Exactly one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Battleship New Jersey was launched into an ocean roiled by the conflicts of World War II. Its storied journey would continue on through the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well as a stint in President Reagan's 600-ship Naval fleet. Now the nation's most decorated battleship, the 887-foot-long, 45,000-ton, 18-story vessel resides on the Camden Waterfront, serving as a living history museum and a reminder that boats aren't just for towing water-skiers to work. Today, guests get a glimpse of what life was like for a sailor on the ship. Tours let visitors walk across the forecastle, stand beside gun turrets capable of firing 19,000-pound rounds, and even sit in the same chair from which Admiral William Halsey directed the ship through the South Pacific in World War II.
Just south of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Delaware River bustles with activity. On its western shore lies Philadelphia's waterfront, with destinations such as Penn's Landing. To the east is Camden, which holds its own against the Pennsylvania capital with attractions such as Adventure Aquarium, where Aquaman moonlights as a jellyfish. But perhaps the area's biggest draw is the meeting place between these two locales: the Delaware River itself.
RiverLink Ferry's two-story sightseeing vessel, the M/V Freedom, traverses these waters for sightseeing tours of the waterfront's architecture or fall foliage. The ferry serves a practical purpose as well; it regularly travels point-to-point between Philadelphia and Camden, so commuters can move between the two cities with ease.
Certified fitness instructor Lisa Bishop leads the charge at The bFIT Studio, where she helps people achieve their fitness goals. Lisa is certified in Tae Bo, a fitness regimen that combines martial arts and boxing techniques to improve strength, speed, and coordination. To augment workouts, the studio also offers nutritional guidance to help clients decide what to eat and what to leave under the couch cushion.
To help all children start the school year prepared with necessary supplies and resources, the Center for Family Services’ Operation Backpack initiative provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children ages 4–19. By alleviating students’ fears or stresses related to not having the required school supplies, the program helps to ensure that kids and teens can concentrate on their classes, thus laying a foundation for academic success and ideally propelling them toward finishing high school and attending college.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Atlantic 10 Conference stimulates collegiate competition between 14 universities. Baseball fans may make their way to any one of the tournament’s four days of competition: watch teams find their footing during session one, see them survive the steady stakes increases of session two and three, or nervously devour a box of Cracker Jack and engagement rings during the championship session four. Each fun pack arrives with an array of goodies to enhance the nine-inning experience, including a ticket to the tournament day of your choice (an $8 value for adults and a $4 value for children, students, or senior citizens), a championship program (a $2 value), an A-10 koozie for cola-can cold-keeping (a $5 value), and an A-10 keychain (a $1 value) designed to fit into most standard sweatshirt hoods.
A nonprofit organization and professional training orchestra, Symphony C prepares burgeoning maestros for world-class careers. Held on May 7, Symphony in C's "Lyrical Romance" performance features the talented bow work of guest violinist Soovin Kim. Concertgoers will be treated to the lithe and luxurious string-stylings of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Op. 35 in D and Sibelius's Symphony no. 2, Op. 43 in D, originally conceived as an ode to the Finnish composer's pet parakeet "D." Devoted to community-arts engagement, Symphony in C serves more than 90,000 music fans annually through its critically acclaimed performances, education outreach, radio broadcasts, and resin-rich high fives.