This is the city's official visitor center as well as the gateway to Independence National Historical Park. Here, you'll find a fully staffed concierge-and-trip-planning desk, which provides information on the Park, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, and other attractions, as well as a reservation and ticketing service. Before you set off on a walking tour, acquaint yourself with Colonial American history by watching the Founding Fathers come to life
in the 30-minute movie Independence, one of the films shown in the center's two theaters. There's also a coffee bar with sandwiches, salads, and desserts, and an excellent bookstore, where you can stock up on books, videos, brochures, prints, wall hangings, and souvenirs of historic figures and events. An atrium connects the visitor center to a renovated underground parking area. The outdoor café, Crosswalk Cafe, on the east side of the visitor center, is open May through October.
To see two of the city's famous historic homes—the Bishop White and Todd houses—you'll need to stop at the information desk to get a free, timed ticket, and reserve a spot on one of the tours, each of which takes about 30 minutes.
Oct 19, 2008
This is the visitors center for the Independence National Historical Park. There's nothing of interest here, but you have to come here to book tours of some historic houses and also get tickets for Independence Hall. They've been known to open a little later than the scheduled time and don't always open all the entry doors.
Aug 14, 2004
While you can go to Philly and not see the historic sites, you can't see the historic sites like Independence Hall where they signed the Declaration, without starting here. You must have a ticket to get into the Hall, and even though it's free, you get it here. Then you walk through and see the Liberty Bell, which is way more interesting than it sounds, before going over to tour the Hall and surrounding buildings. Don't miss this place!