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  • Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

    1. Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

    Discover the historic building of the Eastern State Penitentiary which stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Learn about how when Eastern State opened more than 180 years ago, it changed the world of prisons and was copied throughout the world. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of prisoners. Discover how the building itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat before the White House. Marvel at the vaulted, sky-lit cells which once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone. As you explore the building, listen to 'The Voices of Eastern State' audio tour which is included in your admission price. Narrated by a...

    The Alcatraz of the East, right here in my backyard! Shame on me for not visiting sooner!! Thanks so much. My daughter and I really enjoyed the tour!!

  • Philadelphia: Go City All-Inclusive Pass w/ 30+ Attractions

    2. Philadelphia: Go City All-Inclusive Pass w/ 30+ Attractions

    Enjoy an all-inclusive multi-attraction pass that gets you into over 30 Philadelphia attractions. Just select the number of days you want to sightsee for (1, 2, 3 or 5 days), then enjoy admission to as many included attractions as you want to visit for the number of days you selected the pass for. Simply show your Go City pass at included attractions for admission and pay nothing at the gate. Activate the pass by visiting your first attraction, then, use it on consecutive calendar days. The attractions include: • Hop-on, Hop-off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour• Eastern State Penitentiary• Franklin Institute Science Museum• Philadelphia Museum of Art• National Constitution Center• Betsy Ross House• Adventure Aquarium• Philadelphia Zoo• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia• Barnes Foundation• Academy of Natural Science• Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial• Ghost Tour of Philadelphia• Indep...

    My 11-year-old son and I planned a Sunday 1-day trip to visit several locations starting at 10am - 5pm, and the Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass was very convenient and no hassle. We parked where we were going to finish the day and walked to all locations, except an Uber from Mutter to American Revolution Museum: 1) Philadelphia Art Museum (10-11:30am) - excellent; could have spent 2-3 hours on the 3rd floor alone, but had to move on to get to other attractions; we are not huge fans of art, but the armor, paintings, sculptures, and woodwork kept our interest the entire time 2) East State Penitentiary (11:45-1:15pm) - great; very interesting and spent 1.5 hours there when we only planned for 45 minutes. 3) Mutter Museum (2-3pm) - great; many specimens and so much content considering the smaller size of the building 4) American Revolution Museum (3:15-5pm) - great; walk through history that led up to the Revolution, the different battles, and many details from that time period.

  • From New York: Philadelphia Day Trip

    3. From New York: Philadelphia Day Trip

    Discover the highlights of Philadelphia on a guided tour from New York. Explore one of the oldest cities in America and learn about its historical importance. Your experience starts with pickup from selected hotels in New York. After a 2-hour transfer, arrive in Philadelphia city and visit the Liberty Bell. Enter the Independence Hall to see where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were created. Pass by Congress Hall and the Christ Church cemetery, where the tomb of Benjamin Franklin is located. See the house of Betsy Ross, who designed the first US flag. Wander along Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest street in the country, lined by 32 Georgian houses. Visit Parque del Amor in the city center, and enter the City Hall. Pass the State Penitentiary where famous prisoners such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton were held. Stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the stairs wh...

  • Philadelphia: Sightseeing Day Pass for 35+ Attractions

    4. Philadelphia: Sightseeing Day Pass for 35+ Attractions

    Use The Philadelphia Pass directly from your mobile phone to allow you cash-free entry to over 35 destinations, museums, and tours, including some of the most popular attractions in The City of Brotherly love. Delve into the history of the city as you explore landmark museums and monuments, or take a spooky after-hours walking tour to discover haunted Philly. Train like Rocky on the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or eat like a local at either the historic Reading Terminal Market, or the 9th Street Italian Market. With your pass, you'll enjoy discounts at many local restaurants and bars. Attractions included: • Philadelphia Zoo • Eastern State Penitentiary • Adventure Aquarium • Betsy Ross House • Franklin’s Grave at Christ Church Burial Grounds • City Hall Tower Tour • Fort Mifflin • QVC Studio Tour • Escape Game King of Prussia Museums included: • Philadelphia Museum ...

    One of the attractions that they said was part of the package had EXPIRED! one that I really wanted to see. make sure that the information on attractions is correct.

  • Philadelphia: Go City Explorer Pass with 3 to 7 Attractions

    5. Philadelphia: Go City Explorer Pass with 3 to 7 Attractions

    The Explorer Pass by Go City is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to 3, 4, 5, or 7 Philadelphia attractions of your choice. There are over 30 attractions and tours to choose from. Simply purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit. There's no need to decide which attractions you want to visit before your trip. Just choose as you go from the options included. Visiting your first attraction activates your pass. Then, you’ll have 60 days to use it.

    Simply show your pass at designated ticketing areas at included attractions for admission and pay nothing at the gate. You'll also get a digital guide with detailed attraction descriptions and hours of operation to help plan your itinerary. Save up to 40% on admissions to your choice of 3-7 attractions.

    The attractions include: • Hop-on hop-off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour

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    Longwood Gardens was a wonderful experience. Picking up the ticket I got from you was a hassle to claim. Seems they had never heard of you and as I was trying to get my ticket I was beginning to think we weren't going to be able to claim it or.

  • Philadelphia: Sightseeing Flex Pass

    6. Philadelphia: Sightseeing Flex Pass

    Save over 50% on admission prices to Philadelphia's top attractions with a flexible sightseeing pass directly from your phone allowing convenient entry to your choice · of attraction or tour option. Select from 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions and choose your own itinerary. Take advantage of the pass’ flexible start date and go at your own pace over a 30-day period. This pass is perfect for visitors who have limited time to sightsee, and for those who want to visit the must-see attractions. Experience 4 centuries of Philadelphia history. Explore the birthplace of American independence with visits to Fort Mifflin and the Betsy Ross House. Visit Benjamin Franklin’s grave at the Christ Church Burial Grounds, or see the past come to life on one of the spooky nighttime walking tours. Follow in the footsteps of Rocky, training like "the Pride of Philly" on the front steps of the Philadelphia ...

  • Philadelphia Private Driving Tour - Half or Full-Day

    7. Philadelphia Private Driving Tour - Half or Full-Day

    Explore the city of Philadelphia on a private driving tour, customized to suit your preferences, and available as either a half-day or full-day option. The former capital of the Pennsylvania Colony, Philadelphia is intimately connected to the history of Amercia. You will see all the highlights, including Elfreth’s Alley and the Liberty Bell. Go to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was first debated. Pass Christ Church to see the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church, and Penn's Landing, where William Penn docked in 1682. Drive down the Avenue of the Arts and see Love Park (JFK Plaza), dominated by Robert Indiana's “Love” sculpture. Continue the arts theme at the Rodin Museum or Philadelphia Museum of Art, complete with Rocky’s statue and the steps used in the blockbuster movie. See where Al Capone was incarcerated at the Eastern State Penitentiary, admire ...

    Owen was a very knowledgeable and pleasant guy. He was a wonderful guy to spend time with.

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What people are saying about Eastern State Penitentiary

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 101 reviews

Unique place to visit with a vert special atmosphere as a stabilized ruin. There is a lot to explore beyond the building which is fascinating for itself. Exhibits on current prison system are very interesting and well made.

The Alcatraz of the East, right here in my backyard! Shame on me for not visiting sooner!! Thanks so much. My daughter and I really enjoyed the tour!!

I had an awesome time. The tour was really informed. It’s a self guided tour, so you’re able to go thru each block at your own pace

Owen was a very knowledgeable and pleasant guy. He was a wonderful guy to spend time with.

Great experience especially with the recorded guided tour by actor Steve Bushemi.