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“Right Way to Celebrate the 4th!”
Review of Independence Hall

Independence Hall
Ranked #20 of 427 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed in this historic building.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

On the 4th of July, you don't need to wait at the visitor center to get tickets - you can go and just line up! This tour was absolutely fun and reverant at the same time.

Kudos to the National Park Rangers. They tell the history and the stories of the buildings and the people and the Founding Fathers with heart and humor. It is not just a bunch of recited facts. That is what made this the better of any of the tours in Philadelphia that I have been on.

Rooms aren't air conditioned, so be warned. There is walking as well, so be prepared. But to interact with the rangers and hear their take on our American history is invaluable.

Thank drjpepper64
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

For such an important place in American history, the tour felt a bit rushed and it was hard to hear/understand the guide. Loved that you could take pictures!

Thank NHPorters
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Tried to get tickets online before leaving but they were sold out. Husband walked down to the visitors center early Friday morning and was first in line to get free tickets. He said by the time they opened at 8:30 there was a very long line for tickets. Later in the day when we were in line for the liberty bell someone behind us was trying to get tickets and they were all gone. If you have this on your to do list, get to the visitor center early! The center is located across from the Liberty Bell. There were also hoards of Boy Scouts around the city which might have added to the lack of tickets? They tell you to get through the screening process a half hour ahead of time which we did but it really wasn't necessary for us to be there so early in line as they let you jump the line when it's your time to enter. For example, we stood in line for our tour at 10:30 and when it was time for the 10:15 tour there were many behind us that had tickets for that time that walked to the front of the line. We thought the actual tour was great, free, so historical and neat to re-learn the early American history of our long ago childhood. Very cool to see where the declaration was signed. Take the time to see the West Wing, it's a chance to sit down for a bit. Tours leave every 20 minutes for this so you could time it right and go before your scheduled tour of Independence Hall. You do not need tickets for the West Wing. Walk up the stairs to see more meeting rooms, huge portraits of the king and queen of France, original furniture from that time etc, There is also a building right next to this wing that holds a copy of the declaration and is worth a quick stop.

1  Thank Heartstotravel
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This review is late, but this tour left such an impression that I should probably write it anyway. This tour is a must see for every American and visitor to the US. The background information and thenphysical space helps one grasp the scope of the founding of our country and how radical it was to establish a peaceful change of leadership through the democratic process.
The guides are incredibly talented and passionate historians who bring the struggles and innovation of the founding alive. I was there with my family and my father-in-law, who Is my political opposite, and we were equally moved by the tour. This was a reminder of our shared principles and values, despite policy and interpretation issues that come with partisan politics.

Thank joey l
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Good free tour, interesting and good tour guides well worth the half hour of time. As a traveller learn't some new information which is always a bonus

Thank Jacqueline F
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