Address & Details2027 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
- Phone Number:
- (215) 236-2986
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- Last Updated:
- December 2011
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The massive Eastern State Penitentiary – a gothic, castle-like structure in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood – was once the most famous prison in the world. It has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures as well as the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunter’s. With stark towers and soaring fortress walls, Eastern State was designed to intimidate. It was home to such frightening characters as Al Capone and the flamboyant bank robber, `Slick` Willie Sutton, but stands today in ruin, a lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. This is the home of the nationally renowned haunted attraction Terror Behind the Walls, ranked 6th best haunted house in the United States by AOL.
With the addition Intake, a huge new attraction for 2005, the event now has five separate haunted houses within the 11-acre complex. The other attractions are Maximum Security, 13 Rooms, The Experiment (in 3-D!), and Tunnel Escape. Designed to be high-startle and low-gore, Terror Behind the Walls includes Hollywood-quality special effects and lighting, digital sound, animatronic creatures, and custom props.
All five haunted attractions are included in the admission price. Advanced ticket sales begin September at TicketMaster outlets, by phone at (215) 336-2000, or online at www.TicketMaster.com. Tickets will also be available at the door on each evening of the event. Reservations are highly recommended for weekends in October.
The penitentiary is also available for guided tours year round between 10am and 5pm
Terror Behind the Walls is one of the nation’s largest and best-known haunted attractions. HauntFreaks.com named the event `The Best Professional Haunted House,` and The New York Times described Eastern State Penitentiary as `perfect for Halloween.`
All proceeds from Terror Behind the Walls benefit the preservation of Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark. The haunted attraction does not affect operation of the historic site, which remains open for daytime tours eight months a year. For more information, the public can visit the penitentiary’s website at: www.EasternState.org or call 888-763-NITE.