Things To Know Before You Come
Plan an enjoyable visit to the park using these tips from our park rangers. Whether you are interested in history or science or architecture, there is much to explore. Get in the know, and come visit!
Hours and Seasons
Independence National Historical Park includes key sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center as well as a number of lesser known buildings. The hours vary for each building, and they change seasonally. The park is open 9am - 3pm on Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day. Hours are limited on Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, and President's Day. Check out this list of building hours. Download the park's FREE mobile app and you'll always have the hours handy.
Admission to Independence Hall is by tour only. Timed entry tickets are required for Independence Hall tours from March through December. No tickets are required in January and February. Free tickets are available on the morning of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center, or you may choose to reserve tickets in advance (service fee applies).
NO tickets are required for the Liberty Bell Center. But, you will have to pass through a security screening area to visit Independence Hall and the other buildings on Independence Square as well as the Liberty Bell Center. Tip: Maximize your visit to the park and minimize your screening time by bringing only small bags, if necessary.
Learn more about reservations and fees before you come to the park.
Park buildings, programs, films and exhibits are accessible through a variety of means, including ramps, open captioning and assistive listening devices. Service animals are permitted in all park buildings. Accessible restrooms are located in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets, and at the park restroom facility at 5th and Chestnut Streets. Check out all of the accessibility options on the park's website. Tip: If someone in your family isn't able to walk to the park sites or stand in line, just borrow a wheelchair from the Ranger's Desk in the Independence Visitor Center.
Food and Lodging
The park sits in an urban area with many options for dining. If you are looking for a taste of Philly, try a cheesesteak or hoagie. Looking for a colonial dining experience? Satisfy your palate at City Tavern, a reconstruction of the tavern John Adams described as the "most genteel" in America. In the Independence Visitor Center, you'll find Cafe Independence and the Independence Mall Cafe (open seasonally). Speak to a Visitor Services Representative in the visitor center for more information on dining. Tip: Enjoy a Philly soft pretzel with yellow mustard - we eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime in between!
A list of accommodations in the Philadelphia area shows the numerous options for lodging. The Thomas Bond House, a restored 18th century home now open as a Bed and Breakfast, sits adjacent to Welcome Park on the eastern end of the park.
Did You Know?
Dolley Todd had to write a letter to the orphan court to keep her son when, her first husband John died of Yellow Fever in 1793. In 1794, she married Congressman James Madison.