Activities & Resources
Independence National Historical Park050in Philadelphia, PA 19106
about Independence National Historical Park:
The 45-acre park is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, a World Heritage Site where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were created, and about 18 other structures and buildings drenched in the nation's history. Franklin Court, a section of the park where Benjamin Franklin's home once stood, is dedicated to teaching about Franklin's life and accomplishments.
Kids can participate in the park's Junior Ranger Program (and learn the story of the American Revolution while exploring the park) by picking up a Revolutionary Ranger Activities Book at the Independence Visitor Center and searching for the stamps at various park sites. Kids who collect four of six stamps and complete at least three activities and earn an official Junior Ranger Badge.
A number of dining options are availble just outside the park. Picnicking is permitted inside the park, providing care is taken to discard trash in the receptacles provided. Seating for picnicking can be found in almost all of the lawn areas of the park between the Liberty Bell Pavilion and Independence Hall. Food and drink are not permitted in any of the park buildings.
Restrooms are located on the corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets; in Franklin Court adjacent to the entrance to the Post Office; in the Independence Visitor Center at Sixth and Market Streets; at the Independence Living History Center on Third Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets; and in the Second Bank of the United States on Chestnut Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets (during regular bank hours).
Most park buildings are open daily from 9am to 5pm; in the summer the hours of some buildings are extended. You can obtain seasonal information on park hours of operation and park programs by calling the Visitor Center at 215.965.2305 for TTY/TDD services, or by checking the park's website. Admission is free to all park sites.
Park maps are available free on site, or one can be mailed to you or downloaded from the park web site.