Things to do in Pennsylvania

Our most recommended things to do in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia: Museum of Illusions Timed Entrance Ticket

1. Philadelphia: Museum of Illusions Timed Entrance Ticket

Experience the impossible with an entry ticket to the Museum of Illusions Philadelphia. Immerse yourself in a world where your eyes will be in a constant battle with your brain. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, this brain-boggling museum is a one-of-a-kind destination for optical illusions.  Challenge yourself in more than 60 visual and educational exhibits featuring holograms, stereograms, optical illusions, and immersive rooms designed to tease the senses and trick the mind. Defy gravity, grow and shrink, walk on the ceiling, experience infinite space, and much more. Spend some time in the Smart Playroom with games that will stimulate and challenge your mind. Enjoy some friendly competition with friends and family while simultaneously improving your cognition, problem-solving skills, and memory.  Have fun while learning the mechanics behind each and every illusion you experience. And don't forget your camera or smartphone when you visit as there are eye-fooling photo-ops around every corner.

Gettysburg: Ghosts of the Civil War Haunted Walking Tour

2. Gettysburg: Ghosts of the Civil War Haunted Walking Tour

Step into the shadows of this historic American town, and feel what it was like to be a soldier or citizen during the violent, three-day battle that scarred the land forever. Begin your tour at the iconic Brickhouse Inn/Welty House, where confederate sharpshooters took out union soldiers from the attic. Many believe their spirits are still trapped there. You'll then wind through seven other significant, haunted locations before circling back to the meeting point. Capture evidence of Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the battle, as her spirit moves through her former home — seen through the fatal bullet hole in her door. Feel a chill scurry up your spine as ghostly soldiers surround you in the darkness. Learn little-known, behind-the-scenes information about the reality of war. Choose the 1.5-hour extended tour to visit three additional spooky sites, including Arbor House Publishing, which is famous for its 'floating orbs.

Gettysburg: Ghost Hunt Tour with Ghost Hunting Equipment

3. Gettysburg: Ghost Hunt Tour with Ghost Hunting Equipment

Hear tales of past and present paranormal activity as you visit the most haunted locations in Gettysburg on a family-friendly guided walking tour. Operate special ghost hunting gear to see if you can find evidence of spirits from the other side. Meet ghost-hunting guide at the drummer boy statue in the park on the corner of Wainwright Avenue and Lefever Street. Listen to their brief but fascinating ghost hunting orientation. Walk down narrow streets and alleyways in the historic Old Town. Stop at important historical sites and haunted locations. Listen to spine-chilling details about historical events that led to encounters with the spirits. Discover the city's dark past and keep an eye out for present unexplainable experiences. Enter a spooky ghost hunting spot known for its paranormal activity for the second half of the tour. Conduct spectral inquiries with ghost hunting equipment directed by your guide. 

Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

4. Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

Discover the historic building of the Eastern State Penitentiary which stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Learn about how when Eastern State opened more than 180 years ago, it changed the world of prisons and was copied throughout the world. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of prisoners. Discover how the building itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat before the White House. Marvel at the vaulted, sky-lit cells which once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone. As you explore the building, listen to 'The Voices of Eastern State' audio tour which is included in your admission price. Narrated by actor Steve Buscemi (known for Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Armageddon, and Ghost World), this rich, stereo soundscape mixes dozens of voices. Hear the stories of 3 former wardens and 25 guards and inmates which create an atmospheric tour as you stroll through Eastern State's cellblocks and yards. When you arrive, receive an MP3 player and headset that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison's history. This audio guide contains a main audio route, plus additional stops for subjects like escapes, riots, sports, sexuality, and more. You are free to tour at your own pace and to listen to (or skip) stops based on your interests. Also discover interactive experiences, history exhibits, and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations.

Gettysburg: Devil's Hour Paranormal Investigation Tour

5. Gettysburg: Devil's Hour Paranormal Investigation Tour

Discover some of the most haunted locations in Gettysburg on this midnight hour adventure. During the course of your investigations, use paranormal equipment to try and detect signs of the spirit world. Learn the techniques used by your favorite TV ghost hunters and experience a night you will never forget. See another side of Gettysburg as you look for evidence of paranormal activity. The streets are empty and the spirits are awake. Come out while Gettysburg sleeps and use paranormal equipment as well as a few other tricks to see what spirits lurk in the darkness. This investigation is tailored for those who want a spookier experience. There is often a thick mist that blankets the ground throughout Gettysburg. In the past, people have seen soldiers and other spirits walking in the mist. Keep an open mind as you try to discover what might be hiding in the dark at the 'devil's hour'.

Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

6. Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

Sit back, relax, and leave the driving to professionals on your 14-passenger guided bus tour through Amish Country in Lancaster, PA. During this 90-minute guided tour, your knowledgeable guide will show you Amish farms, homes, and one-room schoolhouses. Interact with the Amish community, while making stops at a quaint Amish road-side stand. Experience true local flavor as you sample delicious home-made baked goods, fresh ice-cream, or cold home-made root beer.  Take your experience one step further as your guide takes you on a room-by-room tour of an original, centuries-old Amish farmhouse. The guided house tour will teach you about Amish history, religion, and clothing. For overseas visitors, a written translation of the guided house tour is available in 17 different languages, so you will not miss anything on the tour. Finish your day with a self-guided, farm visit of our 15-acre farm complete with animals, local artisans, and an Amish one-room school. During your farm visit, you'll have the opportunity to eat Amish-made food from the Amish BBQ Barn. David King and his family grill delicious chicken dinners, along with PA Dutch foods like whoopie pies. While visiting an Amish one-room school, sit in Amish desks and page through real Amish school books. This farm is home to the only "Scooter Run," where you can take a spin on real Amish scooters- just like Amish kids! Meet animals, like baby goats, chickens, Alpaca and Max, the Scottish Highland steer. Feel free to explore at your own pace and enjoy some lunch. Most visitors typically spend an hour on this part of the tour.

Gettysburg: "History and Haunts" Family Friendly Ghost Tour

7. Gettysburg: "History and Haunts" Family Friendly Ghost Tour

See Gettysburg through a different lens on a ghoulish, guided nighttime tour. Journey through the most haunted locations in the downtown area of historic Gettysburg. Learn about the city's Civil War history and hear tales about the hauntings and specters that make Gettysburg one of America's most haunted cities. Meet your highly experienced ghost-hunting guide at the corner of Wainwright Avenue and Lefever Street. Get to see the Farnsworth House, Jenny Wade's Birth House, The Reynolds Death House, the Haunted Creek, and many more.

From New York City: Washington and Philadelphia 1-Day Tour

8. From New York City: Washington and Philadelphia 1-Day Tour

Learn about American history on a tour of Washington DC and Philadelphia, both of which played important roles in the development of democracy in the USA. Visit the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, Independence Hall, and more on a guided day trip with roundtrip transfers from NYC. Your day will begin with an early morning departure from Times Square in Manhattan, where you’ll be greeted by your bilingual tour guide for the day. After 4-5 hours, your first destination will be the nation's current capital, Washington, DC. Once there, visit the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. During the tour, stop for a classic outside view of the White House, home and office of the U.S. President, and the Capitol Building, home of the U.S. Congress. Your visit to Washington concludes with free time for lunch on your own. Your next destination, after a 3-hour journey, will be the first-ever U.S. capital, Philadelphia, PA. Visit its historic Old City neighborhood and the Independence National Historical Park where your guide will lead you on a brief walking tour. Then, ascend to the top of the Rocky Steps before returning to Times Square in Manhattan.

Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

9. Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Explore the origins of America on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philadelphia. Discover the city where America’s Founding Fathers first declared independence, and ratified the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of historic landmarks including the Christ Church Burial Grounds, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall.   Begin your tour at the Bourse Building, across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Listen to the multilingual audio commentary as you enjoy the views from the open-top deck. See the Friendship Gate in Chinatown and be amazed by the architecture of Philadelphia’s City Hall.   Hop off to explore the various museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the world's largest collection of post-impressionist art at the Barnes Foundation. Marvel at Philadelphia’s skyline and stop to enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the One Liberty Observation Deck. Pass through the charming neighborhood of Society Hill and end your tour with a drive along the banks of the Delaware River. Stops:  • The Bourse Building  • Betsy Ross House  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown  • Reading Terminal Market  • Love Park  • Cathedral Basilica  • Logan Circle  • Rodin Museum  • Eastern State Penitentiary  • Special Events - The Perelman Building  • The Rocky Steps and Statue  • West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boat House Row  • Civil War Memorial  • Please Touch Museum  • Philadelphia Zoo  • Franklin Institute  • Mutter Museum  • One Liberty Observation Deck  • Avenue of the Arts  • Society Hill, Antique Row  • Mother Bethel A.M.E Church  • Headhouse Square  • Vietnam & Korean War Memorials  • Penns Landing  • Museum of the American Revolution  • Christ Church  • The Liberty Bell

Philadelphia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Old City

10. Philadelphia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Old City

Enjoy this private carriage ride through the tree-lined streets of Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park, Society Hill, and Old City. Your personal guide will whisk you away on a leisurely ride through historic Philadelphia giving you entertaining insights on the City of Brotherly Love's past and present. Choose the daytime option for picture-perfect views of all the sights or the night option to take in the illuminations when the crowds are gone.

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Our buggy driver (Mike) did an excellent job of providing lots of very interesting historical information on old Philadelphia. I suggest you take the buggy tour first to get an overall view of colonial Philadelphia, then go back and visit some of the places you saw during the buggy ride to get a deeper understanding of the role the place had in our early history.

We had a blast! "Sarge" was super supportive and patient throughout the learning phase and kept supporting when we went out to the street. He is full of Philadelphia's stories and fun facts and you can feel his passion to his city and job. If it is your first time in the city, Sarge is your man and if its your second third or whatever he still is.

Definite must-do in any city! I had been to Philly a few times before, but the guide took us to some great hidden gems, was super friendly and informative, and had great beer recommendations.

D was an amazing and patient tour guide! Not all of us were confident on the segways. He was patient and instructive. The mural tour was awesome and he took some amazing pictures of us !

Gustavo was a good driver and Alicia explained everything very well