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Independence National Historical Park
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143 South Third Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours vary by location, usually 9-5 for buildings and 8:30-7 for visitor center.
Best time to visit
Summer, Fall, Spring
Independence National Historical Park is 55 acre urban park in Philadelphia. The park includes buildings associated with American independence and the first years of the US government. The focal point is Independence Hall, in which the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the US Constitution was debated and drafted.
Independence Hall was built from 1732-1756 and served as the Pennsylvania State House. In its day the hall was the largest building in the most important city in Pennsylvania. Following independence, the hall and nearby buildings were home to the US government until it moved to Washington, D.C. in 1800. The hall was nearly demolished in 1816 and wings were razed and rebuilt. Comprehensive preservation of the hall and nearby areas began in 1948 when the park was established.
There is a lot to see here so planning is a good idea prior to a visit. The newspaper on the park’s website lists building information and dates/times of special events such as lectures and ranger tours. Most activities take place in summer, but it’s also when the park is busiest. The following rated highest in order of interest, (1) Independence Hall – reason for the park’s existence, (2) Liberty Bell Center – actual Liberty Bell on display and an interesting museum about political rights, (3) West Wing of Independence Hall – original copies of Declaration and Constitution, (4) Visitor Center – additional exhibits and orientation films (5) Congress Hall – home to first US Congress. One day is enough to get a good sense of the park but if you want to see more than a handful of buildings, stay for dinner, take evening tours, etc..., consider a longer visit. This popular and historic park will have wide appeal for a diversity of activities and historical importance.
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10/2/2012 11:02:36 PM
Interesting place, tours were great!
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