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Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia
Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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The park has a lot of sites and museums to visit, you can spend a whole day in the area and still not see it all.
I loved hearing about the old president house and things about slavery and the struggles. We also saw the Librty Bell. It was nice how it is in a park for all Americans instead of being commercialized... read more »
Independence National Historical Park and the Liberty Bell. This park is always covered with fresh green grass. Visitors play here with their kids and their pets.
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.
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.
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!!
You can't be a tourist in Philadelphia without coming here. Now you can see first hand where the scene on the back of a 2-dollar bill took place. Actually, it's pretty cool standing in the places where such significant American history took place. It's also just a nice break from the city. Here's a idea. Put the camera down and take in the experience and use your imagination to see how the area may have been back when Jefferson, Washington and the like were roaming about. There's plenty of pictures online if you forget what it looks like later. Don't forget to swing by Ben Franklin's grave and pay a visit.
I think our schools need to focus more on kids learning about places like this and the reasons they are important. It seems as time goes on we lose sight of why this nation exists. Historic and more important than most know.
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