Every east coast port has its own special charms
Cruise lines will often visit some east coast ports as they sail to regions outside of the United States. Stops have been made in New York on ships sailing out of the Florida cruise terminals, as well as Philadelphia and points close to the Canadian border.
There is plenty to do during these port stops, especially since many of the east coast ports are not particularly known for beach and water activities. New York for example has many sites to see such as the Empire state building, Times square, Central Park and of course, shopping. The opportunities here are almost endless with retail outlets to suit just about every budget and taste.
If you have the time, take a ferry out to Ellis Island and view “Lady Liberty” up close and personal or take in a Broadway show.
If your cruise ship stops in Philadelphia, you have unlimited possibilities for cultural enlightenment. Philadelphia is considered the birthplace of the nation and it is steeped in history. Visit the Constitution Centre, site of the Liberty Bell. Take an “old town” trolley ride. This guided tour in open air trolley cars runs primarily in the spring and summer months, and is a fully narrated tour that visits all the important cultural attractions.
Check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art and get a photo or video of yourself running up the steps made famous in the Rocky movies. For an even more interesting time, visit the Franklin Institute – a place where one could easily spend three days and still not see everything. Walk through the huge replica of a human heart, or take in a show at the planetarium or the IMAX theatre.
Visit the old town and see the house where Betsy Ross, the mother of the nation’s flag, grew up. Visit Independence Hall, where the nation’s forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence, declaring the formation of the United States of America.
New York and Philadelphia are but just two east coast port cities. There are many others, including several in Florida. Florida enjoys the benefit of year-round mild weather, so there is much to see and do there, including visiting that famous American landmark, Disneyworld. The Kennedy Space Centre and Universal Studies are two additional sites worth a visit in the Sunshine State.
Every east coast port has its own special charms and many of them offer sights that can be seen nowhere else in the world. There are lighthouse towers to be climbed, museums to be visited and new people to meet. Most people in these east coast cities tend to be friendly, and are especially delighted to answer the questions of visitors to their city or town.
Baltimore is located in the middle of Maryland on the Patapsco River and the Chesapeake Bay, 40 miles northeast of Washington D.C. Besides being a major seaport on the East coast; it is rich in culture and history. Home to about 621,647 people, Baltimore is located within the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, which is home to approximately 2.6 million residents, while the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, has a combined population of approximately 8.1 million people. Baltimore is known for its shops, restaurants, and museums.
Because of its location near the Atlantic Ocean, the weather is hot and humid in the summer and cool and moist in winter. Summer afternoon temperatures range from the mid eighties to the high nineties and the high humidity brings regular afternoon thunderstorms. Baltimore only receives a few inches of snow each year; however, in the northern suburbs, some areas can receive up to 36 inches of snow.
Boston is located on Massachusetts’ North Atlantic coastline, on the Boston harbour. Several rivers run through and around Boston and Boston proper; the Charles River, Neponset River and Mystic River. Home to about 599,351, the city is part of the Cambridge-Boston-Quincy metropolitan area, in which around 4.5 million people reside. Boston, also known as Beantown, is world-renowned for its higher education, medical facilities and historical sites.
Weather in Boston is characteristic of New England. Usually, summer is warm and humid and winter is cold with wind and snow. Due to the costal locale, the spring and early summer bring fog and early autumn can produce the occasional hurricane or tropical storm. Average summer temperatures range between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, to winter temperatures of 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fort Lauderdale is located in the middle of South Florida’s coast, halfway between Palm Beach and Miami, on the Atlantic Ocean. Besides being a coastal city, Greater Fort Lauderdale includes over 30 municipalities and over 500,000 acres of Everglades. The city itself is home to 183,606 residents, but Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to approximately 1.8 million people. Fort Lauderdale is called the “Venice of America”, because of its canal system and is world-renowned for its golden sandy beaches, yachting and the Everglades.
The climate is tropical, with hot and humid summers and dry, warm, winters, with the lowest recorded temperature being mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. In summer, which is both the wet season and the hurricane season, the average temperatures are 90 degree Fahrenheit.
Miami is located in South-eastern Florida on the Atlantic Ocean. Besides being a coastal city, the Miami metropolitan area is the county seat of Miami-Dade County, which has the biggest population in Florida. The city has 326,470 residents, but the Miami metro area is home to approximately 5.4 million people, living in 13 different neighbourhoods. Miami is located between the Florida Everglades, Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay and Lake Okeechobee.
Miami, also known as the “Magic City” and the “Gateway to Latin America”, includes barrier islands is known throughout the world for its sandy beaches, nightlife and the Everglades. Almost half of the population is Hispanic and Spanish is spoken almost everywhere.
Miami has tropical weather that allows people to vacation all year round. The summer months are hot and humid and the winter months are dry and warm. A very low winter temperature would be mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit, while in summer the average temperatures are 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain mainly falls in the summer, which is the wet season and also the hurricane season.
New York City is located in New York State and is situated on the Hudson River, which flows into the North Atlantic Ocean. Home to over 8 million people, it is the most populated city in the United States. The city is divided into five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island and encompasses the three islands of Manhattan, Staten Island and Long Island.
The weather in New York ranges from summers that are warm and humid to winters that are cold with snow; coastal locations are milder than the inland areas. Spring and fall temperatures range all over the thermometer, but they usually are mild with little humidity and early fall can produce the rare hurricane. Average summer temperatures range in the 70 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with winter temperatures of between 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Port Canaveral is located in the middle of Florida’s East Coast, on the Atlantic Ocean and is part of Brevard County, which has a total population of some 546,599 people. Port Canaveral is the second busiest port in the world, moving around 4.5 million cruise passengers through its gates every year. In addition, it is the gateway to all the major theme parks and entertainment venues in central Florida.
Tropical weather makes Port Canaveral an all year round vacation destination. The summer months are hot and humid, while the winter months are dry and warm. In summer months, the average temperatures are mid-80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the wettest part of the year and also the hurricane season.
Tampa is located on the western Florida coast, on the Tampa Bay and is home to 303,447 people. Besides being a costal city, the Tampa Bay Area is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, which covers four-counties and includes several small islands, with a total population of over 3 million residents. Tampa is known for its Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the beautiful beaches of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Tampa has a semi-tropical climate that allows people to vacation all year. The summer months are hot and humid and the winter months are dry and warm. However, snow has fallen a few times in the area and a winter frost comes every 2-3 years. In summer, the average temperature is 80 degree Fahrenheit while the average winter temperature is mid-60 degree Fahrenheit. Rain mainly falls in the summer and thunderstorms are common. It is for this reason that the Tampa Bay Area is also known as the “Lightening Capital.”
Philadelphia is located on the eastern boarder of Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River. Home to about 1.4 million people, the city is located within the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately 5.8 million residents. The city is broken into large sections, North, Northeast, Northwest, West, South, Southwest Philadelphia and Center City. Philadelphia, also known as Philly or The City of Brotherly Love, has historical sites and great museums.
Philadelphia’s weather is hot and humid in the summers and cold and snowy in the winter. Summer afternoon temperatures range from mid-80 degree Fahrenheit to high 90-100 degree Fahrenheit. It has an average of 21 inches of snow each year and winter temperatures average in the 20-30 degree Fahrenheit range.