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Philadelphia Artists Open Studio Tours - October 19
Watch the creative process at work with this tour of artists’ studios in Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Old Kensington. Tour includes demonstrations and a boxed lunch.

Philadelphia’s Civil Rights Struggle - October 26
The stories of Philadelphia’s civil rights struggles are retold by those who were on the front lines. From the protests at Girard College to the triumph of Progress Plaza, the saga of North Philadelphia is portrayed through oral histories, theatrical excerpts and samplings of home-cooked soul food. .

Philadelphia Neighborhood Tours, leave from the Independence Visitor Center (6th and Market Streets) every Saturday at 10 a.m.
Ticket prices are:
  • $30 for adults
  • $25 for students and seniors over 65
  • $25 for individuals purchasing tickets for 2 or more tours
  • $20 for children under 12 or groups of 10 or more.
  • Advanced ticket reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. To purchase tickets call (215) 599-2295.

    Building Tours

    City Hall Interior Tours
  • FREE guided tours.
  • Hours: Monday through Friday leaving at 12:30pm
    Tours last approximatly 1-1/2 hours.
  • Tours leave from the City Hall Tour Information Center Room 121 (East City Hall Entrance)
    Contact phone 215-686-2840.

    City Hall Tower Tours
  • FREE Tickets.
  • View the city from 40 stories.
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30am-4:30pm
    Note: 10am-Noon is often reserved for schools. Pick up your tickets early because they do fill up the tours fast.
  • Ticket are available in the City Hall Tour Information Center Room 121 (East City Hall Entrance)
    Ticket are timed every 15 minutes and the elevator only holds 5 people per tour.
    Contact phone 215-686-2840.

    City Hall Private Tours
    Private tours of City Hall can be arranged for a fee for your community, corporation, school or social group. Please call Greta Greenberger, Director, City Hall Tours, at 215-686-2840.

    Eastern State Penitentiary
    Tours include the central rotunda, the solitary confinement yards, the baseball diamond, and death row. See below for hours and prices.

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    Uniquely Philadelphia - We personalize your Philadelphia experience.
  • Our tours showcase Philadelphia at its best! You'll spend a most pleasurable day, or longer, in Philadelphia and return home with great memories of a fabulous city. These are some of our most popular tours – or we'll customize your tour to suit your needs and interests.
  • 267 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Phone 215-928-6500,
    Toll free: 24-hour "800" number (800-433-9450)
  • Tours:
  • Philadelphia River to River
  • Bucks County - Pearl Buck House
  • Philadelphia Flower Show
  • Fairmount Park Houses & Sculptures along the Parkway
  • Society Hill, Headhouse Square, South Street
  • Italian Market
  • Independence Park
  • Art Museum
  • Brandywine
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Winterthur
  • more..

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    Eastern State Penitentiary
    2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
    Ticket Office 215-236-3300; Main Information 215-236-3300
    Description: Opened in 1829 as part controversial movement to change the behavior of inmates through "confinement in solitude with labor," Eastern State Penitentiary quickly became the most expensive and most copied building in the young United States. It is estimated that more than 300 prisons worldwide are based on the Penitentiary's wagon-wheel, or "radial" floor plan. Some of America's most notorious criminals were held in the Penitentiary's vaulted, sky-lit cells, including Willie Sutton and Al Capone. After 142 years of consecutive use, Eastern State Penitentiary was completely abandoned in 1971, and now stands, a lost world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers.
    Tours include the central rotunda, the solitary confinement yards, the baseball diamond, and death row. The exhibits and art installations are free with admission.
    Hours: 2001 Season: Saturdays and Sundays thru Nov 4. Open 10 am to 5 pm, Last tour at 4 pm.
    Prices: $7 for Adults, $5 for Students, $5 for Seniors, $3 for Kids (7 to 17). Group Rates are available
    Please Note: Children under the age of 7 cannot be allowed onto the site.
    Other Info: Terror Behind the Walls: Halloween at Eastern State Penitentiary. Various nights October 5th -31st. Eastern State Penitentiary was designed to be frightening. With fortress walls thirty feet high, enclosing eleven acres of cellblocks, the building was built to intimidate. These crumbling walls, rusting cell doors and vaulted, arched hallways left 31,000 visitors unnerved in our 2000 Halloween tour. This tour was called "perfect for Halloween" by The New York Times.
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