Places To Go

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    Independence Visitor Center

    Plan your visit with the help of knowledgeable park rangers and the city's concierge staff.

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    Independence Square buildings

    See Independence Hall, Congress Hall, the Great Essentials exhibit, and Philosophical Hall.

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    Liberty Bell Center

    Get up close to the real Liberty Bell. There are also exhibits and a video presentation.

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    Franklin Court Sites

    Home to the Benjamin Franklin Museum, Franklin Court Printing Office, and the "ghost structures" in the courtyard.

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    Old City Hall

    This building was home to the Supreme Court of the United States from 1791-1800.

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    Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank

    Visit this marvel of Greek Revival architecture that houses over 150 portraits of politicians, explorers, and society leaders.

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    President's House Site

    Presidents Washington and Adams both lived at this site in the 1790s. The exhibits examine liberty and slavery - in homes and a nation.

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    Merchants' Exchange Building

    Though currently home to the park's headquarters, this site was once the hub of commerce and finance in Philadelphia.

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    Washington Square

    Stroll this beautifully landscaped park. Within the park is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution.

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    18th Century Garden

    This beautiful garden boasts a charming gazebo and a variety of plants that were common in 18th-century gardens.

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    Rose Garden

    Take a moment to explore the tranquil courtyards and see a patch of cobblestone paving from the past.

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    Magnolia Garden

    A lovely setting inspired by George Washington's interest in magnolia trees.

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    Benjamin Rush Garden

    This recently renovated garden now features the Bicentennial Bell.

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    City Tavern

    Visitors and city residents met at City Tavern for everything from dining and dancing to business and politics.

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    Declaration House

    Thomas Jefferson lived on this site when he drafted the Declaration of Independence.

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    Free Quaker Meeting House

    Thirty to fifty Quakers, including Betsy Ross, regularly attended meeting at this site after being disowned for supporting the Revolution.

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    New Hall

    Home to the War Department in the 1790s.

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    Dolley Todd House

    Future First Lady Dolley Madison lived here with her first husband, John Todd, from 1791-1793.

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    Bishop White House

    The home of Rev. White, Bishop of the American Episcopal Church, has been restored to reflect the lifestyle of upper-class Philadelphians.

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    Germantown White House

    This home in Germantown, now restored to its 18th century appearance, twice sheltered George Washington.

Last updated: July 12, 2024

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