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Located in Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Philadelphia and the region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.

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THE INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER is the one-stop for planning a trip to the Greater Philadelphia region. Speak with one of our multilingual Visitor Services Representatives whenever you call during our daily business hours, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.



What is the best way to get around Philadelphia?

With its tree-lined streets and quaint neighborhoods, Philadelphia is a wonderful city to explore on foot. Public transit is an available option including the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop, as well as the city's first ever bike sharing program, Ride Indego. Seeing all that Philadelphia has to offer is a breeze and how to get there by visiting our Directions and Transportation page

What are the operating hours of the Independence Visitor Center?

Located at 599 Market Street, the Independence Visitor Center is open daily, 8:30 a.m. -  6:00 p.m.

The Visitor Center has extended operating hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day, from 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Where is the closest place to park by Independence Hall?

A secure fully enclosed 24-hour indoor parking garage operated by the Philadelphia Parking Authority is located beneath the Independence Visitor Center with entrances on 5th and 6th streets between Market and Arch Streets.  For more information about getting around, click here.

What is there to see/do in the Independence Visitor Center?

The Independence Visitor Center offers many amenities including a cell phone charging station, cafés, free WIFi, gift shop, historic films, and so much more. Click here to view our full list of amenities.   

Where can we store our luggage in Philadelphia?

For day trippers or people on the go who want to leave their bags behind while sightseeing in Philadelphia, your options are as follows: Many museums do offer bag checks including the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with the cost of admission. Travelers arriving from 30th Street Station also have the option of checking their bags for $4.00 apiece with a valid Amtrak ticket. Bag storage is not offered at the Independence Visitor Center or its satellite locations. 

Where is the Love statue in Philadelphia?

The world famous LOVE statue by Robert Indiana can usually be found directly outside of our Fairmount Park Welcome Center location at 1599 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. With a gorgeous fountain as the backdrop, this is the perfect spot to share pictures showing your L-O-V-E for Philadelphia and stop in the LOVE Gift Shop inside the Welcome Center for souvenirs. 

However, as of February 2016, the LOVE statue has a temporary new home while LOVE Park undergoes renovations. The statue now resides in the northwest corner of Dilworth Park, outside of City Hall, which is across the street from its usual home.

Where can I get the best Philly Cheesesteak?

From the world-famous corner rivalry between Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks, to the elusive (closes when rolls run out) John's Roast Pork, to the late-night favorite Sonny’s Famous Steaks,"authentic" Philly cheesesteak options abound in the city that invented them!

Choosing a favorite would be like choosing a favorite child for us--impossible! You can always stop in and chat about the unique characteristics of each offering with our Visitor Services Representatives, or use this handy interactive guide by Visit Philly to find the closest cheesesteak to you!

Where are the Rocky Steps?

The “Rocky Steps” are located at the front, or East, entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. These famous steps, 99 in all, are part of the iconic Rocky film series, featured when Sylvester Stallone's character, Rocky Balboa, makes an epic run through the streets of Philadelphia that culminates with a famous dash to the top of the Art Museum steps. To this day, visitors who come to recreate this legendary run can see his footprints on the 72nd step forever emblazed in bronze, along with a statue of the boxer himself, now a permanent fixture at the bottom of the steps.  

How much are tickets to tour Independence Hall?

Free timed-tickets to tour Independence Hall are available on the day of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center on a first come, first-served basis. Tickets can also be reserved in advance at 1-877-444-6777 or recreation.gov (there is a $1.50 reservation fee per ticket for tickets reserved in advance).  The first tour starts at 9:00 a.m. For free, walk-up tickets, you may request tickets for any available time on the day of the visit only.

A limited number of tickets are distributed to tour Independence Hall each day; therefore, ticket availability is best during the first two hours of the day (8:30 - 10:30 a.m.). If all tickets have been distributed by the time you arrive for pick up, please return to the Visitor Center the next morning at 8:30 a.m.

During the summer season, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Independence Hall has extended hours, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. During this time frame, no timed tickets are needed.

Where is the Liberty Bell?

The Liberty Bell is located inside the Liberty Bell Center on Independence Mall, one block south of the Visitor Center at 526 Market Street.  No tickets are required to visit the Bell and it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but closed on Christmas Day.  A security check is required for entry. 

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National Historical Park

Start at the Independence Visitor Center to learn about visiting
Independence Hall and other sites in Independence National Historical Park.

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Congress Hall
  • Independence Hall

    Located inside Independence Hall, the "rising sun" chair was used by George Washington as he presided over the Constitutional Convention. The Independence Visitor Center is the exclusive location to pick up free timed-tickets to tour Independence Hall.

    Next: Old City Hall
  • Old City Hall

    Standing alongside Independence Hall and built as the City Hall of Philadelphia, this building was used by the U. S. Supreme Court from the time it was completed in 1791 until 1800 when the Federal Government was moved to Washington D. C.

    Next: President's House
  • President's House Site

    In the 1790s, Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived and conducted their executive branch business at this 6th and Market Streets location facing the main entrance of the Independence Visitor Center and next door to the Liberty Bell Center. Explore the open-air site 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year.

    Next: Liberty Bell
  • Liberty Bell

    Located inside the Liberty Bell Center and across the street from the Independence Visitor Center, the Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of freedom and is free to visitors year-round.

    Next: Congress Hall
  • Congress Hall

    Congress Hall, located next door to Independence Hall, hosted the presidential inaugurations of George Washington (his second) and John Adams; the establishment of the First Bank of the United States, the Federal Mint, and the Department of the Navy.

    Next: Independence Hall

Visitor Services

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has over 70 years of combined visitor service experience!

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Purchase Tickets

Want to experience Philadelphia and the surrounding counties
most popular attractions and tours? The Visitor Center is just the ticket!

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A wide variety of tickets to tours and attractions throughout the area are available for purchase online and at Visitor Center locations.

  • Mini Golf
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Philadelphia Trolley Works: 76 Carriage Company
  • Ride The Ducks
  • Philadelphia Story
  • Philadelphia City Pass
  • Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel
  • 76 Carriage Company
  • Garden State Discovery Museum
  • The Philadelphia Pass
  • Philadelphia Trolley Works: 76 Carriage Company
  • Adventure Aquarium

Visitor Center Amenities

The amenities offered at the Independence Visitor Center ensure
convenience for millions of visitors year-round.

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ALL OF THE Essentials

From on-site parking and free Wi-Fi to history-themed films and more, our 50,000 square foot facility features all the essentials to help you make the most of your trip to Philadelphia.


Gift Shop

Conveniently located inside the Visitor Center, our gift shop houses
the largest selection of Philadelphia gifts and souvenirs in the region.

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The Independence Store

From t-shirts, Rocky statues, miniature Liberty Bells, to signature books and more, the gift shop surely has something special for you to remember your trip.

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