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Soupy Island – Thorofare, NJ

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Throwback.

Sports players.  Restaurants.  Clothes.  Local personalities. It’s a popular word in the greater Philadelphia area.

But the greatest throwback of them of them all might be the Sanitarium Playground.

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Fish House Cove Nature Trail – Pennsauken, NJ

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Fish House Cove Nature Trail – Pennsauken, Camden County, NJ
Distance –  About 0.2 of a mile one way (o.4 rought trip)
Type – Out-and-back
Difficulty:  1 of 10
Total score:  4 of 10

Website – None
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Marshland (boardwalk over top!)

Trailheads –  39°58’12.86″N,  75° 4’2.60″W (cross tracks to get there)

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Fort Delaware and Pea Patch Island

peapatch20Fort Delaware – Pea Patch Island – Fort Delaware State Park, , Delaware City, Delaware

Official Website – Fort Delaware State Park
Ferry information – Forts Ferry Crossing

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Directions – You can leave from the pier at Fort Mott State Park in Pennsville, NJ or from the dock at Fort Delaware State Park in Delaware City, Delaware.

Fort Mott State Park (New Jersey side) – 454 Fort Mott Road Pennsville, NJ 08070
Fort Dupot (Delaware Side) – 45 Clinton St, Delaware City, DE 19706

Tickets – Check Forts Ferry Crossing page for current rates.  Can buy tickets at the pier in Delaware City (credit or cash) or on the ferry itself in Pennsville (cash only).  If you don’t have cash in Jersey (we didn’t), they’ll take you all the way across to Delaware City to pay, but it’s tricky with the timing, so better to come prepared!

Fort Delaware State Park, located on Pea Patch Island, was part of a chain of three forts that defended Philadelphia for well over 100 years.  The first fortifications were built at the end of the War of 1812, and the bulk of the present fort was built before the Civil War.  During the war, Confederate prisoners were held on the island in barracks, the biggest influx coming after the Battle of Gettysburg.  The fort continued to be used through WWII, then was given over to the state of Delaware.

This is a GREAT place to visit this summer, and the ferry ride on the river alone in the heat might be worth the price of admission!

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