Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Welcome Summer Series: Arboretums, Gardens and FREE National Parks
Looking for some outdoor fun this Wednesday?
In the Philly area, nature takes a "boug" at Tyler Arboretum and their Totally Terrific Treehouses which runs through September 27, 2009. The exhibit began last year with 17 houses; this year they've been cut down to 10 and each one is more interactive and just bigger and better! It's a great 'morning field trip' (there's not enough to do to spend the entire day)... pack a picnic lunch and be sure to visit the Butterfly House which is along the walking trail. Open 9 am daily, admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children 3 and older.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY "BACK TO NATURE" EXPERIENCES: Go out on a limb... and get a bird's eye view of the Tree Adventure at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. Nature's Castles can be seen at Longwood Gardens... once there, be sure to check out Fountains & Fireworks, Family Firefly Nights, and the Bees Bats and Bugs exhibit. OR Come outside and Play at the Camden Children's Garden.
The NATIONAL PARK SERVICE is offering a "Fee FREE Weekend" August 15-16, 2009. Here is a list of parks that you can easily take public transportation to from your Amtrak station.
Adams National Historic Park
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
Nauset Light, Eastham
Independence / Liberty Bell National Historic Park
Edgar Alan Poe National Historic Site
NEW YORK CITY AREA:
Catle Clinton National Monument
Governors Island National Memorial
Status of Liberty / Ellis Island National Monument
Fort McHenry National Memorial and Historic Shrine
Clara Barton National Historic Site
WASHINGTON DC AREA:
Capitol Hill Parks
National Capital Parks