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Independence Visitor Center

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Address: 1 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 1-800-537-7676
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Independence Visitor Center is the gateway to America's Most Historic...

The Independence Visitor Center is the gateway to America's Most Historic Square Mile. Located in the heart of Independence National Historical Park, the official Visitor Center of the region is the exclusive location to pick up free-timed tickets to tour Independence Hall.

The Independence Visitor Center also provides visitor services and amenities, including a multilingual staff fluent in nine languages, on-site ticketing to more than 60 area attractions and tours, free regional maps and brochures, comprehensive daily event listings, and free informative historical films and wireless internet access.

The Visitor Center is also the primary point of orientation for 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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Good center were you can find a lot of information and helpful people who can give all the info you need.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Turnhout, Belgium
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Turnhout, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good center were you can find a lot of information and helpful people who can give all the info you need.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Go here first. This place will answer all your questions including the ones you don't know you have. Besides tours, maps, schedules, tickets and the usual, you can get dining info, other Philly destination info, current gallery or theater shows, just about everything.

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Springfield, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Center has a lot of information and activities. We always stop here while in Philadelphia. The center has a video, kid activities, café and information guides.

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Dijon, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have access to some History facts in that building about slavery in the USA. It was pretty interesting and well put. Most of it you have to read so if you only want to watch videos and or don't speak English don't go.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a visitor to Philly you must stop here! First off, if you plan on going into Independence Hall you must get your free tickets here. However, this place also has all the information for the other attractions you need to see as well. Buy your bus tours, get ghost tour info; liberty bell, museums etc.

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visitor's center is very well located amongst all that there is to do in the historic districts of the city. The people were friendly and there's a nice gift shop within. But what I wish I had known was how walkable a great majority of the main attractions are. If you start nice and early (at least in January)... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to start your time in Philadelphia. This is where you need to pick up your tickets for Independence Hall. They have all of the information that you could possibly need including: bus schedules and routes, and brochures on all the attractions. There is also 2 different movies shown here along with a lot of historical displays. The gift... More 

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LaGrange, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to a "social hour" while at a conference in Philadelphia at the Independence Visitor Center. We were right across from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, which were both in easy walking distance. The gift shop offered lots to choose from with many Rocky and Pope-related items for sale.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The desk staff at the visitor center not only gave us helpful info but his enthusiasm for the historic area amped us up for the day of touring! Great place to start even if you have been to the area already.

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Pembroke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visitor center had historical information and helpful employees to assist with my visit. There's a gift shop and bathrooms available and it's right above the parking garage so it is easily accessible.

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