I first heard about Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA on a travel TV show years back and always wanted to visit. Kim and I stopped by a few years ago and were amazed by what we saw.
The main reason I had heard about Eastern State was due to their nighttime tour called Terror Behind the Walls. It is only offered for a limited time out of the year right around Halloween.
According to their website, “Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world”. It is now in a state of “semi-ruin” due to being abandonded for many years. Luckily it’s been saved for people to come check out for themselves.
It was “the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts”.
Only certain sections of the penitentiary were open for us to visit. I assumed that the areas were closed for fear of parts of the buildings falling down. (Maybe that’s me getting creative but it sure did look that way in some corridors.)
We learned all about the penitentiary as well as the conditions inmates faced while there. While walking around the grounds on our tour, we even got to see the baseball field.
His cell was (I’m guessing) restored to look how it did when he spent time at the penitentiary.
The restored synagogue was another interesting place to see. It was hard to believe that we were even in a penitentiary.
When we left Eastern State I decided to jump for joy for once again being a free man!
Have you or would you visit a prison while on vacation?
What’s the creepiest or scaries site that you’ve visited around the world?
Find out more about Eastern State Penitentiary and book your tickets for a visit here.