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Independence Visitor Center

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Greater Philadelphia, primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, and exclusive location to pick up free, timed tickets to tour Independence Hall. Our...more
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599 Market Street, 1 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1518
City Center East
+1 800-537-7676
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was our first stop, naturally. It is very useful to be here, to learn about the highlights of the key attractions of Philadelphia. It was even more important for us to be here to know what is open and not open during those days...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At the nadir of temperature and the polar vortex temperatures with the other buildings closed locked and shuttered and chained due to government shutdown, here was an open building- an inviting warm respite from the freezings. It’s an OK pleasant enough brightly lit structure. Having...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pretty building with a gift shop. This is where you get the timed tickets for Congress Hall if you didn't pre-purchase them.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kiwizoe
Reviewed January 13, 2019

Great place to stop after you have toured the Mall and Liberty Bell. Great gift shop with items for all price points........for the smallest child or adults. Also give discount to Military.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

Great gift shop and the staff was very helpful in picking out gifts for our young son. There weren’t any infant sized clothes but there were other options and our son was very excited about the books.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 26, 2018

Plenty of info about all the sights, lots of clean restrooms, and a decent cafe - even a few exhibits the kids and I actually learned something from.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

We parked under the center $23 all day parking. There are clean bathrooms here. Gift shop and s ranger station for independence hall. There free but you need tickets!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

The employees at the Independence Visitors Center were so helpful and informative. This is a must-do on a first visit to Philadelphia. Go early to try to beat the crowds.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

A GREAT place to start your tour of the historic sites in Philadelphia. We chanced upon a National Park Ranger who guided us through a city map, one historic place at a time and circled our map with each place to visit in our day-long...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 17, 2018

Give yourself plenty of time if you want to read everything. Lots top take in. Ran out of time. Most interesting was the teo men dueling. Life size miniatures of people today.

Date of experience: October 2018
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May 2, 2018|
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Response from B1714D | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you cannot do it on the streets around, or there are very few. There's a parking garage, more than 10 levels just a block away. Book it through Spot Hero app for best rates. We got around 15$ for whole day, 9 am - 9 pm.
July 12, 2016|
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Response from IVCC | Property representative |
We are happy to try to help! What convention are you interested in attending?
August 31, 2015|
Response from Albert L | Property representative |
Good morning! I believe you are referring to snagging the timed tickets for Independence Hall. You can call 1-877-444-6777 or visit recreation.gov to purchase tickets. Please note, that only 40% of tickets are able to... More
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Johnstone, United Kingdom
Planned day trip from NYC - advice? (14 Replies)
Hi all, My wife & I are making a second visit from Scotland to NYC in a couple of weeks, and we thought that we might make a day trip to Philadelphia just to give us a change of scenery for one day. We are looking at taking the Bolt Bus, primarily for cost but also because the pick-up point is just 1 block from our hotel (Megabus is a bit further away). The return cost is $40 for both of us, whilst the lowest Amtrak fare is $140. We plan to take the 0715 bus, which arrives at JFK &...More
February 20, 2012|
Response fromowlyn|
There is another travel option to consider, and the Bolt Bus may still make the most sense for you, but just so you are aware of the option: AMTRAK is not the only train service connecting NYC and Philadelphia. From the same train station, you can take New Jersey Transit to Trenton, NJ, and transfer there to a SEPTA train to any of the three downtown Philadelphia stations (including 30th Street). Your best bet would be to get off at Market East (11th & Market), as that is adjacent to the...More
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Halifax, Canada
Itinerary Help (10 Replies)
Hi, My husband and I will be in Philadelphia for 4 days in July for the first time. We would like to see as much as possible and tend to get through attractions quicker than most. We have purchased the Philadelphia Pass as it seems to be a much better deal than in other cities. I am hoping people can take a look and see if it is too ambitious or if things would be better paired together on different days. Friday July 15th: arrive from Halifax 4:00pm. Check in to hotel: Hampton Inn...More
May 23, 2016|
Response fromrsgdmd|
You should really give yourself some time to wander on your own. I also think you will have a good bit of overlap on some of these tours. I'm not a big fan of the Duck tours and you're likely to see everything they do on the walking tours.
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New Shuttle Between Independence Mall and Camden Waterfront (5 Replies)
From kyw1060.com: by KYW's John McDevitt "A new, low-cost shuttle bus connecting visitors of Philadelphia's historic district to Camden's waterfront is going into operation for the summer season. For $2.00 per person, round trip, between this Wednesday and September 7th, you can board the 20-seat "Waterfront Connection" bus, which leaves the Independence Visitor Center at Sixth and Market Streets, and take a short trip over the Ben Franklin Bridge to the Camden waterfront. The bus...More
June 23, 2009|
Response fromrocknroll52|
good idea!