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Independence Visitor Center

1 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
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Ranked #18 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Independence Visitor Center is the primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia, the Southern New Jersey and Delaware River Waterfronts, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.
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Manassas, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

This was like many other NPS Visitor's Centers. There are two videos to choose from, a small museum-like exhibit on the Underground Railroad, Philadelphia history and of course Benjamin Franklin and the development of the colonies. There are also tourism company booths set up in the atrium: bus tours, walking tours, tours of the general vicinity etc. This is also... More

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49 reviews 49 reviews
41 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

The visitor center staff was super nice! They gave us all kinds of information about the bell and hall and a map! The map helped us a ton because some highlights are located two blocks away. The gift shop is amazing! We found some amazing items in the shop! When we were there they were selling Independence themed dishes! Super... More

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Adrian, Michigan
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1,285 reviews 1,285 reviews
392 attraction reviews
544 helpful votes 544 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This Visitor Center is a great place to begin your tour of the sites in Central Philly. It is manned, in part, by National Park Service personnel. They are extremely helpful and these are the folks you need to see to get your tickets to Independence Hall. The hall itself is spacious and nicely done making it a good rallying... More

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Parkville, Missouri
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This place is located across the street from (and to the north of) the Liberty Bell and a block away from Independence Hall. It is where you get your (free) admission tickets to Independence Hall. Walk up through the building (toward the Arch Street end). About half-way, there is a desk with park rangers. They will give you your tickets.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I would highly recommend starting here if you are looking to get information on all the tourist sites around Philadelphia. The people behind the information desk are very helpful and can point you in the direction best suited for your preferences. there is an area with an overview of the history on the city and you can watch some free... More

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Moultrie, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

A very nice public space with plenty of information and assistance available to help plan a visit to the historical sites nearby and throughout the city. We bought a tour bus ride around the city here after consulting the very helpful attendant and got our free Liberty Bell Hall tickets at the same counter. Also has a couple small theaters... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

It's a visitor center. Typical National Park Service dioramas and brochures. Go there to get your bearings but you won't stay long.

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Albany, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The Visitors Center was beautiful, clean and historically inspiring. The people were helpful, courteous and knowledgeable.

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Senior Contributor
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6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a good place to start your sight seeing trip in the city. They have all the info and maps you will need. Definitely worth a visit.

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Brooklyn, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

staff was a bit intense but i got a new magnet here for my new hobby as a magnet enthusiast. otherwise the gift shop was a bit limited

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