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Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia
(4.4/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web)
Spread across 20 city blocks in the city's historic district, Independence National Historical Park is the place to go for a better sense of the country's official birthplace. You're bound to wait in some lines; more than 3.5 million visitors come here each year, primarily to see the iconic Independence Hall and Liberty Bell, just two of the 30 sites. At Benjamin Franklin's Museum, take advantage of interactive exhibits to learn about this founding father. While greenspaces allow kids to burn off some energy, you might want to have something on hand to keep them (or you) occupied when it's time to get in line. Plan to see Independence National Historical Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Philadelphia itinerary maker.
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  • Being from NY, I was shocked that there was no charge to enter the National Historical Park. It was so nice to be able to actually see the Liberty Bell and learn various things about the bell as we wa...  more »
  • From a historic point of view worth the visit. It is free and it is a bell. There are some stories about the history but nothing deeply interesting. The bell is.. 
  • We arrived early but had no problem changing our tickets. Staff is super helpful. Visits are timed. There is airport type security. We did have to stand outside and wait - it was a cold and windy day....  more »
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  • History and grounds were wonderful. Security guards were not pleasant. One was very rude to my wife, whose 7 months pregnant. Too long to go into,but don't let them be rude to you. Had they been better I would've ranked them higher.
  • Large open area in downtown Philly with nicely preserved historical sites and friendly and informative staff. The park also has public restrooms. Parking in the area is not great.
  • Great place to visit. Don't miss out on Congress Hall. Even though it doesn't require timed tickets and fewer people visit, it's the coolest stop there. Also, the great documents are interesting historical artifacts! Definitely check out everything.
  • C'mon, folks!! If you have not yet visited ANY of the sites in Independence Park, you are missing a HUGE chunk of history. The Independence Hall (go inside and learn what it was originally called); the Constitution Center; the Liberty Bell (WHEN did that crack appear?); Betsy Ross' House (you won't believe how tiny); Ben Franklin's grave (yep, he's really there); the first US Post Office and more.....and IT IS ALL FREE, KIDDOS. Our taxes at work!!
  • If you're in Philly, don't pass up a visit to the birthplace of America. See where the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in the Pennsylvania State House to the new Liberty Bell museum. Be sure to get there early to secure tickets to get the Independence Hall tour from the park rangers. (the tickets are free!) And, the Constitution Center is at the end of the mall so you can continue you immersion in American History.