Summer Adventure Fun for Families!

capemay.jpgSummer 2008 Adventure!

Here’s a short list of the fun adventures that our family undertook during Summer of ’08!  Fabulous, educational and quirky are perfect adjectives to describe what we encountered!

  • Nature’s Castles at Longwood Gardens: (Kennet Square, PA):  an exhibit of three amazing tree houses integrated into the landscape of an exquisite horticultural showplace. (
  • Cape May Whale Watcher:  sailing from Cape May, this boat does its very best, during a 2 or 3 hour sai,l to locate dolphins, porpoises and whales on the Atlantic Ocean coast of New Jersey. (
  • Real Pirates:  The Untold Story of the Whydah:  at the Franklin Institue of Philadelphia, this is an incredibly unique and authentic venture into the lives of real pirates – their lifestyle, habits, loot and so much more!  (Franklin Institute)
  • Eastern State Penitentiary:  huge, creepy and educational all describe this prison, closed and basically untouched since 1971, located in downtown Philadelphia. (
  • Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania:  this small Pocono mountain town features beautiful Victorian architecture dating back to its rich coal mining history.  Some stand out attractions include:  the Harry Packer Mansion that was the inspiration for Disney’s Haunted Mansion, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum, the Mauch Chunk Switchback Gravity Rail Road better known as the first roller coaster of the Olde Prison, a long defunct prison replete with both lore and history. (
  • Concerts and Plays: concerts and plays included Mamma Mia, Spam-a-Lot, Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi!
  • Annapolis, Maryland: our family loves this water front town with its sense of history, delicious crabs and fabulous shopping.  Our favorite hotel is the new Westin which has a cool zen vibe and allows pets! (The Westin, Annapolis Visitor Information)

I hope you’re inspired by the very busy summer that we’ve had and explore one of these “adventures” with your family!  If I had to choose only two of the above, I’d definitely make time for the Pirate exhibit and a day trip to Jim Thorpe!  Enjoy!

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