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“Good place to start.”

Independence Visitor Center
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good place to start.”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Underground parking garage. Don't watch the 30 minute film, especially if you have kids of any age. Next door to the Liberty Bell and walking distance to many attractions.

Visited March 2013
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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Life, Liberty and the start of a good day!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Start your tour of this National Park area right here. Sign up for the tour of Independence Hall (free, but you must have a reservation for a timed tour), pick up maps and guides of the area, grab a snack for now or your backpack, use the restroom and check out the gift shop. The shop has everything from LOVE park keychains to copies of the Declaration of Independence. From here it is a short walk to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the US MInt and many other tidbits of past and current history.

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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609 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Very nice movies,is plays and gift shop”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Make it a point to spend an hour here, to see the movie and go thru the exhibits...very nice gift shop here, too.

Visited March 2013
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Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Skip if you are in a hurry”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

There is not much to this. They have a little video you can watch if you would like but that is about it.

They do have clean restrooms, a good gift shop, and free maps but if you don't need any of those I would keep walking, especially if you are on a tight schedule.

Visited February 2013
Thank Caroline H
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Stamford, Connecticut
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Start here”
Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

The guides were very informative and helped s to plan our day. We purchased tickets to Independence Hall and watched a couple of interesting movies at the visitors center. Great parking. Centrally located.

Thank Beth C
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