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Take a walking tour of Olde City, Philadelphia

Mary Dixon Weidler is a writer, newspaper columnist and employment counselor. She lives in New Jersey, with her four children.

Walk through history

Philadelphia has made its share of contributions to modern-day culture -- the original Rocky, the Mummers' Parade, cheesesteaks and the 76ers, to name a few. But even today, in the midst of all that culture, Philadelphia is also remembered for its great history. So why not enjoy it and take a tour in Olde City?

Much more to offer

Sure, the Liberty Bell is here, but there's more to the city's rich historical background than that famous "bell with a crack." After all, it is the birthplace of our independence -- and the site where our country's birth certificate was written! So, let's take a trip back to Olde City, Philadelphia, where you can walk down the cobblestone path to a time when freedom was an idea, an ideal and our country was brand new.

Independence Center

Independence Visitor Center

The best first stop for tourists to our city is the Independence Visitor Center. Pretty obvious, right? The Center, conveniently located on Third and Chestnut Streets, is just one block from Independence Hall. You can catch the Philly spirit by watching a short film, "Independence," which is shown continually through the day. Maps in 13 languages are available free of charge, so stop by and grab one before you wander on. Hey, the maps are even great for us "locals." I mean, I was born here, but a trip,especially with kids, strollers, backpacks and the like is always easier when the "pros" map it out for you!

I've done this route many different ways throughout the years, but I've found this path comprehensive without being overwhelming, just enough for kids to handle on a day trip. After checking out the movie and grabbing your map, have your family proceed west down Chestnut, toward the higher numbers as you make your way to Independence Hall.

Website: independencevisitorcenter.com

Address: 6th and Market Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 800-537-7676

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