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Tour 19 - History and Horror Halloween Tour (Philadelphia, PA)


We will start our tour at 12 pm in midtown Manhattan, 8th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Street (by the Duane Reade) DON'T BE LATE! Come 15 minutes early. 

You will be greeted by your tour guide for the day. You will sign our liability waiver, and after departure a light snack will be served on board the coach.

Enjoy an exciting day full of history and horror. We will drive to Philadelphia to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary.
Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true penitentiary. When the building was erected it was the largest and most expensive public structure ever constructed of its kind, quickly becoming a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide.


The prisons vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.

After 142 years of consecutive use (1829 - 1971), Eastern State Penitentiary was completely abandoned in 1971, and now stands, a lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. The prison is now a U.S National HistoricLandmark.



At the prison you will enjoy “The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour. This is narrated by actor Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Armageddon and Ghost World) and mixed with voices of former wardens, guards and inmates creating an intimate walking tour of the cellblocks and yards.


We will eat dinner at a local restaurant.

Terror Behind the Walls

After dark we will drive back to the Eastern State Penitentiary, which host “Terror Behind the Walls”. Imagine yourself being inside in the dark abandoned real life haunted prison with massive castle-like walls, walking through the decrepit corridors and cell blocks. No wonder why many people consider this the nation’s premier haunted attraction, head and shoulders above hayrides and other haunted houses.


Terror Behind the Walls attracts visitors from all around the world, and is consistently ranked among the top 10 haunted attractions in the country.


Terror Behind the Walls is known for its innovative attractions that integrate animatronics props, digital sound, high-tech lighting and many realistic monsters and zombies portrayed by some very convincing actors. You will experience six separate indoor and outdoor maze type attractions each themed for the specific areas of the prison that you walk through.


Prepare to visit a real haunted building.

Throughout the years, both officers and inmates have reported mysterious visions and eerie experiences in the ancient prison. With the growing interest in paranormal investigations, Eastern State Penitentiary may be the most extensive studied building in the United States for paranormal investigations.



Eastern State Penitentiary has been featured on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters; the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenge, Most Haunted Live; Fox Television’s World’s Scariest Places; TLC’s America’s Ghost Hunters, and MTV’s FEAR.

For a preview to get a better idea of what to expect Click Here.




We will drive back to NYC. Arrival back at approximately 11pm.

Hines Tours reserves the right to alter the itinerary, plans and arrangements for the tour, if in the judgment of Hines Tours it becomes advisable to do so.

WARNING: Terror Behind the Walls is a high-startle, high-intensity event featuring strobe lights, fog machines, loud noises, and electrical effects that can affect pacemakers, other implanted medical devices, and those prone to seizures. Visitors who are pregnant or who have certain health conditions should consult their physician before attending the event.



ID: Please bring a valid government issued identification. (Adults only)

CLOTHES: according to the weather. You will mostly be inside, but you will spend some time outside as well.

FOOTWEAR: Good walking shoes/sneakers. You are NOT allowed to wear Sandals, flip-flops, open-toed shoes or high heels.

WATER: In a plastic bottle.

CAMERA: With extra film/memory highly recommended. Flash photography is not allowed inside the haunted houses.

CASH: Although our tour is classified as an "all inclusive". It is advisable to bring some cash for souvenirs, and gratuities for the guide which is left to your discretion.

AN OPEN MIND: Although this is a recreational/leisure tour, you will learn some history as well.


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