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Thursday, May 24, 2018

LINCOLN LEGACY Street Art Wall Mural in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known as the city of "Brotherly Love" and "America's Birthplace", but did you also know that Philadelphia is home to the "Worlds Largest Outdoor Art Gallery?" There are more than 3,800+ outdoor wall murals in Philly and that number continues to grow. The murals are collaborations between the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and local citizens. You'll find thousands of beautiful murals painted on the outside walls of various buildings throughout the city.

The mural that we're featuring in our travel post today is officially titled the "LINCOLN LEGACY" and you'll find it located on 707 Chestnut Street, in the Center City district, 2 blocks from the famous Liberty Bell Center. It's a 10,000-square-foot mural composed of more than 1 million, 3/4-inch glass tiles...all laid down by hand.
LINCOLN LEGACY Street Art Wall Mural in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

As you stand there looking at the mural you'll notice that the design depicts a girl holding the flame of liberty. Around the girl's neck are two beautiful medals depicting Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, and an 1838 abolitionist coin from England. It was completed on January 1st, 2016 by the very talented artists named Josh Srantitis and Eric Okdeh.

It was produced by a collaboration of 5 public schools and dozens of individuals, who hand-laid over 1 million small glass titles on the mural’s right side. If you want to get a good photograph of it, you'll want to arrive early in the morning to avoid a parking lot full of cars. It's one of the most popular wall murals in Philadelphia and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Paxton Riflemen Historical Marker in Harrisburg

The Harrisburg area in central Pennsylvania is packed full of history. As you drive around the area, you'll encounter at least 30 different historical markers that teach us about the forgotten past. Over the past 4 years, as we've stumbled upon these historical markers, we've been documenting them here on the blog.

We found the Paxton Riflemen Historical Marker on route 22 while traveling east towards Hershey and the Palmyra area. The marker was on the right-hand side of the road. There are some businesses nearby, so if you want to photograph the marker, pull into the parking lot and then walk to the marker. Here's what it says:
Paxton Riflemen Historical Marker in Harrisburg

Paxton Riflemen

Under Capt. Matthew Smith and Lt. Michael Simpson, a company of riflemen from Paxton Township marched to Quebec, Canada, to serve with Montgomery in the attack on that city on December 31, 1775.

By: 1947 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Other than the marker, we couldn't find a lot of information online other than what we found on the Visit Hershey & Harrisburg website which says:

This group of skilled riflemen from Paxton Township marched to Quebec, Canada to serve there with Richard Montgomery. Montgomery and Benedict Arnold had amassed a combined fighting force of 1200 American and Canadian militia, intending to attack Quebec. Their intention was to capture Quebec, drive the British military out of the province, and garner French Canadian support for the American Revolution. The attack, however, was unsuccessful and resulted in Montgomery’s death, Arnold’s wounding, and the capture of more than 400 of their soldiers.

Note: The info above is courtesy of Visit Hershey & Harrisburg website.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

8 Fun Things to do on the Boardwalk in Ocean City

8 Things to do on the Boardwalk in Ocean City New Jersey
Ocean City is one of the best seaside family resorts on the east coast, certainly in the great state of New Jersey. I first started going to Ocean City in 1972 at the age of five. I'm now 50 years old and still enjoy visiting O.C. at least once every year.

One of the things that attracts families to this seaside resort is the simple fact that it's a "dry beach" and "dry city", meaning that alcohol is not permitted for sale within the city. Second, the family-friendly boardwalk stretches for 2 1/2 miles down the beach. It's a well-maintained city that always has some type of activity or event going on, year-round.
Ocean City Music Pier in New Jersey

The island itself (yes, Ocean City is an island) stretches for 7 miles and is considered to be a barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean to it's east and the wetlands & bay to it's west. From Memorial Day through Labor Day beach goer's are required to purchase beach tags if they plan on being on the beach. This money is used to keep the beaches clean and for all beach-related upkeep.

When visiting the Boardwalk in Ocean City, you'll find all kinds of fun things to do...right on the family-friendly boardwalk!

1. Ocean City Music Pier - Hosts all kinds of different events, fairs, festivals and shows throughout the year. You can purchase tickets through the online box office or at several locations in the city.
Gillian's Wonderland Amusement Rides in Ocean City New Jersey

2. Gillian's Wonderland - This fun-filled amusement park has been around for decades! I can remember getting on various rides when I was a little girl. You can buy tickets for each ride and pay as you go or you can buy a wristband for unlimited rides for that particular day. Gillian's is only open during the summer season.
Adventure Mini Golf in Ocean City New Jersey

3. Miniature Golf - There are several locations up and down the boardwalk that offer a good game of mini golf. We have two favorites when we like to visit: Kongo Falls and Adventure Golf. In our honest opinion, these are the best two mini golf courses on the entire island.

4. Bike Riding - During the early morning hours you can rent bicycles at several different locations and take a ride up and down the boardwalk. You can ONLY be on the boardwalk riding bikes during the posted hours and you need to be courteous to the pedestrians who are also on the boardwalk at the same time.
Liberty Escape Rooms in Ocean City New Jersey

5. Liberty Escape Rooms - Up for a challenging adventure? Looking for something different to do? If so, you need to visit the Liberty Escape Rooms located right on the boardwalk!
Mirror Maze in Ocean City New Jersey

6. Mirror Maze - If you're looking for something more "classic" to do, then you'll want to head to the Mirror Maze where you'll find several mirror mazes for you and the family to try out. They're a lot of fun, but you do need to have some patience when going through the mazes.

7. Arcade Games - No visit to the beach would be complete without playing a few arcade and/or carnival-style games. You'll find numerous arcades and carnival-style game booths along the boardwalk. Some games are for the entire family to enjoy and others are geared towards adults.
Ocean City New Jersey Boardwalk and Waterpark
8. Outdoor Waterpark - If you and the kids really want to have some fun...consider spending the day at a fun outdoor waterpark! If the beach and sand isn't your thing, this is definitely the way to go. Just be forewarned, the waterparks aren't cheap and can be on the pricey side, but the fun is well-worth it!

As you can see, these 8 Fun Things to Do on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey is just the tip of the iceberg! Ocean City definitely is the place to be if you plan on visiting the south Jersey Shore!