Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
143 South Third Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106| Map |
Independence National Historical Park is one of the most famous and historic places in all the United States, and as such is really a must-see for families vacationing in Philadelphia. The park is the home to the Liberty Bell and such revered sites as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Independence Hall. The three main attractions here are open year-round, though building hours vary on national holidays. Located in Philly’s Old City, Independence National Historical Park is walking distance from many other museums and attractions. Independence Hall is probably the most important thing to see, where free tours are offered and there are a number of ranger-led family activities held almost every day. Independence National Historical Park isn’t just another place to see on a family vacation, it’s a lifetime must-see for all Americans.
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It's best to reserve tickets online or by phone from March through December to make sure they are available upon arrival.
Address: 143 South Third Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106| Map
Phone: 215 965 2305
Hours: Year Round More Info
Price: Free More Info
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Learn about the birth of the United States in an urban national parkFlag review
This urban national park covers a 20-block area right in the middle of Philadelphia. In addition to seeing the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall you and your kids can learn about the origins of the United States, see the site where the Declaration of Independence was first read, and learn about the role of slaves in the founding of the United States. Start out in the large Visitor Center, where exhibits and films offer a historical overview of Philadelphia and the sites in the park. If you are visiting Philadelphia over several a period of days, you might want to plan to spend a few hours at a time in the park visiting different sites - there are definitely more things to see here than you can cover in a single day. Only got a day to spend? Make sure you see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Second Bank of the United States, and Christ Church.
Tips for Families
The sites here are best for school-age kids and older who have some familiarity with American history. Although tours of Independence Hall are free, you'll need a timed ticket. Pick one up on the Visitor Center. Looking for a bite to eat? There are two family-friendly restaurants just steps away from Independence Hall. Jones is a groovy tribute to the Brady Bunch era, with shag carpeting and grown-up comfort food (you won't want to miss the fried chicken) or stop by the Red Owl Tavern in the Hotel Monaco. Although they have a great dinner menu, I also recommend visiting for breakfast or brunch - their cider donuts cannot be beat. And before you visit, be sure to download the Philly History This Way app on your smartphone or mobile device - it provides an interactive map of the area with information about various points of interest; it will also automatically play videos about some of the historic sites as you walk past them.
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