When people think of visiting Philadelphia, places like Independence Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art come to mind. But did you know that one of Trip Advisor’s top 5 attractions in Philadelphia is a prison? Not just any prison, but the historic, fortress-like Eastern State Penitentiary. Located in the Fairmount neighborhood, it’s just a short 5 or 6 blocks from the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art. My daughter and I decided to check it out during our recent visit to Philadelphia. Please note, it’s not recommended for kids under the age of 7. Admission includes a free audio tour, best for ages 12 and up. For kids in between those ages, they provide an educational guide, the “Eastern State Challenge” which includes a scavenger hunt and poster of Pep the dog. Here are a few reasons why you should consider taking a tour of this popular attractions, especially with teenagers.
Here’s an extra tip: The PHLASH bus has a stop right in front of the prison, and you can buy an all day pass for $5, which allows you to jump on and off the bus as many times as you want to see all the big attractions. It stops at many of the major attractions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Reading Terminal Market.