Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park
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One of the most famous square miles in the United States, the park is home to the Liberty Bell, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Independence Hall.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 5th St • 2 min walk
  • 8th St • 5 min walk
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  • greglinmon
    Las Cruces, New Mexico1,033 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great site
    I love to visit National Park System sites. Visited several hundred. This is always so nice. Fifth visit, yet always top five. Very well done site. Tour is outstanding
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Woody & Kathy L
    Sun City, Arizona81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I relaized how much we owe our founding fathers
    The tour, although short, taught me some things about the forming of our country that weren't taught in school. Our guide was very informative and engaged the people on the tour. Very enjoyable and educational. Well worth the 20 to 30 minutes.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Diane S
    Key West, Florida6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful in every way! Thank you so much!
    The National Park Rangers at Independence Hall were wonderful in every way! We went on May 10, 2024, and due to the rain were able to get in to Independence Hall easily. We are so grateful for the kindness of all of the Rangers we met there. They really know a tremendous amount of history, and we had a great time visiting with a fourth grade class (Children are our hope for the future) and we learned a lot, as well!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 15, 2024
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coyotepack5
West Lafayette, IN720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
You must have tickets to enter some of the buildings. You can get them at the visitor center or at the parks sites on-line. They are timed and limited to 20 people, every 20 minutes, Some do not need tickets. See it all! Everything is close and amazing.
Written August 15, 2021
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yazdragonfly
Ft. Lauderdale385 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Not what we expected. You have to go through a metal detector/scanner before going into and area that is guarded by low hanging chains and latched gates that are no taller than 3 feet, so the security is almost laughable. Then you wait in a large courtyard, in full sun, for about 20-30 minutes. The wait time was longer than the actual tour which is just 2 rooms, with a ranger giving you a history lesson. If you are a real history buff, it’s worth the $1 reservation/entry fee. The building is the original building used by our founding fathers, and a lot of the furnishings are original, so that was cool to see.
Written April 17, 2023
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Kristi H
New Orleans, LA403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
These buildings are historical treasures. I've been going to them since I was a small child, and I still get chills up my back. The staff works hard to keep the place clean and safe for both visitors and the displayed artifacts. The rangers who work the site ALL showed enthusiasm, love, and pride for this site they help care for and share with the public. They LOVED answering questions for the public (they're not professional historians, but they answer the best they can, which is usually pretty good). I saw a fence and some digging that looked like an archaeological excavation, so I was staring through it. A very nice Park Ranger (who didn't have to) walked over and explained what was happening and what they were doing (it's more conservation work instead of archaeology). Visiting is worth the wait.
Written April 24, 2021
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC12,795 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The two main attractions here are of course, the Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell. Other the two main ones, the Visitor Center and the open space is worth taking a break. The Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell are free of charge, however, due to COVID-19, plan to stay in lines for minimum of 30 minutes and another minute of the tour at Independence Hall. At the Liberty Bell, expect to be in line for not less than 45-an hour because the Park Service will only allow 10 people inside the hall at one time. Especially if you are first time in Philly, these two place are a must to see. Go early if you could. The Visitor Center is the best place for bathroom.
Written September 29, 2020
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vox69nn
Medina, OH2,223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Many worthwhile sites to visit in a relatively small area. National Park Service has stationed many well informed and engaging rangers at numerous locations points throughout the park. Many of buildings have security checkpoints and masks are required inside them - sad signs of our times. But visitors were moved along efficiently and politely. we did not have tickets for Independence Hall but found the Congress Hall very interesting. In the House Chamber, the guide had a seating plan for all the original representatives and offered to tell us all whose seats we occupied. Both the House Chamber and Senate were impressive. The Liberty Bell was well presented and included numerous supportive displays. I was surprised to learn that the bell was not known as the Liberty Bell until Civil Was time when it became associated with the emancipation of the slaves. There is a nice view of Independence Hall from the Liberty Bell Display area - good photographers should aim for that view instead of posing stupidly for their own selfie next to the bell. So much is great about the various components of the Historic Park. Pretty sad we have so much to be ashamed about among the leaders of our current national government.
Written August 10, 2022
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Scot C
Savannah, GA79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This is truly Americana at it’s best. This area is a must see, period. Relatively no issues going in and seeing any of the sights. The Liberty bell has about 15-25 minute wait to get inside the facility. The only snafu; you can only get tickets to tour Independence Hall online!!!! They only release about 20 tickets per tour time slot… Make sure you plan that part of your trip accordingly. Especially if you only have a day or two to see everything down there. Other than that, definitely worth your time to come here and visit!!
Written April 7, 2023
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Kelly J
Sioux Falls, SD25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Loved seeing this place. It was very interesting.
Note that recently since they've reopened, they are only doing tours in small groups. The line can be quite long so we went first thing and the morning and were able to be in the first group through.
Written September 28, 2020
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kencatron
Las Vegas, NV1,763 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This is a part of American history that should not be missed!!! The park does a wonderful job of the tours - very friendly and informative. The grounds are beautiful and the buildings amazing! You have to reserve admission online at recreation.gov and the tickets are $1 each. The only bummer is that you can only see the bottom floor. But it's SOOOOOOOOOOOO worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Written December 1, 2021
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Pamela C
Jacksonville Beach, FL133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We visited the Liberal Bell on a weekday at the end of January, so it was a bit cold. But all National Parks were free that day!
No line!!!!! (You don’t normally pay to see the bell except for your time waiting in line.)
Really interesting history....the bad crack happened when they rang it for George Washington’s birthday!
They xrayed it at one point to look for other problems (see photo).
It originally was a bell for the state of Pennsylvania but became a national symbol when Philadelphia became the young nation’s first captitol.
Also look ar the picture from 1910 where military personnel formed the bell.
Now it stands for Freedom worldwide!
Written February 7, 2020
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GranZorro
Zug, Switzerland1,570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
No way one can visit Philly without spending quite some time here, at the cradle of America (together with Boston, I assume).

We had been here 10 years before and missed this time one temporarily closed major site, namely the National Museum of American Jewish History, but were fortunate to visit two newly added sites, namely the Museum of the American Revolution and the Benjamin Franklin Museum. More about these in individual reviews.
Written May 21, 2022
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