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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour
"Are you tired of going on tours in which the guide knows less than you do? The guides for Bow Tie Tours are teachers not actors or college students who have studied a cram sheet and they are well-trained in providing people information in an interesting and entertaining manner whether you are a parent with young children or a college professor looking to gain insight into the historical activities of Philadelphia. Join us as we see Independence Hall Declaration House Franklin Court the Betsy Ross House
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Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia
"Board the open-top double-decker bus at any of the 27 stops covering 16 miles of Philadelphia. Ride the full 1.5-hour loop with live commentary on board and enjoy access to 100 of the city's most popular attractions and landmarks. Hop on and off as you please!Travel at your leisure with this valuable today and tomorrow pass that allows to explore with added value of transportation throughout Downtown"""This hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour lets you experience the rich history and legendary sights of Philadelphia with ease. Take advantage of this 2 day pass that allows you to explore Philadelphia with the added value of transportatation. Expert local gui including the Liberty Bell Independence Hall and the US Mint. Aboard the double-decker bus
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Small-Group Tour of Philadelphia's Center City
"Meet your guide at City Hall the cultural and geographic heart of central Philadelphia and begin your holiday walking tour of downtown also known as Center City.At nearby Dilworth Park watch ice skaters glide against the backdrop of City Hall before continuing on to the Reading Terminal a US National Historic Landmark. Downstairs explore the dynamic Reading Terminal Market
From $39.00

Independence Hall Tips (2)

Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell

What we now refer to as "Independence Hall" was originally the Pennsylvania State House. This building held important political meetings including the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the creation of the Consitution. Tours are offered and they are free. I certainly recommend everyone check it out even though it is a bit of a tourist trap. The Liberty Bell, however, is another story. In reality, it is not all that significant. It was the bell in the Pennsylvania State House when the Declaration was written. It was forgotten until an abolitionist wrote a poem mentioning this bell. All of a sudden it became a big tourist trap. Well truth be known, the bell is rather small and as told, the story is quite dull.

Unique Suggestions You can receive a time for the Independence Hall tour. You have to wait on line for the Liberty Bell so get there early.

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dmarino622
Jan 29, 2007

Independince Mall

While it is the "birthplace of our country", it is just so overrated. Crowds and homlessness everywhere, you can't even really go into or do anything at any of the buldings. Way too touristie, just go at your own risk.

Unique Suggestions Try the underground museum, where you can pick up telephones and call famous people of our country from the past.

Fun Alternatives The surrounding area, a./k./a. Center City, has a lot of stuff to do. Just walk around, plan trips to places, etc.

matt1168
May 17, 2003
 
 
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City Hall

The centre of town is dominated by this huge building, that really impressed me. I'm not able to write about it, but I dare to transcribe visitphilly: Overview City Hall is the largest municipal...
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Masonic Temple

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Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market opened in 1892. The street-​level Market reverberated with the sound of trains rumbling overhead. The stalls were laid out in a grid pattern with twelve aisles...
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania was founded in 1824 and moved to this current location in 1884. This is not a museum. It is a library with more than 21 million items in their collections. The...
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

The church was designed by English architect Richard Cromwell Carpenter and built by John Notman in the Gothic Revival style between 1847 and 1849. The tower was designed by Notman, but completed in...
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Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme in 1683. It is considered one of the finest urban public spaces in the United...
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