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AD­VEN­TURE AQUAR­IUM— Nearly 200,000 square feet of sea life and wildlife can be ob­served in this fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity just across the Delaware River on the Cam­den wa­ter­front. See hip­pos in the West African River Ex­pe­ri­ence, catch pen­guins swim­ming on Pen­guin Is­land, and gaze at sharks in a 40-foot walk­through tun­nel. Neigh­bors Cam­den Chil­dren’s Gar­den. Tick­ets: $21-28, free ages un­der 2. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. www.ad­ven­tureaquar­ium.com. 1 River­side Dr., Cam­den, N.J., 856.365.3300. Map 1, 4K

CITY HALL AND TOWER— City Hall is the world’s tallest ma­sonry struc­ture and the coun­try’s largest mu­nic­i­pal build­ing. Tours de­part City Hall Vis­i­tor Cen­ter M-F at 12:30 pm ($8-12); or, take in views from the top of the tower M-F 9:30 am- 4:15 pm ($4- 6). Closed week­ends and all city hol­i­days. www. phlvis­i­tor­center.com. Broad and Mar­ket streets, 215.686.2840. Map 1, H5

EASTERN STATE PEN­I­TEN­TIARY HIS­TORIC SITE— Once the most fa­mous and ex­pen­sive prison in the world, Eastern State Pen­i­ten­tiary is now a haunt­ing, crum­bling, aban­doned place re­mem­bered for its no­to­ri­ous cap­tives. Tours in­clude cell­blocks, soli­tary pun­ish­ment cells, Al Capone’s cell and death row. Tick­ets: $10-14. Open daily 10 am-5 pm (last en­try 4 pm). www.east­ern­state.org. 2027 Fairmount Ave., 215.236.3300. Map 1, F2

FAIRMOUNT PARK HOUSES— These 18th- and 19th-cen­tury man­sions, which fea­ture pe­riod fur­nish­ings, are con­sid­ered to be some of the finest ex­am­ples of early Amer­i­can homes. Call each house first for sea­sonal hours. $5-8, $5 se­niors ages 65 and over, free chil­dren ages 6-12. Tours of man­sions are of­fered by the Park House Guides. parkcharms.com.

FREE LI­BRARY OF PHILADEL­PHIA: CEN­TRAL LI­BRARY— Unique hold­ings run the gamut from 4,000-year-old clay tablets to a col­lec­tion of or­ches­tral mu­sic that num­bers more than 13,000 com­po­si­tions and, of course, lots of books. Au­thor events are fre­quent, as no­table writ­ers of­ten make this a stop on na­tional book tours. Open M-Th 9 am-9 pm, F 9 am- 6 pm, Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. www.freel­i­brary.org. 1901 Vine St., 215.686.5322. Map 1, G3

LAU­REL HILL CEME­TERY— Founded by li­brar­ian and Quaker John Jay Smith in late 1836, this burial ground was in­tended as a ru­ral lo­ca­tion away from Cen­ter City and avoided any re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion. Just off Kelly Drive, these scenic grounds are the fi­nal rest­ing place of nu­mer­ous fig­ures in Philadel­phia his­tory, in­clud­ing as­tronomer and in­ven­tor David Rit­ten­house. Open M-F 8 am- 4:30 pm, Sa-Su 9:30 am- 4:30 pm. www.the­lau­rel­hill­ceme­tery.org. 3822 Ridge Ave., 215.228.8200. Map 1, D2

PHILADEL­PHIA ZOO— Amer­ica’s first zoo is a Vic­to­rian-land­scaped, 42-acre area hous­ing more than 1,300 an­i­mals in nat­u­ral­is­tic habi­tats. Be sure to hop aboard the Chan­nel 6 Zoobal­loon and em­bark on a soar­ing sa­fari 400 feet above Philadel­phia. This month: Easter Bunny Brunch, April 15-16. Tick­ets: $18-20, free for ages un­der 2. Open daily 9:30 am-5 pm. www.philadel­phi­a­zoo.org. 3400 W. Gi­rard Ave., 215.243.1100. Map 1, C2

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