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Philadelphia SkylineA seamless blend between old and new, Philadelphia's dynamic collection of museums, historical sites, and attractions cannot be matched by any other American city.  From America's first museum, zoo and post office, to modern additions like the National Constitution Center and the Please Touch Museum®, Philly has something for everyone.

Featuring the nation's "most historical square mile," Philadelphia is a history buff's paradise.  Located in the heart of Center City, Independence National Historical Park offers visitors a chance to travel back in time to early America.  The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall - the site where our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and wrote the U.S. Constitution - are the most notable landmarks. But there is so much more amazing history to experience!  Step into Carpenters' Hall, where the Continental Congress met in 1774.  Relive the Colonial era and the birth of our nation by visiting the Second Bank of the United States, Franklin Court, Declaration House, and the dozens of other historical sites.

Another meaningful location is the "Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel.”  This synagogue houses beautiful Gothic architectures dating back to 1890.  Services are held twice daily and visitors may check-in at the synagogue office.

If your time for sightseeing is limited, see and learn about Philadelphia through a variety of unique tour experiences, ranging from World War II amphibious vehicles, horse drawn carriages, double-decker buses and open-air trolleys.

No matter what you decide to do and where you decide to go, you are guaranteed to be entertained, educated, and inspired!

Independence Visitor Center 

Visitors will find a 'welcome of Brotherly Love' and great information on Philly events and attractions at the Independence Visitor Center, located at the corner of Sixth and Market streets. 

The Independence Visitor Center is the only place to pick up tickets required to visit Independence Hall.  To improve the visitor experience at Independence National Historical Park, a timed-ticket system is instituted for tours of Independence Hall from March 1-December 31.  Tickets may be reserved up to a year in advance through the National Park reservation system.  Call +1 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov to reserve your tickets today.  While tickets to Independence Hall are free, the reservation fee is $1.50 per ticket.




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