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Camden is a city in Camden County, New Jersey. Located just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Camden is a former industrial boom-town that has fallen onto hard times. Decades of disinvestment and government mismanagement have contributed to Camden's sky-high crime rate, and many of the city's neighborhoods are hotbeds of gang- and drug-related violence. However, the government has, in recent years, begun developing the Delaware River waterfront, which is now a popular and well-traveled tourist destination offering grand views of the Philadelphia skyline and a multitude of activities for adults and children alike. Headlines about violence and crime in Camden may dissuade many tourists to the Philadelphia area from visiting, but a one-day trip to the waterfront may be well-worth the trip.
Some Greyhound buses that traverse the New York City-Philadelphia corridor make a stop in downtown Camden at the Walter Rand Transportation Center. From there, you can hop on the River LINE light rail, which will take you directly to the waterfront area.
From Philadelphia, take the Ben Franklin Bridge or Walt Whitman Bridge to New Jersey. Camden is directly across from Philadelphia.
From New York and Northern New Jersey, take the Turnpike to Route 73 North (Exit 4). Take I-295 South to Exit 26. Follow the signs for I-676 and Camden.
From Delaware, take the Delaware Memorial Bridge to New Jersey. Take I-295 North to Exit 26. Follow the directions from New York and Northern New Jersey.
The nearest major airport is the Philadelphia International Airport, which is about 20 minutes away. From the airport, you may either take a cab (which will be costly), or use public transportation. By train, take the SEPTA R1 Airport Line to the Market East Station, then walk five blocks to the 8th and Market PATCO station. From there, take the PATCO Hi-Speed Line into Camden.
The PATCO Hi-Speed Line  is a heavy rail line that operates between Center City Philadelphia and Camden County, New Jersey. The train operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fares are determined by distance traveled.
The River LINE  is a light rail line that operates between Trenton and Camden. Trains run every 15 minutes during rush hour, every half hour at other times. Trains run until roughly 1am on Saturday and midnight on other days.
The RiverLink Ferry  runs between Penn's Landing in Center City Philadelphia and the Camden waterfront. Boats run hourly between the two points. Express service to the Susquehanna Bank Center is available when events are held there, and ferries run until 30 minutes after the event ends.
This is the easiest way to get around Camden. There is ample parking in the waterfront area.
A train that you can use for travelling the downtown and riverfront areas.
By RiverLink ferry
Goes between the Adventure Aquarium and Tweeter Center 1-215-925-LINK
Most of the worthwhile attractions in Camden are clustered in the Riverfront and Rutgers areas, so walking is an option.
USS Battleship New Jersey Museum 62 Battleship Place Camden, NJ 08103 1-856-966-1652
Walt Whitman House 328 Mickle Boulevard Camden, NJ 1-856-964-5383
Wiggins Park and Marina 1-856-541-7222
Adventure Aquarium 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103 1-856-365-3300
Campbell's Field Home of the Camden Riversharks minor league baseball team. 401 North Delaware Avenue, Camden, NJ 08102 1-856-963-2600
Camden Children's Garden 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103 1-856-365-8733
Rutgers - Camden Center for the Arts Contains fine art exhibits 3rd Street, between Cooper and Pearl Streets
Susquehanna Bank Center Hosts live entertainment and concerts, including such big-name bands as Earth, Wind and Fire. 1 Harbor Boulevard, Camden, N 08103 1-856-365-1300
Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center 101 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08103 1-856-964-8300
Corrine's Place 1254 Haddon Ave.(856) 541-4894
The vast majority of drinking establishments in Camden are dive bars and may not be safe. It is recommended to go into Philadelphia for the bar scene.
There are no major hotels in Camden. Most visitors find accommodations in Philadelphia or in outlying towns, such as Cherry Hill.
While Camden is getting better safety-wise, it is still one of the most crime-ridden cities in the United States. It is advised not to wander past the riverfront and Rutgers areas.
The historical, large city of Philadelphia is right across the river from Camden. Just take the Ben Franklin bridge or the PATCO high-speed line to get into Philadelphia.