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Independence Visitor Center

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Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Address: 1 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: +1 800-537-7676
08:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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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Nice place for a breather

Visited this place in July, weather was hot and it was good to be here for sometime, for buying tickets and do some window shopping for souvenirs. Place is also good for getting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Faridabad, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a visitor center with a nice staff ready to help you! Great choice of gadgets, T-shirts, toys and interesting books!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this place in July, weather was hot and it was good to be here for sometime, for buying tickets and do some window shopping for souvenirs. Place is also good for getting lot of information about America's independence and photo ops!

Parsippany, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitor center was very helpful in gathering information for our journey in Philadelphia! Very friendly.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good information on city activities. Especially enjoyed the movie showings. Tickets are offered for tours of Independence Hall. Nice building and access for anyone wanting to learn more about the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

mostly come to get your Independence Hall tickets, but also has nice layout where you can do some shopping at the museum shop, get questions answered, book some tours or get some snacks or use restrooms. Groups get some presentations or movies here as well. Resting benches outside are nice as well for people watching. Go early (opens 8:30am for... More 

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Garden City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you've been to Philadelphia before or this is your first trip there do stop off at the Visitors Center. You can find out about attractions and things to do, how to get there, etc. You can also rest your weary feet for a time, or perhaps stop off at the interesting shop. The Center is located in a convenient... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Start at the Visitor's Center to help plan your trip to Philly. Arrive EARLY to get same day free tickets to Independence Hall (we arrived before 11 and they were just about to see out). Watch some of the movies to get a better idea of just what happened here. Rangers are very helpful. There are snacks plus lots of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff were excellent as were the exhibits and interpretations. We were there early to avoid the big crowds and enjoyed the whole site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is were you must go to get the free tickets for independence hall. They had some things to look at and a gift shop. the ranger will give you directions on we're to go and how to get there. Lots of free maps there for the taking !!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here as part of visiting the area. Didn't find it too exciting, interesting or informative and walked out quite quickly.

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