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Independence Visitor Center

1 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
1-800-537-7676
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Ranked #21 of 288 Attractions in Philadelphia
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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... more » 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. « less
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Argyle, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

For those new to Philadelphia, the visitor center is a great place to begin your visit. Information abounds, and there is a fantastic outdoor cafe outside the long wall that serves great, fresh-cooked brunch items.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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191 reviews 191 reviews
42 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

For anyone visiting the area, this place can help map out your days and determine which ticket/pass would be best for you. In my case, the Citipass was the best option for the length of my stay and for the sites I wanted to visit. This included the BigBus tour around the city for 2 days (free transportation), and admission... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

apparently we encountered the wrong park ranger. He was not helpful in the least bit and acted more like Barney Fife. He gave us totally wrong information about the US Mint. I realize it's not part of his job to explain this attraction, but I would have thought he would have SOME knowledge. Said we could not go to the... More

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Clinton Township, Michigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

From tourist attractions to transportation, this is the spot to get your tickets, brochures, and maps. A little confusing that the Park Rangers handle some things and the Visitor Center staff handles other things. Great starting point for planning excursions!

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KINGSTON
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A great source of information that allowed us to sequence our limited time in downtown Philadelphia. It's also a great place to buy tickets for shuttles and local attractions. The free movies did a competant job of explaining the background to the declaration of independence and the revolutionary war. Easily accessed by public transit and within a block of most... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

i liked the intro movies that are free. gives some background about the history. i dont think its appropriate for kids. they speak an old english in the movie so kids and some adults for that matter will get fidgety. was a gentleman who is dressed in old colonial clothes and allows kids to write their names on a piece... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
58 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This visitor centre has a wealth of information for you to visit the surrounding area. This is also where you get your tickets for Independence Hall. They have a really good eatery and gift shop, as well as toilets

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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I would have to say, this would definitely be the place to go if you want information to explore Philadelphia. Many of the tour buses and other tour services have stalls here. National Parks Service also are very helpful and knowledgeable. There's a bit of a mini exhibit about the history of Philadelphia and its prominent people. There's also a... More

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columbus ohio
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126 reviews 126 reviews
43 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Last time I visited Philadelphia was in 1976 for the Bi-Centennial. So much has changed for the good! Great displays and short videos of our founding Fathers desire to start a new country, and hopefully get it right!

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Lisbon, Portugal
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98 reviews 98 reviews
16 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It was an interesting place though we would like to see but we missed the bell!!! It's not obvious, it needs more identification

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