Camden Things to Do

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    Bad photo of a LARGE hippo.
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    New Jersey State Aquarium

    by tpangelinan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    New Jersey State Aquarium was pretty nice but since we were there, they are under going some heavy renovations and will not reopen until May 2005. There will be alot more exibits and things to do. You can spend many hours here exploring around, they also have a restaurant with a deck to eat outside with a great view of Philadelphia. They also have a great kids spot to play with an old carrousel and other cool rides for the kids. So come check it out.

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    Tour of a U.S. Battleship

    by Alice88 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you are in the Burlington, NJ area, you aren't too far from Camden, NJ. There you can tour our nation's most decorated battleship, the Battleship, New Jersey, which is now a floating museum on the Delaware River, at the Camden Waterfront, across from Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. There are several tour options which you can take and the tour guides are very knowledgeable. The one we had actually had served on that ship years ago and you have the opportunity to take photos, as well as purchase items from the gift shop and learn the history of the ship. The tours are listed on their site, as well as pricing and directions, or you can hop the Riverline from Burlington City to the Camden Waterfront and leave the driving up to someone else. Its cheap and we've done it and this way you don't need to worry about finding parking in Camden.

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    Waterfront worth a visit!

    by PR-7 Updated Oct 21, 2010

    There are, indeed, parts of Camden I wouldn't recommend anyone visit. Fortunately (1) there's no REASON to go to such neighborhoods and (2) the Waterfront isn't one of such places. In addition to the Aquarium (worth a visit just for that), the battleship New Jersey, and impressive concerts; you can catch an inexpensive ball game, wander through a children's garden, or just relax and view the river.

    I wouldn't make a trip to the Delaware Valley JUST for Camden (unless you're a huge fan of aquariums or battleships), but a day at the Waterfront (and perhaps some night entertainment there) is well worth a small side trip.

    View of Philly Skyline Panorama of Ben Franklin Bridge Yacht Harbor at Camden Waterfront Sunset over Delaware River Night view of Ben Franklin Bridge

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    post-puerto rican parade concert

    by April1985 Written Aug 6, 2008

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    A concert is held directly after the parade and takes place in Wiggins Waterfront Park. The late-afternoon event has grown in popularity as Latino music has grown in influence in popular culture.It's a great oppourtunity for other ethnic backgrounds to enjoy and experience the culture and food and music that the puerto rican community has to offer. Its a fun time, and every year a different bunch of ands come. This year (2008) NG2was the main band, a band from Puerto Rico, and several smaller acts from Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York were also performing.It really brings people together.

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    Parade to celebrate Puerto Rican culture

    by April1985 Written Aug 6, 2008

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    June 26th - The Annual Parada San Juan Bautista, a Puerto Rican Parade at the Camden Waterfront. There was aout 40,000+ People attending the Parade. A joyous event not to be missed. Begins around noon at 7th and Elm streets. Check times and dates for future parades.

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    New Jersey Adventure Aquarium

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Feb 14, 2008

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    Adventure Aquarium is located on the waterfront in Camden New Jersey. The aquarium has a variety of exhibits the most unique (to me at least) was the Hippopotamus Exhibit. The only other place I've seen Hippos is the San Diego Zoo so they are a rare site for me.

    Like most aquariums they have salt and freshwater exhibits. Adventure Aquarium also has an excellent "touch tank". It's located just north of the U.S.S. New Jersey so you can knock both out in one trip if you are interested.

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    BB62 - The New Jersey

    by MatthewMetcalfe Updated Dec 30, 2007

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    When I was young I built a model of this ship. It was huge and it probably took longer than it took to build the real one. Visiting the New Jersey was a dream come true. Touring the superstructure was relatively unlimited with lots of opportunities for shots. Below decks though was rather limited compared to the Alabama in Mobile. The size of this ship is amazing and I'm sure it takes a lot of upkeep.

    What is most interesting about the New Jersey is her long history. The New Jersey is the most decorated ship and it's easy to see why. She was built during WWII but was used AT LEAST until the first gulf war. She was mothballed several times but the Navy kept calling her back. The Jersey is displayed in her last configuration with missile launchers and a helo-pad, things that weren't there when she was originally commissioned.

    If it weren't for Digital Cameras I would probably be broke from film. I took a TON of photos here!

    BB62 at the pier... HUGE! Aerial at the bow and chains
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    Life Aboard the USS New Jersey

    by calcaf38 Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    Visiting the battleship during peace time is quite awkward. Although you are almost alone aboard, there are endless possibilities for tripping or cracking your head open. The controls for the huge guns are located in tiny and airless rooms. There are steep ladders everywhere.

    I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like to be on the battleship in the tropical heat, under constant risk, receiving ever changing orders, and with 1,900 co-workers. The noise, the confusion and the heat must have been unbearable.

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    A Huge Battleship

    by calcaf38 Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    The USS New Jersey is an Iowa Class battleship, and was launched in 1942 and commissioned in 1943.

    It has a 45,000 tons displacement, and is 887ft long.

    Close to 2,000 men were needed to operate it.

    The battleship played a vital role in the Pacific theater during WWII.

    (In the 4th picture, you can see the funnels of the "United States," the famous postwar American liner which has been rusting in Philadelphia forever. The "United States" is not availble for touring. Too bad, I'd pay big bucks to go aboard this former beauty.)

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    Big Guns

    by calcaf38 Written Oct 28, 2007

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    With every refitting, the power of the battleship's guns was increased.

    In 1943, the battleship had 9 large guns (which could shoot 2,700 lb armor piercing shells up to 24 miles) and 129 anti-aircraft guns.

    By 1982, the anti-aircraft guns were gone, but 32 Tomahawk cruise missiles and 16 Harpoon anti-ship missiles were added.

    The battleship is now essentially a museum, and as you would expect the general message is one of protection and safety, not destruction and mayhem. Scout troups are allowed to sleep on board, and you can even make reservations to have breakfast with Santa Claus on the battleship.

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    Adventure Aquarium

    by April1985 Written Sep 13, 2007

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    Visit the Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront. Its fun for the kids, and fun for adults. There is so much to see, and you can even touch sharks, jelly fish, and starfish ! There are inside and outside areas, and there are ramps, elevators, stairs.. etc... handicapped friendly... there is a food court, and outdoor refreshment stands to buy hot dogs, sodas, slurpies, slushies, etc.

    if you pay extra money you can go scuba diving, get up close and personal with sharks and feed them.

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    A Great Aquarium

    by alex0312 Updated Feb 6, 2006

    A great place to visit is New Jersey State Aquarium which is located in Camden NJ. This city is dubbed "murder capital, USA" and it stands up to its name. This city has one of the highest crime rates in the United States. Now that I am done scaring you to death, it does have a great aquarium. It was renovated in 2005 and looks even better now. It's completely safe to visit during the day and lots of people so. Lots of fish (as expected.) It's a great place.

    Jelly Fish Butterfly greenhouse Sea lions. Outside exibit Crane, or may be it's a heron Philadelphia from across Delaware River
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    Take a ride on the Spirit of Philadelphia

    by tpangelinan Written Mar 27, 2005

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    This is a great time, serveral type of cruises are available from 2 to 550. Diner or boose cruises are also available. Good time to be had by all, check out the web site provided for more details, cost, dates and type of cruise. You can pick this cruise up at Penn's Landing, directions are also on the website below. This is a beautiful ship with the best of everything, so enjoy yourslef and relax.

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    Donizi run!

    by tpangelinan Written Mar 27, 2005

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    If your lucky you may catch a couple of speed boats racing up and down the Delaware River. This is a cool thing to watch as they have their fun. Grab a hotdog or ice cream from one of the local vendors and have a seat and enjoy the show.

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    Catch a concert at the Tweeter Center Camden NJ

    by tpangelinan Written Mar 27, 2005

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    The Tweeter Center at the waterfront, Camden NJ opened in June 1995, yhis is an outdoor amphitheater open air during the summer month and during Fall & Winter is a enclosed climate controlled theatre. Summer months due to the large lawn up to 25,000 capacity is available for great live music, bring your own chairs. During the fall & winter months the capacity inside is 1,600 to 7,000, so plenty of room for all. Check out the website bleow for up coming events, dates and tickets.

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