Back to the Basics
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. For more information about park sites, see places to go.
Does the park have an admission charge?
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. The Benjamin Franklin Museum charges an interpretive fee.
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 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the season. Tours always include the first floor of the building.
Are tickets required to visit Independence Hall?
Yes, timed entry tickets are required from March through December. There are a limited number of tickets available each day. Walk up tickets are available at no charge on the morning of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets starting at 8:30am. One person may request up to ten (10) tickets. Tickets may also be reserved in advance through the National Park reservation system. Call 1-877-444-6777 or reserve online at recreation.gov. There is a service charge of $1.00 per ticket when reserved in advance. You must claim your reserved tickets at the Independence Visitor Center at least 45 minutes before the tour on the day of your visit.
What is the procedure for group reservations for Independence Hall tickets?
Group leaders may obtain up to 70 walk up tickets at no charge on the day of their group’s visit. Tickets are distributed from the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets starting at 8:30am. There are a limited number of tickets available each day. The group leader must present a confirmation letter on school or organizational letterhead to obtain up to 70 tickets. Teachers may use a current school identification card in lieu of a confirmation letter. Tickets may also be reserved in advance through the National Park reservation system. Group leaders may call 1-877-559-6777 or reserve online at http://www.recreation.gov. There is a service charge of $1.00 per ticket when reserved in advance. You must claim your reserved tickets at the Independence Visitor Center at least 45 minutes before the tour on the day of your visit.
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. The line forms outside the building, and there is security screening at the entrance.
Are tickets required to visit the Benjamin Franklin Museum?
The Benjamin Franklin Museum charges a nominal interpretive fee. Admission is available at the door and must be purchased on the day of your visit. Plan to allow at least one hour for your visit. The America the Beautiful Annual Pass, Senior Pass, and Access Pass do not apply at the Benjamin Franklin Museum.
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.
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.