Start at the Independence Visitor Center for information, free amenities, Philadelphia-themed souvenirs and ticket sales for more than 100 attractions and tours in the Historic District and throughout the region. Check out the new 42-foot, interactive touchscreen digital wall to find out what to do in Philadelphia and enjoy an 8-minute film in an open-walled theater. This is the location to obtain free timed tickets to tour Independence Hall, the iconic location where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and adopted.
Exit the visitor center onto Market Street and cross the street to stroll the President’s House Commemorative Site. Enter the Liberty Bell Center to gaze upon and snap a photo of the iconic symbol of freedom. Admission is free and entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Then, take a photo in front of Independence Hall and cross the street to walk behind the building to enter for a tour.
Head down Chestnut Street to Carpenters’ Hall, the site of the First Continental Congress in 1774. Then, on to the Museum of the American Revolution, for a primer on America’s beginnings and an overview of the historical sites located throughout the Philadelphia region.
Lunch options include City Tavern, where costumed servers will bring you authentic Colonial dishes. Try an authentic Philly cheesesteak at family-owned Campo’s on Market Street in Old City. Visit the historic Bourse, once home to the nation’s first commodities exchange market. The 123-year old building has been restored to its original glory and lives on as the home to an artisanal food hall with nearly 30 food and drink vendors.
See where George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross worshipped at Christ Church. Visit the nation’s first post office and print shop and the remains of Ben Franklin’s Market Street home outside of the Benjamin Franklin Museum, which houses artifacts, computer animations, and interactive displays that tell the fascinating story of the Founding Father. Wander through Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously-inhabited street in America.
Visit the Betsy Ross House where the Philadelphia patriot believed to have made the first American flag – and see how working-class people lived in Colonial Philadelphia.
Head up Arch Street and pass Christ Church Burial Ground to see Ben Franklin’s grave. Experience making money at the source with a free, self-guided tour of the U.S. Mint, which includes a view of coining operations from 40 feet above the factory floor. Reservations are not required for this 45-minute tour, available to the public Monday through Friday. Explore the dramatic story of the U.S. Constitution from Revolutionary times to the present at the National Constitution Center.