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Radnor Lake offers one of the most beautiful hikes in the city limits, which is why it attracts more than 1 million visitors each year. The newly opened and wheelchair-accessible Barbra J. Mapp Aviary Education Center, which contains a 500-foot boardwalk and a 120-seat amphitheater, was designed to support the park and provide unique educational opportunities for locals and visitors alike. And just as the wooded trails of Radnor provide visitors refuge from the sun, the city and, well, life, the aviary provides refuge to non-releasable birds of prey including great horned owls, red-tail hawks, vultures and — soon — a bald eagle. The aviary is currently operating on limited hours (Saturdays 1 p.m. to sunset and Wednesdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.) so the birds can acclimate to their new environment, but visiting hours will expand throughout the summer. — Abby White

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