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  • The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

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  • Sesame Place
  • Dorney Park Wildwater Kingdom
  • Six Flags
  • Hershey Park

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    Recreation

    Philadelphia Recreation Department
    1515 Arch Street, 10th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19102-1587
    Phone 215-683-3600


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    Parks and Rivers

    Fairmount Park System
    4,400-acres parks not only borders the Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Creek, is actually a city-wide park system, with 63 separate parks of all sizes and types covering 8,900 acres. From the city's original squares laid out by William Penn to the Manayunk Canal reclaimed from industrial to recreational use, from South Philadelphia to the Far northeast, the parks serve every community.
    Fairmount Park Commission
    Please call General Park Information at (215) 685-0000.
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    Education Centers

    The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
    Exploring the natural world at the Schuylkill Center is an activity enjoyed by nearly 50,000 Philadelphia area residents each year. The Center offers a variety of outdoor and indoor natural history and environmental science programs for all ages. Nature-oriented programs, as well as birthday parties, seasonal festivals, and public education programs are offered for individuals and families seven days a week.
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Address: 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128
  • 215-482-7300
  • Price Ranges: $5/person to $10/person

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    Amusement Parks

    Sesame Place
    Sesame Place
    Splash down a 5-story water slide beneath an eight-foot-tall Rubber Duckie. Be Super Grover's super-partner in a thrilling roller coaster adventure to the edge of the solar system. Take a family stroll through the SesameNeighborhood, a full-size outdoor recreation of the classic Sesame Street television show set where parents have a chance to meet their childhood chums, Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and the Count.
    Call 215-752-7070 for more information.
    Sesame Place
    Location: Just outside of Philadelphia
    100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA 19047
    From Philadelphia (30 minutes)
    Hours: Opens typically at 10am and closes between 5pm and 8pm depending on date
    Tickets: Adult and Child (Ages 2+) - $34.95


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    Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
    Splash into Wildwater Kingdom and ride mega-coasters in Dorney Park.
    Call 610-395-3724 for more information.
    Location: Outside of Philadelphia in Allentown, PA
    Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, 3830 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, PA 18104
    Only 60 minutes or less from Philadelphia,
    Take the PA Turnpike North toward Allentown.
    Check website for schedules. Not Open All Year Round.
    Hours: Opens typically at 10am and closes between 7:30pm and 11pm depending on date
    Tickets: ages 4 – 59, 48 inches & taller in shoes - $19.00 to $33.50 depending on time of year and day of the week


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    Six Flags Great Adventure
    Six Flags Great Adventure, America's No. 1 seasonal theme park, features the most rides worldwide plus exciting shows and attractions. The Six Flags Wild Safari is the world's largest drive-thru safari outside of Africa. This incredible wildlife preserve is home to more than 1,200 wild animals, roaming freely on 350-acres.
    For pricing, concert schedules and special events call 732-928-1821.
    Location: Outside of Philadelphia, in Jackson, NJ
    Only 60 minutes or less from Philadelphia,
    Take N.J. Turnpike North to exit 7A to I-195 East to exit 16A.
    Hours: Theme Park: Opens at 10 a.m. except weekends September 28 to October 28, opens at noon. Closing times vary.
    Wild Safari: Opens at 9 a.m., except weekends September 28 to October 28, opens at 10 a.m. Park closes at 4 p.m.
    Check website for schedules. Not Open All Year Round.
    Hours: Opens typically at 10am and closes between 6pm and 11pm depending on date
    Tickets: Regular Admission $45.99 + tax; Junior, 48" and Under $22.99 + tax; Senior Citizens (55+) $29.99 + tax; Children 3 and Under FREE; Safari ONLY $17.50/day; Parking $10.00/day


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    Hershey Park
    The Land of Chocolate and Roller Coasters
    Call 1-800-Hershey.
    Location: Outside of Philadelphia, in Hershey, PA
    Only 2 hours, 90 miles from Philadelphia,
    Becareful with the exits PA is changing exit numbers. Take Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76) West to PA Turnpike(Interstate 76). PA Turnpike (I-76) West to Exit 20. Route 72 North to Route 322 West. Route 322 West to Hershey.
    Check website for schedules. Not Open All Year Round.
    Hours: Opens typically at 10am and closes between 6pm and 11pm depending on date
    Tickets: Regular (ages 9-54): $33.95; Junior (ages 3-8): $18.95; Senior (ages 55-69): $18.95; Senior Plus (70+): $14.95; Children (ages 2 and under): FREE


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    Races

    Philadelphia Park Racetrack
    Horse Racing in the Keystone State.
    Call 215.639.9000 for more information. Check website for schedules.
    Location: Just outside of Philadelphia
    From Philadelphia (30 minutes)
    Take I-95 North to Route 132 West (Street Road). Philadelphia Park is about 3 miles on your right 2- Take Route 1 North (Roosevelt Blvd) to Route 132 East (Street Road). Philadelphia Park is about 2 miles on the left.


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