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Save 45% on admission to the top 4 Philadelphia attractions with CityPASS.

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‑5pm; 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

One Liberty Observation Deck

1650 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

1650 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19103. Enter through the Liberty Place courtyard on Market Street between 16th and 17th Streets. One block from: Market/Frankford Line, Suburban Station, Love Park & Dilworth Plaza.

Open daily 10am-10pm

(215) 561-DECK (3325)
phillyfromthetop.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

CityPASS Admission

The Franklin Institute

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

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 ticket validation.

One Liberty Observation Deck

CityPASS admission includes a Lightning Pass—the fastest way to the top!

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.

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 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.

One Liberty Observation Deck

  • Visit the only attraction featuring 360-degree views of "Philly From The Top" 365 days a year.
  • Get a top-down look at historic sites like the Ben Franklin Parkway, the Ben Franklin Bridge, City Hall and other major landmarks.
  • Experience one of the three state-of-the-art audio zones and learn about monumental moments in Philly pop culture, music and sports.
  • Go "Find Your Philly" and explore neighborhoods, landmarks and attractions with interactive touchscreens available in 5 languages.
  • Enjoy tons of photo opportunities with extraordinary views by sunlight or starlight.

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.

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 your one day pass, good for day of ticket validation. 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 ticket validation.

One Liberty Observation Deck

Present CityPASS booklet at the security queue on the second floor or present CityPASS voucher at the ticketing desk on the second floor to receive Lightning Pass admission.

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.

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: Use the coupon in your booklet to upgrade to an 8-day pass. Cost for CityPASS holders: $35 adult, $15 child.

Franklin's Footsteps Walking Tour: Get 20% off the Franklin's Footsteps Walking Tour. See Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Carpenter's Hall and more. See the coupon in your booklet for details.

One Liberty Observation Deck

Discounts: Receive 10% off any Gift Shop merchandise. See the coupon in your booklet for details.

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

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. However, routes may change, so check with staff for current routing and/or connections to reach CityPASS attractions.
  • Free courtesy shuttle pick-up from all center city locations during normal operating hours.
  • For route info, see the printable Phila Trolley route map.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Café
  • Gift Shops: Museum Store

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

Accessibility: ADA vehicles are available. Please give 24 hours notice to ensure accommodations.

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

One Liberty Observation Deck

Tips:
  • Make One Liberty Observation Deck your first stop for a birds-eye view of your Philly adventure.
Amenities:
  • Dining: The Food Court at the The Shops at Liberty Place
  • Gifts: Philly From The Top Gift Shop

Accessibility: One Liberty Observation Deck is wheelchair accessible. Service dogs are allowed.

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

Adventure Aquarium

Amenities:
  • Dining: Feeding Frenzy Café, Philly Pretzel Factory
  • 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. Outdoor picnic areas. Guests may bring their own food and drink.
  • 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.

Philadelphia Map

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