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“Pre-plan on the website, pick up a National Park Service free map and enjoy!”

Independence National Historical Park
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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
Ranked #6 of 438 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: One of the most famous square miles in the United States, the park is home to the Liberty Bell, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Independence Hall.
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“Pre-plan on the website, pick up a National Park Service free map and enjoy!”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

Philadelphia is a city, and with common sense and comfy shoes, it is a safe and insightful place to be. We felt safe walking in this area. Street parking is scarce and limited, so plan to park in a parking garage and expect to pay $15-$25. Obvious stops include the Liberty Bell and Constitution Center and the US Mint (if it is open). But, get that free map and explore the easy to follow streets to get to other sites. Betsy Ross's house was fun ($5 pp) but small.(steps/close quarters). The 2nd National Bank is a gallery of portraits. The grand steps and columns are inviting. We didn't know many of the faces, but one portrait of a young girl is the inspiration for the American Girl doll Felicity's party dress. Ben Franklin is everywhere including statues and his grave.
If you really want to get tickets to get inside Independence Hall, consider paying the fee to reserve online. http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm
The tickets for the whole day were all gone by 11:30 am. We were there on a cool Thursday afternoon, midday, and the crowds were minimal. If you visit in summer, I imagine bigger crowds and some longer lines. You could see this area of Philadelphia in one day if you have the energy and determination. Plan a longer visit if you will be there in especially hot or cold weather, or school trip season, have young kids/senior citizens, or during some planned event.
Bathrooms and snacks are available in the visitor's center.

Visited April 2012
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“Makes me proud to be from Philly!”
Reviewed 21 April 2012

The grounds are great,the signs are clear and the Park Service people are very,very friendly and helpful. I love taking out of towners to the best couple blocks in America.

Visited April 2012
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New Jersey
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“History is Everywhere”
Reviewed 20 April 2012

Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, National Constitution Center. Philadelphia is where our great Nation really took shape from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to the drafting of the Constitution. Philadelphia was also the National Capital for 10 years during the construction of DC. Wonderful place to learn about our Nation's History.

Visited April 2012
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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“A Must See If You Come To Philly”
Reviewed 20 April 2012

You can't come to Philly with out coming and see this National Treasure. Every time we come to Philly we always stop by to go on the tour it never gets old. There is so much to do that you really have to take a whole day just to visit everything in the area. You start in the Visitors center then from there you go threw and see the Liberty Bell. Note: You have to bee screened before you go into the building so don't bring a lot of stuff with you it slows up the lines.. The Liberty Bell center just went threw a major upgrade and is a very cool building to see. Independence Hall is just awesome. There is so much history in those building and on the grounds around the area. Like I said you have not seen Philly until you visit here. Also near by is the Mint and Franklin Park both are must sees also.

Visited April 2012
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Acton, Massachusetts
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“Excellent historical document”
Reviewed 19 April 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The staff did a great job bringing to life the surroundings and context of 18th century colonial unrest and the birth of USA. The rooms are exciting too see.

If I were to make any critique, I might suggest that the Congress Hall discussion seemed slightly excessive for younger children.

Visited April 2012
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