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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 actor Steve Buscemi (known for Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Armageddon, and Ghost World), this rich, stereo soundscape mixes dozens of voices. Hear the stories of 3 former wardens and 25 guards and inmates which create an atmospheric tour as you stroll through Eastern State's cellblocks and yards. When you arrive, receive an MP3 player and headset that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison's history. This audio guide contains a main audio route, plus additional stops for subjects like escapes, riots, sports, sexuality, and more. You are free to tour at your own pace and to listen to (or skip) stops based on your interests. Also discover interactive experiences, history exhibits, and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations.

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Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

2. Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Explore the origins of America on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philadelphia. Discover the city where America’s Founding Fathers first declared independence, and ratified the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of historic landmarks including the Christ Church Burial Grounds, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall.   Begin your tour at the Bourse Building, across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Listen to the multilingual audio commentary as you enjoy the views from the open-top deck. See the Friendship Gate in Chinatown and be amazed by the architecture of Philadelphia’s City Hall.   Hop off to explore the various museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the world's largest collection of post-impressionist art at the Barnes Foundation. Marvel at Philadelphia’s skyline and stop to enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the One Liberty Observation Deck. Pass through the charming neighborhood of Society Hill and end your tour with a drive along the banks of the Delaware River. Stops:  • The Bourse Building  • Betsy Ross House  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown  • Reading Terminal Market  • Love Park  • Cathedral Basilica  • Logan Circle  • Rodin Museum  • Eastern State Penitentiary  • Special Events - The Perelman Building  • The Rocky Steps and Statue  • West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boat House Row  • Civil War Memorial  • Please Touch Museum  • Philadelphia Zoo  • Franklin Institute  • Mutter Museum  • One Liberty Observation Deck  • Avenue of the Arts  • Society Hill, Antique Row  • Mother Bethel A.M.E Church  • Headhouse Square  • Vietnam & Korean War Memorials  • Penns Landing  • Museum of the American Revolution  • Christ Church  • The Liberty Bell

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Philadelphia: National Constitution Center - Flexible Ticket

3. Philadelphia: National Constitution Center - Flexible Ticket

Visit the National Constitution Center and learn all about this key moment in American history when the American Constitution was drawn up and signed, here in Philadelphia. Browse hundreds of artifacts and delight in the array of interactive multimedia exhibits. Get involved and vote for your all-time favorite President and take the Presidential Oath of Office. This self-proclaimed 'Museum of We, the People' brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. Some of the rare artifacts you'll see here include a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation from 1864 signed by Abraham Lincoln, a ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, and the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution National Constitution Center highlights include: Freedom Rising - Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called this “the best 17-minute civics lesson in the country.” Narrated by a live actor, this multimedia theater-in-the-round performance sets the stage for the National Constitution Center visitor experience. Signers’ Hall – visitors can ‘sign the Constitution’ and see 42 iconic, life-size bronze statues of each of the Founding Fathers present for the signing on September 17, 1787. The Story of We the People – Explore over 100 multimedia elements, including rare artifacts, and discover for yourself why the U.S. Constitution is as important today as it was over 200 years ago. Exhibits including: Constituting Liberty - From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights; American Treasures - Documenting the Nation's Founding; Civil War and Reconstruction - the battle for Freedom & Equality; and The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote. Come away inspired and full of historical knowledge.

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Philadelphia: Museum of the American Revolution Entry

4. Philadelphia: Museum of the American Revolution Entry

Discover the dramatic story of the American Revolution at one of Philadelphia’s lead attractions. Avoid the long waiting times and enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Museum of the American Revolution, then watch an introductory movie before making your own way through the exhibitions. Marvel at the museum’s vast collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art that bring history back to life. Learn about this fascinating period of time as you explore immersive galleries, engage in powerful theater experiences, and take part in interactive features. Located just steps from the famous Independence Hall, the museum serves as a portal to the region’s Revolutionary history, which sparks interest, provides context, and encourages exploration. Printed museum guides are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin and Japanese, to elevate your learning experience.

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Philadelphia: Segway Adventure Tour

5. Philadelphia: Segway Adventure Tour

Take a Segway tour of Philadelphia to see the main city sights and get an informative commentary on the history of the city at the forefront of the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence. Your guide will give you a 30-minute training session before you set off on the self-balancing vehicles. Then, traveling in groups of up to 6 people, head down to Penn's Landing for views across to New Jersey and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Glide through the Historic District, passing Elfreth's Alley and the Betsy Ross House. Admire Independence Hall en route to Society Hill, where you can marvel at the stately homes while catching the aroma of fresh coffee at quaint cafés. Pass over Avenue of the Arts to Rittenhouse Square, before winding through the Fitler Square neighborhood to Schuylkill River. The scenery changes here, as you work your way along the paths of the Schuylkill Banks, joined by runners and bikers en route to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admire the statue of Rocky Balboa at the bottom of the famous steps he ran up in the 1976 blockbuster movie, before moving on to Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see Rodin’s “Thinker” statue in the outdoor sculpture garden. A cruise of some of the back streets will lead you to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, from where you can loop through Chinatown and the end of your tour.

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From New York: Philadelphia & Washington DC 2-Day Tour

6. From New York: Philadelphia & Washington DC 2-Day Tour

On this 2-day tour from New York you will travel to Philadelphia, the Amish country and Washington DC. Day 1: New York – Philadelphia – Washington DC Depart from New York through New Jersey and Pennsylvania to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Upon arrival you will embark on a panoramic tour that includes, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Elfert Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America) and more. Arriving in the historic area of Philadelphia you will visit the famous Liberty Bell, Constitution Square and Constitution Hall, one of the symbols of freedom in America. Departing Philadelphia you will see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue east to Lancaster county, home of the Amish people. Start your visit with a ride on an authentic Amish buggy through the Amish farm country and learn how they live without the benefit of modern technology, no electricity, running water, telephone service or appliances. After the ride, visit the marketplace where you can shop for handmade arts crafts and products. In the late afternoon, depart east for an evening arrival in Washington DC. Stay overnight at Wyndham Garden, Washington DC Day 2: Washington – Amish Country – New York Start the day with a visit to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery and the Kennedy family grave site. Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon, depart north for an evening arrival in New York.

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Philadelphia: Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

7. Philadelphia: Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

Climb aboard the double-decker hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and discover the sights of Philadelphia at your own pace. Benefit from the services on an onboard guide and avail of frequent departures every day of the week. Learn the history of the city and its cultural attractions, and hear where the best places to eat and shop are along the way. Follow in the footsteps of "Rocky" and climb the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy an authentic cheesesteak or retrace the steps of the founding fathers and see where they signed the Declaration of Independence. Sit back and enjoy the 90-minute ride around Philly seeing almost 30 points of interest along the way. Sights you will see: • Independence Visitor Center (northeast corner of 5th and Market Streets) • Betsy Ross House  • U.S. Mint and Ben Franklin’s Grave  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown (northeast corner of Arch Street at 10th Street) • Reading Terminal Market/Convention Center  • City Hall and Love Park • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul/Sister Cities  • Barnes Foundation (21st Street and Ben Franklin Parkway)  • Rodin Museum • Eastern State Penitentiary • Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art • Philadelphia Zoo  • Please Touch Museum/Memorial Hall/Fairmount Park • Rocky Steps • Philadelphia Museum of Art • Franklin Institute/Logan Circle • The Bellevue/Rittenhouse Square • Academy of Music/Broad Street • Antiques Row (10th and Pine Street) • South Street/Headhouse Square • Vietnam Veterans Memorial • Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing/Columbus Boulevard • Penn's Landing/Waterfront • Old City/Christ Church • Museum of American Jewish History

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4-Day Tour of America from New York City

8. 4-Day Tour of America from New York City

Visit the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls. Stop at an outlet mall for shopping, continue to the historic city of Brotherly love in Philadelphia and see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Square. You will also visit Washington DC, the US Capitol and visit the US Mint. Continue to Lancaster to learn about the Amish community. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagara Falls Your morning departure from the Big Apple takes you north where you will pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon (Winter itinerary goes to Montour Falls instead of Watkins Glen State Park). Tour the American and Canadian sides of the Falls including the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Goat Island, and Sister Island. At night tour Niagara Falls where you will marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters. Overnight: Niagara Falls - Wyndham Super 8 Day 2: Niagara Falls - New Jersey As you depart the hotel, hear the thundering water of Niagara Falls. See the falls up close from Horseshoe Falls and experience the power of the current aboard the Maid of the Mist (May-October). From November through April you will tour the Power Vista Hydro-electric Station, and the Cave of the Winds. At noon depart south to New York State. On the way to New York, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way, where you can hunt for bargains at their brand name stores. Overnight New Jersey - La Quinta Inns & Suites  Day 3: New Jersey - Philadelphia - Washington DC Depart New Jersey to Pennsylvania and to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia. Arriving in the Historic area of Philadelphia you will visit the famous Liberty Bell, and Constitution square and Constitution Hall, one of the symbols of freedom in America. Stroll Elfreth’s Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America) then continue on a panoramic tour of Philadelphia that includes the financial district, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Historic Philadelphia and more. Departing Philadelphia, see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue north to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. Ride on an authentic Amish Buggy, visit an Amish market place of handmade arts and crafts and learn what it's like to live without the benefit of modern technology, electricity, running water or telephone service. Overnight at: Wyndham Garden, Washington DC. Day 4: Washington DC - New York  Start the day with a visit to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guards and the Kennedy family gravesite.  Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials.  In the late afternoon, depart north for an evening arrival in New York.

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Philadelphia: Exploration Game Self-Guided Tour

9. Philadelphia: Exploration Game Self-Guided Tour

Play an exploration game on your phone that takes you on a self-guided tour of Philadelphia. Stop at the most iconic spots of the city and learn their history while using clues, solving problems, and unlocking stories. Enjoy the flexibility of a tour taken entirely on an app. The game begins with you following the trail of a missing son. Start your pursuit at Spruce Street Harbor Park. From there, simply follow the route and instructions on the app. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. See Penn's Landing, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin's Grave, and more. Discover Philadelphia’s cobblestoned streets, photo-worthy Independence Mall, and old town. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Try a new type of experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt.

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Museum of the American Revolution: Early Access Guided Tour

10. Museum of the American Revolution: Early Access Guided Tour

This early access tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to see the Museum of the American Revolution’s exhibits before they’re open to the public. Learn about the museum’s artifacts alongside museum experts with room to explore. Skip the crowds and distractions. The American Revolution was dramatic, gritty, and full of uncertainty. It was an era of unparalleled political and social upheaval, even by today’s standards. Explore this era as your guide enhances your experience with additional insight into the artifacts and exhibits and behind-the-scenes details of the museum’s creation. Get inspired to dig deeper into the stories behind objects on display. At the end of the guided tour, choose to explore the galleries further on your own.

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What people are saying about Philadelphia

The experience is really wonderful. I haven’t tried Segway before. The guide is very patient and careful. I learnt the Segway very fast. It is easy. I chose the 1 hour route because the other is closed during winter.We went throughout the old city and see a lot of interesting places like a glass art wall and local market. It is especially good for solo travelers because the guide will take the picture for you. The route is difficult to figure out by yourself so it really worths it. The tour went fast so it may not be a good choice if you want to stop for a while to look into each spots. And It’s so cold in December. It may be better to go in spring and autumn for the 2 hour route.

The Double-Decker Hop-on Hop off Sightseeing tour is a must to see Philadelphia especially if you have only several days in the city. It has a lot of stops to be able to see most of Philadelphia. The tour guides and bus drivers were amazing. We took the 2 day tour and it was worth every penny. Our favorite stops were the Liberty Bell, The Independence Hall and of course the Reading Terminal Market where we sampled several ethnic foods as well as bought goodies and fruits, etc. If I'm craving of authentic ethnic food, I just hop in the plane the go to Philly then take the hop on hop off.

My family had a blast on the Philly tour bus. It was super educational,and entertaining Learned so much Philly history. The buses were easy to get to,and and the on and off option was great. Would definitely use it again!

D was great! Communicated clearly and we felt safe and taken care of! Would do it again for sure!

Excellent tour. Sebastian was so knowledgeable and entertaining. The bus driver was excellent.