The essential things to see and do in Philadelphia, plus a 90-minute visit to a familyfriendly riverside attraction.
This site founded by J. Welles Henderson has been offering an insightful look at the region’s waterways since 1960, when it was known as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum. In 1995, the museum took its current name and moved to its current location at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware Waterfront.
Start inside at the exhibition “Patriots and Pirates,” which tells the story of the U.S. Navy (and its encounters with buccaneers). From here, check out key artifacts, like the bridge from the U.S.S. Lawrence, which was built in Camden, New Jersey, just across the river. For something a little more hands-on, climb aboard Diligence, a 102-foot full-size model of the 1797 original schooner, and glimpse 18thcentury life at sea.
Outside, you’ll find the Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna (pictured), National Historic Landmark ships that have been berthed at the museum since 1996.
Launched in 1892, the Cruiser Olympia is the oldest surviving American naval warship from its era and the oldest floating steel warship. It served as Commodore Dewey’s flagship when he won the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War.
In her heyday, the Subma- rine Becuna (aka “Becky”), a WWII and Cold War-era submersible, patrolled the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, sinking 3.5 Japanese merchant ships and “eavesdropping” on Soviet submarines.
Correction: The Family Fun Guide incorrectly lists information for the museum. Admission prices are $17; seniors/ students/military $12; children under 3 free. Historic ships are open Th-Sa, 10 am-8 pm through Labor Day.