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Philadelphia

philadelphia_pennsylvania_statueEducational student tours, student travel, field trips, and class trips to Philadelphia are growing in popularity. From sea to shining sea, Adventure Student Travel takes you to the best and most popular destinations in the United States and the “City of Brotherly Love” is quickly becoming a great choice for educational groups.

Normally the Liberty Bell comes to mind when thinking about Philadelphia. This American Symbol of National Pride is on display and is visited by numerous people each year. There is, however, a whole lot more available to see and experience in Philly. Philadelphia stands as one of the great destinations for student groups interested in our national history. From Ben Franklin to Betsy Ross to George Washington, Philadelphia tours give you the opportunity to see where our nation was originally founded.

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Philadelphia 3-day Educational Tour

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This 2 day trip will allow your group to experience a variety of attraction Philadelphia has to offer.

    •  Two Nights Lodging
    •  America’s Oldest Zoo
    •  Two Museums

Attractions

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary is a historic site located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The prison was founded in 1829. It was in use for 142 years, closing in 1971. At one time, the penitentiary was the most expensive building in the United States. The Wagon wheel floor plan was the model used to reform criminals. This model focused on strict isolation of the prisoners. There are 300 prisons over four continents that have since adopted this model. The location is also known for its grand architecture. Your student group is sure to experience interesting sights while touring the facility. There are various options to consider when planning a trip. These may include but are not limited to: hands-on history demonstrations, interactive audio voice tours, and observing exhibits in the prison Museums. There is a fun scavenger hunt that is also offered to students as part of the experience. The hands-on history tours involve group participation. They are offered in the regular season but can also be booked in the winter months. These demonstrations are shorter in length usually five minutes or less. One possible choice is for you to learn how to unlock an escape-proof iron cell door. The penitentiary has housed some famous prisoners. These include, Willie Sutton and AL Capone. While touring the location your student group will be able to see Capone’s restored 19th century cell, hear stories of inmate escapes, and marvel at the exquisite art installations. There is also an annual tour for your student group to consider called “Behind Terror Walls.” This is offered in the fall. Eastern State Penitentiary is a one of a kind prison with an interesting historical background.

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University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia. The perspective students in the group will experience life on campus through a group tour and information session. The information session is presented by someone in the admissions office and is 1 hour in length. The walking tour lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. The guides will be current Penn students. The University welcomes visitors of all ages. The campus group tours and information sessions are offered to high school students interested in attending the college. If you have elementary or junior high students, your group can go on a self-guided tour. There are also under graduate sessions offered at various times depending on the specific school. There are a number of extra interesting locations to take the students in order to enhance the campus visit. These include the following: the Penn Museum, the Penn Bookstore, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Arthur Ross Gallery, campus Cultural Resource Centers, Campus Art Galleries, and Penn Park. The students may also want to experience the city of Philadelphia.

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Adventure Aquarium

Adventure Aquarium is located on the Delaware riverfront in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Students and educators will get up close and personal with the underwater world. The location features exhibits with over 8,500 aquatic species on display. There are a variety of animals for the students to explore. Featured animals include the following: African Black-footed Penguins, Orinoco Crocodiles, Bamboo Sharks, a Snake Neck Turtle, and the Hammerhead Shark. There are also birds and other species featured as well. There are fascinating exhibits to view at this one-of-a-kind location. Featured exhibits include: Creature Feature, Caribbean Currents, the Jules Verne Gallery, Kid Zone, Ocean Realm, Penguin Island, Shark Realm, Stingray Beach Club, Touch a Shark, West African River Experience, and the 4 D Theater. The Caribbean Currents contains 15 different exhibits which feature exotic and amazing creatures. The Shark Realm exhibit contains the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast. Students will get the chance to view several types of sharks and other animals. These include: Sand Tiger Sharks, Sandbar Sharks, and Nurse Sharks.

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African American Museum

The African American Museum is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the first institution to be built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. The location features collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. The student group will learn about fascinating individuals and their role in the African American culture. The Museum offers a variety of educational activities for groups of all ages. Featured activities include: guided tours, film screenings, hands-on arts, craft activities, and traveling trunks. The group tours offered may be docent-led or self-guided tours. The group tours last 45-60 minutes. The students will get an overview of the museum exhibits, which will include their core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876. The group will also view temporary exhibits. The Museum contains a variety of collections for the students to explore during the visit. Featured collections include the following: the Jack T. Franklin Collection, and the Civic Center Collection. The artifacts that are preserved document the history and culture of African Americans and people of the African Diaspora. Featured subjects include: civil rights organizations and activities, Negro baseball league memorabilia, and the performing and visual arts.

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Independence Seaport Museum

Credit: Independence Seaport Museum

Credit: Independence Seaport Museum

The Independence Seaport Museum is located in Philadelphia. Visitors can explore Philadelphia’s interesting past and present. Connect yourself with the water through art and artifacts, interactive exhibits, the workshop on the water, and two historic ships- the Olympia and the Becuna. The museum is within walking distance of the Liberty Bell. There are various exhibitions presented for the student group at the location. Exhibitions include: Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware, O, Sugar! The Magical Transformation from Cane to Candy, Disasters on the Delaware: Rescues on the River, Olympia: Launching the American Century, Homeport Philadelphia, Coming to America, Philadelphia and the China Trade, and Ship Via Philadelphia. The Disasters on the Delaware: Rescues on the River exhibition lets students explore the disasters that unfolded as the Delaware developed into a watery highway for trade and commerce while experiencing all of the misfortunes, along with the miracles and the lessons learned. The exhibit also introduces historical prints and newspaper headlines that were used to broadcast and memorialize these terrible marine catastrophes. The Museum also offers educational tours to students and educators. The newest tour is titled Gunpowder and Glory. The tour is a behind-the-scenes experience of the cruiser Olympia. An expert will take up to 5 guests down in the engine room of the ship, weaponry systems and other areas not seen by the general public. Students will finish the historic experience by firing one of Olympia’s six-pounders!

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Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

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The Philadelphia Zoo is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The location features over 1300 animals. Other options include the following: dining, shopping, exhibits and other attractions. Dining options include: Smokehouse BBQ, Tiger Terrace, Philly Cheese Steak, and healthy options. If you love animals and beautiful landscape, then the Philadelphia Zoo is the right location to visit! There are several different types of animals which include the following: Most Endangered Animals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, and Mammals. The Most Endangered Animals exhibit contains the following: the Amur leopard, the Bali-mynah, the Blue-eyed black lemur, the Chinese Alligator, the Guam rail bird, Micronesian Kingfisher birds, the Panamanian Golden frog, the American Alligator, and many others. Birds of Prey include: the Andean Condor, the Northern Bald Eagler, and the Turkey Vulture. Other exhibits and attractions include the following: the Amazon Rainforest Carousel, Lorikeet Encounters, the Draft Horse, Camel Safari, and Swan boats. These will all make your student group visit more memorable! The Philadelphia Zoo is a one-of-a-kind destination and a must-see during the trip to Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Zoo offers educational exhibits and programs for your student group to enjoy. The exhibits are interactive and hands-on. There are indoor and outdoor activities. Indoor activities include: observing coral reef fish, beautiful butterflies, colorful parakeets, desert ants, and other interesting animals. Outdoor exhibit area includes a barnyard where the students can pet and brush some rare breeds of goats and sheep, meet free-ranging chickens, and also feed ducks, all while learning about animal characteristics, adaptations and behavior.

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Valley Forge

Valley Forge is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The location is significant because of the fact that it was the 177-78 encampment for the army during the Revolutionary War. The location has a visitor center which contains the encampment store and a collection of museum exhibits pertaining to the winter encampment and the Revolutionary War. There are also various tours offered to student groups. The students can take a ranger led guided walking tour that is 40-minutes in length and is a 1.4 mile trip. The tour will cover a variety of topics from the winter encampment and the American Revolution. When the walk is finished, students can learn about camp life by touring the replica log huts as well as the surrounding historic area of the Muhlenberg Brigade. Guests can also enjoy a Trolley tour. You will climb aboard an old fashioned trolley and take a tour of Valley Forge. The ride lasts 90-minutes. There are extended stops at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts and Washington’s Headquarters. The students can participate in a variety of activities listed in the guide book that will be given at the beginning of the visit to Valley Forge. Upon successful completion of these fun tasks, students will receive a junior ranger badge for their efforts.

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Vietnam War Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located on Spruce Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The location is one of the city’s hidden treasures, representing a solemn and fitting testament to the sacrifices of 646 “native sons.” The south wall of the memorial is a semi-circle that contains the 646 names slightly raised in the center on a higher plane which is opposite of the north wall. The student group will be able to view the “wall of scenes” which is comprised of 10 panels, which include 8 images of famous war photographs. The panels are seven-foot-by-five-foot and depict scenes beginning with the launching of aircraft from a US carrier in August of 1964 and the concluding scene is the rescue of Vietnamese refugees. You will find that between both walls that there are a series of four raised levels with granite ledges which lead up to the south wall containing the names of those individuals whose “home of record” was Philadelphia. The memorial was dedicated in 1987.

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National Constitution Center

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The National Constitution Center is steps from the Liberty Bell and is an essential part of the historical experience in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The location offers several fun options for student groups. Students can take a guided tour, enjoy daily museum programs, and view a feature exhibition. The visit will begin with a live, multimedia performance Freedom Rising, which is a stirring, 17-minute journey from 1787 to the present. After the presentation, the group can explore the story of we the people which is an interactive exhibition that illuminates America’s constitutional history, and the iconic signers’ hall, where you can sign the constitution which is alongside 42 bronze, life-size statues of the Founding Fathers. The museum features exhibitions and has a store for visitors to browse during the trip. There is a main exhibition as well as feature exhibitions that can be included in the visit. Featured exhibitions include the following: SLAVERY AT Jefferson’s MONTECELLO, AMERICAN SPIRITS, HEADED TO THE WHITE HOUSE, and LINCOLN: THE CONSTITUTION AND THE CIVIL WAR. The Town Hall Program is another option for your group to consider when planning your visit to the Constitution Center Museum. Educational programs are offered to your students and are fascinating. Featured programs include: Exhibition Gallery Talks, Living News, Balance of Powers, Civil War Artifact Cart, Decoding the Document: Emancipation Proclamation, and the Giant Constitutional Board Game. The Civil War Artifact Cart involves the students searching for clues from the past and being able to handle authentic artifacts from the Civil War.

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Liberty Bell

Liberty BellThe Liberty Bell Center is located close to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The location houses the iconic historic landmark known as the Liberty Bell. The student group can listen to presentations about the history of the bell. You can observe the bell through glass with Independence Hall in the background. The experience will be unforgettable! The students will have the opportunity to view larger-than-life graphical images and historical documents where you will discover the facts and myths about the bell. X-rays give visitors a glimpse of the inside of the cracked bell and her inner workings. There is also a history film available shown in quiet alcoves of the center. The film traces how abolitionists, suffragists and other groups adopted the bell as a symbol of freedom. Other exhibits show how the image of the bell was used on everything from ice-cream molds to wind chimes. The Bell now known as the Liberty Bell was cast in the Whitechapel Foundry in the East End of London and was sent to the current location in 1753. It was an impressive looking object and had a pound clapper. The inscription was part of a biblical verse from Leviticus, “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

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Independence Hall

 

Independence Hall

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Located in Philadelphia, Independence hall is a place for your student group to enjoy. This location is a significant part of history. Prior to the current name, it was originally known as the Pennsylvania State House. This is the place where the Declaration of Independence was argued and finally adopted. The United States Constitution was also signed at this location. The students will experience fascinating views of the past and can also enjoy the rest of the park. The hall is also well-known for the housing of the Second Continental Congress which consisted of a group of men from the Thirteen British colonies of North America. The building is part of the Independence National Historic Park. The Declaration of Independence was read to the public at the place known as Independence Square. A picture of this piece of American history is engraved on the back of the bicentennial Kennedy half dollar. There is also a picture of the building printed on the back of the U.S 100 dollar bill. Within the hall, there is a room known as the Assembly room of which a picture is printed on the United States 2 dollar bill as well. Your student group won’t want to miss this exciting part of our historical culture! During the tour, there are some interesting visual elements to view. For example, you will see the courtroom where lawyers from opposing sides shared law books and tables. You can also see George Washington’s “rising sun” chair. The original inkstand that was used to sign the Declaration and an original draft of the Constitution are displayed in the West Wing of the building.

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Franklin Institute Science Center

Franklin InstituteLocated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Franklin institute is a hands-on science museum with an IMAX theater and a planetarium. The student group will enjoy this thrilling experience. Featured exhibitions include: the Sports Challenge, the Train Factory, A Full Weather Station, The Franklin Airshow, the Amazing Machine, Space Command, The Giant Heart, and Electricity. There are several different scientific disciplines from sports to space for the students to explore. There is also an indoor sky bike. The planetarium is the second oldest in North America. Founded in 1824, the Franklin institute was built in honor of Benjamin Franklin due to his inventiveness in the field of science. It is located in Independence hall. In 1934, the current building was under construction and due to the Fels Planetarium being nearby, the museum became hands-on. The IMAX Theater and the Mandell Center were added in 1990. Today, this science museum is the most visited museum in Pennsylvania. The rotunda houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. It contains a 20 foot statue of Franklin, the scientist and founding Father.

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Fort Mifflin

FM_Front-GateFort Mifflin is the only fort located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the only intact Revolutionary War battlefield. The location is considered to be a national historic landmark. There are events throughout the year that highlight the Fort’s long service to the United States. They feature uniformed or period attired interpretive guides and reenactors. Student group tours are available during the year. During the visit, the students will stand on a Revolutionary War battlefield, inside a Civil War prison and next to a magazine storing gunpowder during World War II. The location also offers educational programs for students of all ages. Featured programs include the following: Stars and Stripes: The American Flag Story, A Soldier’s Story: Revolutionary War Soldier Life, A Soldier’s Story: Civil War Life, and Blood, Sweat and Tears Civil War Medicine. During A Soldier’s Story: Revolutionary War Soldier Life, the students will learn about how late 18th century soldiers lived prior to the war, the recruitment process, what type of training they received, the items issued, and what the conditions were like in the field, specifically at Fort Mifflin in 1777. One of the students will get the opportunity to wear the outfit of a soldier along with the equipment required by a soldier in 1777.

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Congress Hall

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Credit: Congress Hall NPS.GOV


Congress Hall is located near Independence Hall. The building was constructed from 1787-1789. It was a County Court House and was also the meeting place for the senate and the House of Representatives. The building has been restored as much as possible. There were special events that occurred at Congress Hall. There are ranger led programs that are available for your student group to consider. The building is a 2 story Georgian structure that characterized the roles of Congress. On the second floor, you will find that the carpet has the American eagle encircled with the 13 original States. The House of Representatives met on the top floor. There are also larger-than-life images of Marie Antwanette and Louis XVI which were gifts from the French Government. John Adams and George Washington were inaugurated in this building. The first political parties were created at the location as well. Come see this fascinating landmark when planning your trip!

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Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House

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The Betsy Ross House is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Betsy was a seamstress who is known to have made the first American Flag. She was a widow and lived at the location. The house has a gift shop with an exhibit area and historical tours available for your student group to explore. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without a student tour to the Betsy Ross House. They offer student group tours during the visit. They will be personally introduced to Betsy in her upholstery shop. Students will also learn about her fascinating life and career. Featured topics include the following: Betsy’s undercover activities, her family life, and the iconic flag sowing story. There are also audio tours offered as well. The war for independence left many women without spouses. The famous flag maker lost three husbands and was left with seven children. She did not have enough resources to support her family but possessed skills as a seamstress. She operated her business until the age of 70 and died at the age of 84.

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Academy of Natural Sciences

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Credit: Will Klein

The Academy of Natural Sciences is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are many interesting and fun activities for your student group to enjoy during the visit. There are events and programs and fascinating exhibits. The location also features a Fossil Prep Lab, a Butterfly Garden, and historic dioramas. The academy offers educational programs for students. The programs take a hands-on approach. The Outside In program lets students explore outdoor animals inside the discovery center. Specific animals include the following: a tortoise, a rabbit, a legless lizard, and a hissing cockroach. The student group will investigate different habitats, examine a real meteorite, search for fossil footprints, dig for shark teeth, watch a working beehive, and much more! Other programs include: The Big Dig, and Butterflies. Featured exhibits include the following: Dinosaur Hall, Secrets of the Diorama, Marveling at Mollusks, Science at the Academy, What Eats What, and We Wrote the Book. Secrets of the Diorama shows the students about the history of the dioramas and they will also get to see how the paintings, plants, and animals were created. The exhibition Marveling at Mollusks displays nearly 100 specimens that are from the scientific collections of the Academy’s Malacology Department.

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