Back to the Basics
Is the park open during the pandemic?
On Wednesday, September 9, Independence National Historical Park reopened access to some buildings, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center. Outdoor spaces continue to be available daily (Independence Mall, Washington Square, Rose Garden, Magnolia Garden, 18th Century Garden). Check the Hours page for up-to-date information about building hours.
What safety measures are in place?
The park has modified operations for tours and visitor services to keep visitation numbers within the City guidelines. We have also installed markers to prompt social distancing, added clear protective shields at public contact stations, and prepared staff to comply with public health guidelines. We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly, by following CDC guidance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.
What should I see in the park?
Begin your visit at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. Park rangers can provide you with suggestions for visiting the park depending on your interests and the length of your stay. While many sites reopen on September 9, some will remain closed, including Franklin Court. For more information about park sites, see places to go.
Does the park have an admission charge?
Admission to most park sites is free.
What buildings require tours?
Visitors to Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Dolley Todd House, Bishop White House, and Germantown White House are required to join a ranger led tour. Other park buildings are self-guided.
How long is the Independence Hall tour?
The Independence Hall tour lasts 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the season. Tours always include the first floor of the building.
Are tickets required to visit Independence Hall?
No, currently tickets are not required to visit Independence Hall. Entrance is by tour only, first-come, first-served. Visitors (up to 9 at a time) will be admitted every 10-15 minutes.
Are tickets required to visit the Liberty Bell Center?
No tickets are required to visit the Liberty Bell Center. Entrance is first-come, first -served. There is security screening at the entrance.
Where can I park my car?
Parking is available at the Independence Visitor Center located at 6th and Market Streets. Enter this underground garage on either 5th or 6th Street, between Market and Arch Streets. Parking is also available at the parking garage on 2nd Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets. Fees apply.
What security measures are in place in the park?
All visitors entering the Liberty Bell Center and the buildings on Independence Square are required to proceed through security screening, including a bag check. No weapons or pocket knives are permitted in the secure areas.
Are the park buildings accessible?
Most of the park buildings are accessible. At the Independence Visitor Center, visitors may borrow wheelchairs for use in the park. Assistive listening devices with amplification and audio description are available for park films. Check the accessibility section for more information on the park's accessibility services.
What do you recommend for families visiting with children?
There are many options for families to enjoy the park. The park offers Junior Ranger and trading card programs. To learn more about our programs, visit the park fun page or ask a park ranger at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets.
What food services are available in the park?
There is a cafe in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. There are many restaurants in the area of the park, including the reconstructed City Tavern at 2nd and Walnut Streets. Visitors may also choose to bring a bagged lunch and eat on one of the many benches in the park.
Is photography permitted in the park buildings?
Photography, including flash and video, is permitted in the park buildings with the exception of the Great Essentials exhibit in the West Wing of Independence Hall. Flash photography is prohibited in the exhibit to protect light-sensitive documents. Due to safety concerns, tripod usage is prohibited throughout the park. No photography is permitted in the security screening areas.
Is the park pet friendly?
Pets are permitted on park grounds providing they are leashed. Pets are not permitted in any park buildings. Please remember to pick up after your pet. Service animals are welcome in all buildings.
Is the park stroller friendly?
With the exception of the Todd and White Houses, strollers are permitted in the park buildings.
Which Market-Frankford El stop is closest to the park?
The 5th Street stop is located at 5th and Market Streets, just steps away from the Independence Visitor Center.
Which PATCO station is closest to the park?
The 8th Street station is at 8th and Market Streets, two blocks west of the Independence Visitor Center.
Which SEPTA Regional Rail station is closest to the park?
Jefferson Station is located at 11th and Market Streets, just 5 blocks west of the Independence Visitor Center.