The Independence Visitor Center is the result of a cooperative effort among many area organizations, all committed to ensuring your visit to the Philadelphia region is wonderful and memorable.
The world-famous Liberty Bell makes its permanent residence in Philadelphia, and this national treasure is perhaps the citys most impressive attraction. Located just outside of Independence Hall, in a modest glass shed-like structure, the cracked masterpiece is mounted beautifully at the end of a corridor inside the building.
Throughout its history, America's first zoo has played a monumental role in educating the public about exotic animals, promoting and participating in worldwide conservation efforts for endangered wildlife, and providing exceptional recreational opportunities for families.
Today the Zoo is reaching new heights in all areas of its mission as a conservation, education and recreation organization. Its state-of-the-art animal exhibits and health-care facilities, award-winning education and conservation programs, recreational opportunities, guest services, scientific accomplishments and historically significant venue make the Philadelphia Zoo one of the world's most renowned zoological societies and gardens. The Zoo is also the Philadelphia region's leading family attraction, welcoming more than a million visitors a year.
The Zoo uses all of its unique and compelling features to inspire people of all ages to action and leadership in support of wildlife conservation.
CoreStates Science Park is a joint venture between the Please Touch Museum and the Franklin Institute. It offers interactive science exhibits for the entire family. The Science Park truly makes learning fun.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, through its research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, advances understanding of the world's cultural heritage. We are proud of our 115-year history, our important mission, and our vision for the future.
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. You won't believe you are in the city when you see the wildflower meadow, majestic trees, river trail, wetland, stone house and farm buildings overlooking the Schuylkill River, and, of course, the historic botanical garden of American native plants.
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson have all been here. So have thousands of present day gardeners, history buffs, families and schoolchildren.
Longwood Gardens was created by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont (and is sometimes referred to as the DuPont Gardens) and offers 1,050 acres (425 hectares) of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of heated greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants; spectacular fountains; extensive educational programs including horticultural career training and internships; and 800 horticultural and performing arts events each year, from flower shows, gardening demonstrations, courses, and childrens programs to concerts, organ and carillon recitals, musical theatre, and fireworks displays. Longwood is open every day of the year and attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually.