When asked what's there to see and do in Philly, the first answer is almost always the Liberty Bell. And often, the first thing to see in Philly, before going on to other attractions.
Brief history - Commissioned in 1751, the bell was rung to make public announcements. It cracked upon its first use, when it was hung in the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall). Repairs have been made, but the crack just got worse, until it got to a point where it could no longer be used. It was last rung in 1846, when celebrating George Washington's birthday.
The bell is currently housed in the Liberty Bell Center. The lines could get long, due to the security checkpoint, but moves along fast. There is an extensive exhibit on the bell and its history, and how it would become a symbol of freedom, not only in Philly, but in America as well.
After the extensive exhibit, there is the bell itself. Sometimes, the ranger will give a lecture on the bell, which can be interesting to listen to. Admission is free.
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