Basic Information

Summers are typically hot and muggy, fall and spring are generally mild, and winter is cold. Snowfall is highly variable, with some winters bringing only light snow and others bringing several major snowstorms, with the normal seasonal snowfall standing at 22.4 in (57 cm). Precipitation is generally spread throughout the year, with eight to twelve wet days per month.

Entrance Fees:

Admission - $0.00

Admission to most park sites is free. Timed entry tickets are required to enter Independence Hall from March through December, but there is no charge for those tickets if obtained at the Independence Visitor Center on the morning of your visit. The Benjamin Franklin Museum charges an interpretive fee.

Independence Visitor Center

The Independence Visitor Center is located at 6th and Market Streets. Pick up Independence Hall tickets, plan your visit, and watch films in the Independence Visitor Center. Ask knowledgeable park rangers about programs, walking tours and special events. City concierge staff will gladly assist you with information about lodgings and restaurants.


Getting Started
Independence National Historical Park includes famous landmarks and icons like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. But, there are many other buildings and stories to explore in this urban park.

Download the park's FREE mobile app, "NPS Independence", for the best park map, visiting information and audio tours. It's available for iOS and Android. Use this area map to get an overview of the park and the city. Need directions to the park? Begin your visit at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets.

Explore these suggestions on places to go or things to do in the park. We have accessibility information online, and FAQs about visiting the park to help all our visitors prepare.


Operating Hours and Seasons
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.

The sound of children's laughter can be heard throughout the park from late April through mid June when 10,000 students visit each weekday. Tip: For a relaxed visit, enjoy the park in September and early October when the weather is still warm, but there are fewer crowds.


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, after 5pm during summer hours, on July 4th, or on Thanksgiving Day. Free tickets are available on the morning of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center (first come, first served), or you may choose to reserve tickets in advance (service fee applies).

NO tickets are required for the Liberty Bell Center. Security screening is required to visit the Liberty Bell Center and the buildings on Independence Square. Tip: Maximize your visit to the park and minimize your screening time by bringing only small bags, if necessary.


Last updated: September 28, 2016

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143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


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