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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
Fee: No
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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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This is the first stop in your historical visit of our founding fathers. It is very quick and easy to pick up your timed tickets (free) to go to Independence Hall and get very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 March 2016
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Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

When they have costumed interpreters there (as they did during a summer weekend) this is a spectacular free resource. When the interpreters are not present (winter weekday) it has information on tours, a modest giftshop and at least one interesting movie. Since it is free, this is fine, but nothing to write home about. But the interpreters, some of whom... More 

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

This is the first stop in your historical visit of our founding fathers. It is very quick and easy to pick up your timed tickets (free) to go to Independence Hall and get very informative maps and other information about what to see. Everyone in the Park Service is very helpful and wants you to have a great experience during... More 

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Middletown, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

the park rangers were very pleasant; good place to find maps and tickets. very convenient place to park.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

This is where to begin to see everything in the Independence Mall. Get your free timed ticket for Independence Hall and build the rest of your time around that. There is a very nice gift shop with fun stuff including books, hats, historical money, etc. Also where to set up for city bus tours. Clean bathrooms and air conditioned, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Great place to start with an introductory movie or a map of the park. Pick up your passport stamps and head out to see all the sites.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Great place for history, kids, family will enjoy very much. Polite staff and willing to answer questions

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Hanover, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Gift shop offers many souvenir options. Some self guided exhibits and area for kids to dress up in period clothes. Tons of info pamphlets.

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Homestead, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

Went here to get our tickets for Independence Hall. The ranger we spoke with was very helpful and gave us lots of great tips on where to go and what to see. All free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

This place had very helpful customer service and I was very surprised by how large it was. They had lots of handy guides and we got lots of info on the brandy wine valley and valley forge. Definitely a good stop if you're new to Philadelphia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

This center is very well organized and full of useful information for tourists. Do stop by upon reaching Philadelphia to plan your day visit.

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