Known as the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, Independence Hall is one of the most ... More
Known as the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, Independence Hall is one of the most recognizable historical landmarks not only in Philadelphia, but in the entire nation. The hall is the highlight of the 45-acre Independence National Historical Park, home to 20 buildings of historical significance (many of which are open to the public). The Liberty Bell is located right around the way, though its original home was Independence Hall's bell tower. Tours of the hall are given every 15 minutes. See website for complete park details and further Independence Hall visitor info.
Guides were enthusiastic and informative.
The meeting rooms were decorated with authentic period furniture and writing instruments. The hall is maintained and has stood the weather and stress of visitors over the years.
Even in the midst of 70 other guests, we found people were quiet and reverent, when visiting the room where the Declaration was conceived and finally signed. We had our photos taken and were able to hear the guides describing the history and purpose of the individual rooms. It was free to all visitors and a very quick visit.
The grounds are clean and well shaded, so waiting in line was a pleasure.
My wife and I went with our two boys, 4 1/2 and 7. Both knew about Ben Franklin, the Constitution, etc., and they were BORED STIFF. Be prepared if you have little ones!
They LOVED Ride the Ducks and the Franklin Institute.
I have visited Independence Hall twice...pre-9/11 and post-9/11. Pre-9/11 gave tourists a lot more freedom to come and go as they pleased (for instance...you didn't HAVE to take a tour OR have tickets if you wanted to mill around inside). Post-9/11 you are only allowed to enter through one building, where you are searched. Then you have access to the courtyard and MUST have a ticket to enter the hall. Then you must exit from another building. I found it to be confusing and a pain in the...Thank you terrorist's everywhere!
I guess my point is...GET A TICKET FOR THE TOUR (in the summer they are gone by Noon).
Walking around the grounds and into Indepedence Hall, listening to the narrations from the knowledgeable park rangers, was truly a time-warp experience for me, back into the 18th century when the USA was "borned". A definite must-see for all who appreciates history, especially on the events leading up to the birth of the nation. Free-timed tickets are almost always readily available provided you are at the Visitors Center when it opens its doors at 8:30 a.m., and your visit doesn't coincide with some school outings. Otherwise, you can always reserve the tickets online for $1.50.
Independence Hall is one of the most awesome sights in Philly. If you have any sense of imagination you can "see" the key players in the founding of our country discussing the ideals on which America would be formed. Who knows you may be standing where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson stood? It is simply amazing!
The Park rangers do a fantastic job in leading the the tour thru Independence Hall. They offer many interesting and fun stories & facts about the creation of the Declaration of Independence. All the rights & liberties we enjoys as Americans today were created here!
One of the major tourist attractions of the city, with huge historical significance. This is the place where our nation began. It is definitely worth seeing for yourself the place described in every history textbook you've read since kindergarten. Check it out.
Just being in the building where the founding fathers were drafting the rules our nation would later argue about, fight for, and ultimately thrive under...wow! Great guide also.
Anyone interested in our nation's history, old buildings, and seeing the cradle of liberty must see this place.
I liked the feeling I had when inside. Imagine, step into the chamber where the system of government under which we live was born.
Close your eyes and see the great men of government arguing for a new way of life.
Then realize that this way of life is here, and it works, and is sometimes screwed-up, but it is a model for many others since, and hopefuly for the future.
Guild halls were as important in the young America as they had been in Europe. Carpenter's Hall stands as a
tribute to the hands that built America. This historic locale is appropriately situated amongst the many other historical sites ...
In 1789, Library Hall became the first library which opened to the public, the predecessor to the Library of Congress.
The hall was refurbished during the 1950s and today holds an excess of books from the Philosophical Hall collection. ...
Hilton Philadelphia Airport is located approximately one half mile from Philadelphia International Airport and three miles from Citizens Bank Ballpark
and the Wachovia Center. This location is also three miles from Lincoln Financial Field and eight miles from Independence ...
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