Area Attractions


Philadelphia Zoo

With its state-of-the-art exhibits and health-care facilities, as well as its award-winning education and conservation programs, guest services, recreational opportunities, and scientific accomplishments the Philadelphia Zoo is one of the world's most renowned zoological societies and gardens. The Zoo also holds a special place in history, as the first facility of its kind established in the United States. With more than a million visitors a year, the Zoo is the Philadelphia region’s leading family attraction.




Fonthill and Mercer Museums 

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Towering castle houses dramatic displays of the implements, folk art and furnishings of early America before mechanization. Walk into the Central Court and see a Conestoga wagon, whaling boat, carriages and an antique fire engine suspended overhead. There are 40,000 tools of more than 60 early American crafts and trades displayed. Constructed in 1916, it is a National Historic Landmark.


Henry Mercer (1856-1930) built Fonthill as his home between 1908 and 1912. The concrete castle boasts 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces and more than 200 windows of varying size and shape. The interior walls, floors and ceilings are elaborately adorned with an incredible array of Mercer's original handcrafted tiles.


NJ State Aquarium



The New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences promotes the understanding, appreciation and protection of aquatic life and habitats through research, education and youth development programs. The New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences promotes the understanding, appreciation and protection of aquatic life and habitats through research, education and youth development programs.


New Hope Canal Boat Company


Come enjoy a boating and scenic experience demonstrating the best of New Hope and the beauty of one of the longest active sections of canal left in the country, located within the Delaware Canal State Park.


As you make your way up the canal, a historically accurate narrative of both the canal and New Hope will be given by your guide. Tales of the canal will be told, some long and some tall. Enjoy songs of the Canal Boat era of years past, peformed by one of your crew.


New Hope & Ivyland Railroad



Climb aboard the New Hope & Ivyland passenger train and travel into a scene from the past. Relax and leave your cares behind as you journey into history, learning what rail travel was like for your parents, grand parents and great-grand parents. Behold the continuously changing view as the train traverses through the rolling hills and valleys of historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Enjoy our restored 1920s vintage passenger coaches, antique bar car, the authentic steam locomotive or one of our historic diesel locomotives. The train will take you along the same historic route that was filmed in the 1914 movie series Perils of Pauline. You can purchase your tickets in the original witches hat New Hope train station, which was once the location of the railroad telegraph operator who sent and received all messages for the town of New Hope, PA. This building has been in operation since 1891.


The Lost River Caverns


Come with us on an adventure through Lost River Caverns, nature's underground wonderland. The temperature is a constant 52 degrees, so you'll need a sweater or jacket. Bring your camera too! There's a lot to discover in this magical land of crystal formations where the Lost River flows.

Pennsbury Manor



The recreated country home of William Penn in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, provides a peaceful contrast to the hurry of modern American life. The construction of the original manor was an expression of Penn's belief that life in the country was more wholesome than in the worldly atmosphere of crowded cities. Pennsbury Manor is permeated with the spirit of this kindly, devout humanitarian, and it gives the visitor a sense of the unhurried grace and charm of those years when Pennsylvania was William Penn's "Holy Experiment."


Crayola Factory



The Crayola FACTORY? at Two Rivers Landing is a hands-on discovery center for children and the adults in their lives that provides creative personal development experiences; extends Binney & Smith's Crayola? brand: its products, its history and its role in arts education; and supports the economic revitalization of Easton and the Lehigh Valley.

At the Crayola FACTORY?, you will be immersed in color and creativity-a place where your only creative limitation is your imagination. You can color, draw and create with the latest Crayola? product without the worry of cleanup afterwards. Each creative space invites you to play and explore while learning and having lots and lots of fun.


Sesame Place


A staple of children's television programming for more than three decades, the stars of Sesame Street come alive every day at the Sesame Place theme park. Guests will get a thrill of a lifetime as they meet Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and many other Sesame Street Stars.

Philadelphia Park


Philadelphia Park's commitment to superior service to its guests, already an industry standard in its off-track and phone wagering business, was given greater emphasis under Chief Executive Officer Hal Handel.

Formally Chief Operating Officer of Racing at Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, Handel introduced guest friendly programs such as an enhanced Player Tracking System, free admission at all facilities, and a comprehensive guest feedback system.

As a companion to its high guest standard, Philadelphia Park Racetrack received its first facelift in over a decade with refurbishment and expansion of the walking righ and Paddock, and a complete  painting of the exterior of the Grandstand. In 1999, a second step was taken in the renewal of the racetrack when a $4 million renovation of the 69,000 square foot first floor was announced. Completed in May of 1999, this area was transformed into a modern Turf Club, complete with plush simulcast theaters, a brand new dining room, and sports bar, a spacious horsemen's lounge, and a grand entrance of marble and granite.



The Liberty Belle Cruises



Enjoy a leisurely afternoon or starry evening on a beautiful new 600-passenger Mississippi-style paddlewheel riverboat. From the 4 outdoor decks and 3 enclosed private decks you can watch the Philadelphia skyline from one side, the New Jersey historic waterfront along the other



Bike Tours of Philadelphia 


See historic Philadelphia by bike! Tours come complete with bike rental, helmet, and bike guide. Long weekend trips are also available on selected dates.






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