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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Independence National Historical Park by using our Philadelphia online tour planner .
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  • How can you come in here and not be moved by the weight of history that has happened in this historical place?  more »
  • One of the members in our group was elderly and couldn't keep up the the whole tour. There were lots of nice benches under shaded trees in a well-kept park area for her to wait for the group.  more »
  • If you're in Philadelphia, you MUST visit! So much history and it's presented in an easy-to-absorb format. Don't forget to see the Liberty Bell!  more »
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  • Really nice to visit the place where the National Constitution was written and signed. Great tour guide, very knowledgeable and patient with our questions. Really well preserved house. The Liberty Bell is really nice. Need a lot of time to visit, to read and listen to everything. Very educational for kids
  • Beautiful museum with some gorgeous artifacts. Highly repetitive, as though museum staff expect visitors to only read or watch the movies, but not both. The hands on room looked intriguing for families, but was closing as we were leaving. All staff was friendly, but there were no gallery docents. Worth visiting once, but without engaging programs or special events, perhaps not worth a second trip.
  • If you want tickets for the tour you must go to the visitor center (Use the restroom there! The other public access restrooms in the area are crowded and terrible). They are free but first come first serve and run out quickly especially on busy days. The tour takes about a half an hour. The federal Park Rangers that give the tour are very informative. Some much more interesting than others, so feel free to go back again to get a different perspective. Bring a camera. You will be standing in the room where the most important man-made documents in history were devised and ratified. Have fun!
  • Everyone should visit this historic place at least once. It was very interesting and very informative to see the place where so much history took place. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. Everything is very well-kept. In fact, it’s the nicest area we visited in all of Philadelphia. A must see!
  • I'm an American history buff, hence the 5 stars. The new museum is beautiful and almost complete. There is room for growth. Mostly everything you'd like to know about the Revolution can be found there. Lots of artifacts, paintings and such. If you enjoy American history, it's well worth your time. I'll go back.

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