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. Use our Philadelphia vacation planning site to add Independence Hall and other attractions to your Philadelphia vacation plans.
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  • Well, what can I say? As a United States citizen, I can appreciate the history of Independence Hall. As an adult, who barely passed History in High School AND college, I was not really impressed with ...  more »
  • Well worth the travel history in the bottlenose to the Liberty Bell. And it's free! It is a small place and that takes less than 20 minutes your visit
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  • A very important part of history. If you are in Philadelphia it is a must see. Good for families lots of information.  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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