance of most cultural, historical, and family oriented attractions including Rittenhouse Square, Antique Row and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and restaurants and easily accessible to the convention Center, 30th Street train station, and major universities. It’s restaurant/bar, Davio's, is a famous Northern Italian style restaurant.
  Contact info: 1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
  Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access, 2 line speaker phone, voicemail, HDTV cable television, hair dryer, tea/coffee/maker, iron, room service. Mini refrigerator and microwave available in some rooms. Please contact Road Scholar Customer Service if you will need a mini refrigerator.
  Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour Member Service Desk, free purified chilled bottle water on all floors, fitness room and delivery of exercise equipment to room free of charge, automatic Gold Status on your first stay, complimentary coffee and snack station, restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 2014 $119 + 15.5%tax Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 The Grand Hotel of Cape May
Type: Hotel
  Description: The oceanfront Grand Hotel of Victorian Cape May with its two huge sun decks, is dedicated to recreating the grandeur of a by-gone era while providing all of the modern comforts and conveniences for a most enjoyable stay.
  Contact info: 1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-5611
  Room amenities: Full Bath, Vanity Area with Hair Dryer, Serta Pillow Top King Bed, American Leather Double Sleeper Sofa with ultra comfortable Tempur-Pedic Mattress, Electronic Safe, 3 cubic ft. compact Beverage Refrigerator, Microwave Oven, Coffee Maker(bring your favorite coffee!)
  Facility amenities: Sun decks, Indoor and Outdoor heated pools, Indoor whirlpool, restaurant, night club, game room, coin operated laundromat.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Market rate Call hotel directly
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 You will be staying at Club Quarters Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 noon You will be staying at The Grand Hotel of Cape May the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Across the street from Club Quarters Hotel at Liberty Place 1 & 2 complex. Entrance on 17th St between Market & Chestnut. $24 per day with the 35% discount from Club Quarters- parking ticket must be validated by the desk clerk at Club Quarters.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Philadelphia, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Wilmington DE and Trenton NJ
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95 and Interstate 76
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia Internation Airport - PHL
  From End of Program
  Location:  Cape May
  Nearest highway: Garden State Parkway
  Nearest airport:  Atlantic City
Travel Details

Parking garage





None - Car Required
Across from hotel


Per Person/One Way:


$22 Liberty Place - $15 at Latimer for 24 hours
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Liberty Place garage 24 hrs $212across from hotel- easy in and out access 


Latimer Discount Parking is 4.5 blocks from the hotel. Latimer Garage- 1510 Latimer Street (Between Locust & Spruce) $15 for 24 hrs incl. tax: 215-545- 9274 CASH ONLY – no credit cards. Attendant parks and retrieves the car. After parking, exit garage and turn left on Latimer St, cross 16th, at 17th & Latimer St turn right and walk four blocks to 17th & Chestnut St. Hotel entrance is next to Rite Aid Drugstore on corner . .




From Airport




Public Transportation
SEPTA R1 High Speed Airport Train
phone: www-sep-taor xg


Per Person/One Way:


$5.50 normal fare. Seniors with a medicare card it is $1.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


25 minutes 




Hotel is 4 blocks


For Club Quarters - exit at 30th Street and take a taxi to the Hotel ($10.00 for the cab up to 4 persons in the cab) or continue on train to Suburban Station at 16th & JFK Blvd and take a taxi $4.00 or you can walk. Cross JFK at 17th St and walk to Chestnut St (5 blocks) turn left. the hotel is next door to the Rite aid on the corner of 17th & Chestnut Sts..




From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Lady Liberty
phone: 215-724-8888


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 minutes- dependant on traffic 




8 miles


Lady Liberty is the only commercial van shuttle to hotels in the Philadelphia area. The van stops at every terminal for pick-up and drops off at the hotel closest to farthest out from the airport. There is no need for a reservation. Sometimes there could be delays in pick-up due to heavy volume of travelers.


30th Street-Philadelphia


From Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 


Pick up any cab at 30th Street Station. The hotel is 14 blocks from the station




From Airport




Any Taxi


Per Person/One Way:


$28.50 per person
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes depending on traffic and rush hour travel 




8 miles


Any taxi from the airport will charge a flat rate for the cab. The cab will hold up to 4 persons.

Driving Directions
  North, South, East, West From South: Take I-95 NORTH to 676 WEST to BROAD STREET exit which feeds into 15th STREET, Turn RIGHT onto JFK BLVD, then LEFT onto 17th STREET and LEFT onto CHESTNUT STREET. Hotel Club Quarters is next door to Rite Aid on CORNER OF 16th STREET AND CHESTNUT. 1628 Chestnut street -ZIP 19103 From North/West: PA 476 SOUTH to 76 EAST to 676 EAST to BROAD STREET... From East: I-95 SOUTH to 676 WEST to Broad Street...
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-In, Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Free Evening
(Friday, June 6)
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION 4:00 PM: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation.

ORIENTATION at 4:30: We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and contact numbers for key staff; and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather or other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner is at Davio's located off the hotel lobby. Considered the leading Northern Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, Davio’s at Club Quarters has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” and awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for five consecutive years. The dining room with its high ceilings and arched windows is a backdrop for expertly prepared regional Italian foods.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: The remainder of the evening is free for you to explore the neighborhood on your own, begin making new friends, or just relax from your travels and have a good night's rest to prepare for the day ahead.
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Physick House, Pennsylvania Hospital, Reading Terminal Market/Performance
(Saturday, June 7)

Note: Moderate walking around 6 city blocks. Stairs at The Physick House and Pennsylvania Hospital.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a tasty breakfast at Davio's including your choice of hot and cold cereals, hard boiled eggs, pastries, bagels, yogurt, juices, fruit, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Morning: FIELD TRIP: Physick House. This piece of living history provides a glimpse of early 19th Century life. Now owned and maintained by Philadelphia Landmarks, the house was built in 1786. Dr. Philip Syng Physick (1768-1837), who later became known as the “Father of American Surgery,” took up residence in 1815 and lived there until his death in 1837. The four-story brick building is the only free-standing Federal townhouse remaining in Society Hill, an exceptional example of the style. In addition to period rooms, the second floor of the Physick residence is devoted to a medical museum depicting the amazing career of Dr. Physick, as well as a collection of medical instruments from that era. FIELD TRIP: Following our visit we will take a short excursion through the neighborhood of Society Hill admiring the 18th Century architecture as we walk in the footsteps of Dr. Physick and Dr. Benjamin Rush, en route to Pennsylvania Hospital, founded in 1751. The first hospital in the U.S., it has been the setting for many firsts including noteworthy medical, historical, and cultural milestones. Our educator will share this history with us and show us the first operating room as well as several historic exhibits and paintings.
 Morning: LECTURE: on 18th Century life in Philadelphia, concluding with the story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, in which Dr. Physick played a key role in saving lives, as one of the few courageous doctors who remained in the city to care for the sick during the outbreak. He rose to fame as a 25-year-old hero, surviving the disease himself.
 Lunch: LUNCH: Our bus will take us to the Reading Terminal Market for lunch and a private market walking tour, during which there will be plenty of time to savor Philadelphia culinary specialties and locally grown produce.
 Afternoon: AFTERNOON: We will pass begin our introduction to Victorian architecture as we stroll back to our hotel passing such landmarks as the glorious Philadelphia City Hall, built in the French Second Renaissance style, and the nearby Masonic Temple. City Hall is the largest municipal building in the country; the Masonic Temple is beyond description - each of its seven ceremonial rooms is decorated in a different architectural style, reflecting Greek, Renaissance, Egyptian and Moorish décor. Following this walk, everyone will have a bit of free time to rest and relax before dinner and tonight’s performance.
 Dinner: We will have dinner at City Tavern. Step back into the 18th century,when a revolution was brewing, ale was flowing and dining was an experience.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: After dinner we will walk 2.5 blocks to The Arden theater to see the play "Incorruptible" At a decrepit medieval monastery in France, a traveling one-eyed con artist teaches the desperate monks an outrageous new way to pay old debts. In this dark comedy set in the Dark Ages, Philadelphia playwright Michael Hollinger (Opus, Ghost-Writer) asks the burning question: “What happens when faith alone can’t pay the bills?”
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Victorian Philadelphia and the Union League/ Independence Hall & Liberty Bell/ Free Evening
(Sunday, June 8)
 Breakfast: Enjoy a tasty breakfast at Davio's including your choice of hot and cold cereals, hard boiled eggs, pastries, bagels, yogurt, juices, fruit, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE:: Just a few blocks from our hotel is the Union League on Broad Street, a true Victorian landmark founded in 1861. Our Civil War educator will talk about the history of the League, a private club established in 1860 to support the North both financially and politically during the Civil War. We will highlight the pieces from this organization’s outstanding collection – including the podium from which Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. It is one of Philadelphia’s best kept secrets and the collection is on limited display through 2015.
 Lunch: Brunch following our morning lecture
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We will visit to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. After visiting this site, part of Independence National Historical Park, we will visit and hear about the significance of the Liberty Bell, the official bell of the Pennsylvania State House which rang many times for public announcements in its day. We will return to the hotel at the conclusion of the field trip, and you will have the remainder of the afternoon and evening to yourselves to explore and discover Philadelphia on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own and the evening is free for you to visit with friends or explore other aspects of Philadelphia.
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Atlantic City Boardwalk/ Lucy The Elephant/The Shore Road/Cape May
(Monday, June 9)

Note: Leisurely stroll along the Boardwalk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean/stairs into Lucy the Elephant

 Breakfast: Enjoy a tasty breakfast at Davio's including the addition of a hot food plus your choice of hot and cold cereals, hard boiled eggs, pastries, bagels, yogurt, juices, fruit, coffee and tea.
 Morning: DEPARTURE: After loading our suitcases onto the bus, we will depart for the New Jersey Coast which is an hour from Philadelphia to enjoy a full day of activities. FIELD TRIP: starting in Atlantic City, we will meet our educator who will evoke memories of Boardwalk Empire, Casinos and The Miss America Pageant. Stroll the Boardwalk and inhale the sea air and breezes from The Atlantic Ocean
 Lunch: Lunch will be in Atlantic City on The Boardwalk
 Afternoon: Afternoon: In Transit: On the Way to Cape May...FIELD TRIP: As we take the shore road, we will visit "Lucy the Elephant" in Margate, an important landmark dating from the Victorian Era. Originally built in 1881 with the intention of encouraging real-estate investment on the Jersey Shore, this landmark has been a restaurant, a tavern, a house and a tourist attraction. After a move and extensive renovations in the 1970s, it reopened for public tours. After this stop, we will continue the journey south. Enjoy the sights as we pass through the shore towns of Avalon, Stone Harbor and Wildwood to reach our destination, Cape May. ORIENTATION: We will have a relaxed session to review the Cape May schedule and discuss any updates. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore a bit on your own or just relax on the verandah with new friends.
 Dinner: RECEPTION: We will have a "Welcome to Cape May" reception at 5:00 pm for shared conviviality before dinner. DINNER: Enjoy a three-course dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: Become oriented to Cape May with a stroll on the Promenade
Accommodations: The Grand Hotel of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cape May Living History, Great Inferno Field Trip, Victorian Passions. Patriotic Music
(Tuesday, June 10)

Note: Boarding trolley

 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet in the hotel
 Morning: Learn the history of Cape May
 Morning: Take a trolley tour on your way to the Emlen Physick Estate
 Lunch: Lunch at the Cafe
 Afternoon: Take a tour of the Emlen Physick Estate
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the hotel
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Dr. Emlen Physick and His World. Our living history interpreter will provide an introduction to the Victorian era as seen through the eyes of Cape May’s most notable citizen and lay the groundwork for the notable characters you will “meet” over the next several days. Cape May had been attracting Philadelphians and others who "resorted" here for more than a century. Emlen Physick was the descendant of two famous and wealthy Philadelphia families, yet chose to move here at the age of 21 upon earning his medical degree from Pennsylvania Hospital.
Accommodations: The Grand Hotel of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Learn about Cape May's Victorian Architecture and the growth of the Sea Side Resort and take a Trolley tour of the Mansions by the Sea
(Wednesday, June 11)

Note: Moderate walking and stair climbing

 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet in the hotel
 Morning: Lectures on Victorian Architecture and the growth of this Sea Side Resort
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel
 Afternoon: Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel
 Evening: PRESENTATION: John Philip Sousa. Learn about America's renowned "March King." John Philip Sousa had a long attachment to Cape May. He and his wife honeymooned here for six months as he composed one of his operettas. He returned with President Harrison’s Marine Band and played on the lawn of Congress Hall Hotel. To commemorate the occasion, he composed a march in its honor. This audio-visual program provides the history of Sousa’s life as well as the patriotic fervor of his music.
Accommodations: The Grand Hotel of Cape May
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast and return to Philadelphia
(Thursday, June 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: FREE MORNING: Take this opportunity to explore more of Cape May on your own before returning to Philadelphia
 In Transit: We will depart Cape May in our private bus at 9:30 and plan to arrive at Philadelphia International airport by Noon for those of you departing by airplane. Our bus will also drop off at 30th Street Station for Amtrak (trains) or take you to a hotel if you are staying in the city.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Philadelphia, PA Academy Of Natural Science of Drexel University
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America's oldest natural history museum and one of the world leaders in biodiversity and environmental research. The Academy carries out its mission to encourage and cultivate the sciences, exploring the diversity of the natural world and sharing these discoveries through innovative exhibits, publications, and educational programming. Open 10 am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday and 10 am–5 pm, Weekends and Holidays For additional information, visit
  American Swedish Historical Museum
The oldest Swedish Museum in the United States. Founded in 1926, the Museum has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American cultural heritage and traditions for more than 80 years. Open Tuesday – Friday, 10 to 4 and Saturday- Sunday, 12 to 4 For additional information, visit
  Atwater Kent Museum
The Atwater Kent Philadelphia History Museum is the only cultural institution solely dedicated to Philadelphia history, from the founding of the city in 1680 to the present today. Come here to see how Philadelphians have come to be known for their passion, the ability to join together during adversity, and their capacity to rebound and innovate. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For additional information, visit
  Barnes Foundation
Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. For additional information, visit
  Battleship New Jersey Memorial & Museum
The second ship to be called "New Jersey" the BB62 is the most decorated battleship to ever serve in the US Navy. Explore one of the largest and longest serving naval ship and learn its history, from WWII all the way to action in the Middle East. For additional information, visit
  Betsy Ross House
Located at 239 Arch Street, The Betsy Ross House was home to not just Betsy, but to dozens of artisans and shopkeepers over the years before it was opened to the public as a museum in 1937. Explore the over 250 year-old house of one of the most famous seamstresses of the US. Open January and February 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Sunday; March through November 10am-5pm, everyday; December 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Sunday For additional information, visit
  Center for Architecture (AIA Philadelphia Bookstore & Design Center)
The Center for Architecture performs the charitable and educational work of AIA Philadelphia and serves as the physical home for the Chapter in Center City Philadelphia. For additional information, visit
  Christ Church
Welcome! Christ Church, founded in 1695, is a wonderful place to explore Colonial and Revolution-Era history. Its burial ground, which includes the tomb of Benjamin Franklin, is an authentic historic site for learning about the lives of early Americans. Visiting Hours are Monday-Saturday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Visits are free For additional information, visit
  Dental Museum at Temple University
Founded in 1938 by the dental school's faculty historian, Dr. Harold Faggart, D.D.S., the collection features some of the finest museum quality dental antiquities in the country, ranging in date from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Highlights of the collection are currently on permanent display in the Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Weaver III Historical Dental Museum, on the third floor of the dental school. The museum exhibition celebrates the long, distinguished history from which the Kornberg School of Dentistry evolved, featuring a rich array of unique dental artifacts that also present the history of dentistry in America. For additional information, visit
  Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone For additional information, visit
  Edgar Allen Poe House
Described as horrifying, mystifying, and full of genius, Poe’s writing has engaged readers all over the globe. The six years Poe lived in Philadelphia were his happiest and most productive. Yet Poe also struggled with bad luck, personal demons and his wife’s tuberculosis. In Poe’s humble home, reflect on the human spirit surmounting crushing obstacles, and celebrate Poe’s astonishing creativity. For additional information, visit
  Elfreth's Alley
The thirty-two buildings along Elfreth's Alley were built between the 1720s and 1830s, and today they reveal the fascinating stories of everyday life, the spaces that America's founders knew. You can learn the house-by-house story of the Alley's early residents through our guidebook, available online and in our Museum Shop. The Museum is located in 124 and 126 Elfreth's Alley. For additional information, visit
  Franklin Court
In this one area, you visit the United States Postal Service Museum, The Franklin Print Shop, and the Franklin Museum. Also, you can look deep underground into Franklin's privy, under the beautiful 54-foot high steel skeleton "Ghost Structure" designed by Robert Venturi. For additional information, visit
  Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania inspires people to create a better future through historical understanding. One of the oldest historical societies in the United States, it is home to some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items. Its unparalleled collections encompass more than 350 years of America’s history—from its 17th-century origins to the contributions of its most recent immigrants. The society’s remarkable holdings together with its educational programming make it one of the nation’s most important special collections libraries: a center of historical documentation and study, education, and engagement. For additional information, visit
  Independance Visitor's Center
Free time is Wednesday afternoon and evening. Meals are still included at the hotel on that day. For additional information, visit
  Independence Hall
NOTE: Must first obtain free, timed tickets at Independence Visitor Center. "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal..." Independence Hall echoes these words. Nearby the old cracked Bell proclaims liberty. The spirit of Franklin is alive in his adopted city. Become part of America's journey in discovering its past. For additional information, visit
  Independence Seaport Museum
Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River. Located on Penn's Landing at 211 S. Columbus Blvd & Walnut Street, a short walk from the historic district and many shops and restaurants. For additional information, visit
  Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Kimmel Center Inc.’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. It began to take shape in 1996 when two projects came together: The Philadelphia Orchestra's ongoing plan to build a new home for itself, and a plan of then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell to provide a much-needed venue for some of Philadelphia's most prominent performing arts companies and for touring presentations. With the generous consent of the Orchestra, which had acquired a property at Broad and Spruce Streets, the two plans were merged under the supervision and management of a new organization, the Regional Performing Arts Center (RPAC). Today Kimmel Center, Inc. incorporates public amenities and operates three major venues: •The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which is home to Verizon Hall (2,500-seat concert hall), Perelman Theater (650-seat recital theater), and Innovation Studio – a 2,688 sq. foot black box theater, •A renovated and upgraded Academy of Music (2,900 seats), which is owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, •And the Merriam Theater (1,841 seats), which is owned by the University of the Arts and still houses student activities and projects approximately 10 weeks out of the year. For additional information, visit
  Liberty 360 & Lights of Liberty
Inside the 360-degree PECO Theater, Benjamin Franklin guides you on this inspiring journey that explores the stories behind American symbols like the Liberty Bell, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty . How and why did these symbols come to signify freedom in our country? Come and watch the Liberty 360 3D Show to find out. The new Lights of Liberty Show will combine the majestic architectural treasures of Independence National Historical Park with cutting-edge technology for a breathtaking nighttime walk through our nation’s past. For additional information, visit
  Liberty Bell Center
NOTE: No tickets are required to visit the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell Center is located on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets. The building is open year round, though hours vary by season. The Liberty Bell Center offers a video presentation and exhibits about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom. Taped presentations about the history of the Liberty Bell are offered in a dozen languages for the convenience of foreign visitors. The Liberty Bell itself is displayed in a magnificent glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background. For additional information, visit
  Masonic Temple
The Masonic Temple, built in 1873, is a historic Masonic building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Located at One North Broad Street, directly across from Philadelphia City Hall, it serves as the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons. The temple receives thousands of visitors every year who visit the ornate structure including its seven ornate lodge rooms, where today a number of Philadelphia lodges and the Grand Lodge conduct their meetings. The massive granite cornerstone, weighing ten tons, was leveled on St. John the Baptist's Day, June 24, 1868. The ceremonial gavel used on that day by Grand Master Richard Vaux was the same gavel used by President George Washington in leveling the cornerstone of the nation's Capitol building in 1793. For additional information, visit
  Mummers Museum
The Mummers Museum opened in 1976, and is dedicated to the Philadelphia celebration of the new year. The museum houses a rich collection of mummers' paraphernalia and memorabilia, including spectacular costumes, a few of which date back to the turn of the 20th Century. It includes an on-site gift shop offering unique mummers products, an online store accessible from this website, and a luxurious banquet hall which is available for rental.The museum conducts interesting programs for both children and adults, and offers complimentary outdoor string band concerts during periods of mild weather. For additional information, visit
  Mütter Museum
America's finest museum of medical history, the Mütter displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th century "cabinet museum" setting. The goal of the Museum is to help the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body while appreciating the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. For additional information, visit
  National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution. Located on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia, the birthplace of American freedom, the Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires active citizenship through a state-of-the-art museum experience, including hundreds of interactive exhibits, films and rare artifacts; must-see feature exhibitions; the internationally acclaimed, 360-degree theatrical production Freedom Rising; and the iconic Signers' Hall, where visitors can sign the Constitution alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers. For additional information, visit
  National Liberty Museum
The National Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving freedom and democracy by fostering good character and understanding for all people through education. We invite you to explore our exhibits of glass art and heroes from around the world that show the strength and fragility of democracy and recognize the role each person plays in safeguarding our freedom. For additional information, visit
  National Museum of American Jewish History
The National Museum of American Jewish History, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire. For additional information, visit
  New Jersey State Aquarium
The fifth largest aquarium in the country, Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world with hippos and the only aquarium in the U.S. to exhibit Great Hammerhead Sharks. See the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit, and a 40-foot suspended Shark Tunnel. For additional information, visit
  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is a national leader in fine arts education that brings together artists and the public through exceptional teaching programs, a world-class collection of American art, major exhibitions, and widely accessible public programs. The museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training. For additional information, visit
  Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art - in partnership with the city, the region, and art museums around the globe - seeks to preserve, enhance, interpret, and extend the reach of its great collections in particular, and the visual arts in general, to an increasingly diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination, and lifelong learning. For additional information, visit
  Philadelphia Zoo
Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia's leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year. For additional information, visit
  Please Touch Museum
Since 1976, Please Touch Museum has been the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia. Our museum was the first in the nation whose target audience was families with children seven and younger. We have grown into one of the best children’s museums in the nation, have become experts in play and have had our programs for under served families in the region nationally recognized. Our mission to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, enables us to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness. For additional information, visit
  Polish American Cultural Center
The Polish American Cultural Center and Museum Exhibit Hall are a focal point for many Polish American affairs in the greater Philadelphia area. Annually, more than one million tourists visit Philadelphia's historic district. The Cultural Center's Exhibit Hall, located in the heart of this district, and open to the general public 300 days a year, admission free, allows thousands of tourists to experience Polish history, culture and pride. In addition to welcoming tourists from around the world, the Center hosts meetings, lectures and other events to promote public awareness and appreciation of Polish heritage. For additional information, visit
  Rodin Museum
Since 1929, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has administered the Rodin Museum and its collection. Over the years, several large sculptures originally installed outdoors were taken inside to protect them from the elements, and the original plantings became overgrown. The building, its galleries, and its grounds have been renovated to restore the Museum to its original vision, and new conservation treatments have made it possible to return sculptures to their intended places in the garden. The Museum has reopened with an inaugural installation dedicated to The Gates of Hell, the defining project of Rodin's career and one that consumed him for almost four decades. For additional information, visit
  Rosenbach Museum and Library
The Rosenbach seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry, and creativity by engaging broad audiences in exhibitions, programs, and research based on its remarkable and expanding collections. Our programs are designed to eliminate barriers between the visitor and the collection, and to encourage people to bring their experience, knowledge, and opinions –or just an open mind—to connect with the collection in a very personal way. The Rosenbach is a place of active engagement that reinforces the relevance of historical collections to contemporary issues. For additional information, visit
  Second Bank of the United States
The Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States, located on 420 Chestnut Street, between 4th and 5th Streets, "People of Independence" exhibit in the Second Bank includes 185 paintings of Colonial and Federal leaders, military officers, explorers and scientists, including many by Charles Willson Peale. Designed by William Strickland, this building, built between 1819 and 1824, is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. The Second Bank was incorporated in 1816 and was one of the most influential financial institutions in the world until 1832, when it became the center of bitter controversy between bank president Nicholas Biddle and President Andrew Jackson. The bank ceased to exist in 1836 after Jackson vetoed the bill to renew its charter. The building continued for a short time to house a banking institution under a Pennsylvania charter. From 1845 to 1935 the building served as the Philadelphia Customs House. For additional information, visit
  The Franklin Institute
In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. Since its founding in 1824, the institute has done that by having exhibits that allow new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would both amaze and delight Mister Benjamin Franklin. The Franklin Institute's universal appeal is reflected in the diversity of its audience—from world famous working scientists to involved citizens of any age; from elementary school through university level students; from inner city to suburban families. All are drawn here by a common interest in science and technology. For additional information, visit
  University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions around the world. Three gallery floors feature materials from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Canaan and Israel, Mesoamerica, Asia and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas and Africa. With an active exhibition schedule, a membership program, and educational programming for children and adults, Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage For additional information, visit
  Wagner Free Institute of Science
The Wagner Institute’s nineteenth century exhibit hall – a soaring three-story space – houses an extraordinary collection of natural history specimens including mounted birds and mammals, fossils, rocks and minerals, insects, shells, dinosaur bones, and the first American saber-toothed tiger, discovered on a museum-sponsored expedition to Florida in 1886. Gathered largely by founder William Wagner and Institute curators and faculty during the nineteenth century, the collections are displayed in cherry-wood and glass cabinets dating from the 1880s and maintain their original “systematic” scheme, providing a rare view of a Victorian science museum. For additional information, visit
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Suggested Reading List

Atlantic City Then & Now

Author: Mauger, Edward Arthur

A Guide's Guide to Philadelphia

Author: Curson, Julie P.

American Home Life: 1880-1930

Author: Foy, Jessica and Schlerth, Thomas

Birds and Birding at Cape May

Author: Clay & Patricia Sutton

Description: Birds and Birding at Cape May is a must have both for those who have birded Cape May for many years and those who wish to make their first visit to Cape May. The book includes 568 pages of text, maps, site descriptions (including precise directions to finding sites), a seasonal checklist of Cape May birds, summaries of hawk and seabird counts, short historical accounts of Cape May, more than 100 black and white and color photos, weather and birding at the Cape, a butterfly list of Cape May, and tidbits about Cape May’s history. Available through the Mid-Atlanitc Center for the Arts' Museum Shop- 609-884-5404, extension 142.

Cape May: Queen of the Seaside Resorts

Author: George Thomas and Carl Doebley

Description: This is a wonderful reference and souvenir of your stay in Cape May with an introductory historical essay and an extensive section of photographs of the most historic buildings of Cape May. This fine book is available at the Museum Shop of the Emlen Physick Estate and can be ordered online from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts or call 609-884-5404 ext. 117 for mail order.

Sentinel of the Jersey Cape

Author: John Bailey

Description: John Bailey's best selling book tells the complete story of the 141-year old Cape May lighthouse. A remarkable mix of technical exposition, historical observation and personal sentiment. Available from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts' Museum Shop, 609-884-5404, extension 142

Summer City by the Sea

Author: Emil Salvini

Description: This is the story of the rise and the fall and rise again of the country's first seaside resort - a fantasy city created by whalers, river pilots and speculators and molded by fires and storms. Its two-hundred year roller coaster ride resulted in Cape May regaining the title of Queen of the Seaside Resorts. Available through the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts' Museum Shop, 609-884-5404, extension 142

The Confident Years

Author: American Heritage

The First Resort

Author: Ben Miller

Description: Coffee table book with great, rare archival photos and articles about Cape May's past.

Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life

Author: Schlerth, Thomas

Watching Nature: A Mid-Atlantic Natural History

Author: Mark Garland

Description: In Watching Nature, naturalist Mark Garland takes readers on field trips among the plants and animals of the cool highlands of West Virginia, the forested ridges and valleys of western Maryland and central Pennsylvania, the gently rolling Piedmont region around Washington, D.C., and the flat coastal plain extending from southern New Jersey to Virginia Beach. Anecdotes from the author's own adventures - the nocturnal sighting of a rare bird, a feast of wild mountain blueberries, a winter afternoon at the shore - uncover the surprises that even the most familiar landscape can yield. Describing seasonal events such as Potomac valley wildflowers blooming in early spring, shorebirds converging on Delaware Bay mudflats in mid-May, and monarch butterflies migrating over mountain fields in early fall, the author also provides itineraries for visiting some of his favorite spots. Complete with black-and-white watercolor illustrations, maps, an extensive bibliography, and listings of resource organizations, Watching Nature emphasizes the accessibility of the natural world.

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