Start Here

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Starting here can lead anywhere.

Welcome to your first stop for visiting Philadelphia! The Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin any trip.

We have the City of Brotherly Love covered, from the Delaware River Waterfront and Historic District, to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Park. 

After starting here, you'll know where to go, what to see, and how to get there. Start here to make the most of your time in Philadelphia.

Plan Your Time

Visitor Services
Visitor Services

Speak with friendly, multilingual Visitor Services Representatives to plan your itinerary, or to purchase tickets for more than 100 local tours, attractions, and museums.

Maps & Brochures
Maps & Brochures

Pick up a free map or brochure, including the Official Visitors Guide (published in nine languages), or the latest issue of the historic district's official newspaper, Historic Philadelphia Gazette.

Preview Your Experience

Welcome Theater
Welcome Film

Preview the sights and sounds of the city by watching the official welcome film of Philadelphia, generously supported by Independence Blue Cross, which plays continuously throughout the day in an open-walled theater.

NPS Info Wall
NPS Exhibit Space

Learn more about Independence National Historical Park sites at this exhibit space, featuring a digital information wall and educational interactives, including a replica of the chair used by the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Make Memories

Independence Gift Shop
Gift Shop

Pick out the perfect souvenir to remember your trip at the official gift shop of Philadelphia. With goodies like fresh fudge, apparel made by local artists, and Philly icons like Rocky memorabilia, the gift shop is a hit with both international visitors and locals. Visit the online gift shop before you arrive!

Liberty View Terrace
Pose & Share

Head outside to the mezzanine level, wrap-around Liberty View Terrace presented by Bank of America, for unparalleled views of Independence Mall. Snap the perfect selfie or capture an epic family photo with the Birthplace of Independence as your backdrop. 

Facilities & Accessibility

Parking:

Convenient parking is available at the AutoPark at Independence Mall, a 24-hour, Philadelphia Parking Authority garage located below the Visitor Center. 

Wheelchair Rentals:

Wheelchair rentals are available at the National Park Service Desk. Visitors can fill out a provided form and present a photo I.D. to reserve a manual wheelchair at no cost, based on availability and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

American Sign Language (ASL):

ASL interpretation is available by request.  Please call (215) 597-7130 at least 14 days prior to your visit.

Stay Connected:

Free Wi-fi is available throughout our building, so you never have to go unplugged. Free cell phone charging is also available at the Charge-It Spot, located right inside our 6th St. entrance.

Hearing Impaired:

Open captions are available on all Independence National Historic Park films. Assistive Listening Devices are available upon request.

A portable Loop System is available at the Visitor Services Desk, compatible with all telecoil equipped hearing aids, cochlear implants, and induction loop receivers. A receiver with headphones is also available for persons without compatible hearing aids.

Visitor Center Locations
Independence Visitor Center

Independence Visitor Center

City Hall Visitor Center

City Hall Visitor Center

Fairmount Park Welcome Center

Top Questions
Where is the closest place to park by Independence Hall?

Convenient, onsite parking is available for visitors who start at the Visitor Center. The AutoPark at Independence Mall is a 24-hour, fully enclosed parking garage operated by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Entrances are located on both 5th and 6th Streets, between Market and Arch Streets.

How can I redeem the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package?

Looking for a hotel deal when you visit Philadelphia? The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package is a great way to save when you stay over, available year-round with different perks included seasonally.

Learn more and find participating hotels: VisitPhilly.com/PackageHotels

What is the best way to get around Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is a wonderful city to explore on foot. Try the public transit service, Philly PHLASH, or the city's bike sharing program, Ride Indego. Check out our Get Around page for more suggestions on how to make navigating Philly a breeze.