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“Cradle of American Independence”

Independence National Historical Park
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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.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Cradle of American Independence”
Reviewed 27 April 2012

The buildings are spread out on a large well designed green area which is reminiscent of the mall in Washington DC. Even with the huge number of visitors during the Easter break we did not feel immersed in a crowd. Independence Hall is on one end and dominates the view. The Liberty Bell is housed in a separate pavilion from the visitor center and is well worth a look.

We visited the Liberty Bell pavilion and waited for about 5 minutes to pass through security. Our nine year old niece was overheard talking to our nine year old daughter. "Can you believe all this boring stuff was built for a bell that's BROKEN?" For adults and teens however, the displays in the pavilion were thoughtful and enhanced the experience.

I wrote a separate review on Independence Hall. We enjoyed the visit, but there are just too many people in each tour and we felt rushed. We had trouble hearing the ranger and the small ones in our group were bored. If you go, try to keep near the front of your tour group so you can hear the ranger and actually see the rooms instead of the backs of the heads of the persons in front of you.

Visited March 2012
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Lakewood, NY
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“Need to Visit”
Reviewed 27 April 2012

Very Patriotic and worth the stop with the family. Very Patriotic and worth the stop with the family

Visited April 2012
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Urbana, Illinois
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“So Much to See”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

NP Guides are terrific, exhibits are well done and the NP Guides go out of their way to ensure that when there is a "sold out" ticket situation if there is space people who don't have tickets can get in on a stand by basis. There's no charge for tickets it is just for crowd management. Nice job with our tax dollars! Money well-spent. So interesting to see all the non-US visitors who are so interested in our story of Independence.

Visited April 2012
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Nashville
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7 reviews
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“Moving Experience”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Tied in well with excavation of Washington's home
Needs to stay open longer hours in spring and summer

Visited March 2012
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North Salt Lake, Utah
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“A must do”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

How could anyone go to Philadelphia and not visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell? A review isn't even necessary...just do it.

Visited April 2012
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