Category Archives: Day trips

Horseshoe Crabs and a Killer Commute

One of the world’s oldest natural phenomena takes place in Cape May, New Jersey every spring. During full and new moons and high tides in May and June, hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs converge on the Delaware Bay to … Continue reading

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Longwood Gardens

One of the great gardens of the world, Longwood Gardens provides more than a thousand acres of beautiful landscaping and spectacular floral displays.  Located in the historic Brandywine Valley in Chester County, Pennsylvania, it includes a 4 acre conservatory that … Continue reading

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Grounds for Sculpture

  A treasure of fascinating sculptures set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens is less than a hour from Philadelphia.  Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre public sculpture park located in Hamilton, NJ. It was founded in 1992 on the site of … Continue reading

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Halloween in New Hope

Expect the unexpected in New Hope any time of year, but be prepared for scary and amusing (and sometimes disturbing) sights when the leaves start to fall and Halloween majic is in the air.  Of particular creepiness is a collection of hand-painted … Continue reading

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Baltimore Sailabration

The Star-Spangled Sailabration is an international parade of more than 40 tall ships and naval vessels. These ships sailed into Baltimore in June 2012 for the national launch of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of … Continue reading

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Pine Barrens

Home of the Jersey Devil, cranberry bogs, and some of the best canoeing rivers, the Pine Barrens in South Jersey is one of the most sparsely populated areas and the largest body of open space between Richmond and Boston.  This heavily forested … Continue reading

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Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower preserve

There is a peaceful trail along a creek in the woods in southern Lancaster County that comes alive with color every spring.  Shenk’s Ferry wildflower sanctuary is quite impressive, boasting more than 70 species of wildflowers that bloom each spring.  … Continue reading

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Middle Creek Snow Geese

Sometime before sunset, 65,000 snow geese spread their wings in unison and lift off the cornfields into the air to swirl in the sky and eventually land on the lake for the night.  First you hear a low rumble which … Continue reading

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Union League in Philadelphia

With it’s roots dating back to 1862, the Union League in Philadelphia was started by a group of elite businessmen to support the policies of Abraham Lincoln and the Union during the Civil War.  The Union League continues today as … Continue reading

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Chester County Balloon Festival

For two days in June each summer, colorful hot air balloons take shape in Chester County.  twenty festive balloons are inflated Friday night in preparation for the “Friday Night Glow”, when the colors come alive as fire lights the balloons … Continue reading

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