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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

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Admire the impressive architecture and haunting atmosphere of one of the most famous and expensive prisons in the world, Eastern State Penitentiary. Once a thriving site of discipline and order, the prison has long since closed, and now you can take a tour of the building’s unique wagon-wheel design that inspired thousands of penitentiaries worldwide. Follow your guide through the cellblock rows, solitary confinement cells, and execution chambers. Don’t miss the chance to visit the original cell of Al Capone. If you’re interested in haunting tales, ask about the prison’s long history of paranormal activity and ghost sightings. Plan your Eastern State Penitentiary visit and explore what else you can see and do in Philadelphia using our Philadelphia trip itinerary planner.
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  • The Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the most unique and coolest attractions in Philadelphia. It's def my favorite place in Philly... and if you're into abandoned places or a history buff, or just...  more »
  • My 19 year old daughter and I had a few hours to kill before returning to Atlanta. We did the Art museum steps, of course and I let her pick the next spot. When she mentioned the penitentiary I asked ...  more »
  • This is a large structure surrounded by a stone wall. It is reported to be haunted as people were kept in solitary confinement. It set a standard to model for future prisons. There was actually a dog ...  more »
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  • Do the audio tour for the most information. Creepy place, but really cool to learn what it was like during operation. Al Capone's cell is also preserved how it was set up for him. Note that the building does not have climate control so dress warmly on the winter.
  • My boyfriend and I absolutely love this kind of thing. We spent a few hours there at our own pace. Definitely worth going to if your in the area, especially if you like the history and the haunted aspect.
  • Great place to spend a few hours. Hard to get photos and if you're into ghost hunting, hunting and it's hard to get any peace to get a feel for the place. Very touristy but definitely interesting.
  • The tour is narrated by Steve Buscemi.....need I say more? No, but I will. Take the tour it is worth it and we do it each time we have visitors. Haven't taken advantage of the Halloween haunted house they offer, not a chance I ever will but it looks awesome if you are into that sort of thing. Great historical spot, well maintained, and they offer rotating exhibits throughout the year.
  • Very awesome historical site a one of a kind piece of Philly history! Love the architecture of the place because every corner you turn is worth a photo. The guides there are extremely knowledged and always a treat. Recommend going when it is quieter to get your photos in!