Philly’s Independence National Historical Park is a wildly popular spot to visit in the summers—and for good reason. It’s the place to take an educational, historic vacation. Or, if you already live here, it’s the perfect time to check out some of those centuries-old spots you’ve always passed by.
But, while your first instinct might be to hit up the Liberty Bell (and that crazy long line), there’s a lot more to the area. In fact there are 55 acres of Independence National Historical Park to explore, if you just know where to look.
To highlight the best of these hidden gems and often-overlooked sites, we turned to the experts: The folks who run Independence National Historical Park and the Friends of Independence National Historical Park.
From gorgeous secret gardens to historic haunts along Market Street, here are 12 sites to check out within the park that are a little more off the beaten path.
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