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

Program Number: 21307RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/7/2014 - 11/14/2014;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,589.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture; Homes & Gardens
Meals: 17; 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 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
   Congress Hall
  Cape May 4 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: 2013 $116 + 15.5%tax Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Congress Hall
Type: Hotel
  Description: Set amidst a sweeping lawn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Congress Hall Cape May NJ accommodations offer a vibrant atmosphere and modern-day comforts within the grand serenity of this lovingly renovated nineteenth-century hostelry. The guest room accommodations, which range from doubles to luxurious suites, you'll find state of the art amenities in an environment of timeless calm. Congress Hall's L-shaped design, a tradition among Cape May hotels, affords many guest rooms uninterrupted views of the beach. The Blue Pig Dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service is available.
  Contact info: 251 Beach Avenue
Cape May
Cape May, NJ 08204 USA
phone: 609-884-8421
  Room amenities: In-room amenities include private bathroom with hairdryer and personal toiletries, individual climate control for air conditioning and heating, color television with remote, complimentary hi-speed wireless internet access, two telephones, including voicemail and data port, irons and boards, 100% cotton Belgian sheets.
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include an elegant cocktail lounge, night club, 108 guest rooms, 5 luxurious suites, a fitness room and full-service spa, lobby shops. Seasonal amenities include beach cabana with food service, beach towels, chairs and umbrellas, pool with towels, umbrellas and loungers, poolside food and beverage service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: varies by season Room rates vary by season and depend on availability.
  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 Congress Hall 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. $21 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: Philadelphia, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

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


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. 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 . Attendant parks and retrieves the car.




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 2 blocks


For Doubletree Hotel - exit at 30th Street and take a taxi to the Doubletree 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 $5.00 or you can walk. Cross JFK at 16th St and walk to Locust St (5 blocks) then left onto Locust and walk 2 blocks to Broad St. Hotel is on corner of Broad & Locust.




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.




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 RIGHT onto CHESTNUT STREET. Hotel Club Quarters is next door to Rite Aid on CORNER OF 17 STREET AND CHESTNUT. 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, November 7)
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: 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: 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.

 Dinner: Dinner is at Davio's Restaurant located off the hotel lobby. Widely 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 dramatic dining room, with high ceilings and arched windows, is a backdrop for expertly prepared regional Italian foods.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: The evening is free for you to explore the neighborhood on your own, enjoy making new friends, or just have a good night's rest to prepare for the full day ahead.
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Dr. Physick's Philadephia, Physick House Field Trip, Pennsylvania Hospital, Christ Church, Evening Performance
(Saturday, November 8)

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: LECTURE: Dr. Physick’s Philadelphia. Philip Syng Physick (1768-1837) became known as the “Father of American Surgery.” We will learn about his life, his times, and his legacy that continues today. One of the city’s foremost surgeons, Dr. Physick was responsible for the design of surgical instruments and techniques years ahead of his time. He was affiliated with America's first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and one of the most sought-after medical lecturers of the 19th century. His lectures prepared a generation of surgeons for service throughout America.

Dr. Physick was among the few courageous doctors who remained in the city to care for the sick during the terrible Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 and rose to fame as a 25-year-old hero, treating many and surviving the disease himself. At that time, Philadelphia was the nation’s capital and the most cosmopolitan city in the U.S. In addition to notable figures of American history, the population included thousands of immigrants. Among them were refugees fleeing the slave rebellion in Saint-Domingue where yellow fever was endemic. The epidemic decimated Philadelphia and ended its ascendancy in the young nation.

 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Physick House. This piece of living history provides a glimpse of life in the early 19th Century. Now owned and maintained by the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, Physick House was built in 1786 by a Madeira wine importer. Dr. Physick took up residence in 1815 and lived there until his death in 1837. The four-storey brick building is the only free-standing Federal townhouse remaining in Society Hill, an exceptional example of the style. In addition to beautiful 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.
 Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch in the adjacent park (weather permitting).
 Afternoon: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Pennsylvania Hospital and Christ Church. Located at 8th and Spruce Streets in the historic Society Hill district, Pennsylvania Hospital was founded in 1751. It has provided the setting for many firsts of our nation including many other noteworthy medical, historical, and cultural milestones. Dr. Physick served on the medical staff from 1794 until 1816. One of his colleagues who was also valiant during the Yellow Fever epidemic was Dr. Benjamin Rush, regarded as “the father of American psychiatry.” We will explore several historical exhibits.

FIELD TRIP continues: From the hospital, we will move on to historic Christ Church, known as "The Nation's Church" because of the famous Revolutionary-era leaders who worshipped here. It was founded in 1695 as the first parish of the Church of England (Anglican) in Pennsylvania and became the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church. Those who wish to do so may accompany the Group Leader to the burial ground -- three blocks from the church -- one of America’s most important Colonial and Revolution-era graveyards, the final resting place of Dr. Physick, Benjamin Franklin and other signers of the Declaration of Independence, and numerous notables.

The group will return to the hotel from the church at the conclusion of the field trip. Or, if you prefer, you may remain, continue to explore, and return to the hotel on your own. The Christ Church Burial Ground is directly across from the Visitors Center of Independence National Historical Park (Independence Hall, Liberty Bell) and the National Constitution Center.

 Dinner: We will have dinner at a popular restaurant.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Concert or Theatre. As this program was developed approximately a year prior to commencement, we do not have the schedule of available performances yet, but will select something from one of Philadelphia's outstanding performing organizations and post the information on this website as soon as available.
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Physick Family Connections, Independence Seaport Museum, Walking in Ben Franklin's Footsteps, Dinner at Historic City Tavern
(Sunday, November 9)
 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: More Physick Family Connections. Susan Physick was born in 1803, the second child of Dr. Physick and Elizabeth Emlen, whose family was one of the wealthiest in Philadelphia. Susan kept daily journals that provide fascinating insights into the lives of herself, her family, and the times in which they lived.

FIELD TRIP: Independence Seaport Museum. Located on Penn's Landing waterfront, the museum preserves Philadelphia's maritime past and present through art and artifacts, interactive exhibits, and two historic ships. The museum is also the repository of numerous collections including the Conner Family Papers with Susan Physick Conner’s journals, which we will see during our expert-led visit.

In the 19th century, steamships or "steamers" would transport the first tourists from Philadelphia to Cape May at the southern tip of New Jersey for the summer, or a month, or even for a week-end. The most luxurious, the steamship Republic, advertised transit "from hot Philadelphia to cool Cape May" and back for $1 -- half-price for kids!

 Lunch: Lunch is on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice from the available options. There are many restaurants to choose from to sit and relax and watch the lively passing scene.
 Afternoon: WALKING EXCURSION: In the Steps of Ben Franklin. Returning from Penn's Landing, we will walk the same route Ben Franklin took on his arrival via boat from Boston to the Delaware River to Market Street. Our educator will point out the historical transformation of Philadelphia from a colonial town to a modern metropolis.
 Dinner: City Tavern. When it was established in 1773, City Tavern was the finest tavern in the largest and most cosmopolitan city in British North America. It soon became the favorite watering hole and dining establishment for Philadelphia’s leading figures. City Tavern today interprets and delivers culinary experiences inspired by the customs and foods of 18th Century America. The staff, garbed in period costume, not only serve you but also complement your meal with brief descriptions of the rich history and traditions. Dinner at City Tavern is one of the many unique elements that make Philadelphia America’s most historic home town.
 Evening: Return to the hotel, relax, and get a good night's rest before tomorrow morning's transfer to Cape May.
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Cape May, Hotel Registration, Program Review, Welcome Reception & Dinner, Dr. Emlen Physick & His World
(Monday, November 10)
 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: DEPARTURE: After loading our suitcases onto the bus, we will depart for Cape May.

ARRIVAL IN CAPE MAY: Approximately 11:30am with time to register and get settled.

 Lunch: Lunch will be at approximately 1:00pm at the Blue Pig Restaurant of Congress Hall with your choice from the sandwich menu.
 Afternoon: 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.

RECEPTION: We will have a "Welcome to Cape May" reception at 5:00pm for shared conviviality before dinner.

 Dinner: Enjoy a three-course dinner in the hotel or another of Cape May's fine restaurants.
 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: Congress Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cape May Living History, Great Inferno Field Trip, Victorian Passions. Patriotic Music
(Tuesday, November 11)

Note: Boarding trolley

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Participants will receive a $20 voucher for breakfast good in the full service Blue Pig restaurant or the lobby coffee shop, Tommy's Folly.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: The Cape May living history program presented in the hotel introduces more of Dr. Physick’s Cape May contemporaries: President and Mrs. Benjamin Harrison who came here at the urging of his Postmaster General, Philadelphia department store owner John Wanamaker. President Harrison was one of several U.S. Presidents who “resorted” to Cape May and chose Congress Hall as his summer White House. The Harrisons eventually purchased a home in Cape May Point.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: The Great Inferno of 1878. We will board our trolley and follow the path of the fire that changed the face of Cape May forever. Once a town of big, barn-like hotels, Cape May after this devastating fire became a town of cottages and more modest establishments. Famed for its gingerbread architecture, the rebuilt Cape May reflected improvements in building materials, techniques, tools, and transportation made possible by the Industrial Revolution. Your guide on this trip is "Col. Edwin Lansing" -- Cape May’s fire chief during the Great Inferno.
 Lunch: Lunch is at the Blue Pig Restaurant of Congress Hall with your choice from the sandwich menu.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: The Industrial Revolution. This illustrated lecture provides an overview of the advances of the Industrial Revolution and labor saving devices, how they profoundly changed life, made fortunes, and led to the development of the leisure class. With time on their hands, they were ready and willing to travel to seaside resorts such as Cape May to relax and re-create themselves.

We will have a short break with refreshments between the two presentations.

PRESENTATION: Consuming Passions. This richly illustrated lecture looks at the advancements and improvements in food preparation, service, and storage that brought Victorians the luxury of baking, ice boxes, and cocktails.

 Dinner: Enjoy a three-course dinner in the hotel or another of Cape May's fine restaurants.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Patriotic Music. Every era has produced its own patriotic music. This audio-visual program by a professional musician gives an overview of America’s proud literature of patriotic music.
Accommodations: Congress Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Living History, Trolley Excursion, Emlen Physick Estate,
(Wednesday, November 12)

Note: Moderate walking at the Physick Estate, stair climbing

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Participants will receive a $20 voucher for breakfast good in the full service Blue Pig restaurant or the lobby coffee shop, Tommy's Folly.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Etiquette and Manners. Eat oysters with a pickle fork? Not if you ever wanted to be invited back to a proper Victorian home. This quick primer on proper behavior will prepare you for your visit to Dr. Physick's mansion.

FIELD TRIP: Victorian Cape May. Aboard our trolley and led by an expert guide, we ride through town to see highlights of architecture and Cape May history.

FIELD TRIP continues: Physick Estate. Enjoy a guided walk through the landmark 1879 Physick Estate, home of the eccentric Dr. Emlen Physick. The magnificent "Stick Style" mansion is attributed to renowned Victorian architect Frank Furness. The 15 beautifully restored rooms give you a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Victorians.

 Lunch: Lunch is out at a popular local restaurant.
 Afternoon: LIVING HISTORY: Tea and Temperance. As we linger at the restaurant, a living history debate pits a saloonkeeper against a member of the WCTU. Patrick Collins and Jennie Wales were both Cape Mayans, who found themselves on the opposite side of a prickly debate as well as on the opposites side of Decatur Street, where Collins Café occupied a plot of ground directly across from Jennie’s Presbyterian Church. Dr. Physick, as Cape May’s leading citizen and civic gadfly, is the natural moderator and tries his best to maintain decorum as this debate heats up.

LIVING HISTORY PERFORMANCE: Meet the Physick Family. In this historical reenactors presentation, Dr. Physick brings his mother, Mrs. Francis Ralston, and her maiden sister. Aunt Emilie, to meet you. They are returning the call paid upon them earlier in the day at their Victorian estate. The three discuss a variety of topics of their everyday life, including Emlen’s one-horse carriage, the dearth of suitable mates for both Emlen and Emilie, pic-nicking at the cemetery, and Mrs. Ralston’s proclivity for marrying well.

 Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice from the various available options. Your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
 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: Congress Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Free time to explore Cape May, presentation on maritime history, field trip to US Coast Guard Base and Fisherman's Wharf, dinner at the Merion Inn
(Thursday, November 13)

Note: Boarding trolley, moderate walking at wharf, walk to restaurant.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Participants will receive a $20 voucher for breakfast good in the full service Blue Pig restaurant or the lobby coffee shop, Tommy's Folly.
 Morning: FREE MORNING: Take this opportunity to explore more of Cape May on your own. We will be happy to offer suggestions.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to enjoy the foods of your choice from the numerous options available to choose from.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Cape May’s Maritime Heritage. Get an overview of Cape May’s Maritime history from the 17th Century, when Capt. Cornelius Jacobsen Mey claimed it for the Dutch, through its colonization by yeoman whalers from the Plymouth Colony, to its development as one of the country’s busiest commercial ports.

FIELD TRIP: USCG Base and Fisherman’s Wharf. Cape May’s Coast Guard Base is the only recruit training center in the country, where young men and women are trained to be guardians of the sea, responsible for rescue, drug interdiction, and policing ports wherever the U.S. has a presence.

Then we're on to Fisherman’s Wharf, home to Cape May’s commercial fishing fleet. Cape May is the third busiest port on the East Coast and its primary catch is scallops.

 Dinner: Our closing dinner is at the Merion Inn. Choose from a menu of several dinner options and enjoy live jazz piano music while you dine. First opened in 1885, The Merion Inn has retained the charm and graciousness of the Victorian era. Its traditional favorites, specialties, and ambience have kept generations of locals and visitors alike returning again and again.
 Evening: Relax after dinner with a stroll or simply enjoy your time with new friends.
Accommodations: Congress Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Return trip to Philadelphia
(Friday, November 14)

Note: Check-out, boarding bus

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Participants will receive a $20 voucher for breakfast good in the full service Blue Pig restaurant or the lobby coffee shop, Tommy's Folly. The program concludes with breakfast.
 Morning: Please be sure you have completed your hotel check-out with ample time before the 9:30am departure back to Philadelphia with drop-off at airport, train, or hotel.

We hope you have enjoyed this new program connecting Philadelphia and Cape May, and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
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  Barnes Foundation
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  Center for Architecture (AIA Philadelphia Bookstore & Design Center)
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  Christ Church
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  Edgar Allen Poe House
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  Elfreth's Alley
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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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