City Pass _Great Value
posted by maria p on Aug 21, 2016
the city pass was a great value and well worth it. philly is wonderful city to visit with kids in tow, the city pass was easy to use, taking the guess work out of "what to do next". the attractions are great, however it would benefit from adding a bit more sites. overall we where very happy with the service and would use again for future visits
Great value and saving time
posted by roj on Aug 16, 2016
For those visiting Philly for a short period of time, the CityPass will be great value in term if saving money and time.
posted by Irene Salcito on Aug 14, 2016
We visited the Franklin Institute, but we also upgraded our stay their so we could visit the Egyptian display and the Pixar display. For each person that was a $15 upgrade. However, Pixar was a big selling point for attending the Franklin Institute. Always love visiting the Institute. We went up One LIberty Observation
Deck which was pretty cool with great views. The souvenir shop was a bit pricey, but had some neat items. The Big Bus Company was a double decker bus which got a bit hot in August. I'm just happy we weren't doing this during a heat wave. They told a lot of interesting factoids and history about Philly and the different places along the way. My only complaint is that one of the drivers talked with his mouth directly on the microphone and no one could understand what the heck he was saying. On another note we were at stop #26 I believe on the waterfront and had to wait over 35 minutes for a bus to come. They promised the buses would come every 20-25 minutes. In that time we could have walked back to 5th and Market without a problem.
The last exhibit we visited was the Aquarium. That was just okay and in hindsight we should have gone to the Zoo. The Aquarium was packed and there isn't a ton of stuff to see. We were in and out of there in 3 hours and that was after having lunch even. The lunchroom is crazy. Seats are hard to come by and they have one line to pick out food.
THANK YOU CITYPASS
posted by koalatraveler on Jul 25, 2016
Few days ago, my friend and I went to Philadelphia, with... another CityPASS! CityPASS has not failed us this time, nor will we think it ever will. This trip has been another memorable one and we thank CityPASS, again.
posted by Danette on Jul 23, 2016
First time visiting Philly with our Children, and with CityPass it was amazing the amount of the city we were able to enjoy. 4 Attractions with all day Big bus hop on and off. I have never experienced being on an open top bus before and it was incredible we toured all of the city and with knowledge of the guides we didn't miss seeing it all and the pictures we were able to get on top of the bus were breathtaking, in my opinion this is the best way to see all of the city. My family chose the Aquarium which was the best aquarium I have been to, the Hippos were my favorite, and the water tunnel was also a favorite the Sharks are swimming all around you. The new attraction got my blood pumping walking on a rope bridge with Sharks just underneath you, my whole family left with a different appreciation for the animals of the sea.... The whole day was enjoyed by all. We were only in Philadelphia for the day, but we were able to see all the attractions and then sum. Missed the Liberty Bell, but we will be back for sure. The savings by buying the CityPass was exceptional we would not of been able to see a fraction of what we enjoyed that day. And the memories will be with us forever. In my opinion CityPass is the best way to see and experience a lot of history in one day. It certainly was the most cost effective. We are planning another trip to another city in September I will be looking to CityPass for the best deals. Thanks CityPass!!!
posted by xinzhi on Jul 16, 2016
it is very good for short-time (few days) trip
posted by Kelly on Jul 11, 2016
I saw the flyer for the City pass when I was stuck in the airport in February. I was impressed it had 5 attractions for 65 dollars. 3 were part of the package and then there were 4 other choices and you were able to pick 2. I made arrangements to visit Philadelphia in June and my family and I were really looking forward to the attractions we had picked out. I was very disappointed to find out they had changed the pass to only 4 attractions I have a 5 year old and I kept telling her we were going to the zoo and aquarium. The aquarium was no longer an option. I still think the pass itself was a good value but I wanted to share my disappointment 😞
Definite Value here
posted by Willis on Jul 05, 2016
We visited Philly for a the July 4th 3 day weekend. I bought the city pass because I had the intention of going to the Franklin Institute and the Adventure Aquarium and was going to spend the total amount on those 2 venues alone. The Big Bus was bonus as we had never ridden on a double decker bus before. It was a lot of fun. Our tour guide was great and we used it as a form of transportation to get around the city. We ran out of time and didn't even get to use the pass for the Observation Deck. The Franklin Institute is one of my favorite museums of all time but had not been since I was a kid. I was so happy my kids got to have an equally exciting experience there. The Aquarium was a pretty good one with the shark walk, shark tunnel and the little blue penguins making it worth while. It is always nice to skip the lines and save some money. I strongly suggest getting the pass if you intend to get to the venues anyway.
Just the right mix of attractions
posted by MelanieHecker on Jun 28, 2016
I have CityPass brand loyalty. I've used CityPass in Toronto, Boston, and Atlanta and enjoyed it every time. I wasn't going to use Philadelphia CityPass initially because you had no choice but to visit the Adventure Aquarium, something I am not interested in, but had to choose between the Zoo and Constitution Center which were both things I really wanted to see. Once the pass changed to it's current lineup, I jumped at the opportunity. One of the best things about the pass is that because it contains two full day attractions and two 90 minute attractions, leaving you enough time for the historic sites. This was not the case with the previous Philadelphia CityPass.
Our first stop was One Liberty Observation Deck. We were able to get a ride to the top right away, unlike CN Tower's 2 hour wait. It is also easier to find and access than Boston's Skywalk Observatory. The Philadelphia view was beautiful and the guided tour was fascinating and entertaining. Be sure to get the guided tour: it's what makes the attraction truly worthwhile. I chose this to be first because it was quick and we were driving in, but it wound up being a great overview. You won't spend more than an hour here unless you want to hang out and soak in the views.
The next day we continued our overview on ground level with Big Bus Tours. I initially only wanted this for zoo transportation (zoo parking is horrific) but it wound up being an excellent attraction in it's own right. Our tour guide Ginger was very knowledgeable and entertaining, and I learned a lot. They truly are Philadelphia experts and you will hear stories about both the city's history and the attractions the bus stops at. If you wish to hop off, raise your hand quickly, otherwise they will roll right past your stop.
WARNING: EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: The double decker busses DO NOT directly access the zoo Easter through late summer. Nothing in their materials suggest this, the tour guide and/or driver will only tell you this if you tell them of your intention to visit the zoo, or when you approach the Rocky statue. You need to get off at the Rocky statue and transfer to a trolley, which will be waiting at the Rocky statue. When you are finished with the zoo, you call your trolley tour guide (be sure to get her number!) and they'll pick you up and take you back to the Rocky statue to get on the next double decker bus and finish your tour. This was a non-issue for a 22 year old and her parents, but may cause difficulty for families with very small children, or if you don't have a cell phone. Should you forsee this as an issue, use Big Bus for Franklin Institute instead. I also need to point out CityPass's website is wrong when it says the busses are accessible: they aren't.
Big Bus Tours drops you off across the street from the zoo's entrance. You of course have to see America's first zoo. It has many well designed and complex exhibit including Big Cat Falls, PECO Primate Reserve, McNeil Avian Center and the best Reptile House I've seen at any zoo. The animals are treated well and there are keepers at every exhibit to tell you interesting facts about the animals. There was a special treat when one of the lions started roaring! There are several upcharge attractions, but the only one I took advantage of was Lorikeet Encounter where for $3 you can buy a cup of nectar to feed the lorikeets. The Rainforest Carousel was not running while we were there. The only exhibit we didn't get to see was Carnivore Kingdom because it was getting late and we wanted to finish our Big Bus Tour. The zoo is an all-day attraction, so take that into account when planning. The last thing I have to say about the zoo is that you HAVE to choose it over Adventure Aquarium. One is America's first zoo and very genuine, the other is a tourist trap according to other reviews both here and elsewhere. The headliner animals at Adventure Aquarium, Hippos and Penguins, can also be found at Philadelphia Zoo along with many much more unique and interesting animals.
The next day we did Independence National Historical Park. We did not do any CityPass sites this day but I am mentioning it because I am glad the types and number of attractions on the pass allows for it. Big Bus Tours is also useful here, but more useful to avoid zoo parking.
We finished our trip at Franklin Institute, which is in my opinion the best thing on the pass. There is a misconception that FI is only for kids: this is not true as adults can enjoy it just as much and, in the case of some areas, more than children. This is not to say FI is inappropriate for children, but that any age can find it worthwhile. Highlights for adults include Your Brain, Changing Earth, Electricity, and Train Factory/Franklin Airshow (basically the same exhibit but with trains and planes respectively.). Child-friendly favorites include the Giant Heart, which adults can go through too but is rather claustrophobic for adults, KidScience, and Sir Isaac's Loft. Even if you are too claustrophobic for the heart itself, there are interesting exhibits around it, including one that convinced me I am not cut out to be a paramedic. All exhibits contain interactive elements that are very thought-provoking. The only thing that could have made it better was a discount on temporary exhibits for CityPass holders: the temporary Pixar exhibit was worth the extra $10 but a discount would have been nice.
We only needed our skip the line privileges at Philadelphia Zoo. There was no one else at One Liberty or Franklin Institute and Big Bus has no lines to begin with. Note that at Franklin Institute there was no one else in the museum because we were there Father's Day: you will need your skip the line privileges any other day of the year. The CityPass was still very useful in saving money. One suggestion I would make would be putting Constitution Center back on but NOT as an Option Ticket. Most people visiting Philadelphia are going to the Historic Park anyway and Constitution Center is a very big part of the park. I also do not understand why Adventure Aquarium needs to be on the pass: it is not located in Philadelphia, and the zoo is much better for reasons stated earlier. I do not know why anyone would choose the aquarium over the zoo. Overall I am extremely satisfied with Philadelphia CityPass.
posted by Kelly on Jun 26, 2016
I purchased the Philadelphia CityPass for my son and I to travel for a quick get-away. CityPass was easy to use and when I forgot to print my voucher at home, Adventure Aquarium was able to help me out. We I liked most was that we were already planning on visiting The Franklin Institute and The Philadelphia Zoo, so the CityPass added in some additional places for a great value. I would highly recommend using the CityPass if you are short on time and want to see some great places. We didn't use the Bus/Trolley Works tour since my son wasn't too interested in seeing other places and we were ready to head home. As a result of the CityPass, we visited Adventure Aquarium instead of the zoo. We used the PATCO and the River Line to get to the aquarium which was very easy.