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Independence Hall, Philadelphia

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The birthplace of America, Independence Hall is the centerpiece of the national historical park located in the oldest part of the city. Known primarily as the location where a young nation declared its independence from the British Empire on July 4, 1776, this landmark building is now a World Heritage Site. A symbol of freedom and democracy, and pictured on the back the $100 bill, the red brick structure consists of a central building with a bell tower and steeple plus two smaller wings featuring arcaded hyphens. For an in-depth look at the interior, pick up your free timed-entry tickets at the park's visitor center. For a small fee, you can also reserve your tickets online or by phone. To visit Independence Hall and other attractions in Philadelphia, use our Philadelphia travel itinerary planner.
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  • I didn't realize the deep historical roots of Philadelphia and now I've developed a newfound appreciation for the city. If you visit Independence Hall after 5pm, it's free. It's truly amazing to know ...  more »
  • A great place to review and relive the founding of our country. The Hall is very well maintained. The staff is more than capable and ready to answer any question you may have. A really nice visit.  more »
  • Free tickets are picked up at the Visitor Center less than a 5 minute walk across the block. They are on a timed entry so you have enough time to get back to the Hall for the tour. If you are a histor...  more »
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  • A great, 30 minute tour given by an experienced park ranger took us through the building. This was my favorite place we saw in Philadelphia when we went. The two rooms on the tour have a representation of what the room was like. The ranger who gave us he tour was an expert in the topic and gave us elaborate information about Independence Hall.
  • It is really cool seeing this place in person. Be warned weekend are almost guaranteed to be busy. If you visiting on a hot summer day, bring lots of sun screen and water. Area around liberty does not have a lot of shade.
  • Great park ranger tours. Very knowledgeable and passionate. Go to the visitor center (a block north) early to get tickets.
  • The tour - if you're planning on taking it, you'll need to get your (free) tickets from the Ranger's desk inside the Visitor's building, about a block north of Independence Hall. Tickets generally run out by late morning and, when the visitor center doors open at 8:30am, there's often a lined wrapped around the corner to get in. Point being, if you want to do the tour *get your tickets early*. Once you have your ticket, go to the poorly marked entrance door just east of Independence Hall (corner of S. 5th and Market), go through security, and meet your tour guide, at the scheduled time, behind the Hall's clock tower. It's a bit of trouble to get through, but worth it, just to look into such a historic and revered place.
  • A must-visit when in Philadelphia! The exhibits are really cool! There are usually coupons circulating online for reduced admission. The gift shop sells some neat souvenirs too.

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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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