Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia

4.6
#1 of 27 in Parks in Philadelphia
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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  • This is no hassle visit. The line moves fast, the building is air conditioned, the displays are simple and interesting and the main attraction is beautifully displayed and accessible. I wish more of A...  more »
  • You can see the liberty bell that tells the story of freedom. Do absolutely and taking the time to visit
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  • So much history in such a small area. If you’re coming to downtown Philly, you have to swing through.  more »
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  • A truly awesome experience. In some places around the area you feel like you've gone back in time. The only complaint I have is that the website made me think the building were accessible until 8 when they obviously closed well before that. Even without being allowed access inside you can really feel the history. I'm not aware of another city with so much set aside for historical places and events. It is totally worth the trip even after hours.
  • Historic place that bore witness to several key events in US history. Top attractions such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Constitution Center are all within walking distance of each other. It's easy (and practical) to spend an entire day here, especially if you happen to visit on a holiday, when the queues at major attractions can be very long. Bring good walking shoes and prepare for the weather. I've been here both in the winter and summer and standing in line when the temperature is unforgiving is not a very pleasant experience.
  • Wonderful location full of history and atmosphere. You can really enjoy the feeling of American revolution. The museum is actually open air which provides a learning experience. Independence hall is a neoclassical building which moves your spirit. Don't underrate the closeness of other location, like the tavern where Lafayette met Washington and Franklin's grave.
  • A great place to visit. We visited back in March. So much history and interesting information to discover. The lines were expected but moved along quickly in 20. Minute give or take intervals. Also in such close proximity to the Liberty Bell and other sights in Philadelphia you can easily get to them in a quick walk. We are excited to come back for another visit with the family. There are a few reasonable parking lots a few blocks away that make it an easier trip.
  • My wife and I enjoyed our time in the area. Many old buildings and historic sites to see. There are 13 spots around the area that feature "Story Time", where a National Park guide tells a story, is just awesome. It is a free set of stories told by people that are passionate about our nation's history, for people young and old. There were also people dressed up as historical figures along the way, loved it.
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