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Philadelphia CityPASS is a ticket booklet that saves 47% on admission to the 5 best attractions in Philadelphia.

Plan Your Visit to Philadelphia

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CityPASS Attraction Details

Address & Hours

The Franklin Institute

222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

On 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City

(215) 448-1200

fi.edu

Open daily, 9:30am-5pm

Summer Hours (July-Labor Day): 9:30am-7pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, April 24, 2014 and June 12, 2014.

Please note: Closing times are subject to change; please check website for updated listings.

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.

(215) 389-TOUR (8687)

phillytour.com

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.

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103

On the Camden Waterfront

(856) 365-3300

adventureaquarium.com

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Seasonal extended hours may apply; please check website for current hours.

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

(215) 243-1100

philadelphiazoo.org

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

National Constitution Center

Independence Mall
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 409-6700

constitutioncenter.org

Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm

Sat, 9:30am-6pm

Sun, 12pm-5pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Closes at 3pm Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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

(215) 236-3300

easternstate.org

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Last entry at 4pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Please Touch Museum

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

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

(215) 581-3181

pleasetouchmuseum.org

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.

Open until 8pm every Thursday and Friday in July and August; see website for special programming details.

CityPASS Admission

The Franklin Institute

General admission to this vibrant museum dedicated to science and technology. Includes one show at the awe-inspiring Fels Planetarium 4-story-tall dome.

Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works

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).

Adventure Aquarium

General admission to the world's most touchable aquarium.

Philadelphia Zoo

General admission to all of the habitats and animal houses at America’s first zoo, including the PECO Primate Reserve and Big Cat Falls.

National Constitution Center

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

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.

Please Touch Museum

Admission to all museum exhibits, special features, and daily music, literacy and arts programs. Includes theatrical performances in the Please Touch Theater (limited seating available).

Highlights

The Franklin Institute
  • Travel through a two-story tall neural network climbing structure in the newest exhibit, Your Brain, complete with dynamic lighting and sound effects that are triggered by your footsteps!
  • Take a tour of the cosmos in the nation’s second oldest Planetarium—included with CityPASS.
  • Children 8 and younger have their very own place to play and learn in the KidScience exhibit! Your little ones will explore the scientific principles of sound, movement, geology, and reflection in fun and interesting ways.
  • Walk through the Giant Heart! At two-stories high, this heart would be the accurate size for a 220-foot tall person.
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).
  • Start your tour onboard any trolley or double decker bus.
  • Highly-trained staff will enlighten and entertain you with historical tales, cultural highlights and entertaining stories of the city's past, present and future.
  • London-style open top double decker buses offer spectacular city views.
Adventure Aquarium
  • Two million gallons of water host 8,500 animals, including adorable hippos Button & Genny.
  • Penguins, sea turtles, hundreds of colorful fish, and even hammerhead sharks are among the fascinating marine life visitors see here.
  • At KidZone, kids connect with animals and nature through hands-on play.
  • Touch sea stars, anemones, shrimp, jellies, stingrays and sharks at the nation's most touchable aquarium.
Philadelphia Zoo
  • America’s first zoo is home to more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals from around the world.
  • At this 43-acre Victorian garden packed with diverse award-winning animal habitats, visitors will see primates, reptiles, 100 spectacular bird species, bears, animals of the African plains and more.
  • The lush landscape of First Niagara Big Cat Falls is home to leopards, pumas, lions, tigers and a jaguar.
  • Carnivore Kingdom, a 1.5 acre habitat of rocky outcroppings and winding trails, includes diverse animals such as Canada Lynx, dwarf mongoose, black-throated monitor, red panda and one of just a few pairs of endangered giant otters in North American zoos.
National Constitution Center
  • Hands-on, cutting-edge exhibitions, live performances, multimedia experiences, films, sculptures and rare artifacts bring the Constitution to life.
  • Walk among 42 life-size bronze statues in the Signers’ Hall.
  • Fun, hands-on daily museum programs are presented by education staff to enrich your NCC experience and are included with CityPASS.
  • Enjoy the award winning theatrical presentation of Freedom Rising, included with CityPASS.
Eastern State Penitentiary
  • From April-November, The Voices of Eastern State audio tour narrated by Steve Buscemi guides you; from December-March, live expert tour guides lead your experience.
  • 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.
  • TowerCam! gives you the vivid perspective of the view from the central tower.
Please Touch Museum
  • One of the nation’s top 10 children’s museums, Please Touch Museum brings to life its mission of enriching the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play.
  • Two floors of interactive exhibit zones encourage learning through play.
  • Original theater show performances ignite your child's imagination.
  • Featuring age appropriate creative dramatics, music, art and storytime activities throughout the day.

CityPASS Entry

Please read each attraction's instructions on how and where to present your CityPASS booklet. Some attractions may exchange your CityPASS ticket for one of their own.

The Franklin Institute

Present CityPASS booklet at the main box office. 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. Redeem voucher at Independence Visitor Center kiosk. Note that buses may not be boarded with vouchers.

Adventure Aquarium

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at Will Call window to skip the main ticket line.

Philadelphia Zoo

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main box office.

National Constitution Center

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at box office to redeem for a timed entry ticket.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main ticket office. 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.

Upgrades for CityPASS Holders

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).

The Art of the Brick: The Art of the Brick is the world’s largest gallery of LEGO® art and a "top 10 must-see exhibit" according to CNN! This art gallery features over 100 creations, assembled from more than one million LEGO bricks, and it's all from the mind of famed contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya, who left his job as a corporate attorney in order to follow his dreams of being a full-time artist and to work exclusively with the world’s most popular toy. Open through September 6, 2015. Cost for CityPASS holders: Adults, $10; Youth, $9.

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

Channel 6 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

Eastern State Penitentiary

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

Please Touch Museum

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

Advice for Visitors

During high travel seasons such as holidays and summer, entry lines can be longer than usual. Please keep this in mind when planning your visits to the attractions.

The Franklin Institute
  • 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.
  • Tuttleman IMAX movies frequently sell out; purchase your tickets in advance; (215) 448-1254 or see details.
  • Enhance your visit with live science shows and demonstrations; see details.
  • Get 10% off a purchase of $25 or more at the Sci-Store. See booklet for details.
Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works
  • Philadelphia Trolley Works and Big Bus Company accesses all CityPASS attractions except the Adventure Aquarium.
  • Start your Philadelphia Trolley Works and Big Bus Company tour in the morning for the best experience.
  • Free courtesy shuttle pick-up from all center city locations during normal operating hours.
  • For route info, see the printable Phila Trolley route map.
Adventure Aquarium
  • Visit after 2pm when it's less crowded and the hippos are most active.
  • Get 20% off at the Adventure Pier gift shop. See booklet for details.
Philadelphia Zoo
  • Some exhibits available April through October only.
  • Arrive before 2pm to see the widest variety of animals.
  • 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.
National Constitution Center
  • Weekdays after 12:30pm are least crowded.
  • 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.
  • Receive a free museum guide book with a purchase of $25 or more at the museum store. See booklet for details.
Eastern State Penitentiary
  • ESP is not recommended for children under age seven; see details.
  • 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.
Please Touch Museum
  • 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.
  • Don't miss a Playhouse Theater live performance see details & showtimes.
  • Receive a 25% discount when you spend at least $25 in the Kids Store. See booklet for details.

On-site Services

The Franklin Institute

Parking: Garage (entrance at 21st and Winter streets): Up to 1 hour, $9; 1-5 hrs, $15; 5-12 hrs, $20; up to 24 hours, $25. Metered street parking nearby.

Dining: FRANKLIN Foodworks, FRANKLIN Foodworks Express

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

Gift Shop: Sci-Store

Coat Check: Available seasonally.

Adventure Aquarium

Parking: Ample and close; $10 per car.

Dining: Feeding Frenzy Café

Accessibility: Aquarium and exhibits are handicap accessible.

Gift Shop: Adventure Pier Gift Shop

Strollers: Permitted, but not recommended in some areas like Stingray Beach Club; available for rent at information desk upon entry.

Philadelphia Zoo

Parking: Zoo lot, $15. Additional parking along Girard Ave. and 34th St.

Dining: Indoor and outdoor food concessions. Guest allowed to bring own food and drink. Outdoor picnic areas. No alcohol allowed.

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

Self-Guide: Maps and guides available. Docent tour reservations, (215) 243-5235 (two-week advance notice required).

Gift Shops: multiple

Strollers: First-come, first-served strollers at main entrance. Some buildings and exhibit areas are not stroller accessible.

National Constitution Center

Parking: On-site garage: enter on Race Street between 5th and 6th Streets. Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm, Sun, 11am-6pm; call (215) 409-6700 for daily rates. See details.

Dining: Delegates' Cafe

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

Self-Guide: Self-guided audio tour featuring narration by former president, famous authors, and voices from history; $5 per person.

Gift Shop: National Constitution Center Museum Store

Coat Check: Available seasonally at no charge.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Parking: Adjacent lot, $3-10; call (215) 569-8400 x4037 for information. On-street parking also available.

Dining: Bring a picnic lunch; outdoor seating on penitentiary baseball diamond.

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.

Self-Guide: April-November, The Voices of Eastern State audio tour narrated by actor Steve Buscemi is included with CityPASS admission.

Gift Shop: Penitentiary Store

Please Touch Museum

Parking: Adjacent lot, $8 per car (prices subject to change). On-street parking.

Dining: Please Taste Cafe

Accessibility: Fully wheelchair accessible.

Gift Shop: PTM Kids Shop

Strollers: Various areas for stroller parking.

Getting There

The Franklin Institute

Public Transportation: SEPTA bus routes 7, 32, 33 and 48, and by Regional Rail (Suburban Station); for SEPTA schedules and info, call (215) 580-7800.

Trolley Tour & Big Bus: Stop 17 (Today and Tomorrow Ticket is included with CityPASS).

Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works

Public Transportation: Walking distance from SEPTA Market/Frankford Elevated Line and Patco High Speed Line.

Adventure Aquarium

RiverLink Ferry: Connects the Camden Waterfront to Philadelphia’s Penn Landing May-September. For schedules, fares or more information, call (215) 925-LINK, or see details.

NJ Transit: Provides year-round train, bus and light rail options; call (800) 772-2287 or see details.

Driving: For driving directions visit adventureaquarium.com or call (856) 365-3300.

Philadelphia Zoo

Public Transportation: SEPTA via trolley 15 and the nearby bus; for SEPTA schedules and info, (215) 580-7800.

Trolley Tour & Big Bus: Stop 13 (Today and Tomorrow Ticket is included with CityPASS).

National Constitution Center

Public Transportation: SEPTA bus routes 38, 44, 48; Market/Frankford Blue Line at 5th Street Station. For SEPTA schedules and info, call (215) 580-7800.

Trolley Tour & Big Bus: Stop 4 (Today and Tomorrow Ticket is included with CityPASS).

Eastern State Penitentiary

Public Transportation: SEPTA bus routes 48, 43, 33, 32 and 7; for SEPTA schedules and info, (215) 580-7800.

Trolley Tour & Big Bus: Stop 11 (Today and Tomorrow Ticket is included with CityPASS).

Please Touch Museum

Public Transportation: SEPTA bus routes 38, 40, 43 and 64 stop within walking distance of Memorial Hall; for SEPTA schedules and info, (215) 580-7800.

Trolley Tour & Big Bus: Stop 14 (Today and Tomorrow Ticket is included with CityPASS).

Group Requirements

Unscheduled group visits may create a delay in entry. For your convenience, here is list of attractions with specific group requirements. We strongly recommend that you contact them prior to your visit based on the group sizes indicated below. Please feel welcome to also contact attractions not listed here to ensure a smooth entry.

Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works

Groups of 10 or more:

Please call (215) 389-TOUR (8687) at least 24 hours before arrival.

National Constitution Center

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

Eastern State Penitentiary

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

Please Touch Museum

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

City Information

Transportation

Philadelphia Trolley Works and Big Bus Company

Philadelphia CityPASS includes unlimited on/off privileges to 21 stops aboard trolleys and double-decker buses for the first day of use plus the entire following day. Start your tour on board any trolley or double decker bus. Upgrade to an 8-day pass for $28 ($15 for kids) using the coupon in your Philadelphia CityPASS booklet. Click for a printable map.

CityPASS Attraction Tour Stops:

  • The National Constitution Center: Stop 3
  • Eastern State Penitentiary: Stop 9
  • Philadelphia Zoo: Stop 11
  • Please Touch Museum: Stop 12
  • The Franklin Institute: Stop 14
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences: Stop 14

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

SEPTA offers a vast option of transit services, including buses, trolleys, trackless trolleys, subways and Regional Rail. A variety of tickets and passes are available, included 1-day individual and family passes; find fare and purchase information here. Hop aboard and experience the treasures Philadelphia has to share.


RiverLink Ferry

RiverLink Ferry offers seasonal point-to-point roundtrip ferry service between Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. This service is generally offered daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends only in May and September. Please be sure to check the schedule here as it is subject to change.

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