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Northeast USA Attractions

    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pennsylvania

  1 Wild Place - Pittsburgh, PA            
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium strives to foster positive, lifelong connections between animals and people. Whether through our exhibitry, educational programs, or our many conservation projects, our goal is to make certain the Earth remains a suitable home for all life by our discovery of the interconnectedness of the natural world.
    Hayden Planetarium, New York State
  Central Park West at 79th Street - New York, NY             
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Hayden Planetarium captivates upon your initial approach. The visually stimulating Manhattan attraction, constructed from glass and steel, features a large spherical dome where the universe comes to life in front of your very eyes. The department of Astrophysics, located in the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, conducts research focusing on the formation and evolution of stars, star clusters, the effects of their radiation, and much more. The planetarium offers ongoing monthly lectures. Children and adults alike will love the vast amount of knowledge and beauty while exploring the stars in this awesome environment. 3-D models and vivid colors are not in short abundance here. School field trips are welcome; planning in advance is required. A wealth of educational knowledge is available through the website for teachers, parents and children. With a special section of interactive activities for children, you can’t go wrong learning about all that this Manhattan planetarium has to offer. A virtual joy ride through the universe with stops along the way to learn about the wonders of the Galaxies, a few hours can easily be spent just walking around the floors. In addition to the star/sky show, the exhibits are a joy to behold. From real meteorites, to scales that bring home the effect of gravity on other planets, to historic photos, all will enjoy.
    Prospect Park Zoo, New York State
  450 Flatbush Avenue - Brooklyn, NY            
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Let your wild side reign free as you explore the many faces of some very unique creatures at this Brooklyn museum of life. Venture deep into the jungle as you see the animals up close. Dare to spend the day with the valor of a lion roaming with his pride. A family spending time together, appreciating nature in all its ferocious glory is what this NYC museum is all about. Take the children to the discovery center where they can try their hand at some basic veterinary skills while conducting check-ups on real live animals. Then, head over to the young naturalist camping area, cook food on a "campfire", and explore using field guides for animals that one might see on a camping trip. Feeling the urge to feed some of the animals’ springtime is the perfect time to head over and feed the sea lions - they just love the attention too. Weekends are an ideal time to visit as you can chat live with the zookeepers and learn how they care for the animals. Maybe even find out what your favorite animal does when you're not there. Overall, this taste of the wild offers a wide variety of things to do, see and learn. Spring/Summer 2012 is a great time to come see this gem.
    Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, New York State
  535 Stone Bridge Road - Pottersville, NY            
The massive stone bridge arch - the largest marble cave entrance in the east - dominates this spectacular display of ancient Adirondack geology from rock over one billion years old. Take a walking stick, map, and camera and set out on a self-guided, above-ground, natural stone step nature trail and experience up-close the many unique rock features, such as potholes, grottos, a gorge and mill site waterfalls. Descend into lighted surface caves with raging waterfalls or tranquil dark pools. To learn more, see the Adirondack memories display or view a free PBS video describing the history and geology of the caves.
    Adventure Aquarium, New Jersey
  1 Riverside Drive - Camden, NJ             
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Christmas Underwater sponsored by Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia is around the corner. Dive into the holidays and discover an incredible winter underwater wonderland from November 26 through December 24, 2021.
The fifth largest aquarium in the country, Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos and one of only two aquariums in the country to exhibit a Hammerhead Shark. Roll up your sleeves and prepare for a thrill at Adventure Aquarium on the Camden, NJ Waterfront, America’s Most Touchable Aquarium! Adventure Aquarium is a true waterfront treasure, featuring nearly 200,000 square feet of space, over 2 million gallons of water and 8,500 super cool animals!
Adventure Aquarium offers numerous hands-on touch experiences including the all new Stingray Beach Club, where you can touch and hand-feed gentle and curious stingrays; Touch-A-Shark, presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ; Interactive Inlet where you can see what it feels like to touch jellies, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, grass shrimp and more; and Creature Feature, where you can reach in to touch colorful, coldwater creatures.
    Quassy Amusement Park, Connecticut
  Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64 - Middlebury, CT            
Quassy offers a multitude of exciting and fun-filled attractions for the whole family. From the thrill of The Big Flush Water Coaster to a pleasant and leisurely ride aboard Quassy Queen II, there is literally something for everyone.
Quassy's 24 rides, swimming and boating on beautiful Lake Quassapaug and karaoke for the little ones make Quassy a high priority family destination for safe, affordable family fun.
    Princeton Library, New Jersey
  65 Witherspoon St. - Princeton, NJ            
The Princeton Public Library, the community's living room, connects people with ideas, information, technology, resources and each other in ways that enrich their lives and help them to realize their dreams.
    Grounds For Sculpture, New Jersey
  18 Fairgrounds Road - Hamilton, NJ            
Grounds For Sculpture is a 35-acre public sculpture park located in Hamilton, NJ, featuring over 250 contemporary sculptures. Plus gallery exhibits, exquisite dining, exciting performances, and workshops for all.
    Funland, Delaware
  6 Delaware Avenue - Rehoboth Beach, DE            
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Funland is a family amusement center located on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The park offers great entertainment for the whole family, featuring 18 rides, 13 midway games, an electronic shooting gallery, redemption games and redemption center, and an arcade with video and pinball machines. See Rides and What's New for a better picture of what's in store for your Funland visit.
A family owned and operated business since 1962, Funland provides family fun at reasonable prices for those who visit us each summer. Funland's History presents an interesting look at the story behind the park. Rides and games are on a "pay as you go basis" so you can enjoy Funland both as a spectator and a participant.
    National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC
  Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW - Washington, DC             
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The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.
The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has hundreds of original, historic artifacts on display, including the Wright 1903 Flyer; the Spirit of St. Louis; the Apollo 11 command module Columbia; and a Lunar rock sample that visitors can touch.
    Ford's Theatre, Washington DC
  511 10th Street, NW - Washington, DC            
The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln here on April 14, 1865, overshadowed this theater for most of its history. Ford's opened just four years before that fateful night. Restored to its 1865 appearance, Ford's is again a showcase for plays. The basement-level Lincoln Museum displays artifacts from the assassination, including the gun John Wilkes Booth used to kill Lincoln. Mementos from Lincoln's life are also on display. National Park Service rangers give talks 15 minutes after the hour. Across the street is Petersen House , the house where Lincoln died. See website for performance schedule.
    Water Wizz, Rhode Island
  Misquamicut Beach - Westerly, RI            
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The beach was never this exciting! Over 1,000 feet of spills and thrills tunnels and dips that twist and turn into two pools after racing down the speed slides? Test your skill! Located right across from picturesque Misquamicut State beach, Water Wizz is the perfect way to refresh the entire family on a summer day.
    Ocean Breeze Water Park, Virginia
  849 General Booth Blvd. - Virginia Beach, VA             
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Ocean Breeze Waterpark is Virginia Beach's ONLY water park. Located just 1.5 miles from the Oceanfront area, it's a quick trip from wherever you are!
Ocean Breeze Waterpark offers 16 waterslides, the 1 million-gallon Runaway Bay wave pool, the Buccaneer Bay children's area and other fantastic attractions. While visiting Ocean Breeze Waterpark, check out the West Indies BBQ, Island Trader Gift Shop, or Shipwreck Island Arcade.
Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day each summer.
    Six Gun City & Fort Splash Water Park, New Hampshire
  Rt 2 - Jefferson, NH           
Well, Howdy Partner and welcome to Six Gun City and Fort Splash Waterpark! You've found the home of family fun in Jefferson, New Hampshire, only a short drive from the outside world. Won't you come join us for some good old fashion fun in the Old West? Are you looking for a family getaway where everyone will be happy? Slide back to a time when fun came first with a quick trip to the White Mountains!
    Polar Caves Park, New Hampshire
  PO Box 826 - Plymouth, NH             
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Fifty thousand years ago, a continental glacier moved southward over New Hampshire covering mountains and valleys. As the ice sheet thawed, great blocks of granite cracked and loosened from Hawk's Cliff.
These massive granite blocks fell at the base of the cliff forming Polar Caves, an amazing series of caves and passages through which you can walk.
    Lake Champlain Cruises, Vermont
  1 King Street - Burlington, VT           
Our Northern Lights is a 115-foot long cruise boat, built as a replica to 19th and early 20th century lake steamboats. The main lounge, located below the deck, is finished with mahogany - while the upper deck is surrounded by nothing but stars. She's not just a boat, she’s a unique experience you won't want to miss!
Experience the Northern Lights on a daily scenic cruise, or turn it into the magical setting of an event like a concert or wedding. Lake Champlain Cruises promises fantastic memories and a truly amazing experience.
    Philadelphia Zoo, Pennsylvania
  3400 West Girard Ave - Philadelphia, PA             
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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. Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. The charter establishing the Zoological Society of Philadelphia was approved and signed on March 21, 1859. Due to the Civil War, however, it was another 15 years before America's first zoo was ready to open. The Zoo opened its gates on July 1, 1874. The Frank Furness Victorian gates and gatehouses, and the Zoo's location, are the same today as they were on the day it opened. One of its assets, then and now, is John Penn's home, The Solitude, which sat on the land chosen for the Zoo. John Penn was the grandson of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. The Solitude is considered to be Philadelphia's most precise and elegant expression of neoclassical style.
    Dinosaur Land, Virginia
  3848 Stonewall Jackson Highway - White Post, VA           
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    New England Aquarium, Massachusetts
  Central Wharf - Boston, MA             
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Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.
    U.S. Capitol Building, Washington DC
  1st Street Northeast - Washington, DC           
The United States Capitol Complex is comprised of the Capitol, the House and Senate Office Buildings, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Capitol Grounds, the Library of Congress buildings, the Supreme Court Building, the Capitol Power Plant, and various support facilities. In addition, work has now begun towards the construction of a new Capitol Visitor Center, an underground facility to be located beneath the Capitol's east front plaza.
    Strasburg Railroad, Pennsylvania
  Rt. 741 East - Lancaster County - Strasburg, PA             
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Strolling through the historic East Strasburg Station and the neighboring town of Strasburg, exploring the engines and rail cars up-close and riding beautifully restored trains are so much fun that you'll almost forget that you're immersed in a richly educational experience — learning about steam railroading, agriculture, Amish culture and PA Dutch heritage.
The larger-than-life coal-burning steam train is just the beginning. Ride the Cagney Steam Train, a miniature version; operate a hand-powered Pump Car or watch the little ones "steer" the pint-sized Cranky Car. Browse the Thomas™ Toy Store. Discover an amazing railroad bookstore and railfan shop filled with apparel and merchandise
Across the road is the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, where you can explore a world-class collection of more than 100 locomotives and rail cars on display, including the priceless Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Collection. And nearby is the National Toy Train Museum - another world-class collection.
    Roger Williams Park Zoo, Rhode Island
  1000 Elmwood Avenue - Providence, RI            
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In 1978, the zoo closed to embark upon a two-year upgrade project. 1980 marked the rebirth of the zoo; it reopened with a new Nature Center, a Polar bear exhibit, a boardwalk through a native wetlands area and a North American bison exhibit. And as they say, the rest is history. The current, vibrant state of Roger Williams Park Zoo is due to the hard work, persistence, and cooperation of both public and private sector, as well as the general public, for whom this zoo exists.
    Vermont Discovery Cruises, Vermont
  348 Flynn Street - Burlington, VT            
Come and experience the beauty of Vermont aboard the beautiful Moonlight Lady! Immerse yourself in a rich history and culture, a lush natural setting, and the warmth of a friendly crew and passengers!
The sixty-five foot Moonlight Lady, replicating a 1920's era plum stem inland waterways cruiser, features 8 cabins each with twin beds, private baths and expansive windows affording stunning lake and sunset views.
    Virginia Zoo, Virginia
  3500 Granby Street - Norfolk, VA           
Zoo members are invited to “feast with the beasts” while taking an early morning peek at their Zoo. Members can graze the Zoo as breakfast is served picnic-style and enjoy watching animals down their early morning meals. Up-close animal encounters and interesting animal facts from Virginia Zoo Volunteers will also be available for guests to enjoy. It's an event you won't want to miss.
    York's Wild Kingdom, Maine
  Route 1 - York Beach, ME           
Located in York Beach, Maine has something to offer every member of the family. Each year more than 200,000 people come to visit the largest zoo and amusement park in the area. With exotic animals from around the world, YORK'S WILD KINGDOM is recognized for its rare species and knowledgeable curators.
We offer a variety of family rides, paddle boats, an 18 hole miniature golf course, a petting zoo, scenic picnic grounds and even a Haunted House. Educational learning sessions take place throughout the day and a special member of the zoo Rewa---Maine's only White Bengal Tiger---will amaze and delight the child in everyone!
    Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, Maryland
  13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd. - Thurmont, MD             
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Wonderful adventures and exciting new animal friends await you in this 35 acre park. Up-close exhibits and personal information make you feel like one of the family. Get stalked by a tiger, jaguar or cougar and live to tell the tale. Feel the breath of a bear, follow a fallow deer, or tickle a tortoise. Hand-feed goats, sheep, donkeys, ducks and other curious creatures in the petting area. Then catch a show to laugh with a parrot, take a 'snap' shot with an alligator, or feel the grip of a python's muscles. Safely meet and touch a luxurious chinchilla, prickly hedgehog or rough lizard.
    Asylum Of Horror, Massachusetts
  Corner of Pocasset St and Davol St - Fall River, MA           
Popular and Scariest Haunted House Attraction located In Historic Fall River, MA close to Battle Ship Cove. Open every Halloween Season
    Lake Compounce, Connecticut
  822 Lake Avenue - Bristol, CT             
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    Southwick's Zoo, Massachusetts
  2 Southwick Street - Mendon, MA           
The Brewer family and its staff are dedicated to the preservation and conservation of all animals. The Southwick team’s mission: to provide an extensive zoological collection and educational facility for our visitors. We strive to promote an exciting environment for a positive family experience.
Southwick’s is a privately owned zoo. Therefore, the zoo does not receive state, local, or federal funding of any kind. All admission proceeds go directly towards caring for the animals and upkeep of the zoo. This includes animal housing, appropriate diets, veterinary care, new exhibit design, and all maintenance of zoo facilities.
    FedEx Field, Maryland
  1600 FedEx Way - Landover, MD           
FedExField is the home of the Washington Redskins football team. The stadium is now the third largest venue in the NFL in terms of regular capacity.