Each year, more than a million people stand before the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. You’ve probably heard about it so much that you may have written it off as simply another tourist attraction—or worse, a tourist trap. We’re here to tell you that the reason so many people visit the Liberty Bell is that it’s actually an important piece of Americana on display, and that it truly is a valuable spot to add on your Must Do list for Philadeplhia. Here’s why the Liberty Bell is actually a big deal.
The fact is, The Liberty Bell is one of the most recognizable symbols of American independence out there. It was commissioned by the city in the 1700s, and it famously cracked on one of its first ringings. Back in the day, they used it to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions at the Pennsylvania State House. Today, it’s kept and honored at the National Historical Park here in Philly.
When you come to check it out, you’re not only going to see the bell and take a picture next to the crack. When you’re waiting in line, you can check out a number of exhibits that share history on things like the founding of the Liberty Bell and how it was meant to help abolitionists and members of the women’s suffrage movement. There’s also a ten-minute historical video presentation.
This is one of the most historic artifacts of American history, and you can go see it for free, without getting tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.
A lot of attractions like this are more heavily guarded, or so crowded with tourists that getting a close look is nearly impossible. When visiting the Liberty Bell, you’re allowed to walk all the way up to it and walk around it. You can also take your examination a step further with fun perks like printed ex-rays of the bell’s cracks.
The bell is in a prime location, so you can bang out much of your historical tourism in one day. After seeing it, you can go to Carpenter’s Historic Hall, then the Museum of the American Revolution, then Elfreth’s Alley and the United States Mint.
Planning a visit to the City of Brotherly Love? Check out The Independent Hotel’s blog for our favorite recommendations of what to see and experience in Philadelphia.