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Liberty Bell Center Tours and Activities

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Liberty Bell Center
The Liberty Bell, a 2,000-pound (907-kilogram) piece of American history, was forged in London's Whitechapel Foundry and represents freedom in the city where the Declaration of Independence was crafted. Now set in the Liberty Bell Center, the bell was commissioned in 1752 and has been in Philadelphia since British Colonial rule. 

The Basics
Visit the Liberty Bell Center to see the bell up close and read its famous inscription, which has been an inspiration to US leaders such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and the heroes of the Civil Rights movement. Many Philadelphia city tours include a visit to the center, including walking excursions, Segway tours, small-group driving tours, and hop-on hop-off bus tours. Most excursions also include stops at nearby landmarks such as the National Constitution Center and Betsy Ross House. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There’s almost always a line to enter the Liberty Bell Center, but you can also view the bell through a window on the western side of the building.
  • Wheelchairs are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis at the Independence Visitor Center, and most buildings in the Independence National Historic Park are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. 
  • You must pass through security to visit the Liberty Bell Center; bring only small bags to minimize screening time. 

How to Get There
The Liberty Bell Center is part of the Independence National Historical Park, located in Philadelphia’s Old City historic district. The nearest train station is located at 8th and Market streets, and the nearest Metro station is 5th Street Station. Street parking is scarce, but there are paid lots nearby. The PHLASH bus operates seasonally (spring and summer) with stops at 20 locations, including the Independence Visitor Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Zoo. 

When to Get There
You can visit the Liberty Bell Center year-round, although the site is typically packed with visitors during summer and school vacation weeks. Opt for an early morning visit to avoid lines and crowds. 

The Liberty Bell’s Famous Crack
Originally cracked during a test ring in 1752, the bell was fixed, cracked again after almost 100 years of regular use, then fixed again in 1846, prior to the anniversary of George Washington's birthday. The bell seen today is proof that “stop drilling,” the technique used to repair that last crack, worked. 
Address: 526 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106, USA
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BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia

BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia

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See Philadelphia’s historic landmarks and sites while sipping your own beer or wine and hearing little-known facts from a guide. This sightseeing tour by trolley takes the stress off finding a designated driver for exploring as you see tops sights such City Hall, Love Park, Boathouse Row, the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross’ House, and the Declaration House. Drinks are BYOB.
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Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

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Walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers on this walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City. Visit important landmarks such as Christ Church, the Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenters' Hall, and Independence Hall as your guide narrates local history.
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Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

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Journey back in time on a guided, 1-hour carriage ride through the tree-lined streets of historic Philadelphia. Visit Philly’s Independence National Historical Park, Society Hill and Old City. This leisurely ride features famous locations like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth Alley, and much more.
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Philadelphia Segway Tour

Philadelphia Segway Tour

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Experience Philadelphia like never before on this educational and entertaining guided small-group Segway tour. Learn about Philadelphia’s important history and visit popular locations like Penn’s Landing, the Historic District, the Italian Market, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Society Hill on a 5- or 10-mile loop around Center City. Guided Segway training and photos from the tour are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Discover the birthplace of America on this guided walking tour through the country’s most historic area in Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Independence National Historical Park and more than 20 other historic sites on this 1.25-mile trek, including the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, and many more.
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Beyond the [Liberty] Bell History Tour

Beyond the [Liberty] Bell History Tour

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Availability: Groups of 4 or fewer must book 5 spots to secure your tour. Description: Hit all the main sites in historic Old City and Independence Park, but hear it all from the perspectives often left out of mainstream tourism. If you have any questions or would like to request a private tour - feel free to reach out! We accommodate time requests, content requests and private parties with special pricing.
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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour

Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour

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Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy — and rich in American history. Discover the historical sites in Philadelphia on this expert-guided, 75-minute walking tour. See where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin lived and worked. Stop at some of the city’s most iconic landmark locations, like Independence Hall. Visit the Betsy Ross House, where the seamstress is said to have sewn the first American Flag; plus Congress Hall, the original Supreme Court building, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Franklin Court at the Independence National Historical Park and more.
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

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See the sights of Philadelphia at your own pace with a 2-day hop-on hop-off tour that includes admission to Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark. With the hop-on hop-off pass, you'll enjoy easy transportation to 27 stops around the city with live commentary by guides on board the double-decker bus. Get off at the attractions that interest you, such as the Rocky Steps, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell, to learn about the history and culture of one of the oldest cities in the U.S.
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See My Philadelphia

See My Philadelphia

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I have been giving private tours for nine years and will customize the tour to fit your time and the attractions that you want to see. OR I can figure it all out! Stay in Philadelphia or explore the surrounding counties. Your friend in Philly. Seniors our specialty!! 80 five star reviews on Trip Advisor says you are making the right choice! As of July 1, 2020, I have an audio system that allows us to maintain "social distancing", and yet you hear me loudly and clearly!!
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Ghost Tour of Philadelphia by Candlelight

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia by Candlelight

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Philadelphia is one of the country’s oldest cities—and its centuries of history also include plenty of ghost tales, spooky stories, and other macabre myths and legends. Meet your costumed guide in Center City, and explore Philadelphia’s historical landmarks after dark. You’ll see the highlights of Old City, Society Hill, and Independence National Historical Park, and will also hear tales of hidden burial grounds, haunted houses, and other dark secrets.
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Badass Women's History Tour of Philadelphia

Badass Women's History Tour of Philadelphia

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Focus on the female history-makers of Philadelphia on this history tour. With a small group of just 10 people or fewer, stroll through historic Philadelphia and learn about female pioneers in medicine, politics, and other change-makers. A small group means you'll have plenty of time to ask questions and you'll enjoy personalized attention.
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From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking Tour

From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking Tour

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This half-day Philadelphia tour ditches the guidebooks and provides a dose of history from a local perspective. Follow a guide through Old City and visit unmissable Philly landmarks. Then ride the subway to Center City for a happy hour pub crawl that includes beers. This small-group walking tour is limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
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Cemetery and Serial Killers Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Cemetery and Serial Killers Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Uncover Philadelphia’s dark past, and visit some of its most famous landmarks besides, on this macabre, small-group walking tour of Center City. Meet your guide (a college professor or trained historian), and set off to sights ranging from Betsy Ross House and Elfreth’s Alley to Christ Church and beyond. As you go, listen to ghost stories, legends about famous serial killers, and other spooky tales. The tour concludes with a beverage or moonshine sample.
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Discovering Colonial Philadelphia Private Walking Tour

Discovering Colonial Philadelphia Private Walking Tour

Benefit from a walking tour led by a private guide for an in-depth look at Philadelphia’s colonial heritage and architecture. View a number of architectural styles and buildings that date to the city’s founding, and hear about America’s history and Founding Fathers as well. Stroll through Elfreth's Alley and the Old City, and stop to view landmarks such as Christ Church and the Ghost House at Franklin Court.
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Alexander Hamilton Private Group History Tour in Philadelphia

Alexander Hamilton Private Group History Tour in Philadelphia

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Starting at Independence Hall, we will discuss the life and times of Alexander Hamilton. We will visit the President's House, the portrait gallery in the Second Bank of the United States, Franklin Court, where Hamilton and Maria Reynolds lived, the First Bank of the United States, Dolly Madison's house, and Christ Church.
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Discovering Colonial Philadelphia Public Walking Tour

Discovering Colonial Philadelphia Public Walking Tour

We will visit a number of notable properties during the Discovering Colonial Philadelphia Public Walking Tour. We will see buildings that go back almost to the founding of the city in 1682, in styles such as Georgian, Federal, and many Revival styles and will learn about important events in American history along the way.
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Alexander Hamilton Public Group History Tour in Philadelphia

Alexander Hamilton Public Group History Tour in Philadelphia

Starting at the President's House, we will discuss the life and times of Alexander Hamilton. We will visit Independence Hall, the Second Bank of the United States, Franklin Court, Carpenter's Hall, Dolly Madison's house, where Hamilton and Maria Reynolds lived, the First Bank of the United States, and Christ Church.
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Philadelphia Ghost Hunt: Philly Frights

Philadelphia Ghost Hunt: Philly Frights

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt: Stitched In Time: The People Who Made America

Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt: Stitched In Time: The People Who Made America

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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Historic Tour of Philadelphia in English or German

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Historic Tour of Philadelphia in English or German

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Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy—and rich in American history. Discover the historical sites in Philadelphia on this expert-guided private walking tour. See some of the city’s most iconic landmark locations, like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Visit the Betsy Ross House, where the seamstress is said to have sewn the first American Flag; plus historic Christ Church, the New Hall Military Museum, the Merchants' Exchange Building, Franklin Court at the Independence National Historical Park and more. Local hotel pickup and drop-off included along with the option of adding on a driving tour for an additional cost.
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Philadelphia Combo Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, Eastern State Penitentiary, Franklin's Footsteps

Philadelphia Combo Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, Eastern State Penitentiary, Franklin's Footsteps

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Delve deep into Philadelphia history with this combination tour, which includes a hop-on hop-off bus ticket, admission to the Eastern State Penitentiary, and an historic walking tour. Hop off the bus tour at any one of the 27 attractions to explore further on your own. See Al Capone's cell and learn about the history of American incarceration at Eastern State. Follow in statesman Benjamin Franklin's steps on an historic walking tour of Old City's highlights.
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Philadelphia Highlights Running Tour

Philadelphia Highlights Running Tour

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Join me for a 4 mile run sprinkled with stories most Philadelphians don’t even know! Rather than feeling like a tourist, you’ll become a local weaving through the streets of Philly with me. In addition to being America's first capital and Ben Franklin’s hometown, did you know Philly invented the Cowboy Hat and Fast Food? We explore those little known facts and hundreds more. I'll tie together the unique Philly story as we run through its 5 main squares and tap into common themes like freedom, inclusion, reinvention, pop culture and many American Firsts. Philly's beautiful, flat & straight streets are full of history - perfect for running tours! Whether you're here on vacation, business or even a local, there's no better way to learn about Philly while breaking a sweat! This tour is more fulfilling than running on a hotel treadmill and better than getting lost in the city alone. You'll receive a detailed map overview (PDF) of 50 sites from our run to help you explore further!
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Private tour of historic Philadelphia: Where the USA began

Private tour of historic Philadelphia: Where the USA began

The United States of America started here. But you knew that. That’s why you’re coming to Philadelphia, right? We will visit the sites and sights that made America’s independence real. We will see the Liberty Bell, a gift from France; Carpenter’s Hall, the oldest trade guild in the country; the President’s House Memorial Site, which served as the “White House” from 1790 to 1800 while Philadelphia was the U. S. capital. We'll enter the church where most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence worshiped, a beautiful sanctuary still in constant use.
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Private Architectural Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia

Private Architectural Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia

On the Colonial Era Streets and Historic Architecture Tour, you will learn the origin stories of several of the oldest buildings in Philadelphia. See Independence Hall - a beautifully proportioned building of perfect architectural balance and symmetry that is more evocative of a country house than an urban structure. A similarly outstanding building is Powell House, built in 1765 and elaborately refurbished by its second owner Samuel Powel (1738–1793) and often described as the "finest Georgian row house in the city". George Washington, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were frequent house guests in this grand pile and would attend Sunday morning services at St. Peter’s, a historic Episcopal church, and our next port of call. At each turn on the route, your guide will share stories of the old buildings, the preservation efforts that went into keeping the structure, and the way the city is telling its founding story.
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