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Independence National Historic Park & Liberty Bell Center
This historic site features the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Constitution Hall. See where the Declaration of Independence was written and then publicly read for the first time on July 8, 1776 in Independence Square. At Independence Hall you can see the Constitution, The Declaration of Independence and George Washington’s “Rising Sun Chair.” Across the street, visit the Liberty Bell at The Liberty Bell Center and read the words of its purpose, to “proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
Betsy Ross House
This historic house was home to Betsy Ross, the woman who sewed and help design our nation’s first 13-star flag in 1776. The house is over 250 years old and located in the heart of historic Philadelphia. While visiting the museum, stop to talk to “Betsy Ross,” watch Colonial Crafters and learn more about an American Revolutionary War soldier’s life through the museum’s live programming.
The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in the United States. The 42-acre zoo first opened its gates on July 1, 1874 -- that makes it 150 years old! The zoo is home to more than 2000 animals, exhibits, live animal shows, boat and pony rides, tours, animal feedings, and a carousel. The children’s zoo, opened in 1938, was also the first of its kind in the United States. Here, visitors can get up close with sheep, goats, chicks, rabbits, porcupines, hogs, owls and hedgehogs.
The United States Mint
Half of all coins used in the United States are made at the Philadelphia U.S. Mint. This mint produces approximately 8 million quarters, 4 million dimes, 1.5 million nickels and 16 million pennies every weekday. The Mint also produces Presidential and Commemorative Medals and is home to a large collection of rare coins, medals and a coining press last used in 1792. Visitors can take a self-guided tour and watch the coins being made through a window above the operations.