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Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia

I remember visiting Philadelphia as a young teenager, but don’t remember many specifics. I’ve always wanted to go back, so when the opportunity arose to visit some friends while we were living on the East Coast we jumped at the chance!

When We Visited: November 2013
Ages of Kids: 8, 6, 3
Tip: If you want a tour of Independence Hall on a weekend, get there EARLY. We had no idea and didn’t actually get to go in.

We spent a Saturday morning exploring downtown Philly, and one of our favorite stops was Independence National Historic Park, or more commonly known as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

We arrived via train, and walked the last two blocks or so to the visitor center to pick up our Junior Ranger books. This was our young friend, Matty’s first experience with the program, so my kids deftly showed him the ropes.

IMG_2135Surprisingly there was quite a long line to see the Liberty Bell, but the kids really wanted to, so we worked on our books while daddy stood in line.

Afterward, we went into Independence Square and toured a couple of the outbuildings that used to house the House of Representatives and the Senate. Unfortunately, our guide was dry and boring and the kids were restless, so we snuck out about halfway through the tour. After talking with another family we encountered, we realized it was just our guide as their experience had been quite pleasant. 🙁

My favorite part was the printing shop in Franklin Square where we saw how Ben Franklin used to set the type on the old printing press, ink the type, and then press into the paper.

Overall, it was a great day! There is much more to see as the “park” is actually quite the collection of buildings and other historically significant areas in the downtown area. I felt we did the important parts though and the kids were excited about their badges.

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  • danielle - I am just filing away all of your trip posts for future use 🙂 I went to see the liberty bell when I was a kid! I do not remember much else about that trip though 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LaneVids - My wife and I visited Philly in 2010, before we had kids because my wife had a conference. I tagged along and while she was doing her conference thing, I got to explore the city. Such a cool place. I liked all the usual places, but a few local things I remember are elphret’s (sp?) way, which is the oldest neighborhood in the US that people are still living in, Franklin fountain is DELICIOUS, and I liked a lot of the artwork and sculptures, the giant clothespin & the area of game pieces. Here is a video I made of it if you want to watch:

  • 5 Fun Things to do on a Quick Trip to Philadelphia With Kids – Pennslyvania » Currently Wandering - […] Independence National Historic Park. I’ve written a longer post on this you can see HERE. We earned our Jr. Ranger Badges, waited in line to see the Liberty Bell, and watched a ranger hand […]ReplyCancel

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