Welcome to the

Independence Visitor Center

Photo by J. Fusco for IVCC

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. After starting here, you'll know where to go, what to see, and how to get there.

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

Make the most of your time in Philadelphia by starting here.

Plan Your Visit

Visitor Services
Visitor Services

Our multilingual Visitor Services Representatives are fluent in eleven languages, and have more than 70 years of combined hospitality experience, to help all visitors with everything from trip-planning, to accessibility accommodations.

Phillies Fan Kiosk
Buy Tickets

Tickets to more than 100 local museums, tours, attractions, and events are available for purchase, online and at our Visitor Services Desk, including exclusive seasonal deals, like tickets to Phillies home games, available at our Fan Pass Kiosk.

Maps & Brochures
Maps & Brochures

Browse through hundreds of free regional maps and brochures, including international editions in nine languages, and pick up a free copy of the latest issue of the Historic Philadelphia Gazette.

Experience & Enjoy

History Makers
History Makers

Meet Colonials who offer tales and good cheer about life in 18th Century Philadelphia. Learn and watch them practice their crafts, including quill pen calligraphy, “sawdust dolls,” and watercolor art.

Storytelling Bench
Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Bench

Enjoy true stories from Philadelphia's past with this free, award-winning program every summer and on special holidays! Storytelling Benches are located throughout the Historic District, including one right here in the Visitor Center.  

Relax & Recharge

Café Independence
Café Independence

Conveniently located inside the Visitor Center, this café offers freshly prepared sandwiches and salads, freshly brewed coffee, and authentic Philadelphia favorites like water ice and soft pretzels. 

Independence Mall Café
Independence Mall Café

Enjoy a beautiful outdoor dining experience in the heart of America's Most Historic Square Mile in this seasonal café, open seasonally, May - October. Bites and brews by Brûlée Catering. 

Facilities & Accessibility


Convenient, on-site parking is available for visitors starting at the Visitor Center at the AutoPark at Independence Mall, a 24-hour, secure parking garage located below the Visitor Center. 

Wheelchair Rentals:

Wheelchairs rentals are available at the National Park Service Desk. Visitors must fill out a provided form and present a picture 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:

Get away without getting off the grid! Free Wi-fi is available throughout our building, so you never have to go unplugged. Cell phone charging is also available for free at our Charge-It Spot.

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

City Hall Visitor Center

Sister Cities Visitor Center

Sister Cities Park Visitor Center

Pennsylvania Convention 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.