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.

Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

3. 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.

Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

4. 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.

Philadelphia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Old City

5. 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.

Gettysburg: Devil's Hour Paranormal Investigation Tour

6. 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'.

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

7. 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.

Gettysburg: Scenic Battlefield Horseback Riding Tour

8. Gettysburg: Scenic Battlefield Horseback Riding Tour

Discover the Gettysburg Battlefield on a scenic horseback riding tour. Sit back and relax in your saddle as you take in the stunning nature surrounding you. Listen to the chirping birds, the wind in the leaves, and the hooves of your horse on the soft earth as you meander your way across the sacred ground beneath your horse's hooves. After meeting your horse and becoming acquainted with it, use your mounting block to hop on its back. Then, follow your horse wrangler on your outdoor adventure across the Battlefield. Take in the peaceful nature as your horse gently walks through it. Learn about horses and their integral part in the advancement of human history from your guide. Either learn a new skill or hone your existing one as you sit tall on your horse's back, paying attention to how it reacts to your movements and commands.

Philadelphia: Half-Day Private Rocky Movie Locations Tour

9. Philadelphia: Half-Day Private Rocky Movie Locations Tour

Join this exciting 4-hour “Rocky” movie locations tour of Philadelphia for a fresh look at the “City of Brotherly Love.” The private tour can start and end at any location in the city center, and includes transfers by chauffeur driven vehicle. See sites from 4 of the 6 “Rocky” movies, including the first, and the last, “Rocky Balboa.” Go to the pet store where Adrian Pennino worked, and the gym where Rocky worked out. Visit Rocky’s apartment building, and take a quick jog in the Italian Market where Rocky’s morning runs were filmed. Pick up a Philly Cheese Steak before you leave. A highlight will be the famous “Rocky” steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you will also find the giant bronze statue of Rocky himself! There are many street scenes that you will immediately recognize, and you can spar with your guide about movie quotes and characters along the way.

Lancaster: Amish Film, House, and Farmland Experience

10. Lancaster: Amish Film, House, and Farmland Experience

Start your experience with a guided Amish farmland bus tour. Discover the rural way of life of the Amish people. Learn about their farming techniques, without the use of modern technology. Watch a special screening of the movie "Jacob's Choice" in the Amish Experience Theater. Enjoy an interactive 4D experience, which charts a young boy's struggle in choosing the Amish church, or leaving behind family and community for the allure of the modern world.  Finish up the itinerary with the guided walking tour through the Amish Country Homestead. Learn about the local schools and education system, as well as the many Amish traditions.

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Not your average history tour....in a good way! Anyone can go to a bar and have a few drinks, but this tour was a great way to learn some history about Philly and try beers that I typically wouldn't have. Definitely a unique experience, must do if you are in town.

our ghost tour guide Jamar, I think that is his name was absolutely amazing!He's an amazing story teller and you can tell he's passionate about it!we can't wait to come back to Philly everyone was so nice and made our sightseeing a very great experience

Steve was awesome! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would have been cool to see more sights up close in person, but I suppose that would require waiting in long lines for the major attractions. All in all, a great time

Sargeant very knowledgeable and certainly made our Philadelphia historic experience very positive.

Vincent was an excellent guide! Fun, charismatic, knowledgeable. We had a great time!