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“Start your visit here”

Independence Visitor Center
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Ranked #13 of 437 things to do in Philadelphia
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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.
Binghamton, New York
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Start your visit here”
Reviewed 30 August 2012

We made an impromptu stop to the historic district in Philadelphia. We weren't familiar with the area and this stop was key to getting around. You can pick up tour tickets, get maps, tickets to Independence Hall, souvenirs, watch a movie, and mingle with historical figures. This is a great place to get your bearings and start your visit.

Visited August 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“An excellent place to begin a tour”
Reviewed 29 August 2012

We took a guided walking tour that began here. It last about 90 minutes and briefly visited many of the sites that one would want to come back to later. The Center helps one to orient to historical Philadelphia. It is a newish building, and quite open and attractive.

Visited August 2012
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Bellmore, New York
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Start Your Visit Here”
Reviewed 29 August 2012

This is the place to start your visit to Philadelphia's hsitoric sights. Tickets to the Independence Hall Tour are given out here and Park Service employees and others are here to help plan your visit. There are also kiosks for the various tour vendors - bus, walking tour, duck boat tour, etc... There are clean bathroom facilities, a snack bar, and a gift shop. Short movies on historical issues are continually shown for free and there is a small exhibition as well. If nothing else the air conditioning is a nice break from the heat and humidity.

Visited August 2012
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed 27 August 2012

Stopped by here in May 2012. This was my first stop. I got tickets for the tour and the people working here are very knowledgeable and friendly.
There are restrooms and a cafe and giftshops and exhibits here also. I popped in here to use the free wifi and to cool down later that day.

Visited May 2012
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Edison, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Lots of information”
Reviewed 26 August 2012

Heres where to go to find anything about tourist stops and restaurants in Phil. You can buy tickets for almost anywhere you want to go.

Visited August 2012
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