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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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  • No need pay entrance fee. It's located inside of Tour guide center building. Need wait to see standing in long line almost everytime. Must see in Phil. 
  • Just brought chills being in this area. We went on a Monday first thing in the morning so line was very short. When we finished we could see the line building up. So make this one of your first stops....  more »
  • Historic sight. Very cool. Lots of history! Fun place to learn about our history. Safe neighborhood. Nearby historical sights. 
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  • What a fantastic tour. This was my favorite of the toys we did on our recent visit. It was historical, educational and enjoyable. Quite a wonderful way to learn about the formation of our country. Or tortoise was very nice and answered every odd question we had.
  • 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tour, there will be a little time to wander the small yard to the south of the building, and to investigate some of the historical documents in a different part of the building.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.
  • I enjoyed the hall. The guided tour is informative. However, you have to have a ticket and the tickets are across the street. They are time slotted and limited. If it is tourist season and you don't order your tickets online, you probably will not get in.
  • 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.
  • This review is only regarding the benches in Indep Hall park. I work nearby, so visit the benches between 3-5 times a week to take a lunchtime nap. In general the benches are comfortable enough to fall asleep & thankfully the belltower in Indep Hall still works. So there is a built in alarm on the hour. If you time it properly, when the alarm goes off & wakes you up you would have time to make it back to work on time. Specifically, all benches in the park are the same. They are long enough to rest your legs up on one end in a comfortable position. The wood used can be hard on the tush and head, so you might be well served to bring along a book or sweater for your noggin to best enjoy a nap. Be careful during the summer to avoid benches in the middle, sun will shine in, waking you. Look for a bench on the sides. Nearby buildings block it out & the shade will be cooler. Conversely in the winter, you will need the sun to warm you. However, the position of the sun in the sky moves from its summer position. So generally in the afternoon you will want to be again be on the sides - likely near the exit from the Indep Hall tour as that bench is both a) in the sun and b) fewer tourists gawking at everything will be wandering around to bother you. If that spot is taken or a big tour just let out go toward 6th street and find a bench on the diagonal walkway down to Washington Square. These will have a bit of sun and youre away from the John Barry statue and kids climbing up, posing and laughing thinking they are the first to have thought to make the same pose as the statue in the photo their mom is taking. Because there are so many trees in the park, there are a lot of birds. Which means if it has not rained in a while, there will be bird poop on many of the benches. This is my primary complaint of the park benches: the Park Rangers, or someone, should have to occasionally clean the benches of animal feces. I'm sure the tourists would sppreciate this also. During summer, the absolute best bench is the solitary one on the 6th st side, near the temporary fence circling Indep Hall. It has prime shade position away from the hot sun, and you are in a good position where the clocktower will wake you but the tourists will not. Please avoid this bench, as It makes me despondent to find other eating lunch on it. Anyway, summary advice: go away from the center circle for your nap. Too many tourists. Aim toward 6th st & the Curtis Center, during most times of the year the sun will be in better position over there.