Philadelphia CityPASS

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The Philadelphia CityPass works a bit differently than other CityPASSes with a lot more flexibility. You can now choose 3, 4, or 5 attractions from a list. You’ll receive a booklet with tear-out tickets for the Franklin Institute, Adventure Aquarium, Phila Trolley & The Big Bus Company, and the Philadelphia Zoo and more. The Philadelphia CityPASS is good for 9 days beginning with the first day you use one of the admission ticket, so you don’t need to run your family ragged trying to get the most from your CityPass. You also don’t need to visit all 5 attractions to realize savings. Overall, the pass represents close to 50% off the regular prices for all attractions.

Most attractions also let CityPass holders bypass admission lines. Look for the CityPass logo or VIP ticket lines. The front of each ticket will tell you where to redeem your pass. Keep in mind that some attractions require bags to be searched or checked for security reasons, and those lines are usually unavoidable.

Top Included Philadelphia Attractions

The Franklin Institute
Adventure Aquarium
Philadelphia Zoo
Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works
One Liberty Observation Deck

See the complete list of attractions and tours in the sidebar.

What’s Good about the Philadelphia CityPASS?

You can skip the lines at most attractions with a CityPASS.

There is a great diversity of attractions available with this pass. Children under 7 aren’t allowed at the Eastern State Penitentiary, but the rest of the attractions are great for kids and families as well as adults.

Admission to the Franklin Institute also includes a planetarium show.

The Philadelphia Trolley Works Tour is good for 24 hours (but it only runs until 4 or 4:30 depending on the season), and it stops at all of the attractions except the aquarium so you can use it as a shuttle. You can get on and off as many times as you want all day.

What Could get better?

Most attractions close by 5 pm.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art isn’t included in the City Pass.

The Adventure Aquarium is across the Walt Whitman Bridge in Camden, New Jersey, which is easiest to reach with a car although public transportation is available. There’s lots of parking, but it’s $10 per car. It’s also the only attraction that the Phila Trolley Works Tour does not stop at.

Parking at the zoo is $12 and isn’t included with the City Pass.

You also might want to check out the expanded lineup of attractions and tours with a Philadelphia Pass or a Philadelphia Explorer Pass

Get Your Money’s Worth with a Philadelphia CityPASS

Although you can only choose one from each pair of the bonus locations, your CityPASS does entitle you to discounted admission at the second location.

4-D theater passes at the Adventure Aquarium are available to CityPASS holders for a $5 upgrade.

Philadelphia CityPASS Insider Tips

Go to the membership desk at the Franklin Institute to skip the entrance lines.

Some zoo exhibits are only open between April and October. Like all zoos, the animals are most active in the morning.

The best time to visit the National Constitution Center is weekdays after 12:30 pm. Most of the school groups will have left by then.

The Please Touch Museum is a favorite rainy day activity for local families, which means it gets very crowded. Mondays are the least crowded because there are no group visits that day.

The Eastern State Penitentiary tour is pretty much an outdoor tour, so wear comfortable shoes. Bring a camera!

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Where to Buy a Philadelphia CityPASS

The card is available at many outlets. You can buy it at Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity or you can buy it once you get to Philadelphia but these are not great options as you may pay more. The best place the buy the card is at the CityPASS website. Buy with confidence from the official site.