Independence National Historic Park

Confederate artillery is fired at Union positions during an evening re-enactment Battle of Gettysburg on June 28, 2013, at the start of the 150th Gettysburg celebration in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Over three days, more than 10,000 re-enactors will pay tribute to the battle that took place in Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863, during the 1861-1865 US Civil War.     (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Top National Parks Near Philadelphia

Philadelphia is rich in U.S. history and culture, qualities which are reflected in many of the nearby national parks. Here are a few that top the list for Philly residents and visitors alike.

03/14/2015

Developer Tom Scannapieco next to a model of the new luxury high-rise. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Developers Break Ground On ‘Philadelphia’s Most Prestigious Residential Address’

A luxury high-rise developer is raising the bar even higher by breaking ground for 500 Walnut Street.

03/13/2015

(File photo by Joe Raedle/ Getty Images)

Another Long Sentence For Brutal Attacks in Old City Tourism Area

The judge, noting that one victim suffered some permanent injuries, said the defendant, Santos Centeno, is lucky he isn’t facing a murder conviction.

05/05/2014

(Credit: Jaime L. Davis)

Top Burritos In Philadelphia

From your standard beef or chicken to more creative options like goat or sweet potato, these are the top spots to fill your belly with a hefty burrito.

04/19/2014

(Independence Mall. File photo by Jim Melwert)

Top Free Tours In Philadelphia

A visit to Philadelphia doesn’t have to break the bank. There are lots of free tours visitors can take advantage of to get a taste of what the city has to offer.

04/17/2014

(Artist's rendering of new condominium high-rise planned for 5th & Walnut Streets.  Cupola of Independence Hall is at lower right, surrounded by scaffolding.)

Developer Hoping To Appease National Park Service With Condo Design For 5th & Walnut

Because of its proximity to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the National Park Service is getting involved in the project.

03/11/2014

A popular stop on the agenda of most Philadelphia visitors is a cheesesteak cart or stand. credit: Michelle Durham)

Philly Officials, Merchants Say Rainy June Dampened Summer Tourism

Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation president Meryl Levitz says there were some key factors that made this summer no record setter.

09/17/2013

("Ken Franklin," with his handler, Nick Iannelli, on Independence Mall.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Bomb-Sniffing Dog Now On Patrol Around Independence Mall

Law enforcement officials at Independence National Historical Park have a new partner, a canine ranger named “Ken Franklin.”

05/29/2013

(The Philadelphia Museum of Art.  File photo)

Top Exhibits To Visit This Summer In Philadelphia

While everyone knows that Philadelphia is steeped in history, it’s also been at the forefront of culture, arts and science. Here are five summer exhibits worth visiting.

05/06/2013

(A previous "70x7" meal event, in Belgium.  Photo provided)

For Its 30th Anniversary, Mural Arts Program to Host a World-Traveling Meal Event

The Mural Arts Program has announced a new project that takes art “beyond the wall.”

04/25/2013

(The Bishop White House, at 309 Walnut Street, would be closed to tourists if sequester cuts go into effect.  File photo from Independence National Historic Park.)

Automatic US Budget Cuts Would Hit Philly Tourist Spots, Children’s Programs

This was supposed to be the crisis that wasn’t. Now, the impact of some of the expected local cuts would be felt all across the Delaware Valley.

02/25/2013

(Credit:  Independence National Historical Park)

Possible Civil War Cannon Shot Found On Independence Square

A contractor, grinding a tree stump in Independence Square on Wednesday, made a not so routine discovery.

10/25/2012

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Top Spots To View Presidential History In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known as the ‘Cradle of Liberty’ for good reason. The city served as the first capital of the United States and was home to the original White House.

02/17/2012

(Members of Occupy Philadelphia have created a mini-encampment on Independence Mall.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Independence Mall ‘Occupier’ Fined $125 For Sleeping On The Job

Occupy Philadelphia obtained a demonstration permit, which prohibits sleeping at the site.

11/16/2011

(Credit: John McDevitt)

‘Occupy Philadelphia’ Stakes Out Independence Mall

Some members of the “Occupy Philadelphia” protest group have pitched a tent on federal ground, along Independence Mall, in clear view of tourists visiting the historic district.

11/15/2011