Sunday, April 26, 2015

Norristown Farm Park: 690 Acres’ Worth of Outdoor Recreation

April 21, 2015 12:35 pm

Norristown Farm Park is one of Montgomery County’s most treasured public resources and one of the region’s most unique parks. This sprawling preserve spans 690 acres of land and attracts visitors of various interests.

Nature lovers appreciate the unspoiled landscapes and diverse wildlife. Fitness enthusiasts enjoy miles of paved running, biking, and walking trails, as well as baseball and volleyball facilities. Sportsmen can enjoy trout fishing in two stocked streams or set up at Farm Pond. History buffs might visit some colonial-era structures that are among Norristown’s oldest buildings. Locals also utilize the park’s multiple picnic areas and pavilions for parties, reunions, weddings, and other special events.

Perhaps the most unusual aspect of Norristown Farm Park, however, is that it continues to operate as a working farm. Nearly 80 percent of the park is active farmland, which allows visitors to get a close-up view of the agricultural process.

Norristown Farm Park
2500 Upper Farm Road
Norristown, PA 19403
(610) 270-0215

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Read About Some of the Country’s Weirdest, Wackiest Museums

April 14, 2015 11:16 am

While the Smithsonian is fascinating, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is always a sight to see, some lesser-known American museums are just as interesting—if a bit weirder! If you have a flair for all things out of the ordinary, these unique museums are worth a visit.

1) International Cryptozoology Museum
Cryptozoology is the study of “hidden animals” not verified by science, and this small museum in Portland, Maine, is dedicated to just that. From Bigfoot to Lake Monsters, take a tour of all of the world’s most intriguing—and mysterious—unknown species.

2) International Banana Museum
This fruity museum in North Shore, California, is filled with every type of banana-related item that its curators could hunt down, from salt and pepper shakers to staplers and even a banana record player. Be sure to visit the famous banana bar and sample a banana-flavored milkshake or banana split.

3) Mütter Museum
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Mütter Museum is one of the finest museums of medical history in the world. While it is a bit creepy to see the 19th-century medical instruments and anatomical specimens, it is also completely fascinating.

4) The Museum of Bad Art
The name says it all at this silly museum in Somerville, Massachusetts. Keep in mind that it’s all in good fun, and just enjoy the truly awful displays of artistic expression.

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See What Fresh Really Tastes Like at Legal Sea Foods

April 7, 2015 11:54 am

George Berkowitz was following in the footsteps of his father when he opened the first Legal Sea Foods in 1950—kind of. His father wasn't a restaurateur, but he was a small business owner of sorts. He ran the Legal Cash Market just next door for Berkowitz's Legal Sea Food. Its moniker actually inspired the name of George's seafood market. That market thrived for nearly 20 years until, in 1968, the Berkowitz clan took yet another chance on a new business: a seafood restaurant. It wasn't anything fancy, just broiled or fried seafood dished out on paper plates and eaten at picnic tables. But the seafood was so fresh that it wasn't long before a steady stream of regulars flowed in and out of the eatery.

Now more than six decades since the very first Legal Sea Foods debuted, George and son Roger have expanded the business to include locations up and down the East Coast. One resides at the King of Prussia Mall. It's a popular spot for a slightly upscale meal of fresh fish. Yelp reviewers particularly love the Maryland cream of crab soup, but you can also dig into Legal's signature crab cakes for dinner. The nutty Faroe Island salmon, Louisiana catfish, and seafood casserole are also good, hearty options. If you're ravenous, though, try one of the surf-and-turf options, such as baked stuffed shrimp with filet mignon.

Legal Sea Foods
680 W. Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 265-5566

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