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Independence Visitor Center

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Address: 1 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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+1 800-537-7676
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08:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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The place is clean, airconditioned and there are snacks stalls .theres lots of room to run around for young kids and for adults to take rest and take a break from the heat

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 September 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

The place is clean, airconditioned and there are snacks stalls .theres lots of room to run around for young kids and for adults to take rest and take a break from the heat

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

This is a free exhibit, where you can get maps, books, Segway, free exhibits and shows and a starting point to see the origins of the United States. It is run by the Park Service and they do a top-notch job, both in the presentation and the personnel and services provided. You can get tickets here, head out to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

It is wonderful place to plan your trip and tour. They have lots of unique gifts. Most things are reasonably priced.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

Anything and everything you want to know about this area is available from the National Park Service at this location. All maps and walking tours are free. There are many special activities for children including a Junior Park Ranger badge/certificate. Most importantly, there are large clean bathrooms! A cafeteria offers modestly priced food items. Don't miss the Philadelphia branch of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

This is a must stop before you tour the historical district. The service team is great and will help you plan your time in the district. We had no idea what we wanted to see, but left with a plan and when/where to get tickets, as well as some discounts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

The visitor center is a great place to begin your visit of historic Philadelphia. Two short films give a basic introduction to the revolutionary period, but if you children (or even if you don't), I would recommend renting the musical 1776 before coming, to really get grounded in the story of the continental congress in an entertaining way. Be sure... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

The two-day Philadelphia Pass can be purchased here, we found it was affordable with what we planned on visiting, but do the math. Clean rest rooms, a/c for cooling off, good place to pop in and regroup.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

This is where we got our tickets (no charge!) to tour Independence Hall. Great place to take a break, get something to eat/drink, and then hit the large gift shop. Good exhibits as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

This should be your first stop in Philadelphia. The park rangers are full of information about the area and history. Plus, this is where you will pick up your timed tickets to visit Independence Hall.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

A great first stop with a plethora of information and helpful park rangers, restrooms, a gift shop, costumed character interactive fun, tour desks, brochures, and of course tickets for Independence Hall.

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