520 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (GPS Address: 41 N. 6th Street)
Operating Season: Year ‘Round
Completed in 1753 (21 years after the groundbreaking), Independence Hall is notable the birthplace of the United States. It was in this building that George Washington was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, the Declaration of Independence was adopted, the design of the American flag was approved, and the U.S. Constitution drafted and signed.
The Independence Visitor Center is a great place to begin your family reunion tour. The Visitor Center houses the ticket desk, exhibits, free films, restrooms, gift shop and a cafe. Park Rangers provide walking tours that are no doubt educational and very informative. After visiting Independence Hall, make sure you head on over to see the Liberty Bell (which is located nearby).
The Independence Visitor Center is fully accessible for family members with disabilities and wheelchairs are available to borrow. Visit the Park Ranger’s Desk to pick up a wheelchair or listening devices for family with hearing disabilities.
Tickets are required to enter Independence Hall (except January and February). There is no charge if they are obtained from the Independence Hall Visitor Center the day of your visit (you will be assigned a time). Get there early (they open at 8:30AM) as all tickets can be distributed by 11AM on busy days. The rules for picking up tickets differ for small families than large tour groups. If you wish to secure tickets ahead of time, there is a charge of $1.50 per ticket. Tickets can be reserved online by calling 877-444-6777. Click here to reserve tickets online.
An underground parking garage is available at the Independence Visitor Center for a fee. There is also a parking garage on 2nd Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets.