My quest in the next few months is to find free or low cost things to do in Philadelphia. The first stop was to Google a site that gave suggestions Free Things to Do with Kids in Philadelphia On Sunday, the kids and I were off for our tour at Independence Hall. I elected to order our free tickets on line, which charges a $1.50 service fee for the tickets. When you order tickets online at Federal Recreation website you have to pick up at the will call window at Independence Visitor Center (located at 6th & Market) 45minutes before your scheduled tour. Once you have your tickets, the tour begins at 5th & Chestnut after your pass through the security checkpoint. There are park rangers throughout the area to answer questions. Although we purchased tickets for the 1:00 tour, the park ranger had 3 extra tickets for the 12:40 tour so we were able to do the earlier tour.
Once inside the west wing, a park ranger narrates the beginning of the United States government as we know it today. The portrait on the wall was the signing of the Constitution. Then we entered into the courtroom for that time period which is restored. Although the room is restored you see exactly how the court was organized which is very similar to our federal and state courtrooms.
The next stop was the room across the hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Although the room is restored it still captures the history of the time period with the pen and ink on each table that is representative of the state. On one table there is a walking stick and pipe which represents Thomas Jefferson’s table. Most of the documents were replicas of the originals, the Constitution is on display in Washington, DC. The Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution.
Our final stop was the Liberty Bell. Before you reach the Liberty Bell, there are beautiful displays that trace the history and timeline of the Liberty Bell. I was amazed at the timeline of the Liberty Bell especially those within our history who were photographed with the Liberty Bell, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Dali Lahma. Also the involvement of abolitionists who wanted to fight for the freedom of others and how this movement is an intricate part of history within Philadelphia, specifically what we know as Independence Hall. I definitely think the kids and I need to make another visit because there is still a lot more history to absorb in my hometown