Fanning out from the Independence Visitor Center at the corner of Sixth & Market streets, Independence Mall is a three-block stretch of the Independence National Historical Park that includes several of Philadelphia's most visited historic attractions: the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, and the President's House. Only the National Constitution Center charges admission ($8–$14.50); all other mall attractions are free.
Independence Hall, however, one of the area's most popular sites, does require timed tickets during its busiest season, from March to December. Be aware that the only place to pick up these free tickets is at the next-door Visitors Center.
Insider's Tip: Free twilight tours of the park and its historical landmarks are offered from mid-June to early September by the nonprofit Friends of Independence. These tours meet at the Visitor Center and run from 6 to 7:15pm.
The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30am to 6pm. The center houses the only public restrooms in the immediate vicinity and sits atop the most convenient parking lot in the area. Both the center and Independence Mall are well connected by public transportation to all major points of the city.