History buffs know that the Liberty Bell is one of the most famous American monuments associated with the country’s struggle for independence. It is a premier travel destination for families with preteens and teens.
Where is the Liberty Bell located?
Find the Liberty Bell Center at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is noteworthy that even though tickets are not required for the Liberty Bell Center, visitors must have them for access to Independence Hall — but only when visiting between March 1st and December 31st. It is a little-known money-saving fact that these tickets are available for free from the Independence Visitors Center. Go ahead and park in the underground garage and head on over to the Liberty Bell from there.
Liberty Bell facts for kids and their parents
The Liberty Bell is just one of the worthwhile sightseeing opportunities in the park. After spending a bit of time there, why not also head over to the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and allow the youngsters to participate in the Junior Ranger Program? Request a booklet at the visitor center or download it online. There are booklets for kids aged five to seven and for those who are between eight and 12 years old.
Moms and dads may wish to take notice of the restroom situation: inside the secured area — the Liberty Bell Center itself and also Independence Square — there is no restroom access. Make a bathroom run before going through the security screening.
Where to eat
Once tired and hungry from walking around Poe’s home and the Liberty Bell Center, treat the family to a finger-food lunch or dinner at Café Independence. Soft pretzels, Italian hoagies and numerous desserts are at the top of the menu. The informal eatery is located inside the visitor’s center. It is a good choice for families with a tight itinerary.
Families with a bit of time to spare should give the City Tavern Restaurant a try. It serves menu items that are inspired by Colonial America, but it does feature a kid-friendly menu for the youngster who cannot conceive of eating duckling or rabbit. Food is not cheap, but the ambiance is well worth the expense.
Stay at the Thomas Bond House
Middle school-aged children – and the older ones, too – will get a kick out of staying at this genuine 1769 bed and breakfast. The place is small; there are only 12 bedrooms. Be sure to reserve one well in advance of your trip, or you’ll end up like me, when attempting to find a hotel with openings after midnight.
The City Tavern is right across the street for convenience; with breakfast being served daily, the higher room rates are worth the cost. This is not a place for elementary school kids (younger than 10), those with a temperament that could be described as ‘spirited’ or anyone with the nickname ‘Dozer.’ For families with younger children, nearby chain venues offer cheaper — and relatively indestructible — accommodations.
Liberty Bell Center
Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets in Philadelphia, PA 19106
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Independence Visitors Center
525 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA 19106
Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City Tavern Restaurant
138 South 2nd Street (at Walnut St) in Philadelphia, PA 19106
Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. (not on Sunday); dinner begins at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. on Sunday)
Thomas Bond House
129 South 2nd Street in Philadelphia, PA 19106