Groups and Educators

Educators Visiting Philadelphia’s Historic District

Start at the Independence Visitor Center for curriculum-linked field trips to Historic Philadelphia. Pre- and post-visit materials, tour routes, logistical information - it's all here to make your planning as easy as possible.

The Visitor Center has on-site parking, a wide selection of maps, tickets for purchase, and knowledgeable Visitor Services Representatives who can provide a thorough overview of Historic Philadelphia and its key points of interests for educators and their school groups. Come back to the Visitor Center for a lunch break and stop by before boarding the bus for souvenirs. If you have time to spare, short introductory films are available for free in the Visitor Center, too.

Be sure to look into the Visitor Center’s Conversations with Ben program, where students can meet Ben Franklin and ask him about his life and experiences. This program is for groups only and must be coordinated in advance. Please contact Britni Lettsome, Rental Sales & Events Manager at (215) 965-2300 or via email at


Buses can conveniently drop off passengers at the Independence Transportation Center and car, SUV and van parking is available in the Autopark at Independence Mall located underneath the Independence Visitor Center.

Lunch Options

Independence Mall Cafe
Situated in the heart of Independence National Historical Park and across from the Independence Visitor Center, Independence Mall Cafe is the ideal setting to take in views of Independence Hall and Philadelphia’s historic district. Choose from snacks, salads, sandwiches, ice cream, beverages and more. Whether you are looking for a quick bite between seeing the sites or a relaxing, open-air experience, you’ll find it all at Independence Mall Cafe.

Open Daily for the season beginning May 12, 2017, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
50 N. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2302

Café Independence
Grab a bite before you see the sites at Café Independence conveniently located inside the Visitor Center. Enjoy the best selection of refreshments, novelty sandwiches and salads, freshly brewed coffee, authentic Philadelphia soft pretzels, and an assortment of other menu items. Have a few minutes? Our spacious café dining area is the ideal location to relax and explore regional maps and brochures or access our free Wi-Fi.

Open Daily: 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.,
June-July-August: Open until 7 p.m.
(215) 965-2301

Independence Mall Cafe and Café Independence are operated by Brûlée Catering.

Box Lunches

The Independence Visitor Center has table seating that can accommodate large and small school groups. If you are interested in working with the Independence Visitor Center and Brûlée Catering to coordinate box lunches for your school group at the Independence Visitor Center, please contact:

Cynthia Lee
Director of Catering  and Café
Independence Visitor Center 

School Group Performance Venues 

Interested in finding a venue to host your student group performance?

We recommend contacting the following sites, which offer hosting availability:

The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103 | (215) 448-1200

National Constitution Center
Independence Mall
525 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 409-6600

Franklin Square
c/o Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
150 S. Independence Mall W., Suite 550
Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 629-4026

Independence National Historical Park
c/o National Park Service
143 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 597-9205