Independence Historical Park Visitor’s Guide

September 3, 2016 8:00 AM

Independence Hall Credit Paul Gluck

Independence Hall Credit Paul Gluck

Philadelphia is the birthplace of our nation and thousands of people from around the world come to visit. There are numerous historical sites to see in Philadelphia, and we are sharing with you some important tips on visiting the city’s most popular and most important historical landmarks at Independence National Historical Park. Best of all most park sites are free and everything is in walking distance to each other.

Independence Visitor Center
41 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305
www.independencevisitorcenter.gov

Your first stop at the Independence Historical Park should be at the Independence Visitor Center. This is where you will find maps, schedules, tickets, information and more. Be sure to download the parks free mobile app “NPS Independence” to help you navigate the different historical sites at the park.

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Independence Hall
520 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305
www.nps.gov/independencehall

Independence Hall will be the first site you will want to visit after stoppping by the visitor center. This is where The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed here. Entrance is by tour only, and there is a limited number of free tickets available each day at the Ranger’s Desk in the Independence Visitor Center. Tickets may also be reserved in advance; make your reservation online or call 1-877-444-6777.

Liberty Bell Center
526 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305
www.nps.gov

Your next stop should be at one of the most iconic historical sites in the entire nation: the Liberty Bell. Be sure to watch a video about the life of the Liberty Bell, and check out the informative exhibits at the Liberty Bell site. You’ll learn about how the bell got that famous crack and learn about the repairs that were done on the bell.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(800) 537-7676
www.phlvisitorcenter.com

You can also find the National Constitution Center on the park grounds. Visiting this site requires a ticket, which is available for sale online or at the Independence Visitor Center. The National Constitution center brings one of the nation’s greatest documents to life through interactive means, lectures and special exhibits.

The historical sites do not begin and end at Independence National Historical Park. You will find many historical sites throughout the city. Some of the most popular sites include Christ Church where Benjamin Franklin and a few signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried, Elfreth’s alley which is considered the oldest residential street in the nation dating back to 1702 and Betsy Ross’s house. There is so much to see and do that celebrates our nation and the history of this great country in Philadelphia, it should be on everyone’s bucket list when planning a vacation.

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Christina Thompson is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. She reports on various topics such as: Social Media, Local Events, Entertainment, Food and Drink and more. Her work can be found at http://firstsendmedia.com/

 

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