Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    I loved visiting the Liberty Bell and Independence Park. The park service gave great tours, their was a super film about the bell.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We saw the long line snaking around outside just to get in and were worried. We went on a Sunday afternoon at about 2pm in July. However, the line moved very quickly and it was for the xray machines l...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Gorgeous setting! Amazing things to see all around it. The visitor center is full of information and great gift shop. Plus you feel safe! That's priceless these days.  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Must visit for every American - brings your history book to life and makes you wish you paid better attention in grade school! Well organized - we went on a Monday so the crowds were not bad. Parking was tough still. Not a lot to eat in the area either. But great experience touring the buildings and the tour guides were all impressive story tellers.
  • June 14, 2017
    I'm only rating this three starts because of the crowds. It's very difficult to enter some of the sites due to the extraordinary long lines. I don't know that a more efficient, effective way of handling the crowd could be worked out, but it is a detriment to the site. Overall the sites are well maintained, modern and welcoming. I love the history and would recommend visiting to everyone.
  • June 4, 2017
    So much to see, learn and experience. Guides are so knowledgeable! How do they remember it all?! Several period actors recreating life from the period. Loved being in the actual rooms of the first congress. A great experience!
  • July 2, 2017
    I took my grandchildren and we had a great time. Great for educational fun for all ages. If you don't know the history of this country, this is where you go to learn about our country.
  • June 14, 2017
    Very historical place though not eye catching. We stood in the queue to get a glimpse of the liberty bell, it was a 15 minute wait to get into the liberty bell hall. No reservations required. However visitors to Independence Hall must obtain timed entry tickets. Tickets may be reserved in advance (nominal fee applies) or obtained free at the Independence Visitor Center on the morning of your visit.

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