Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Eastern State Penitentiary Tours
- 2124 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA
- Northwest edge of downtown. I-676/Vine St. Expressway to Benjamin Franklin Parkway exit, turn north onto 22nd St., pass the Museum of Art on the left and continue five blocks north to Fairmount Ave.
- Daily 10 am - 5 pm (last entry at 4) (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Major Fun
Old, imposing prison has always been a choice destination for tourists and ghost-hunters. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [06/18/2009]
Eastern State Penitentiary: Some travelers seek out atmosphere by visiting Paris or Rome. We've always enjoyed the pungent terror ambience that can be found in old, moss-grown American prisons. [03/14/2011] Complete Story...
Eastern State Penitentiary: A tour of a historic prison where the art of isolation was perfected. Watch Video.
Visitor Tips and News About Eastern State Penitentiary Tours
If you go on the tour when it's chilly outside, it's going to be COLD inside the cells. Bring a jacket.[Todd Decker, 03/03/2014]
As I visited in December, I took one of their "winter adventure" tours. Such a creepy/interesting place, made even more so by the frigid temperatures! Definitely worth a look for the architecture and beautifully decaying cell blocks.
There's a little exhibit near the gift shop about past prisoners (including a dog!) and the prison's "isolation" techniques on inmates.
Very chilling -- pun intended.[Paige Mano, 08/20/2010]