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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 #18 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Cultural
Fee: No
Owner description: The Independence Visitor Center is the primary point of orientation...
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The visitor centre has a small exhibition about the history of Philadelphia and gives a really good overview of the sights and what to do, so I highly recommend coming here first, get a map and a plan and then go sightseeing. The staff were friendly and helpful and even though it was busy it didn't take long to get... More 

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Fort Worth,Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The Independence Visitors Center provides tourists with a good introduction to the historical importance of Philadelphia and the Independence Mall area to the formation of the United States. National Park Service personnel and volunteers are ready to assist tourists. Necessary timed entry tickets to Independence Hall are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are free. Arrive early in the... More 

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South Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Interesting to see this piece of history. Easy to get to and like most historical things in Philly, all within walking distance of each other.

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Fitzwilliam,New Hampshire
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It has been many, many years since I had visited the historical sites found in Philadelphia. I found the areas well maintained and enjoyable all these years later. What I , of course, did not remember was the amount of foot travel required to visit the various sites.I certainly appreciated that my 3 times a week treadmill workouts helped me... More 

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delran, nj
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Independence Hall is set up as the gateway so to speak of most of the interesting history attractions in the area. You have to purchase tickets for the Independence Hall tour here, and to visit the Liberty Bell. And you can also purchase tickets to other attractions here also. It has clean accommodations (bathrooms and snack bars), and a pretty... More 

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Ottawa and United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Helpful and easy to find. Close to downtown. Lots to see and do close by. Great meeting place for all activities. This is where you should go if new to the city!

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

They were very helpful with directions, maps, ticket options. They were helpful with our options for seeing more of Philly and the City Pass options. Saved us money.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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96 reviews 96 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Definitely take advantage of this place if you happen to be visiting the area during cold weather. They have clean restrooms, a great gift shop, and ample food and beverage options.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

There is a lot of information here for visitors including brochures, maps and people who can direct you to where you want to go and suggest activities if you're not sure. The staff are very helpful and pleasant. You can get a snack and eat at inside tables or outside on the wide expanse of lawn. You can buy tickets... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We were pleasantly impressed with the knowledge of the Park Service Presenters at each exhibit. They were interesting, and yet not nonplus in personality.

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