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Location & Hours

Location & Hours

CityPASS Admission

Highlights

CityPASS Entry

Offers/Upgrades

Advice for Visitors

Map

Location & Hours

The Franklin Institute

222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

On 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City

Open daily, 9:30am-5pm
Summer Hours (July-Labor Day): 9:30am-7pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, April 21, 2016.
Please note: Closing times are subject to change. Please see website for current schedule.

(215) 448-1200
fi.edu

Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works

5th & Market St
Philadelphia PA 19146

Tours depart from the Independence Visitor Center located at 5th & Market streets.

Summer (May‑Nov): daily, 9:30am‑4:30pm; tours depart every 30 min.
Winter (Dec‑Apr): daily, 10am‑4pm, tours depart hourly (weather permitting).
Additional tours offered during peak summer season.
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

(215) 389-TOUR (8687)
phillytour.com

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103

On the Camden Waterfront

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Seasonal extended hours may apply; please check website for current hours.

(856) 365-3300
adventureaquarium.com

Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Fairmount Park, at 34th Street and Girard Avenue. On I-76, exit 342. In Philadelphia's historic Centennial District

Open daily, 9:30am-5pm
Winter (Nov-Feb): Open daily, 9:30am-4pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

(215) 243-1100
philadelphiazoo.org

National Constitution Center

Independence Mall
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm
Sat, 9:30am-5pm
Sun, 12pm-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Closes at 3pm Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

(215) 409-6700
constitutioncenter.org

Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

22nd St. and Fairmont Ave., 5 blocks from Philadelphia Museum of Art

Open daily, 10am-5pm
Last entry at 4pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

(215) 236-3300
easternstate.org

Please Touch Museum

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Formerly North Concourse Drive. (GPS: 4231 N. Concourse Drive)

Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, 9am-4pm. New Year's Day, 11am-4pm.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(215) 581-3181
pleasetouchmuseum.org

CityPASS Admission

The Franklin Institute

CityPASS includes general admission to this vibrant museum dedicated to science and technology, including one show at Fels Planetarium.

Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works

CityPASS includes unlimited on/off privileges aboard trolleys and double-decker buses that access 27 stops, including most CityPASS attractions. Get on/off privileges for the day of first use plus the entire following day (during normal operating hours). *Beginning March 1, 2016, CityPASS admission includes on/off privileges for the day of ticket validation.

Adventure Aquarium

CityPASS includes general admission to the world’s most touchable aquarium.

Philadelphia Zoo

CityPASS includes general admission to all of the habitats and animal houses at America’s first zoo.

National Constitution Center

CityPASS includes general admission to America’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.

Eastern State Penitentiary

CityPASS includes general admission to this historical prison that dates back to 1829 (not recommended for children under 7).

Please Touch Museum

CityPASS includes admission to all museum exhibits, special features, and daily programs, as well as theatrical performances in the Please Touch Playhouse Theater (limited seating available).

Highlights

The Franklin Institute

  • Race virtual competitors along a projected surface, learn how to throw the perfect pitch, and discover how much protection a football helmet actually provides in the NEW sport science exhibit, SportsZone!
  • See a silhouette of your nervous system on a jumbo screen mimic your every move in Your Brain!
  • Watch science come alive before your eyes at our LIVE science shows! Create a cloud, discover the chemistry behind pyrotechnic explosions, and experience the effects of microgravity – LIVE on stage.
  • Watch your little ones explore the scientific principles of sound, movement, geology, and reflection in fun and interesting ways in the KidScience exhibit (ages 8 and younger).

Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works

  • Enjoy the freedom of unlimited on-and-off privileges at 27 stops for the day of first use plus the entire following day (during normal operating hours). *Beginning March 1, 2016, CityPASS admission includes on/off privileges for the day of ticket validation.
  • Start your tour onboard any trolley or double decker bus.
  • Delight in the historical tales, cultural highlights and entertaining stories told by highly-trained staff serving as your guide.
  • See spectacular city views from London-style open-top double decker buses.

Adventure Aquarium

  • Discover and learn more about the enormous and deadly prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the Jurassic seas in Dinosaurs of the Deep.
  • Touch slick, slimy and all-around cool Invertebrates at Creature Feature, Adventure Aquarium’s touch pool.
  • Come 'nose-to-nose' with massive Nile hippos Button and Genny in a colorful landscape of light and sound in Hippo Haven.
  • Watch Adventure Aquarium's flock of African Penguins swim, frolic and dive in their 17,000-gallon pool.
  • Find yourself completely surrounded by some of the fiercest creatures in the ocean when you explore Shark Realm.
  • Marvel at the variety of marine life you see in the 760,000- gallon Ocean Realm exhibit, home to over 850 species.

Philadelphia Zoo

  • See animals on the move like never before with the Zoo360 animal exploration trails, a network of see-through mesh trails that allows animals to roam around and above Zoo grounds.
  • Meander through the naturalistic habitat of First Niagara Big Cat Falls area, a stunning landscape of lush habitats and waterfalls where guests can come face to face with endangered big cats from around the world.
  • Explore the 1.5 acres of rocky outcroppings and winding trails at Carnivore Kingdom, and keep your eyes peeled for meat-eating animals that may be lurking inches away.
  • Watch as turtles, snakes and lizards enjoy the great outdoors in the Reptile Exercise Yard.

National Constitution Center

  • See the Constitution come to life through hands-on, cutting-edge exhibitions, live performances, multimedia experiences, films, sculptures and rare artifacts.
  • Immerse yourself in the extraordinary story of "We the People" and be inspired by the Constitution’s legacy of freedom.
  • Walk among 42 life-size bronze statues in the Signers’ Hall.
  • Enjoy the award winning theatrical presentation of Freedom Rising, included with CityPASS.

Eastern State Penitentiary

  • See Al Capone’s cell, restored to its appearance during Capone’s stay.
  • Tour cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Death Row, and the newly restored Alfred W. Fleisher Memorial Synagogue.
  • Hold the keys to the cellblocks with Hands-on History interactive experiences – short demonstrations that allow visitors to participate in physical activities around the prison, such as opening the massive front gate.
  • Take an intimate walking tour of Eastern State Penitentiary’s cellblocks and yards with "The Voices of Eastern State" audio tour, including the voices of three former wardens and twenty-five guards and inmates.

Please Touch Museum

  • Put your little architects, city planners, shopkeepers, and medical professionals to work at City Capers, a realistic urban environment of buildings from Philadelphia’s skyline, a construction zone and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia® Medical Center.
  • Send your little adventurers on a journey down the river to explore science, nature and weather in River Adventures! Race sailboats, play with bubbles and explore animals and lily pads.
  • Spark big imaginations in little people in Wonderland. Descend down a rabbit hole, weave through a circular maze and discover the Tea Party, Hall of Doors and Mirrors, unusual characters and riddles and experiments.

CityPASS Entry

The Franklin Institute

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main box office to get general admission to this vibrant museum dedicated to science and technology, plus one show at the awe-inspiring Fels Planetarium 4-story-tall dome. (Note: During busy times in summer and on weekends, skip the ticketing line and check in at the Membership Desk.)

Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works

Present CityPASS booklet onboard any trolley or double decker bus to exchange for a "Today and Tomorrow" pass. Present CityPASS voucher at Independence Visitor Center kiosk. Please note that buses may not be boarded with vouchers.

CityPASS admission includes unlimited on/off privileges aboard trolleys and double-decker buses that access 27 stops, including all of the CityPASS attractions except the aquarium. You get on/off privileges for the day of first use plus the entire following day (during normal operating hours). *Beginning March 1, 2016, CityPASS admission includes on/off privileges for the day of ticket validation.

Adventure Aquarium

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at Will Call window to skip the main ticket line and receive general admission to the world's most touchable aquarium.

Philadelphia Zoo

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main box office for general admission to all of the habitats and animal houses at America’s first zoo, including the PECO Primate Reserve and First Niagara Big Cat Falls.

National Constitution Center

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at box office to redeem for a timed entry ticket for general admission to America’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution and the story of We the People. Includes theatrical performance Freedom Rising and 42 life-size statues in the Signers’ Hall.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main ticket office for general admission to this historical prison that dates back to 1829 and housed infamous criminals such as Al Capone. Not recommended for children under seven. Advanced reservations are recommended December-March for Winter Adventure Tour by calling (215) 236-3300.

Please Touch Museum

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the admission counter for admission to all museum exhibits, special features, and daily music, literacy and arts programs at one of the nation’s top 10 children’s museums. Also includes theatrical performances in the Please Touch Theater (limited seating available).

Offers/Upgrades

The Franklin Institute

IMAX Theater: Cost for CityPASS holders: $6. (Additional upgrade charge for major motion picture IMAX films.)

Adventure Flight 4-D & Max Flight Simulators: Cost for CityPASS holders: $5/ride.

Sky Bike: Cost for CityPASS holders: $3/ride.

Franklin Theater (3-D): Cost for CityPASS holders: $4 (full-length feature presentation prices vary).

Discount: Get 10% off a purchase of $25 or more at the Sci-Store. See booklet for details.

Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works

8-day Pass, Philadelphia Trolley Works and Big Bus Company: Cost for CityPASS holders (see coupon in booklet): $28 adult, $15 child.

Adventure Aquarium

4D Theater presentations: Cost for CityPASS holders: $3. (Must be 36-inches tall – no babies in arms.)

Philadelphia Zoo

6abc Zooballoon: Soar 400 ft above the zoo to see stunning views of Fairmount Park. Cost for CityPASS holders: ages 2+, $10 weekdays/$15 weekends.

Amazon Rainforest Carousel: Cost for CityPASS holders: ages 2+, $3.

PZ Express Train: Cost for CityPASS holders: ages 2+, $3

Camel, draft horse and pony rides: Cost for CityPASS holders: ages 2+, $6

Swan Boats: Cost for CityPASS holders: ages 2+, $6

National Constitution Center

Self-guided Audio Tour: Features narration by former presidents, famous authors, and voices from history. Cost for CityPASS holders: $3

Discount: Receive a free gift with a purchase of $25 or more at the museum store. See booklet for details.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Terror Behind the Walls: Additional fee required; see details.

Please Touch Museum

Dentzel Carousel: Cost for CityPASS holders: $3 per ride.

Discount: Receive a 25% discount when you spend at least $25 in the Kids Store. See booklet for details.

Advice for Visitors

The Franklin Institute

Tips:
  • Tuttleman IMAX movies frequently sell out; purchase your tickets in advance; (215) 448-1254 or see details here.
  • Enhance your visit with live science shows and demonstrations; see details.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Franklin Foodworks, Franklin Foodworks Express
  • Gift Shop: Sci-Store

Best time to visit: Arrive early on weekends and holidays when it's less crowded. Also, CityPASS holders can check in at the Franklin Membership Desk to skip the main ticket line.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices and wheelchairs available at no charge.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works

Tips:
  • Philadelphia Trolley Works and Big Bus Company accesses all CityPASS attractions except the Adventure Aquarium.
  • Free courtesy shuttle pick-up from all center city locations during normal operating hours.
  • For route info, see the printable Phila Trolley route map.

Best time to visit: Start your Philadelphia Trolley Works and Big Bus Company tour in the morning for the best experience.

Accessibility: All hallways, exhibits and restrooms are handicap accessible.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Please call (215) 389-TOUR (8687) at least 24 hours before arrival.

Adventure Aquarium

Amenities:
  • Dining: Feeding Frenzy Café
  • Gift Shops: Adventure Pier Gift Shop

Best time to visit: Visit after 2pm when it's less crowded and the hippos are most active.

Accessibility: Aquarium and exhibits are handicap accessible.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Philadelphia Zoo

Tips:
  • Some exhibits are available April through October only.
  • Don't miss free zookeeper talks and training demonstrations; meeting times and locations found on the zoo map; see details.
  • Throughout the year, the zoo hosts special public events, included with CityPASS admission; see details.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Indoor and outdoor food concessions. Guest allowed to bring own food and drink. Outdoor picnic areas.
  • Gift Shops: multiple

Best time to visit: Arrive before 2pm to see the widest variety of animals.

Accessibility: First-come, first-served manual wheelchairs (main entrance). Some buildings and exhibit areas are not accessible.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

National Constitution Center

Tips:
  • Find out about programs and events for the whole family on NCC’s Calendar of Events; see details.
  • Don't miss regularly scheduled fun, free activities to complement your museum experience. Ask a box office representative for Visitor Guide, which provides a map and a list of daily programs.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Delegates' Cafe
  • Gift Shops: National Constitution Center Museum Store

Best time to visit: Weekdays after 12:30pm are least crowded.

Accessibility: NCC is completely wheelchair accessible. Please indicate any special needs upon arrival or in advance when making a reservation.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 20 or more: Call (215) 409-6795.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Tips:
  • ESP is not recommended for children under age seven.
  • CityPASS holders join the next available tour; reservations are not necessary in summer but are strongly recommended for Winter Adventure Tour (December-March) by calling (215) 236-3300.
  • Dress comfortably and wear walking shoes - it’s essentially an outdoor tour.
  • The Fairmount Neighborhood (Center City Philadelphia), is only a few blocks from City Hall and is accessible by Phila Trolly Works and Big Bus. There's an abundant array of corner cafes, neighborhood pubs and some of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants.
  • Bring a camera - ESP may be the most photogenic place you see in years.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Bring a picnic lunch; outdoor seating is available on penitentiary baseball diamond.
  • Gift Shops: Penitentiary Store

Accessibility: Tour route with ADA-compliant ramps; meets most ADA guidelines. Guide dogs and service animals are welcome. Museum gift shop accessible only by set of 3 steps; see details.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call (215) 236-5111 x10.

Please Touch Museum

Tips:
Amenities:
  • Dining: Please Taste Cafe
  • Gift Shops: PTM Kids Shop

Best time to visit: Schedule visit on a fair weather day to avoid rainy-day crowds. Mornings may be busy with visiting school groups. Mondays and afternoons are the least-crowded.

Accessibility: Fully wheelchair accessible.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call (215) 581-3167.

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