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Arguably one of the most significant buildings in American history, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA is a treasure trove for history lovers buffs and architecture lovers. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gregorian building is the birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Part of the larger Independence National Historical Park, Independence Hall's storied and complex history make it the cornerstone of any visit to Philadelphia.
Parking and Public Transportation at Independence Hall
There is paid parking available in a garage underneath the Independence Visitors Center across Walnut Street from Independence Hall, accessible via either 5th or 6th Streets. You may also be able to find very limited street parking (usually for a fee) in the neighborhood surrounding Independence Hall.
If you're traveling via public transportation, you can get into Philadelphia fairly easily via SEPTA regional rail. All routes travel through the city; get off at Jefferson Station to transfer to the Market-Frankford subway line, heading east toward Frankford. The 5th Street stop is right at Independence Hall.
Admission to Independence Hall
You can only access Independence Hall via tour. Most of the year (March-December), you will need a timed tour ticket, which you can pick up at the Independence Visitors Center on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are free but do get distributed quickly in the busy seasons. If you don't mind paying a nominal service fee, you can reserve your tour ahead of time online.
Must See/Do at Independence Hall
The guided tour, which takes you into the Assembly Room where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed, is a great way to step into history. Independence Hall and the larger Independence National Historical Park also hold a wide variety of special events keeping in theme with the site, like exhibits on the history of equal rights protests.
Other Places to Visit Near Independence Hall
The world-famous Liberty Bell is located across the street and is free to see. For an admission fee of $5 for adults and $2 for children, you can check out the Benjamin Franklin Museum, chronicling the life and times of the famous statesman and inventor. The Betsy Ross House, where the first American flag was sewn, and the National Constitution Center, are also nearby.
Insider tip for visitors to Independence Hall
Independence Hall and the surrounding park offer a number of seasonal events, like twilight walking tours, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson-themed tours, and more. During the summer months, the nearby Independence Beer Garden is a popular spot with locals.
Author's bio: Jeff Birou is an education administrator by day, travel and freelance writer by night. You can find him at his blog, Lance+Jeff, or on Twitter at @Jetsetter_Jeff.