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“Stay Outside”

Independence National Historical Park
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
Ranked #6 of 444 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.
Greenville, South Carolina
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“Stay Outside”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Liberty Bell. In early May. Long long line to get in. But. There's a window that looks directly onto The Bell - and offers a good photo op without enduring the long lines.

Tomb of the Unknown (Revolutionary). Excellent memorial. Actually peacefully located in Washington Square, away from the crowds.

National Constitution Center. Almost worthless. One would think there'd be a copy of what document inside???? Duh: The Constitution. Nope. There is a room with statues of the signers. But no complete document. Place was packed with children running rampant. Not learning anything, just running, screaming, and being unsuccessfully herded by too few teachers. But there was a special exhibition on slavery during Revolutionary times. Excellent. And empty. For me, both a refuge and a place to learn something in peace.....

Independence Hall. Some excellent exhibitions - once one made it through the scheduling and security process. But I particularly enjoyed.... the Old City Hall... where the first Supreme Courts met for a decade. Again: right next to Independence Hall, but very much... empty. Count the number of chairs for the Justices..... 6. How cool is that!

Visited May 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Walk down history! Even as non-Americans, we loved it!”
Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

The Independence National Historic Park is what defines Philadelphia. It's a pretty compact area and without crowds, could easily be done in half a day! Please get your tickets to the Independence hall in advance (we were ok getting it at the site because it was winter). The tours are conducted by the NP rangers with true passion and bring the place alive. The rooms are maintained in an impeccable condition and walking through those halls is like walking through time. It's a crash course in history and how! The Liberty Bell is in a separate enclosure - and what's more to tell about the famous bell than what's already been said? It's truly unfortunate that the security guards at the Liberty Bell enclosure are so rude, almost an insult to the spirit of the bell they are guarding. Leaving that aside, the Independence National Historic Park is a must-do on your visit to Philadelphia! Don't miss it!!!

Visited November 2013
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Middletown, New York
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“Had a Great TIme, Well Worth It”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Went on an excursion all over Philadelphia and truly enjoyed this site. The history in Philadelphia and the preservation of it make it a destination I must return to in the future.

Visited July 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“A Fantastic Slice of American History!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

I was visiting Philadelphia and took some time to re-visit the Independence National Historical Park. It is just inspiring every time I make the visit. From the Liberty Bell to Independence Hall, it is just a fantastic time of inspiration. I have been to the largest of the museums and historic sites across the country and this is the one that gives you the goose bumps. It just never gets old!
A Great here Staff as well. Spend some extra time, You will be glad you did!

Visited May 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Reserve tickets ahead of time at recreation.gov”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

You can reserve tickets for the tour of Independence Hall itself (the only part of Independence National Historical Park that requires a ticket) ahead of time at www.recreation.gov. There is a $1.50 surcharge, but it is well worth it, since timed tickets are distributed at the Visitor's Center on a first come, first served basis starting when it opens (8:30 a.m., I think) and apparently are often gone well before noon.

Visited June 2014
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