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Eastern State Penitentiary Tour & Cheesesteak Throwdown, Philadelphia

  • Eastern State Penitentiary 2027 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19130 United States (map)
Sean Kelley of Eastern State Penitentiary outlines the history of the famed prison in Philadelphia, PA, and the evolution of the practice of solitary confinement there.
Pat’s or Geno’s? You decide on the Great Jersey Shore HOG cheesesteak throwdown.

Pat’s or Geno’s? You decide on the Great Jersey Shore HOG cheesesteak throwdown.

Captain Name: Rosanna Giacone
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Ride Details

Join Rosanna on a ride to Philly to take in one of the scariest places in the USA—the Eastern State Penitentiary. Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. 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. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone. It also is reportedly very, very haunted.

Our private tour begins at 11:30. The tour lasts one hour but we are free to stay afterward to take photos and explore. The group rate for our tour is $11 per person. $10 for anyone 60 or older; $8 for kids. Please bring exact change for your admission fee.

Afterwards we’ll take a quick ride to South Philly where you can weigh in on the age old question—-Who makes the better Philly Cheesesteak—Geno’s or Pat’s.

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Departure Location:   Elisa Bakery, Lakewood, NJ (map)

Departure Time: KSU at 10:00 AM sharp!- Join Roseanna for pre-ride coffee and pastry at Elisa’s Bakery at 9:00 but please arrive by 10:00 minutes early (with a full tank and an empty bladder) for the pre-ride briefing and sign-up. We must leave on time to make our 11:30 tour.
Approximate Mileage:  55 miles to destination
Types of Roads (rural, freeway):  Highway and City.
Any fees for admission, parking, etc:  Street parking and a free parking lot are available.
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Meal Information
Meal break: Pat’s King of Steaks or Geno’s Steaks. Or both!
Cost if fixed price: Off menu.

This is a Closed Event. Chapter activities are conducted primarily for the benefit of H.O.G. Chapter members. There are two types of activities:

  1. Closed Events are those events open to Chapter members and one guest per member. Non-members considering joining the Chapter may ride as a guest of another member.

  2. Open Events are those Chapter events to open to Chapter members, National H.O.G. members and other guests as desired. 

Earlier Event: July 9
JSHOG General Membership Meeting