Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park

Planning Your Visit

Things To Know Before You Come

Tickets
During March-December, Independence Hall timed tour tickets are required. Independence Hall timed tour tickets for March through December can be reserved in advance online and by phone. No tickets are required to visit the Liberty Bell Center at any time.

Security Screening
You will have to go through a security screening area to visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center.

To maximize your visit to the park and minimize your security screening time, the park recommends that you only bring small bags and packages, if necessary. Large bags, luggage and lunches etc. should be kept at your hotel or bus, if possible. The time it takes visitors to get through security depends on the number of individuals, family members, groups and organizations to be screened, number of items to be screened they may have. This is strongly urged for large groups that wish to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell where security screening is necessary.

The fewer items you have to be checked, the faster you will pass through our security screening area and more time for you, your loved ones and/or your group to enjoy all that our park has to offer.

Restrooms
There are no restrooms in the secured areas (Liberty Bell Center & Independence Square). Park officials recommend visitors use the restrooms in the Independence Hall Visitors Center prior to going to the Liberty Bell Center screening area or the restrooms 5th & Chestnut Street prior to going to the Independence Square screening area.

Half-Day Tour
For those with limited time to visit the park we recommend the following sites: Liberty Bell Center, Old City Hall, Independence Hall, Great Essentials and Congress Hall.

If time permits, you may want to visit other park sites and nearby museums.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open daily with the exception of Christmas Day. The major park sites are generally open from 9 am - 5 pm with extended hours of operation during the summer months.

March - April 2008 - Current building hours of operation

Tickets are required to tour Independence Hall.

Fees & Reservations

Admission to all park sites is free. Tickets are not needed for any park sites with the exception of Independence Hall. For entrance into Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed, you must have a timed tour ticket. These tickets eliminate the long wait for Independence Hall tours and give you more time to see the other historic sites in the area.

Tickets
For entrance into Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed, you must have a tour ticket with a specific day and time. These tickets eliminate the long wait for Independence Hall tours and give you more time to see the other historic sites in the area. You need a ticket from March 1 to December 31, except for July 4th and Thanksgiving. Independence National Historical Park will be closed on Christmas Day.

Walk-Up Tickets are available for free on the morning of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Street starting at 8:30 AM. The first tour starts at 9:00AM. You may request tickets for any available time, on the day of the visit. You have the greatest choice of times if you arrive between 8:30 and 10:30 AM. During the busy season, tickets are often gone by 1:00 PM.

One person may request up to ten (10) tickets for a family or small group. The rest of the family or group does not need to be present when the tickets are picked up. For larger families, one person for each ten (10) people must come to pick up tickets. Everyone in the group needs a ticket, even infants.

Organized tours or school groups may obtain tickets for their entire group once the group is in the Independence Visitor Center. Up to 80 tickets will be given to one teacher or guide. While one person is in line for the tickets, we recommend that the rest of the group view the exhibits, see the movies, use the restrooms or visit the store. If you are visiting the National Constitution Center first, allow 3 hours for the visit, travel & security check before your Independence Hall tour starts. From Independence Square: allow 1 ½ hours for tour, talks and travel to the NCC.

Ticket Reservations - Tickets may be reserved up to one year in advance through the National Park Reservation system. You may call toll free at: 1-877-444-6777 from 10AM to 10 PM Eastern Time or you can use the website at http://recreation.gov  tickets to Independence Hall are free, the reservation fee is $1.50 per ticket. The Golden Eagle or National Park Pass does not cover this fee. Teachers or tour leaders may reserve up to 80 tickets on each call, and families may reserve up to ten (10) tickets per call.

Reserved tickets must be picked up at the "Will Call" section of the NPS ticket counter at the Independence Visitor Center (6th & Market Sts.) You must claim them (using reservation number and valid identification) at least 60 minutes before the tour on the day of your visit. The "Will Call" section is to the left at the desk. You do not need to wait in the walk-up ticket line. Tickets not picked up 60 minutes before the tour may be released to walk-up visitors. Refunds are only available if the Park cancels a tour. No refunds are given at the Park.

Teachers and tour leaders picking up group reservations do not need to have the group present in the Visitor Center. However, you must have the reservation number, valid identification and a confirmation letter on school or organization letterhead for ticket pick up. This letter must list the name of the person who made the reservation and the name of the person picking up the tickets. Tickets must be picked up at least 60 minutes before the tour.

Questions- for the most up-to-date information on the Independence Hall ticket program visit these websites: http://www.nps.gov/inde or http://www.independencevisitorcenter.com/, or call the Independence Visitor Center at 215-965-2305.

No tickets are required to visit Independence Hall during January and February!

Directions

Plane
Philadelphia International Airport, eight miles from Center City, is served by all major domestic carriers as well as a gateway for flights from Europe, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The SEPTA R1 Airport Line connects the airport with Center City.

Car
By car: the Park is easily reached via I-95, I-76 and I- 676. From South: Take I-95 north. Follow signs for "Central Phila./I-676". Exit onto 6th Street. Take 6th Street south to the underground parking garage entrance between Arch and Market Streets.

From West: PA Turnpike (I-76) and exit at interchange 24, the Schuykill Expressway (I-76). Take Schuykill Expressway (I-76) to I-676 exit, Central Philadelphia. This is a left lane exit. Take I-676 to 8th Street exit and follow the signs for Independence Hall. Take 8th Street south to Market Street, turn left on Market Street. Take Market Street to 5th Street, turn left on 5th Street. The parking garage will be in the middle of the block on the left.

From North: Take N.J. Turnpike to exit 4. Take Rt. 73 north to Rt. 38. Take Rt. 38 west to US 30. Take US 30 west over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. At the base of the bridge follow the signs for 6th Street. Take 6th Street south. there is an underground parking garage on the left between Arch and Market Streets.

Train
Amtrak - several Amtrak trains arrive in center city Philadelphia each day. Amtrak's 30th St. Station is conveniently located at 30th and Market St. in "downtown Philadelphia." For information and train travel times phone 1-800-USA-RAIL or go to www.Amtrak.com for convenient Amtrak travel information.
To get to the park from Amtrak's 30th Street Station take the SEPTA Market Street/Frankford line east to 5th Street. The Visitor Center is located one block away at 6th and Market Streets.

Bus
The Independence Transportation Center (ITC), a motor coach loading and unloading area located adjacent to the National Constitution Center, serves as the drop-off and pick-up point for groups visiting all of the attractions in and around Independence National Historical Park. Motorcoaches can enter the ITC from Race Street, between Fifth and Sixth streets. The area has 11 spots for loading and unloading visitors and there are an additional three spots for loading and unloading on Race Street. This is the only area where motorcoaches are able to load and unload in the historic area and parking and idling regulations will be strictly enforced.

In addition to the Independence Transportation Center, a new designated motor coach parking facility is located on Callowhill Street between Front and Second Streets. This secured lot has 40 parking spots and is open 24 hours a day. The fee for the lot will be $20 for the day and will be collected upon entry to the ITC drop-off location. All motor coaches loading and unloading in the historic district must use this lot. Fines of up to $250 will be assessed for parking in any other area in the historic district.

Public Transportation

SEPTA (Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority)—Subway, trolley, and bus service throughout the city and area. The Market-Frankford subway line stops one block from the Independence Visitors' Center at 5th and Market Streets. Multiple bus routes run along Market Street as well.

SEPTA'S Regional Rail Line (R1, R2, R3, R5, R7 & R8) - Travel into Center City Philadelphia. The closest stop to the park is Market-East Station at 11th and Market Streets. For more information, call (215) 580-7800 or visit SEPTA.

PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation) Speedline—Travel into Center City Philadelphia. The closest PATCO stop is at 8th and Market Streets. For more information, call (856) 772-6900 or visit PATCO

AMTRAK—Service to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station at 30th and Market Streets. For more information call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit AMTRAK.

Accessibility

Park buildings, programs, films and exhibits are accessible via curb cuts, ramps, text/photo albums describing second floor displays, verbal presentations, park folders in Braille and large print, printed tours, pamphlets and booklets, park-wide signage featuring text and graphics, open captioning and assistive listening devices.

To arrange for American Sign Language services call us 2 weeks in advance at (215) 597-7130 (voice) or use the relay service to call 800-654-5984 (TTY).