Historic Philadelphia Essentials

Philadelphia (Old City) • 9 stops

There is a lot to explore in Historic Philadelphia. Start your journey of the headquarters of the American Revolution and continue on with these essential sites. 


Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, dynamic theaters, and recreated historical environments bring to life the events, people, and ideals of our nation’s founding and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution.


Independence Visitor Center
Right on Independence Mall is the official visitor center for the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding regions, including Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, and Delaware. The Independence Visitor Center offers amenities for travelers such as food and drink, a gift shop with patriotic gear, and information desks that can provide brochures and coupons for local attractions.


National Constitution Center
The only institution in the U.S. that was established by Congress to educate the public on the Constitution sits opposite of Independence Hall in the center of Old City. The National Constitution Center offers a variety of interactives that invites families to engage with the subject of civil liberties and the impact these founding documents have today.


Betsy Ross House
Visit the purported house of Betsy Ross on a self-guided tour that takes you through various rooms of the Colonial Era. Various artifacts from the Ross family are on display throughout the house and some visitors may even encounter Betsy Ross herself.


Independence Hall
Independence Hall is the birthplace of America. The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed inside this building. The legacy of the nation's founding documents - universal principles of freedom and democracy - has influenced lawmakers around the world and distinguished Independence Hall as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Liberty Bell
The original Liberty Bell is displayed in a magnificent glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background.  The building also offers a video presentation and exhibits about this now famous symbol of liberty. Topics range from the founding of the State House bell (now known as the Liberty Bell) to its use by abolitionists, and advocates for women's suffrage. The exhibit area includes a video presentation (approximately 10 minutes long) about the Liberty Bell.


Independence Seaport Museum
The Independence Seaport Museum dedicates itself to educating visitors on the maritime history of the Delaware River. The story of the Delaware River covers a variety of topics for museum-goers, including the conflict between American sailors and pirates as well as the founding of the U.S. Navy in their exhibition Patriots and Pirates.


Carpenters Hall
Carpenters' Hall is a treasure in historic Philadelphia. It hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States. Set humbly back from Chestnut Street, the Hall has been continuously owned and operated by The Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, the oldest craft guild in America, since 1770.


City Tavern
This restaurant is a replica of an 18th century historic building, complete with original recipes and drinks from the 1800, all served in seven colonial period rooms by staff in historic costume.