Car Rental at Philadelphia Airport, Pennsylvania
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With the Delaware Valley encompassing parts of four states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland), all with their own varied attractions, grabbing a rental car from Philadelphia Airport gives you the best chance to explore these stunning areas.
Philadelphia, the largest city of Pennsylvania and the fifth most populous in the United States, has a wealth of attractions that would entertain and educate visitors of all ages.
This being a city steeped in US history, consider driving first to the National Constitution Centre where you get to meet the 42 life-sized statues of the Founding Fathers and learn all about the history of the United States and the creation of its constitution.
From here, you can take a ride on the back of one of the Amazon’s endangered species on the Amazon Rainforest carousel located in the Philadelphia Zoo ten minutes to the west, or sample a true Philadelphia experience with the Phila Trolley Works guided tour.
The Cosmos at the Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute, one of the top science museums in the country houses Fels Planetarium, the second oldest in the United States.
If you want to learn about something more earthly, like bodily functions, there is the walk through an artificial heart, an entertaining way to introduce children to anatomy.
For those traveling with very young kids while visiting Philadelphia, the Please Touch Museum, about 20 minutes north is specifically designed for children under seven and can be a great place to have them entertained while the adults take part in sailboat racing on the Delaware River or experiment with car repairs in the Roadside Attractions.
Wine Tasting in New Jersey
With your rental, you don’t have to limit your visit to the city – you can also explore what the region has to offer.
Apart from visiting Burlington in New Jersey, you may want to visit the Garden State’s capital, Trenton, by car.
Here, you can enjoy some wine-tasting or an entertaining dinner at the Murder Mystery Theatre, perhaps even a fleeting visit at the Jules Verne Gallery in the Adventure Aquarium of Camden city.
Shopping and Sailing in Delaware Valley
You may also wish to visit Wilmington, the state’s largest city, to do some shopping considering that the state of Delaware has no sales tax.
The Delaware Valley region also includes Cecil County in Maryland, about 30 miles southwest, where you can enjoy some kayaking and sailing in the various rivers that cut through this part of Maryland.
There are also many equestrian experiences available for the horse lovers for a change of pace.
For a rural taste of the area, a carriage ride or hay ride at Fairwinds Farm eight miles to the north.