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“Nice once you get through security.”
Review of Independence Mall

Independence Mall
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Owner description: Historic neighborhood in the middle of the city.
Reviewed November 12, 2013

The security checkpoint here is a joke, providing only an illusion of security. The two, bored contract guards gave my wife's bad a cursory inspection, and they had us raise our jackets above our waists, ignoring the contents of our pockets which, in my case, made some obvious bulges. Once inside, we saw contract guards more intent on lounging, smoking, snacking and texting on duty than in actually attending to security. A nice waste of taxpayer money.
However, we didn't come here to see security guards. The mall is a pleasant environment between the elements of Independence Hall and the surrounding buildings, and makes for a nice place for photography and to plan your next stop.

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

I'm delighted the locals, officials, and the NPS were able to get together and stop the destruction of historical and significant buildings in downtown Philly. The park is great, the top three historical spots all in one area. There's plenty of grass to just sit and appreciate the area and the best visitors center nearby. Makes one proud to e an American.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

Go! It is easy to see and learn all you want or not. This is a well set up history lesson that all Americans should visit. We saw people from all over the world learning about our heritage. The national park service has done a great job and it costs little or nothing. Do it!!

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

At one end of the large pedestrian mall is the National Constitution Center and at the other end is Independence Hall. In between is the Visitor's Center (where you get your free, timed tickets to Independence Hall, can see films, and go to the restroom) and the Liberty Bell (tickets not required). We went on Flag Day (also the birthday of the Army) and were thrilled to see skydivers with flags trailing behind them. The Army had vehicles and weapons on display and were allowing people to climb on and in them. Expect crowds. We recommend eating at the Reading Terminal market just behind the Market Street metro station.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Basically, the Mall is a lawn of grass, but it does enable a majestic view of Independence Hall from the National Constitution Center. In the Spring, the wisteria is really beautiful. Not much else to say, except there are a couple of outdoor exhibits on the mall, across the street from the National Constitution Center. One is titled "The Dirty Business of Slavery" -- an apt reminder that so visitors do not forget America's sins of the past.

Thank movieglue
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