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Family Vacations: Independence Hall


The bell tower atop Independence Hall was the former home of the Liberty Bell.

The seeds of liberty were sown in Philadelphia's Independence Hall. It was here that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, the Articles of Confederation uniting the 13 colonies was ratified in 1781, and the Constitution of the United States was adopted in 1787.

Kids will relate to the history of Assembly Hall, where the Second Continental Congress met to debate whether to remain a colony or fight for independence from British rule. It was here that George Washington was chosen as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. Your kids will see the table where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the chair in which Washington sat. The Declaration was first read in public in Independence Square a few days after its signing.

The famous Liberty Bell, which is now on display in a pavilion across from the hall, was rung to announce the public reading. A number of other buildings make up Independence National Historic Park. This includes the National Constitution Center, which kids will really enjoy. It's worth a visit to experience its hands-on, high-tech exhibits.

Independence Hall Information

Address: 5th and Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA

Telephone: 215/597-1785

Hours of Operation: Hours change seasonally, July - Sept. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Free tickets are available at the Independence Visitor Center

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Philadelphia City Guide: Find out where to stay, what to do, and where to eat when you visit the City of Brotherly Love.
  • Pennsylvania State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Pennsylvania, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.
  • New York City Guide: Find out where to stay, what to do, and where to eat when you visit the Capital of the World.
  • New York State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in New York, as well as other recreational activities.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Laura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.