Independence National Historical Park


From 1790 to 1800, Philadelphia was the new nation's capital, and before that, the Continental Congresses met here. An important port city serving the middle Atlantic region, it was also the economic and cultural capital (though Bostonians may dispute this claim). Independence National Historical Park encompasses only 55 acres, but packed within them are 20 city blocks with historic buildings whose story bears directly upon the formation of the United States in the late 18th century. Located in Philadelphia's Old City, the park includes Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center. What to see and do: To see all the sites at Independence National Park, you may wish to plan at least two days. A good tour of selected places should take you all day. Begin early at the Independence Visitor Center, located at Sixth and Market streets, which is open 8:30 AM to 5 PM daily (till 7 PM in summer). Situate yourself geographically and historically with orientation films and kiosks. Rangers will help you lay out a good trip. At most sites you can take a tour on a first-come, first-served basis, but for Independence Hall, you need to obtain timed tickets at the visitor center. Touring Independence Hall sets the 18th-century tone for your entire visit. Continue your tour at the reconstructed City Tavern, where delegates and leaders met to discuss national affairs in a more relaxed atmosphere. Although the home of Ben Franklin, perhaps Philadelphia's most famous citizen, is long gone, you can see the ghostly outlines of his house at Franklin Court and visit the underground museum. Interactive exhibits and films describe the American legacy of democracy at the modern National Constitution Center which opened in 2003.These are only a few of the Independence National Historical Park's two dozen possible stopping places, many of which have their own film presentations or demonstrations. Check at the visitor center for individual programs. Mobility-impaired visitors will find most sites are accessible. Fees: A fee is charged at the National Constitution Center. All other sites are free.


143 S Third St
Philadelphia, PA 19106


39.94893300, -75.14698800
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(215) 965-2305

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