There’s so much to do here, you may never want to cross the bridge to the big city. Choose from performing arts, family-friendly outings, big fish and lots of history.
Wildly popular Adventure Aquarium lets you roll up your sleeves and touch sea cucumbers, starfish, stingrays and even sharks (friendly bottom-dwelling ones, that is).
The 550,000-gallon shark exhibit, which has a walk-through tunnel, houses more than two dozen of the sharp-toothed predators and the aquarium is one of only two in the country with a hammerhead shark.
Other popular attractions include African penguins, seals and Nile hippos. On offer at the 4-D theater: Planet Earth and – hold on to your pineapple – SpongeBob SquarePants.
For music lovers there's BB&T Pavilion
. The year-round facility is a 25,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater during the summer months, which features a lawn and video screens, computerized sound enhancement with a clear view of the Philadelphia skyline and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. In the fall and winter months the center converts to a fully-enclosed, climate-controlled theater for up to 7,000 visitors to see concerts, Broadway productions and family entertainment.