Free Things to Do: Independence Hall was built between 1732 and 1756 as the State House of the Province of Pennsylvania. It is one of Philadelphia's most popular attractions. It's also free. A guided tour is part of your admission, and they are available year-round. Beginning in the East Wing, tours take visitors through the building, pointing out what is important in each area. It served as the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress and the site where the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. Although tours are available year-round, timed tickets are needed from March through December and are available at the Visitors Center.
Historic Sites: Probably the most famous site in Philadelphia, Independence Hall is where Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and their rebellious compatriots approved and announced the Declaration of Independence. Built between 1732 and 1756, this notable building was also where George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, the design of the American flag was agreed upon and the U. S. Constitution was drafted. The restored structure is open year-round for tours. Head to the Visitor's Center first for tickets and information. New to this facility is a copy of the Bill of Rights, on display nearby the Declaration of Independence, both must-sees when visiting.
Local Expert Sharon Rigney Says:
Free Things to Do: "If you've got a smartphone, you can download the NPS app, which gives you immediate access to maps, tours, sites and even a Junior Ranger program."
Historic Sites: "Though visiting this building is free, be sure to get timed tickets from the Visitor's Center across the street first."
Best for Free Things to Do Because: As part of the National Park System, this landmark adds to your knowledge of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence without depleting your bank account.
Best for Historic Sites Because: Visiting the site where this country was so valiantly fought for and its foundations created is both moving and informative, and a great educational experience.