9- Independence National Historical Park
Explore the impressive collection of buildings, parks, and museums at Independence National Historical Park. Visit the sites linked to the declaration of independence of the United States and feel like one of the former presidents of this country. Relax in manicured parks, browse antique artifacts, and enjoy art exhibits. Independence National Historical Park covers 54 acres (22 hectares) and is located in the Old City of Philadelphia.
Begin your visit at Independence National Historical Park, which is surrounded by buildings that played an important role in the country’s history. See where state representatives signed the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution at Independence Hall. Take a tour of the Congress Hall, where George Washington was inaugurated as president. See a restored courthouse in the Old City Hall.
Stroll through the green areas and the paved area of the elegant Independence Mall. See the original Liberty Bell and exhibits about its cultural significance at the Liberty Bell Center. Watch short films about the founding of the United States and the Revolutionary War at the Independence Visitor Center. Get all the information related to the United States Constitution through the family-friendly exhibits at the National Constitution Center.
Head to the Benjamin Franklin Museum to study the life of one of this country’s founding fathers. See a wide variety of military memorabilia at the New Hall Military Museum. See portraits of explorers, military officers and politicians in the Second Bank Portrait Gallery. Get a glimpse of upper-class life in 18th-century Philadelphia by visiting the Bishops White House, and learn what middle-class life was like at the Dolley Todd Residence.
Sit on a bench and reflect on what you have seen, or enjoy a picnic in the green areas of Plaza Washington. Look for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution, dedicated to servicemen who fought in the Revolutionary War.
Large paved areas and short distances to attractions in this area make it an ideal place to explore on foot. The Chinatown Station–BSL and 5thStation–MFL subway stations are the closest.
Each one of the attractions of the Independence National Historical Park has its own hours and its own entrance prices. Visit the park’s official website for all the details. In the summer months there are usually long lines of people waiting to enter the attractions.