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Northeast USA Attractions

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Quechee Gorge Village, Vermont

  U.S. Route 4 - Quechee, VT              
Quechee Gorge Village, located in the heart of the Quechee Gorge and originally established in 1985, has since evolved into one of the premier shopping attractions in the state of Vermont, featuring a rich plethora of antiques, collectibles, and craft dealers and several other memorable attractions!
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Grand Central Terminal, New York State
  42nd Street and Park Avenue - New York, NY              
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Grand Central Terminal turns 100 in 2013 and the celebration is starting the party early with the 11th annual Holiday Train Show! In a brand new layout by Lionel, model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand Central on their way North on a 34' long, two-level "O" gauge layout. Vintage model trains from the Museum's collection are on display joined by stunning New York Central railroad posters harkening back to Grand Central's heyday as the nexus of long distance and commuter train travel. Presented by New York Transit Museum.
Grand Central has become a midtown destination for five exquisite restaurants and cocktail lounges, 20 casual international eateries in the lower level Dining Concourse, gourmet foods from the Grand Central Market and the 50 unique specialty shops throughout the concourses, all in to addition to transportation.
Grand Central has also transformed itself into a venue for ongoing public events. Throughout the year, Vanderbilt Hall, the Terminal's 12,000 square foot former Main Waiting Room, is the site for ongoing free promotions and entertainment ranging from tennis exhibits to the annual Holiday Fair which brings 72 craftsmen, artisans and international importers to the Terminal selling an outstanding array of merchandise for holiday gifts.
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City Hall, New York State
  Broadway and Park Row - New York, NY              
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The building depicted above is New York City's third City Hall. Constructed from 1803-1812, it was designed by John McComb, Jr. and Joseph-Francois Mangin. The building has undergone many restorations during its almost two hundred-year history. The original copper roof of City Hall was installed in 1811; it was replaced in 1853, and five years later, due to fire damage, replaced again. Additional work on the roof was undertaken in the early part of this century. Since that time, the last recorded work on the roof was undertaken in 1970, when roof openings were installed to accommodate new air conditioning units.
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Allegany State Park, New York State
  2373 ASP Rte 1, Ste 3 - Salamanca, NY              
Allegany State Park’s 65,000 acres is known for its primitive forested valleys, un-glaciated landscape, fall leaves and wildlife. The two developed areas, Red House and Quaker, make this the largest state park in the system. Both areas offer sand beaches, picnic areas, museums, hiking trails and naturalist walks.
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Lake Compounce, Connecticut
  822 Lake Avenue - Bristol, CT              
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Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterparks, New Jersey
  3501 Boardwalk - Wildwood, NJ              
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Enjoy THREE action packed piers including Morey’s Mariner’s Landing, Surfside and Adventure Piers with lots of games and amusements rides for all, from the kids to the Xtreme rides. Visit TWO unique beachfront waterparks: Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club where guests can rent cabanas and enjoy a massage and other spa services, AND the exciting Raging Waters Waterpark.
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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.
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Acadia National Park
  Rock- bound shore of Mount Desert Island - Maine, ME              
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Arcadia National Park is located in Maine on the rock- bound shore of Mount Desert Island. Here you will find granite cliffs side by side with sand, cobblestone beaches and glacier-carved mountains rising from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. The geography of Acadia National Park ranges from meadows and marshes to dense evergreen forests. Everywhere the ocean makes its presence felt, whether by sight, sound or smell. The National Park Service (NPS) protects this unique resource and provides a variety of visitor services.
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Funtown, Maine
  774 Portland Road - Saco, ME              
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At Funtown U.S.A., fun comes in all shapes and sizes. The park is the home of Maine's only wooden roller coaster Excalibur, Northern New England's largest vertical thrill ride Dragon's Descent, New England's longest and tallest log flume ride Thunder Falls, and our phenomenal collection of kiddie rides. The huge selection of games, shops and family fun activities provides something for everyone. Click on the buttons below to learn what we have in store for you.
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Camden Children's Garden, New Jersey
  3 Riverside Drive - Camden, NJ              
Designed for children and families. It is a special place to explore and discover the natural world. The four-acre garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play. The Garden is located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia and adjacent to the Adventure Aquarium, Susquehanna Bank Center, Battleship New Jersey and Riversharks Baseball. The Children's Garden is easily accessible by the RiverLink Ferry from Penn's Landing, the PATCO High Speedline, or the River Line train.
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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.
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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.
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Islamic Center, Washington DC
  2551 Massachusetts Ave NW - Washington, DC              
"In November 1944, the idea for building a Mosque in Washington DC was born through a discussion between Mr. M. Abu Al Hawa and the former Ambassador of Egypt, Mr. Mahmood Hassan Pasha.
Soon thereafter, a handful of diplomats and American Muslims formed the Washington Mosque Foundation. The Foundation’s membership quickly grew to include representatives from every Islamic nation in the world and American citizens. They all supported the Foundation’s appeal for funds. They managed to raise enough money that enabled them to purchase the land that the Center sits on now on Washington’s “Embassy Row”. They purchased the land on April 30, 1946, and laid the cornerstone on January 11, 1949.
Finally, with its completion, the Islamic Center’s dedication ceremony took place on June 28, 1957. Former United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke for the American representatives. In his address, he praised the Islamic world’s “traditions of learning and rich culture” which have “for centuries contributed to the building of civilization.” He affirmed America’s founding principle of religious freedom and stated that: “America would fight with her whole strength for your right to have here your own church and worship according to your own conscience. This concept is indeed a part of America, and without that concept we would be something else than what we are.”
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Ice Skating at Schenley Park, Pennsylvania
  Schenley Oval on Overlook Dr. - Pittsburgh, PA              
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The Schenley Park Skating Rink is open for ice skating during the winter. Throughout the winter the rink operates daily and offers a variety of public sessions and special sessions such as family nights, adults only nights and college ID discount sessions. The facility hosts three special events: "Skate with Santa" in December, "Mascot Skate" in January, and "Valentines on Ice" in February. The Schenley Park Skating Rink also features a meeting/banquet room with kitchen available for rental year-round.
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Casino Pier, New Jersey
  800 Ocean Terrace - Seaside Heights, NJ              
Welcome to Casino Beach Pier located on the beautiful Jersey Shore Atlantic Ocean in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The Casino Pier is a “Family Fun and Sun Resort” historically known for offering an unforgettable Jersey Shore experience.
New Jersey’s most exciting family water park just got even better. Breakwater Beach, the Pier's newly renovated water park, is the ultimate summer experience for your family.
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Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pennsylvania
  1 Wild Place - Pittsburgh, PA              
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Dutch Wonderland, Pennsylvania
  2249 Route 30 East - Lancaster, PA              
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A History of Providing Family Fun
In 1963 the Clark family of Lancaster, PA, founded DUTCH WONDERLAND Family Amusement Park. With just 18 acres and 4 rides it quickly became a welcome destination for family fun. Over the years DUTCH WONDERLAND has grown to 48 acres and over 30 rides, special shows and attractions, and related properties including DISCOVER LANCASTER COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM, OLD MILLSTREAM Campground, WONDERLAND Mini-Golf, and The Gift House at Kitchen Kettle Village.
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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.
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White House, Washington DC
  1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW - Washington, DC              
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For two hundred years, the White House has stood as a symbol of the Presidency, the United States government, and the American people. Its history, and the history of the nation’s capital, began when President George Washington signed an Act of Congress in December of 1790 declaring that the federal government would reside in a district "not exceeding ten miles square…on the river Potomac." President Washington, together with city planner Pierre L’Enfant, chose the site for the new residence, which is now 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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ECHO Lake Aquarium, Vermont
  One College Street - Burlington, VT              
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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, educates and delights visitors about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin.
Enjoying a beautiful Lakefront location and privy to stunning views, ECHO is one of the most striking and unique locales in Vermont. Come enjoy the amazing exhibits showcasing the fantastic marine life and history of the Champlain Basin! ECHO offers all sorts of scientific wonders and insights for you to absorb. ECHO also provides extensive resources for community events.
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Franklin Park Zoo, Massachusetts
  One Franklin Park Road - Boston, MA              
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Commonwealth Zoological Corporation dba Zoo New England is the private, non-profit corporation that operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Zoo New England subsists on earned revenues and state, private, and corporate funding. Its mission is to be a pre-eminent conservator of endangered animal species, and to provide world-class resources for conservation education.
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Jolly Roger, Maryland
  30th Street and Coastal Highway - 2901 Coastal Highway - Ocean City, MD              
Take a whirl on the fast and furious Riptide Express, or challenge the twists, turns and drops of our Wild Mouse Roller Coaster, the newest roller coaster at the beach. Dive from death defying heights on our world famous Skycoaster, or for the less daring take a 45-foot plunge from our new Lighthouse drop tower. Then, when you're ready for a break, enjoy cool delights from one of our many concession stands. Try your skill at one of our Midway Games or just view the scenery on the Jolly Roger Express, our 1952 antique train. Jolly Roger Amusement Park has rides and games the whole family can enjoy. And as always, there is never a charge to just relax and stroll through Ocean City's only full-service Family Amusement Facility.
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Freedom Trail, Massachusetts
  99 Chauncy Street, suite 401 - Boston, MA              
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Goodness knows the world had its share of problems in 1951. The Korean War was raging in the Far East, while race riots flared in the Midwest. America was testing old atomic bombs in Las Vegas, and detonating new hydrogen ones in the Marshall Islands. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was fired for being a relentless hawk, the week after Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for allegedly hawking atomic secrets. Actor Ronald Reagan co-starred with a chimp in Bedtime for Bonzo, and red-baiting Sen. Joe McCarthy co-starred with a similar crew, in the infamous House Un-American Activities Commitee.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Dinosaur Land, Virginia
  3848 Stonewall Jackson Highway - White Post, VA              
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Elizabeth Park
   - Connecticut, CT              
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The area which is now known as Elizabeth Park was once owned by Charles H. Pond. Mr. Pond was a wealthy industrialist and statesman whose career included the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Hartford National Bank, and Treasurer of the State of Connecticut.
Today the park encompasses 102 acres and boasts many garden areas, pathways, greenhouses, lawns, a picnic grove, a pond and recreation areas.