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United States Mint

Visitors to this free attraction can view actual coin production in the world’s largest mint. On November 18, 2003, they started producing the first Sacajawea dollar coins

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Independence Visitors Center

Sept. through July daily hours: 8:30am-5pm. Daily Summer hours 8:30am-7pm daily from July through Sept.
Start your tour of Independence Mall and the nation’s birth with a quick trip to this place. Get a map, see an orientation film, ask directions, join a tour group, tell your family to meet you back here if you get separated.

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Independence National Park

Visit the famous historic area of Philadelphia, featuring renowned landmarks such as Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell. Just opened: The National Constitution Center. Start your tour at the Visitors Center, 6th and Market Sts.

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First Baptist Church of Philadelphia

The beautiful First Baptist Church of Philadelphia was founded in 1698 and is the eleventh oldest Baptist Church in America. The building is available for weddings, performing arts, seminars and business meetings with over 12,650 square feet of space available. The sanctuary has 5,850 square feet and a capacity for 1,200 people (handicap accessible). The Dining Hall and the Education Hall can both seat a minimum of 120 people. Five meeting rooms also available. Contact Building Manager B.J. Randleman for more information.

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Elfreth’s Alley

elfrethsThis historic street features some of the oldest residential buildings in the country. House Number 126 is a museum exhibiting artifacts dating back to 1728.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

This 19th-century landmark was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks. Former inmates include bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone. Tour vaulted cellblocks, central rotunda and death row.

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Christ Church

Founded in 1695, this has been the spiritual home of many of the Founding Fathers and first families of Society Hill. Benjamin Franklin was one of the members here, and it’s probably another place where George Washington slept. As the “Nation’s Church” they are a member of Independence National Park and give free tours daily. The tour is well worth it. It’s a beautiful building, modeled on the work of Christopher Wren. The 196-foot steeple was added in 1751-54, after a lengthy fundraiding drive led by Franklin. Benjamin Franklin and his wife are in the Christ Church Burial Ground at 4th and Arch Sts, two blocks north and two west.

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Chanticleer Gardens

April 2-October 31, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm. The garden will stay open until 8pm on every Friday May through August. Tours start at 10:30am and 1:30pm every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tours last about 1-1/2 hours. $5 adult (16 and over), under 16, free. Season pases available. Group tours cost $10 per person. A deposit of $100 to cover the first ten participants must accompany your registration prior to the date of the tour. The balance is due on the day of the tour.
Thousands of bulbs clothe the ground in spring, followed by orchards of flowering trees with native wildflowers blooming in the woods. A vegetable garden complements a cut-flower garden, both accompanied by espaliered fruit trees. Courtyards are a framework for unusual combinations of herbaceous perennials, punctuated by pots of tropical plants. A “sculpture” of wheat and boulders undulates while a perennial garden reaches its peak in the warmest days of summer. A woodland garden carpeted with exotic groundcovers and full of rarities precedes a water garden surrounded by grasses and sweetsmelling herbs.

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Bartrams Garden

Just minutes from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House is America’s oldest living botanical garden, a pastoral 18th-century homestead surrounded by the urban bustle of Philadelphia. Highlights include the oldest Gingko Tree in America and the Franklina Tree, saved from extinction by John Bartram and named after his friend, Benjamin Franklin.

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World Class Hot Air Balloon Rides every day over Lancaster County Amish farm country, Chester County, Brandywine River Valley, Bucks County, Delaware River Countryside. Hot Air Balloon Ride “Gift Certificates.” The perfect gift for every occasion.

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