Groups and Educators

Educators Visiting Philadelphia’s Historic District

Start at the Independence Visitor Center for curriculum-linked field trips to Historic Philadelphia. Pre- and post-visit materials, tour routes, logistical information - it's all here to make your planning as easy as possible.

The Visitor Center has on-site parking, a wide selection of maps, tickets for purchase, and knowledgeable Visitor Services Representatives who can provide a thorough overview of Historic Philadelphia and its key points of interests for educators and their school groups. Come back to the Visitor Center for a lunch break and stop by before boarding the bus for souvenirs. If you have time to spare, short introductory films are available for free in the Visitor Center, too.

Be sure to look into the Visitor Center’s Conversations with Ben program, where students can meet Ben Franklin and ask him about his life and experiences. This program is for groups only and must be coordinated in advance. Please contact Britni Lettsome, Facility Rental Sales Manager at (215) 965-2300 or via email at blettsome@phlvisitorcenter.com.

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Parking

Buses can conveniently drop off passengers at the Independence Transportation Center and car, SUV and van parking is available in the Autopark at Independence Mall located underneath the Independence Visitor Center.

For more information about bus parking, click here.

Lunch Options

Independence Mall Cafe
Situated in the heart of Independence National Historical Park and across from the Independence Visitor Center, Independence Mall Cafe is the ideal setting to take in views of Independence Hall and Philadelphia’s historic district. Choose from snacks, salads, sandwiches, ice cream, beverages and more. Whether you are looking for a quick bite between seeing the sites or a relaxing, open-air experience, you’ll find it all at Independence Mall Cafe.

Open Daily, May - October: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
50 N. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2302
www.indemallcafe.com
info@phlvisitorcenter.com

Café Independence
Grab a bite before you see the sites at Café Independence conveniently located inside the Visitor Center. Enjoy the best selection of refreshments, novelty sandwiches and salads, freshly brewed coffee, authentic Philadelphia soft pretzels, and an assortment of other menu items. Have a few minutes? Our spacious café dining area is the ideal location to relax and explore regional maps and brochures or access our free Wi-Fi.

Open Daily: 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.,
June-July-August: Open until 7 p.m.
(215) 965-2301
info@phlvisitorcenter.com

Independence Mall Cafe and Café Independence are operated by Brûlée Catering.

Box Lunches

The Independence Visitor Center has table seating that can accommodate large and small school groups. If you are interested in working with the Independence Visitor Center and Brûlée Catering to coordinate box lunches for your school group at the Independence Visitor Center, please contact:

Cynthia Lee
Director of Catering  and Café
Independence Visitor Center 
215.925.6104
clee@brulee-catering.com

Other Lunch Options

Delegate’s Café at the National Constitution Center

The Bourse at Independence Mall

Nearby Attractions and Tours 

There is plenty to see and do within walking distance of the Independence Visitor Center. Here is a listing of nearby tours and attractions along with a contact person at each to coordinate a group tour or visit.

African American Museum in Philadelphia
Sandra Steward
215-574-0380 ext. 229
ssteward@aampmuseum.org
For more information, click here.

Benjamin Franklin Museum 
Independence National Historical Park 
215-965-2305
inde_education_comments@nps.gov
For more information, click here.
$

Betsy Ross House 
Alison English
215-629-5801 ext. 209
aenglish@historicphiladelphia.org
For more information, click here.
$

Big Bus Company Tour of Philadelphia 
Terese Blazereit 
215-389-8687
terese@phillytour.com
For more information, click here
$$

Christ Church Burial Ground 
Anne McLaughlin
215-922-1695 ext. 32
amclaughlin@christchurchphila.org
For more information, click here.
$

Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site
Independence National Historical Park
215-965-2305
indevisitorinfo@nps.gov
For more information, click here
Free

Franklin Court Printing Office

Independence National Historical Park 
215-965-2305
inde_education_comments@nps.gov
For more information, click here.
Free

Franklin Footsteps
Terese Balzereit 
215-389-8687
terese@phillytour.com
For more information, click here.
$

Independence Hall
Independence National Historical Park  
215-965-2305
inde education_comments@nps.gov
For more information, click here. 
Free

Independence Park Institute
Independence National Historical Park
215-597-2760
inde education_comments@nps.gov
For more information, click here.
There is a nominal fee 

Independence Seaport Museum
Olivia Thomas
215-413-8630
groupsales@phillyseaport.org
For more information, click here.
$

Liberty Bell Center
Independence National Historical Park 
215-965-2305
inde_education_comments@nps.gov
For more information, click here.
Free 

National Constitution Center
Gina Romanelli
215-409-6695
gromanelli@constitutioncenter.org
For more information, click here.
$

National Liberty Museum
Sharon Katyes
215-925-2800 ext. 112
sharon@libertymuseum.org
For more information, click here
$

National Museum of American Jewish History
Megan Helzner
215.923.3811 ext. 112
For more information, click here.
Free for children 12 and under 

Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent
215-685-4830
info@philadelphiahistory.org
For more information, click here.
$

Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours
Jonathan Idelson
215-922-2300 ext. 231
j.idelson@philadelphiasightseeingtours.com
For more information, click here.
$$

Other Tours and Attractions

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Kate Moreau
215-299-1107
moreau@ansy.org
For more information, click here.
$$

Eastern State Penitentiary
Rosalie Lidard
215-236-5111
rl@easternstate.org
For more information, click here
$

Franklin Institute
Melissa Fleming
215-448-1387
mfleming@fi.edu
For more information, click here.
$$

Philadelphia Museum of Art
215-684-7580
educate@philadelphiamuseum.org
For more information, click here.
Children 12 and under are free 

Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun 
1-805-650-7770
Sheena Walenta
segway@wheelfunrentals.com   
For more information, click here
$$$

Philly Tour Hub
215-280-3746
Andy Maunder
info@awfullynicetours.com
For more information, click here 
 

Philadelphia Zoo
215-243-5235
education@phillyzoo.org 
For more information, click here.
$$

The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Marcy Engleman
215-399-2266
mengleman@collegeofphysicians.org
For more information, click here.
$

Gift Shop

Conveniently located inside the Independence Visitor Center, the Independence Store houses the largest selection of Philadelphia gifts and souvenirs in the region. Our unique collection of Philadelphia themed keepsakes allows you to take a piece of Philadelphia’s history home with you. From books and t-shirts to replica Liberty Bells and historical documents, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for you or that special someone.

Open Daily: 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.,
June-July-August: Open until 7 p.m.
IVCStore@eventnetwork.com

Other Gift Shop Locations

The Bourse at Independence Mall 

Historic Philadelphia Center 

National Constitution Center 

National Museum of American Jewish History 

Independence Square Museum Store

US Mint


 

 

 

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