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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site 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...more
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Eastern State was well worth the time we spent there. It was raining the day we visited and I think that added to the experience. You really got an idea of how dark the cells could get when there wasn’t any sunlight coming through the...More
I was so intrigued by this entire tour. Loved that you were able to go at your own pace, we weren't rushed at all & we learned so much about this part of history that was both shocking and enlightening.
Not sure what the hype about this place was but I did not get it. Not much to see. Excited to see Al Capone cell but they are not ever sure its his. Place was not restored it is just a rotting, destoryed place with...More
We only did the audio tour, but it was enough. When you see and hear how we treated the prisoners here you can't but question the philosophies behind incarceration. It created fabulous conversation between us and our friends on what kind of crime deserved this...More
This place is pretty sweet. An easy to navigate audio tour that you can take at your own pace. When you’re finished with that, there are additional places to explore, with audio recordings for some of these extra areas. Historically accurate, but also distressing and...More
We come down every year for Terror Behind the Walls. The setting is incredible and the monsters really enjoy trying to scare everyone. The sets and animatronics are well thought out and are of high quality. We love it and will be back next year!
I visited Eastern State Penitentiary on my recent visit to Philadelphia. It is a fascinating place that is full of history. It also has a pretty good creepy factor since it is partially in ruins. The prison functioned from the 1830s until around 1970. Cell...More
Overall the "Terror Behind the Walls" experience was fun and entertaining. Just standing in line and watching people react to the actors and staff, scaring them was a hoot. The penitentiary is a great experience, and was fun to be in. While I didn't find...More