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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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  • This attraction is in a beautiful square. There were several classes on end of the year field trips, so get there early.  more »
  • This place is amazing and a must see. To see the rooms where the Declaration of Independence was signed and debated is abasolutly chilling. It's the actual building with some of the actual furniture. ...  more »
  • This is where it all started, folks. If you love your U.S. History, or even if you don't, this was an interesting tour. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and welcome questions. I learned a lot ab...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Informative tours, organized on 30 intervals. Free tickets available at visitors center across the 2 blocks away. Tickets usually gone by 11 so arrive when they open at 8:30
  • Awe inspiring. There cannot be many more places in the country that are so rich with history and significance.