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If you go during the weekend there is a line to look at the liberty bell. It usually comes out of the building and wraps around to where the bell is so you can technically see it from outside. The center is nice but gets crowded easy. There are horse carriages and independence hall is pretty to look at as well. The history is nice and the center is centralized so it's a nice one stop shop for tourists. But there are a lot of tourists and parking is hard.
This is a wonderful place to take children. This is a great way that children can learn about our country's history. There is a tour that you can do that will take you all over (Betsy Ross house, Liberty Bell, etc...). The only downside is that there is a lot of walking to do so kids might get antsy and tired from all the walking.
Visiting the Liberty Bell is a must-do for families checking out Philadelphia. My kids (13, 11 & 7), my husband and I took in this iconic site recently while in the city. We live close by and are finally just getting to visit!
We went on the Thursday heading into Labor Day weekend, in the afternoon, and had no line at all. The site is free to visit (astounding, but awesome)! You will go through security, as with any site in this area, just to be sure no harm comes to visitors or the site. Once in you can read the displays about the bell or head right to the back where the bell is housed. It is a pretty setting with windows and flowers outside and a view of Independence Hall. My kids were just astounded that this was THE BELL, so right there the trip was worth it. While not all of them appreciated the history and significance of it to the same degree, they all had learned about it at school and knew what it was and why it was important. Picture taking is a must here, just use a flash, as with windows at the back it can make your pic dark. Little ones who have no concept of the bell might find it hard to endure this site when there are lines, as it is not on their level, there is nothing to touch or do and they don't like you to dawdle. Judge by the lines and most definitely take your older kids. It's worth it to see this simple yet important piece of history!
This was an amazing piece of history. It's hard to take a picture of it without having strangers in the background (or foreground for that matter) but if you are in Philly it is a must-see. The preservation is great and it amazes me how it is still "standing" after all these years.
It was really cool to get to see some thing that is such an important piece of our America's history!! You do have to go through security to get in but that is just for the protection of the bell and people visiting it. You are not allowed to touch the bell or get too close, so be careful to watch your kids and take extra precautions to be able to keep your kids close because the guards can get grumpy fast if they think anyone is too close.
The Liberty Bell is interesting and historical, but may be boring for kids. You have to wait typically in a very long line, just to see it, and that's pretty much all there is to see. There are some informational things on the walls, but I can't see it being that exciting for children.
Even preschoolers learn about symbols like the Liberty Bell. Its easy to get to, quick to see and free to boot. Perfect to add on to your tour on Historic Philly. (How could you see Philly but not the Liberty Bell?) Perfect for kids of all ages. There's a great little museum in the building as well.
The Liberty Bell Center should be experienced before visiting Independence Hall. As you walk through the building, the displays tell the story of the Liberty Bell, from its creation through the present as well as the meaning of liberty. At the end of the self-guided tour visitors are encouraged to view the bell up close. The bell is displayed in the center of an open room and can be approached from all sides. Young children will not fully appreciate the experience, but it doesn’t take too long to make your way through the exhibit, so all but the most fidgety will be able to make it through without complaint.
While the exhibit detailing the history of the Liberty Bell is a little much for younger children (be prepared to summarize), nothing could compare to seeing the Bell up close. (You are only a few feet from the massive bell.) The park ranger attending the Bell was very informative and the experience is moving. This is a great activity to combine with the National Constitution Center and the US Mint, all of which are in close walking distance of each other. Made for a perfect long morning of sightseeing.
Contrary to popular belief, the Liberty Bell’s famous crack was not the result of overzealous ringing on July 4, 1776. In 1846 a thin crack was detected. It was repaired but cracked again when rung on George Washington’s birthday. It has not rung since.
To read the whole story, check www.ushistory.org/libertybell/. The Liberty Bell’s new home puts the bell into context with interpretive exhibits that examine the bell as an international symbol of liberty—both liberties attained and those not yet attained.
The Liberty Bell first achieved iconic status during the 1840s, when it was adopted as a symbol of the abolitionist movement. Since then it has come to represent freedom and civil rights for many groups both in the United States and abroad. Viewing these exhibits makes seeing the bell, with Independence Hall in view just across the street, a moving experience.
If you're in Philadelphia, you really should see the Liberty Bell. Like the other's said, you can't get real close. It's roped off, but you can walk around all sides of the bell. It's somewhat crowded, so you'll have to be patient and wait your turn.
This is another place that has no interactive exhibits, but the fact that you're seeing the actual Liberty Bell is impressive. Even if you're 3. So take the kids, snap some photos by the Liberty Bell with Independence Hall in the background, and someday explain the rest of the history lesson to them. They'll think it's cool that they got to go there once upon a time.
You can't get too close to the bell, and all you do is look at it and get some history about it. It's history, though, so if your kids like learning about the nation's birth, this is a great place.