Breakfast with Ben -Children: (ages 3-10)$15.00, Adults: $25.00
Helium Comedy Club - Adults (21 and over): $15-25, Seniors: $15-25, Students: $5 discount for some shows, Military: $15-25
Lights of Liberty Show - Adults: $19.50, Children: $13.00 (12 and under), Senior: $16.50 (65 and older), Student $16.50
Philomel Concerts - General Admission: $30, Children: Free, Students and Seniors: $25
Every teen and tween should know their American history, and what better place to start than here at the Independence Visitor Center! Newly redone, this is the place to begin your tour of how our forefathers shaped our nation in Philadelphia. If possible, get here on a lovely day. You'll be doing LOTS of walking. Exercise your legs and your mind at the Independence Visitor Center.
The Independence Visitor Center is not just a spectacular building; it’s the perfect introduction to the greater Philadelphia region.
Start by parking your car in the underground Autopark at Independence Mall. Inside the visitor center, make sure you visit its state-of-the-art theater for a brief video that gets you oriented. A second theater shows the excellent film Independence! directed by John Huston. Afterward, if you wish to tour Independence Hall, pick up a free dated-and-timed ticket here. You can also make reservations for restaurants in the area here, purchase tickets, or sign up for a Philadelphia heritage tour. You can even print out your own itinerary in visitor computer stations. You can get a snack at the Old Capital Coffee Bar or browse through the gift and book shop. A seventy-two minute AudioWalk tour is available for rent.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the Historic Philadelphia Gazette, a free newspaper that lists events, demonstrations, and current hours for many sites in Philadelphia. (At home, check www.HistoricPhiladelphia.org.)
Most buildings within the park are free and open to the public, but a guide is required to tour some. For others, such as the Todd House and the Bishop White House, tickets are required. There is an admission fee ($) for persons aged sixteen and older to enter the Second Bank of the United States. The urban park rangers of the National Park Service obviously love their jobs, and they’ll make history come alive with their stories of colonial Philadelphia.
Also making history come alive are the Town Criers and other actors in period costumes that help transport visitors back in time. A special-events list distributed by
the Town Criers gives a schedule of presentations, such as “General washington’s Call to Arms.” Families are encouraged not only to watch these events but also to participate. Most events take place on weekends, with daily performances in summer. For more information call (925) 372–7721 or check the Web at www.ushistory.org.
If you're touring historic Philadelphia, you want to stop here first, and early in the day if you want to go to Independence Hall. Other than the gift shop, Breakfast with Ben, and other special events, this isn't a place where you actually DO much, but it's where you get tickets for Independence Hall, Junior Ranger Guides and National Park Stamps, bus tour tickets, and information about the city and historic area. So, four-star rating because it's not fun in and of itself, but it's a necessary stop on your Philadelphia tour.