Field Trips - Buses, lunch, and more

How many adults do we need for each student?
We ask that you bring at least one chaperone for up to ten students (two chaperones for up to twenty students, etc). This ratio is for the safety of the students as well as the preservation of park resources.

Are there lunch facilities or somewhere to eat if we bring bag lunches?
The park does not have any indoor space for students to eat lunch. Picnicking is permitted in the park, provided that care is taken to discard trash in the receptacles provided. Please remember that open containers of food and drink are not permitted in any of the park buildings.

There are numerous dining establishments located adjacent to the park. The National Constitution Center (NCC) has a cafeteria available for school groups who visit the NCC. Keep in mind that the newly renovated Bourse building no longer has seating in the basement, and very limited seating on the first floor.

Where are the bus drop-offs?
Groups participating in Independence Park Institute (IPI) school programs are asked to use the bus drop-off location on the east side of 3rd Street, between Walnut and Chestnut Streets. This location is the closest bus drop-off location to the IPI classrooms.

Other bus drop-off locations include:

  • Independence Transportation Center located just off 5th Street at the National Constitution Center
  • in front of Christ Church on 2nd Street, between Arch and Market Streets
  • in front of the Betsy Ross House on Arch Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets
  • in front of City Tavern, just before 2nd and Walnut Streets

After dropping off, the drivers can proceed to the parking facility on Callowhill Street, between Front and 2nd Streets. This designated bus parking facility provides a secure, convenient and comfortable location for bus drivers to wait while their groups explore the area. The driver can park in one of 40 secured spaces and enjoy a waiting area that features showers, televisions, lounges, and vending machines. The driver will also receive coupons for local restaurants and entertainment venues. Philadelphia's official convention and visitors site has the latest Philadelphia bus parking information.

Where are the restrooms?
There are few restroom facilities within the park. We recommend that you use the restrooms at the Independence Visitor Center. There are also facilities in the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank (has limited hours), and in the Benjamin Franklin Museum (fee applies to visit).

There are NO restrooms within the security areas of Independence Square and the Liberty Bell Center. Please plan for this and have your students and chaperones use the restrooms in the Independence Visitor Center before entering these areas.

Where can I find a map of the park?
Consult park and area maps to plan out a route for exploring the park.

How should I prepare my group to go through security?
To visit Independence Square or the Liberty Bell Center, you will be asked to open all bags for a visual search. The Independence Square entrance is located on the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets and opens at 8:30 AM. The Liberty Bell Center entrance is located on 6th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets and opens at 9 AM daily. The last visitors will be screened at 4:45 PM at both locations (extended hours may apply in summer).

Is there somewhere to buy souvenirs?

  • The Independence Visitor Center Museum Shop
    This store has a large selection of books and objects relating to Historic Philadelphia and the Philadelphia region. Located in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets.
  • Benjamin Franklin Museum Gift Shop (operated by park partner Eastern National)
    This store carries a selection of books and objects related to Benjamin Franklin.
  • Independence Square Museum Shop (operated by park partner Eastern National)
    A small gift shop is located within Old City Hall at 5th and Chestnut Streets.
  • The Franklin Court Printing Office
    This site has items for sale that were printed on the reproduction printing press. Located at 320 Market Street.
When are you open?
Building hours change seasonally, so be sure to consult the operating hours when planning your group's visit.

Last updated: February 28, 2019

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