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  • Address: 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130, USA
  • Hours: Daily from 10am-5pm.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

Once the most famous prison in the world, Eastern State was initially renowned for its Enlightenment-inspired efforts to reform inmates rather than merely punish them. Eventually, this system was abandoned in favor of solitary confinement and a Death Row block. But the once-genteel penitentiary allowed one of its most notorious inmates, Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone, to keep a private cell with fine antiques and oriental carpets.

When Eastern State’s unique wagon-wheel-shaped building was completed in 1829, it was the most expensive public structure ever built. It was a tourist attraction from the start, and remains so today. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and closed in 1971, the building and its many art installations are consistently being restored and preserved by a variety of architects and artists. 

Visitors to this Fairmount area landmark are given headsets with an extensive audio tour narrated by actor Steve Buscemi, but are also encouraged to stick around for short docent-led tours that cover more off-limits parts of the prison. From December to March, special Winter Adventure Tours are given in lieu of regular tour programming, and cover the indoors and outdoors – be sure to wear extra layers to prepare for Philly’s winter cold!

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Philadelphia 3-Combo Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, Eastern State Penitentiary, and Franklin's Footsteps, ... 
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Philadelphia 3-Combo Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, Eastern State Penitentiary, and Franklin's Footsteps

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This 3-combination tour includes a full-day ticket on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, admission to the Eastern State Penitentiary, and a 75-minute Franklin ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: Flexible

From USD $60.00
Philadelphia CityPass, Philadelphia, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Philadelphia CityPass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

CityPASS is the best deal in the City of Brotherly Love, giving you discounted admission to five premier attractions.

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: Flexible

From USD $59.00
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour, Philadelphia, Sightseeing & City Passes
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 175 Reviews

Explore Philadelphia on this hop-on hop-off tour! Visit 27 top Philadelphia attractions including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: Varies

From USD $31.99
City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Philadelphia, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover great things to do in Philadelphia on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. The open-top, double-decker bus offers a panoramic view of the ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days

From USD $32.00
Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia

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This hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour lets you experience the rich history and legendary sights of Philadelphia with ease. Select a single or multi-day pass ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Philadelphia 27-Stop Double Decker Tour Full-Day Pass, Philadelphia, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Philadelphia 27-Stop Double Decker Tour Full-Day Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore all that Philadelphia has to offer aboard a double decker hop-on hop-off bus tour! Visit 27 top attractions, as an expert local guide offers live ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Private Half Day Philadelphia Driving Tour, Philadelphia, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Private Half Day Philadelphia Driving Tour

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Experience the sights of Philadelphia with a personal guide on this private, half-day sightseeing tour. Hop in a comfortable minivan (for up to six people) and ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 4-to-6 hours

From USD $295.00
Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo, Philadelphia, Custom Private Tours
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Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore the sights and sounds of Philadelphia on board a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit 27 of the city's top attractions, as a local guide ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: Flexible

From USD $54.00
New York to Philadelphia Day Trip by Rail, New York City, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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New York to Philadelphia Day Trip by Rail

What do Edgar Allan Poe and Benjamin Franklin have in common? Both made Philadelphia their home in their contribution to art and science. Your day trip from ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $335.00
Day Trip from New Haven CT to Philadelphia by Rail, New Haven, Day Trips
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Day Trip from New Haven CT to Philadelphia by Rail

What do Edgar Allan Poe and Benjamin Franklin have in common? Both made Philadelphia their home in their contribution to art and science. Your day trip from ...  Read more

Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $329.00

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