Edi­tor’s Itin­er­ary

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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.

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