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Independence Hall, Philadelphia

Categories: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Museums, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. America started here in 1776. Many visitors from all over the world - interesting to see where and how the US had been born. 
  • Very interesting and informative. Guides were knowledgeable and loved seeing history up close. Everyone should go at least once. 
  • I would highly recommend this for anyone even slightly interested in American History! By the time a person experiences the Independence Hall tour you will be excited and have a much more appreciation...  read more »
  • You need an timed ticket to enter. If you reserve your time online, you will need to go to the Independence Visitor Center to get your actual ticket before you can enter. Before the tour, there will be a little time to wander the small yard to the south of the building, and to investigate some of the historical documents in a different part of the building. Independence Hall has been expertly maintained and is in beautiful shape. Our tour guide was fairly new, but was well-informed. He gave us a good background on the building and the events that happened during the revolution. It was fascinating to see the actual rooms where the events I've read about since childhood played out.
  • Independence Hall is a must visit for any family or history buff. To be standing in the exact place where so many people risked their lives signing a document to start a new nation is awe-inspiring. As you step through the doors you’re immediately taken back to another place and time as you look at the architecture and decor. A tour guide expertly informs you on what took place, where it took place, and the risks the founding fathers took by signing the declaration. We needed timed entry tickets to see independence hall and we had to wait a bit before getting in, but there’s so much to do around the area, that’s really not a problem. We would highly recommend a visit to Independence Hall.
  • I loved the tour guide's presentation. There isn't a lot to see--just a couple of rooms really-- but the guide brought us back in time to imagine what it was like to be there when the nation was being born. It's amazing that such important things happen in such ordinary places.
  • What much can be said about Independence Hall. If you are in the area it is a must see. The downside is that you have to now plan any trips there due to the new security and visitor's regulations that are in place. We were unable to get tickets to go inside which is now a requirement. Although it was still open for several hours, they only give out a certain amount each day. Needless to say it was a disappointment for my wife.
  • This is a great place to visit and an essential part of American history! Also if you go after 5pm you can get a tour free although its not as detailed and involved as the paid tour.
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