Ex­plore

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In Philadel­phia, fam­i­lies and his­tory buffs are in luck. The In­de­pen­dence Sea­port Museum ( 211 S. Colum­bus Blvd., 215.413.8655,

phill­y­sea­port.org) of­fers guided tours of the Olympia, which was first launched in 1892 and is the old­est steel war­ship cur­rently afloat in the world, and the Be­cuna, a sub­ma­rine de­ployed dur­ing World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War and the Viet­nam War. When hunger strikes, head over to Moshulu ( 401 S. Colum­bus Blvd., 215.923.2500, moshulu.com), where the world’s old­est and largest four­masted tall ship does dou­ble duty as a bar and restau­rant. Across the way in nearby Cam­den, New Jersey, Bat­tle­ship New Jersey ( 62 Bat­tle­ship Place, Cam­den, New Jersey, 856.966.1652, bat­tle­ship­new­jer­sey.org), which was helmed by Ad­mi­ral “Bull” Halsey and re­mains Amer­ica’s most dec­o­rated war­ship, also gives a glimpse into the area’s naval his­tory. Be­yond his­toric ships, fam­i­lies with kids in tow have two more pop­u­lar spots on the banks of the Delaware River to ex­plore. At Blue Cross RiverRink Sum­merfest ( 101 N. Colum­bus Blvd., 215.925-RINK, delawareriver wa­ter­front.com), vis­i­tors en­joy car­ni­val games, an ur­ban beach, a boathouse-style lodge, a mini golf course, an out­door roller rink and a 60-foot-tall Fer­ris wheel with seem­ingly end­less views. Spruce Street Har­bor Park ( Colum­bus Blvd. and Spruce St., 215.922.2386, delawareriver­wa­ter­front.com), lo­cated just down the road, is a ham­mock-laden ham­let com­plete with board­walk-style games, a beer gar­den, an over­wa­ter net lounge and bites from some of the city’s best-loved eater­ies, in­clud­ing Franklin Foun­tain, Chickie’s and Pete’s and Distrito.

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