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“Definately one of a kind” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary
2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
215 236 3300
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Ranked #4 of 556 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone’s Cell, and Death Row.
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Myrtle Beach
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“Definately one of a kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

When we went up to Philadelphia for a long weekend, we had a plan of must do's...eat at Pat's, Liberty bell, Independence hall...well, Eastern State Penitentiary was not one of them. My wife picked up a brochure and found this very interesting/odd so we decided to check it out. When we went, it was exteremly cold, in upper 30', low 40's, but we spent few hours there and could have stayed longer...remind you that we have 10 and 6 year olds. We all were facinated about everything that this place had to offer...the architecture, famous criminals, the history, ghost hunting, and just simply being in an at one time working prison...this is definately up there with the alcatraz and is well worth the visit.

Visited March 2013
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“Spooky”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Well worth a visit. Excellent audio guide and a spooky atmosphere. I think if I had been imprisoned here I would have gone mad.

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“Had a great time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Spent about 2-3 hours there. A lot of information and a cool place to check out. Staff was very helpful. Your mostly outside so I would not recommend this on a cold or rainny day.

Visited April 2013
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“Fun Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We were in Philadelphia visiting colleges and wanted to do something different. We had seen all the typical historic stuff on previous trips & a friend recommended the penitentiary. It was very interesting & absolutely amazing that it wasn't torn down years ago. The headsets were great. I really wish we had a live tour guide but the timing didn't work out for that. Overall, a fun thing to do when you are tired of the normal Philly history lessons.

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“Cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

If you go to Philadelphia, don't miss the Eastern State Penitentiary, which is, in my opinion, the best attraction there, and one of the best attractions anywhere. I'd go to Philadelphia just for that.

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