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The Philadelphia Sightseeing Day Pass: 35+ Historic Attractions & Tours

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Visit: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1101

Dig for fossils, discover African wildlife in lifelike dioramas, and see a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton at the Academy of Natural Science.

This premier research institution, affiliated with Drexel University, is full of fun and enlightening exhibits that visitors of all ages will enjoy.

Duration: 1 hour

Visit: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ 08103-1060

Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water.

The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only great hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos, one of only six facilities in the US to have Little Blue penguins as permanent residents and exhibits the longest Shark Bridge in the world, a unique V-shaped rope suspension bridge just inches over Shark Realm.

Duration: 2 hours

Visit: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St Seventh, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1504

The African American Museum in Philadelphia was the first museum in a major U.S. city dedicated to the culture and heritage of African Americans and the African diaspora. Since its founding in 1976, the museum has sought to give a platform to the stories of African Americans in the shaping of our nation.


Duration: 2 hours

Visit: Battleship New Jersey, 62 Battleship Pl, Camden, NJ 08103-3302

The USS New Jersey is Admiral “Bull” Halsey’s flagship and the nation’s most decorated battleship. Interactive tours of the Battleship New Jersey give visitors the chance to experience the ship just as the crew did – walking through narrow passageways, climbing ladders, and spending time in the mess halls and sleeping quarters.


Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Visit: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1999

Visit the home of America’s most famous flag maker, Betsy Ross, on a self-guided or audio tour of the historic landmark. The birthplace of the American flag is alive with the sights and sounds of the Revolutionary era.

Meet Betsy in her upholstery shop as she works on her flag and answers questions about how she came to sew the Stars and Stripes, as well as her personal life and business. Just blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, this attraction is a must-see for anyone who wants to be immersed in America’s history or learn about the role women like Betsy played in the Revolution.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Visit: City Hall Visitor Center, 1 Penn Square Room 121, Philadelphia, PA 19107

See the city from William Penn's point of view! The City Hall Tower Tour offers a panoramic view of Philadelphia's landscape from 548 feet above ground.

Ascend to the top of the historic building via elevator to enjoy a spectacular view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and city skyline from the city’s highest open-air observation deck.

Duration: 1 hour

Visit: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.

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. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone.

Duration: 2 hours

Visit: 82 Fort Mifflin Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19153-3808

History comes to life at Fort Mifflin, one of the only intact Revolutionary War battlefields and the only fort in Philadelphia! The National Historic Landmark encompasses 40 acres of land and 8 surviving buildings. The Fort is best known for withstanding the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Visit: Christ Church, 20 N American St On 2nd, Above Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-4592

Christ Church Burial Ground is one of America’s most interesting Colonial and Revolution-era graveyards, with 1,400 markers on two beautiful acres right in the heart of historic Philadelphia.

The Burial Ground is the final resting place of some of our most prominent leaders including Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence. This year the historic burial ground marks its 295th year.

Duration: 1 hour

Visit: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3199

We’re all about water! Dive into River Alive!, a new exhibit that brings the wildlife, science, and wonder of the Delaware River up close.

Raise the sails on our pirate ship Diligence and submerge yourself in hands-on exhibits plus one of the largest maritime art and artifact collections in North America. Climb aboard National Historic Landmark ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna. Paddle around in our seasonal small boat rentals.

Duration: 2 hours

Visit: Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2818

The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art.

Immersive galleries, dynamic theaters, and recreated historical environments bring to life the events, people, and ideals of our nation’s founding and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Visit: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1595

The National Constitution Center is America’s first and only museum dedicated entirely to awareness and understanding of the US Constitution.

The museum’s main exhibits include 3 attractions: Freedom Rising, a multimedia theatrical production in a 350-seat star-shaped theater; The Story of We the People, an interactive exhibit in which you can try on an actual Supreme Court robe and watch yourself on the big screen as you recite the Presidential Oath of Office; and Signer’s Hall, where you’ll see life-size bronze statues of the Founding Fathers present at the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Fun, hands-on programs occur daily and include theatrical performances, trivia competitions, and more.

Duration: 2 hours

Visit: National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2707

Find your own place in the story of liberty at the National Liberty Museum, located in the heart of historic Philadelphia. Glass art is the primary medium at this one-of-a-kind museum that tells the story of America's progression toward freedom and democracy through interactive exhibits and contemporary works of art.

Some noteworthy exhibitions include a 21-foot Chihuly glass flame illuminating heroes from the past and present, a colorful sculpture of two children made entirely of jelly beans, and a stained glass chess set with a witty take on tolerance.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Visit: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2517

Explore 360 years of Jewish life in America at the National Museum of American Jewish History through cutting edge hands-on interactives and a collection of more than 30,000 artifacts including paintings, sculptures, film, photographs, and objects used in the daily lives of American Jews throughout history.

The Museum strives to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which all Americans aspire.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Visit: One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market St Suite 5700, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7301

One Liberty Observation Deck, Philly From The Top, located in the heart of Center City, is historic Philadelphia’s tallest enclosed observation deck.

Enjoy 360° views 365 days a year, morning, noon & night!

Duration: 1 hour

Visit: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510

Internationally known for its collection of 19th and 20th century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a treasure of a museum in downtown Philadelphia.

With some 14,000 works of art in its collection, the museum curators produce masterful exhibitions focusing on themes like women in the arts, fantasy and nostalgia, and the role of art in times of war. Famed artists represented in the collection include Charles Willson Peale (the museum’s founder), John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper and Cecilia Beaux.

Duration: 2 hours

Visit: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2302

The Philadelphia Museum of Art brings the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone.

The Museum strives to connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is poised to meet the decades to come as one of the nation's foremost destinations in which to see world-class art.

Duration: 2 hours

Visit: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196

Walk among the wild as big cats, great apes and more. Roam Zoo360; a campus-wide network of exploration trails where animals can roam around and above you. Gorilla Treeway, Treetop Trail, Great Ape Trail, Big Cat Crossing and Meerkat Maze offer one-of-a-kind wildlife adventures your pack will never forget.

Come face to face with lions, tigers, leopards, pumas, and jaguars in KeyBank Big Cat Falls. Travel to the land of kangaroos and emus to explore the wonders from Down Under at Outback Outpost. Soar into the Wings of Asia experience and hand-feed a flock of breathtakingly beautiful birds.

Philadelphia Zoo is among the region’s foremost wildlife conservation organizations and is home to extraordinary and endangered animals from around the world!

Duration: 2 hours

Visit: Italian Market, 9th Street from Wharton to Fitzwater Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19147

If you’re the foodie type or simply appreciate some authentic Italian cuisine and culture, you’ll love the Italian Market Immersion tour.

The 9th Street Italian Market is the country’s oldest and largest everyday open-air market. Your local guide will show you all the hot spots and introduce you to some hidden gems as you make your way through shops and stalls steeped with cheese, olive oils, pastries, chocolates and more.

Chat with local store owners and discover the history of the market and its transformation over the years. Continue your tour on a street you may recognize from the Rocky film – it’s the route for one of Rocky’s training runs – before culminating at intersection made famous by local restaurants Pat's and Geno's.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Visit: Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825 Norwitch Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19153-3412

One of the world’s most noteworthy collection of race cars awaits you at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.

The museum, which is actually the personal collection of Philadelphia native Dr. Fred Simeone, celebrates “The Spirit of Competition” through 21 exhibits. Although the museum was established in 2008, the 65 cars in the permanent collection were obtained over 50 years and include rare cars from the early 1900’s through the 1970’s.

Duration: 2 hours

Visit: Mutter Museum, 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3001

Medical history is more interesting than you ever could have imagined at the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Its unique collection of some 20,000 specimens emphasizes the abnormal, featuring giant skeletons and enlarged organs.

Its permanent exhibitions include sections of Albert Einstein’s brain preserved in glass slides, the death cast of the original Siamese Twins – whose autopsy was performed in the museum – and Dr. Joseph Hyrtl’s collection of 139 human skulls. The 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting of the collection’s objects and artifacts adds to its distinctive atmosphere.

Duration: 2 hours

Visit: Wharton Esherick Museum, 1520 Horse Shoe Trl Malvern, PA 19355, Paoli, PA 19355-9519

Truly a hidden treasure in Greater Philadelphia, the Wharton Esherick Museum is actually the home and studio of master woodworker and native Philadelphian, Wharton Esherick.

The studio was built and expanded over a period of 40 years. Today, the National Historic Landmark, featuring a massive spiral oak staircase, houses more than 300 of the artist’s works, including furniture, sculptures, and other furnishings. Esherick’s whimsical spirit and passion are represented in every inch of this imaginative studio and residence.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Visit: The Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115

Named after the American scientist and statesman, Benjamin Franklin, The Institute is a science museum and the center of science education and research in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Important Information
Departure Point
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1101
Duration
30 days
Inclusions
  • Choose from 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions, then visit the ones you wish within 30 consecutive days
  • Access to over 35 attraction, tours, destinations & experiences.
  • Discounts at Select Restaurants, Bars, Retailers, and Entertainment Options
  • Entry/Admission - Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • Entry/Admission - Adventure Aquarium
  • Entry/Admission - The African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Entry/Admission - Battleship New Jersey
  • Entry/Admission - Betsy Ross House
  • Entry/Admission - City Hall Visitor Center
  • Entry/Admission - Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Entry/Admission - Fort Mifflin
  • Entry/Admission - Christ Church
  • Entry/Admission - Independence Seaport Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Museum of the American Revolution
  • Entry/Admission - National Constitution Center
  • Entry/Admission - National Liberty Museum
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Entry/Admission - One Liberty Observation Deck
  • Entry/Admission - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Entry/Admission - Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Entry/Admission - Philadelphia Zoo
  • Entry/Admission - Italian Market
  • Entry/Admission - Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Mutter Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Wharton Esherick Museum
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This pass is valid for the amount of attractions you selected when purchasing your pass
  • The pass is activated the first time you use it, you then have 30 days to use the remainder of your choices and any discounts on the list
  • Entry process and hours of operation for individual attractions vary, especially around holiday periods; stay informed and check with each attraction prior to visiting.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Advanced reservations may be made for tours included on the pass
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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By: City Sightseeing New York
4,402 reviews
spiritleadme
Redding, California
10320
Road trip with my granddaughter
This was good for transportation. The audio tour portion was no in sync. But for me the most important portion
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Bichenobabe
10
5 day bus pass on TopView
Please pass on on to our busdriver Santana on Monday the 19th Nov. how impressed we were with her knowledgeable
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Adrian G
Cartago, Costa Rica
306
Great!
We bought a 3 day pass, and the Sightseeing service was so good, the purchased pack incluided all days Hop-on, Hop
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Jasmine C
Singapore, Singapore
7833
5 attraction pass
We bought the 5 attraction pass to use when we visited NY. It was hassle free. We stored the pass in our Apple
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Juliann A
10
Wonderful experience
I purchased the 48 hour pass and was able to do the downtown, uptown loops and the ferry. I started at Macy’s on
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748glennb
Kelowna, Canada
17146
A great way to overview the city
We took the bus from Times Sq and did the whole loop. It was pretty chilly up top but it was worth it to see the
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april4002017
Auburn, California
41
Missed the mark
Have done lots of these hop on hop off buses in lots of cities. This one was really lacking. Poor maps not
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dmkmHamilton_Ontario
Hamilton, Canada
6115
Great overview of NYC
Enjoyed 2 of the loops. We did the Uptown and Downtown loops while on a cruise ship stop. Due to traffic, the
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MLCDC
70
Bus in NYC traffic is challenging
Traffic is horrendous in NYC and frustrating way to get around. So I skipped using this for the day trips but
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vicki618
Fresno, California
759
thoroughly enjoyed...
wonderful tour of the city...great narration and history provided via ear phones...we did not hop off at all...we
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Jan W
10
Uninformative
We travelled on a TopView hop on hop off bus as we were only in NYC for a short time. The bus took almost an hour
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DChrisVagabond
10
NYC Sightseeing: All Around 24 hour tour
After speaking to a City Sightseeing representative on 11/27/18, I explained that my family and I were visiting
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JanaC75
Winston Salem, North Carolina
20
Great way to see overview of city
We only had a short amount of time in NYC so we decided this would be the best way to see as much of it as
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SCJD92
10
Unprofessional Tour Guides/Drivers
A good way of seeing the city and attractions but I will not be using this service again. This was my second time
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Mc84seattle
30
Always a good time!
Every time I take one of these tours I enjoy it. If it’s your first time visit to the city I highly recommend
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