The bell that was later named the Liberty Bell was initially used to call the Pennsylvania Assembly to meetings. It was soon adopted by abolitionists, suffragists, Civil Rights advocates, Native Americans, immigrants, war protestors and others as their symbol. Visitors can tour the Liberty Bell Center for free year-round. The Liberty Bell Center is part of the U.S. National Park Service and Independence National Historical Park.
In Independence Hall in 1776, the Founding Fathers came together to sign the Declaration of Independence and, 11 years later, write the U.S. Constitution. Guided tours of the hall are available to visitors year-round. Visitors looking to tour Independence Hall must reserve tickets online in advance for all tours of Independence Hall (except during certain times of the year). Tours can sell out, so plan accordingly. Independence Hall is part of the U.S. National Park Service and Independence National Historical Park.
Independence Visitor Center
Independence Visitor Center
at 6th and Market streets serves as a clearinghouse of information and a box office for free timed tickets to Independence Hall. It’s also the spot to ask real, live experts for Philly tips.
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The First World Heritage City in the United States
There are 266 World Heritage Cities around in the world, but the first World Heritage City designation in the United States was awarded to Philadelphia in 2015.As the home of Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979, and the city where democracy was established to form the United States of America, Philadelphia’s history is profoundly critical to world culture.
Getting Here & Getting Around
Getting Here : The Historic District is conveniently located in the center of Philadelphia, from the Delaware River to 7th Street and from Vine Street to Lombard Street.
Parking : There are a number of parking garages and lots available in the Historic District, including at the Independence Visitor Center, the National Constitution Center and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Check the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s site for more info on garage parking. On-street parking is also available in the district.
Walking : Foot-power is the best way to discover the side streets and quaint alleys of Philadelphia’s Historic District. Fortunately, navigating the city is easy. Numbered streets run north/south, and named streets run east/west.
PHLASH : Tour all of Center City on the purple Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop , running every 15 minutes in season and making four stops in the Historic District. Get your tickets at the Independence Visitor Center or pay on board.
Indego : Indego , the pay-as-you-go bike-share program with eight locations in the Historic District, makes cycling a fun way to see the city.
SEPTA : SEPTA’s Market-Frankford public transit line stops at 2nd Street near the waterfront attractions and at 5th Street by the historic sites, and more than a dozen buses run through the area.