The Connection Warren-Watchung Edition Apr/May 2019 185 Mad i sonv i l l e Road | Ba s k i ng R i dge , NJ 07920 Golf Academy 908-766-8200 ext. 4 or email • Junior clinics, camps and adult programs offered! We are proud to be hosting a series of camps throughout the summer for students age 7-16. Half Day and Full Day sessions are available. A variety of junior clinics are available starting at the age of 6. The golf academy also offers individual lessons for all ages and abilities that are formatted to suit individual student needs. Club membership is not required to participate in any of the Academy’s programs! TEACH YOUR CHILD THE VALUE OF GOLF FUN FOR FAMILIES IN PHILADELPHIA By: Jill Stolz Less than two hours away by car or t rain, Philadelphia is often overlooked when searching for new places to go for t he day or for the weekend. The City of Brotherly Love has so much to offer for f amilies of all ages. Most notably, P hiladelphia is where the Founding F athers formed the framework of our c ountry. This rich history has been painstakingly preserved in a multitude of historic attractions. Philly is also a foodie t own, with world-renowned restaurants, e thnic markets and, of course, cheeses- t eak! There is not nearly enough space to write about all the great things to do in P hilly, so I have tried to narrow it down to a top-ten list of things to do on your first v isit to Philadelphia. 1. The Liberty Bell – Originally used to call meetings of the Pennsylvania Assembly, it was later adopted by abolitionists, suffragists and civil rights leaders, becoming an inter- national symbol of freedom. The Liberty Bell is surrounded by glass walls, overlooking Independence Hall. 2. Independence Hall – The center- piece of Independence National Historic Park, a square mile of his- toric buildings, homes, museums, churches and cemeteries that tell the story of our nation’s birth. This is where the Declaration of Inde- pendence and the U.S. Constitution were drafted and signed. 3. Old City and Society Hill – home to the Betsy Ross House where the first American flag was created, the Second Bank of the United States, Carpenter’s Hall (the meeting place of the First Continental Congress), Christ Church and Cemetery, where George Washington, Betsy Ross Ben Franklin (who is buried here) and John Adams worshipped, Elfreth’s Alley (America’s oldest, continuously inhabited street, lined with charming brick row houses) and the Museum of the American Revolution. 4. Run the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the bottom, don’t forget to snap a photo with the bronze statue of Rocky. 5. Museums along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – Notably the aforementioned Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Museum (an eclectic and amazing personal art collection), The Rodin Museum, The Franklin Institute (one of the best museums of learning for grade school children) and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. 6. Boathouse Row – Ten historic boathouses lining the Schuykill River. In the early mornings, you may even catch the crew teams from UPenn, Temple, Drexel, St. Joe’s and other Philly Universities out on the river. 7. City Hall – the largest municipal building in the US and an architec- tural masterpiece of the second Empire style, with lavish and ornate interior rooms throughout. The exterior sculptures were designed by Alexander Calder, including the 27-ton statue of William Penn that stands on top of the tower. 8. Reading Terminal Market – this indoor market, with more than 80 vendors, is a foodie’s paradise, offering a wide variety of prepared food, choice ingredients and goods for sale. 9. South Street Italian Market – the nation’s oldest continuous outdoor market, dating back to the 1880s. Stands selling vegetables, cheese, meat, breads, desserts and specialty foods are run by fourth and fifth generation merchants. While it began with only Italian immigrants, today’s vendors are from many cul- tures around the world. South Street’s eclectic shops and restau- rants and the waterfront attractions and parks, including beautiful views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, are especially lively in the warmer months. 10. Philly Cheesesteak – it’s an expe- rience to try the authentic signature food of this city. Whether you favor Geno’s or Pat’s, you just gotta try one! There are so many more cultural, his- toric and beautiful places to see while in Philadelphia, and we are lucky enough to live close enough to come back and explore all that this city has to offer. PAGE 16 summer programs 2019