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Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia

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Offering an insight into the life and times of the seamstress who purportedly made the first American flag, Betsy Ross House serves as one of Philadelphia's major landmarks and is an important stop for any serious history buff. Although the claim that Betsy Ross lived here and sewed that first flag are now considered apocryphal, the house remains one of the most-visited tourist sites in the city. Built in 1740 just a few blocks from Philadelphia's other major historic sites, this modest home is an example of the Pennsylvania Colonial style architecture. Renovated and expanded in the 1930s, the house offers self-guided and audio tours, as well as short presentations about Ross' life and her role in American history. Using our world travel planner, Philadelphia attractions like Betsy Ross House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Our group was very impressed with our visit to the Betsy Ross House. Admission is reasonable. Spend a bit extra to get the audio tours for children and adults. They really help to engage the visitor. ...  more »
  • It's not very interesting, there is only the House and an external area but not very attractive. worth passed in region only.
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  • This was a pretty quick stop which we only did because tickets for Independence Hall sold out. The tour doesn't include the audio guide, which for the size of the house was a little disappointing. The...  more »
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  • Great little museum. Short walk through history with several interactive exhibits. Basement is particularly kid friendly with hands on pantry, kitchen and store house. Steep stairs however to get upstairs. Highly recommend audio tour. Well worth the money.
  • Did the audio tour. Excellent way to learn about everything that took place in her life. They offer a kids version that has them do a simple scavenger hunt. Our six year old enjoyed it.
  • You get to tour the Ross house and learn about her life and the origin of the American flag. It's very interesting and gives you a little peek at life back then.
  • Excellent tour of the history behind the home. I recommend the audio tour. Our youngest did the scavenger hunt which kept her engaged but learning the entire time.
  • The Betsy Ross House was a fun yet simple activity to do while in Philly. There wasn't a line and the entrance was only $5. So we walked through the house and got to see the place. The best part was at the end in the laundry area there was someone there who was explaining how long people would go without washing their clothes or showering. It was quite entertaining. Simple and easy activity. You are in and out in less than 15 minutes.

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Most of Philadelphia's hotels cluster around the compact city center, ensuring quick and easy access to major tourist sights and activities. The only drawback to staying in this area is the lack of free parking, so if you're exploring by car, considering booking into a bed and breakfast in one of the city's residential blocks. Visitors planning on longer stays can also consider several apartment hotels, offering spacious furnished units with complimentary Wi-Fi, free bike rentals, and access to rooftop terraces.
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