Things to Do in Philadelphia in Fall 2018 – Attractions, Activities, & More

Planning a trip to Philadelphia sometime this Fall? You’re in luck because autumn is a fantastic time of year to visit this fantastic city. Lines are usually shorter, the weather is cooler, and there are plenty of seasonal events and things to do.

If you’re planning a trip and looking for things to do in Philadelphia in the Fall, take a look at our suggestions for the top attractions and activities to check out this year, including…

  • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
  • Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Grim Philly Twilight Tour
  • Adventure Aquarium
  • and more!

Save on Attraction Admission

Regular admission to a number of these Philadelphia area activities is included on The Philadelphia Pass.

Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 45% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Check out all Philadelphia tourist passes, attractions, and prices.

Please note, some of the Fall events listed below may be separately ticketed and not included on The Philadelphia Pass.

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia

Ghost Tour in Philadelphia

Take one of the oldest ghost tours in the country and the original Philly Ghost Tour. The tour is led by a costumed storyteller who will take you through Independence Park and Society Hill.

This tour has it all; ghostly spirits, haunted houses, eerie graveyards and mysterious gardens make this candlelit tour even scarier when you learn about the events that took place in this historic city.

Getting In: Admission to Ghost Tour of Philadelphia is included with The Philadelphia Pass.

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Select dates, September 21 – November 10, 2018
Eastern State Penitentiary

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When Halloween rolls around, Eastern State Penitentiary becomes even more terrifying with the addition of six new attractions:

Infirmary – Some people have a fear of hospitals but this new, highly interactive attraction will take your fear to another level.

Blood Yard – The prison yard usually isn’t filled with the most wholesome folks but Blood Yard is guaranteed to give you a fright.

Quarantine 4D – You won’t know what’s real and what’s not in this immersive scare.

Break Out! – Watch out for escapees around every corner, they may even try to recruit you for help!

Machine Shop – Deep inside the prison lies a Machine Shop, with some seriously twisted work going on.

Lock Down – The inmates have started a riot and the guards have lost control, the tables have turned and it’s not looking good for the guards.

If you’d like to just visit the penitentiary, it’s plenty scary during the daytime, you’ll learn about the prison’s former inmates and their crimes. It’s one of the most visited buildings in Philadelphia and well-known prisons in the United States.

Getting In: Admission to Terror Behind the Walls is separately ticketed and is not included with The Philadelphia Pass. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

General admission to Eastern State Penitentiary is included with The Philadelphia Pass.

Grim Philly Twilight Tours

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On this tour, you’ll be taken by your guide to some popular Philly landmarks but also some lesser known, all share some dark history…

The tours stem from extensive research done by Professor Joe Wojie, who dedicated himself to learning about Philadelphia’s lesser-known and dark history.

Getting In: General admission to Grim Philly Twilight Tours is included on The Philadelphia Pass.

Adventure Aquarium

Kids in front of large tank at the Adventure Aquarium Philadelphia

If you want a change of pace, visiting Philadelphia’s Adventure Aquarium is a great choice.

This is the only aquarium in the world where you can see hippos, the largest collection of sharks on the east coast of the United States, and the only US aquarium where you can see a hammerhead shark.

In addition to seeing animals, you’ll get to explore seven unique touch exhibits where you can get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays, and take your time exploring the aquarium’s 14 interactive and immersive exhibits.

Getting In: Admission to Adventure Aquarium is included on The Philadelphia Pass.

Old City Fest

October 7, 2018

Old City Fest is a celebration of art, design, food, culture, and lots more. In the streets of America’s most historic square mile, there will be fun for all ages including a festival stage with music, fashion shows, and other performances.

Over 25 food vendors will be in attendance, with all kinds of cuisine to try. As Old City is known as being the city’s hub for artists and other creatives.

Getting In: Old City Fest is free to attend, food and drink is pay-as-you-go.

Let’s Recap

So there’s our list of popular things to do in Philadelphia in the fall. From festivals to fall foliage, we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy.

And remember, you can save on combined admission on many of these popular attractions, tours, and more with The Philadelphia Pass.

Please note, some of the Fall events taking place mentioned in this post may be separately ticketed and not included with The Philadelphia Pass.

The information contained in this post, to the best of the author's knowledge, was accurate at time of publishing. We do our best to ensure and maintain the accuracy of this information.