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520 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Independence Hall Description
Grown-ups will appreciate the significance of Independence Hall, where the Liberty Bell first tolled and the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. But kids will enjoy stories about American militiamen tearing down the British coat of arms and British soldiers burning the furniture as firewood. Fun things to look at include George Washington's chair, the silver inkstand used to sign the Declaration and Constitution, the wooden pole with a brass tip that kept courtroom observers subdued, and little coal-burning boxes to keep feet warm.
Babies: The building is stroller accessible, but consider a frontpack carrier since parts of the tour require climbing stairs.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Small children may have a hard time seeing, since the group stands through most of the tour. If you can lift children up or navigate to the front, they'll enjoy it more. Parts of the tour are in a leafy outdoor square, perfect for running around between well-mannered sight-seeing stops.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Stories told by the tour guides are especially enthralling for the pre-teen set.
- Reserve tickets in advance. Tickets are available on the day of your visit only at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets. Tickets are free, but during peak season they run out almost every day, so go early. To get your pick of dates and times, reserve them up to a year in advance at http://www.recreation.gov/ for a nominal fee.
- There are no restrooms. Duck into the Independence Visitor Center across the street if little ones need a last-minute rest stop.
- Go between mealtimes. There's no food service, and although you can bring food and drink inside with you, it must remain tightly sealed.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Park rangers lead free tours every 15 minutes. Timed tickets are required March 1 through December 31, except for the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, when no ticket is required.
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour