One attraction that you should add to your list if and when you visit Philadelphia is a visit to the Eastern State Penitentiary. They say that a photo says a thousands words, but in this case these photos tell a thousand stories. Since opening in 1829, ESP was known as one of the most famous and expensive prisons in North America. After 142 years since Prisoner One walked through the doors, it closed in 1971. Tours and events have been running since 1997.
Walking through these haunted walls it’s impressive to see that a lot of it has still been untouched with the amount of dirt and debris lining up and down the cell blocks. This was truly was an amazing experience. The audio tour was fantastic to do as you could do it at your own pace or skip parts that don’t interest you. Steve Buscemi (Actor & Director) narrates the audio tour, which he does an amazing job at, along with former ESP workers and inmates. We were here for about 2 hours listening to the stories and history about the Penitentiary.
If you decide to plan a visit here, be sure to allow for about 2-3 hours. There is just so much to read and listen too.
Tickets cost $14 US and is opened everyday of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.