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Passing time in Philly
Once the NAB Radio show floor is closed for the day, what can you do to pass the time? To avoid sitting in a hotel room watching television, try one of these suggestions:
The Battleship New Jersey Memorial and Museum is home to the Battleship USS New Jersey, which is the most decorated warship. The battleship is 11 stories high and nearly three football fields long. Visitors can take guided tours through simulated operations areas spanning five deck levels. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See www.battleshipnewjersey.org for more details.
Independence National Historical Park is definitely a place to visit for attendees interested in history. From the Liberty Bell to Independence Hall, visitors will gain first-hand knowledge about the United States' history. But if you want to see the historic buildings on Independence Square, get tickets ahead of time because free timed tickets are required for the tours.
Also in the historical park is Carpenter's Hall. The hall was built in 1774 and just weeks after its completion, the hall hosted meetings of the First Continental Congress. Carpenter's Hall offers exhibits and presentations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with free admission.
For anyone who enjoys Italian cuisine, the Italian Market in south Philadelphia is worth exploring. The market is the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States. For more information visit www.phillyitalianmarket.com.
Halloween is only a month away, and for people who want to celebrate early, a ghost tour through the streets of Philadelphia is a perfect way to commemorate the holiday. At www.ghosttour.com, guests will find several tours to choose from, including walking tours and trips through haunted houses.
For visitors who would like to stay indoors, the Franklin Institute Science Museum offers sightseers more than a dozen interactive learning environments, including Fels Planetarium and an IMAX Theater. The museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m and admission costs $12.75. See www.fi.edu for more details.
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