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Free Mobile App Lets Visitors Show Their Love for Independence National Historical Park

Visitors and virtual visitors to Independence National Historical Park now have a brand new way to indulge their love for history – by downloading the new, free Independence Mobile App. Learn more about the app at the park’s website, (direct links to the ITunes App store and Google Play store below).

Gearing up for its centennial in 2016, the National Park Service is taking steps to reach out to new, young and diverse audiences.  One way of doing that is by going digital.  Independence National Historical Park is the latest national park to launch an official NPS mobile app. Along with the new app, Independence NHP also has a group of roving Park Rangers ready to interact with visitors using iPads loaded with the new park app and others, to share photos, visitor information and a little bit of history.  Visitors can also use the app to connect to the park’s Facebook or Twitter pages – the park is using social media to share historical photographs, explain what park staff do around the park and talk about our nation’s history.

Available now on the ITunes App Store and in the Google Play store, the app is a free download that’s great for using in the park, planning a visit ahead of time, or just checking out our nation’s history.

Through the Sites feature, visitors learn more about points of interest. Concise text explains the significance of the sites while professional photographs provide a stunning view of building exteriors and interiors. The Visiting section includes hours of operation and other essential information for trip planning.

With illustrated buildings and a "Locate Me" feature, this app’s map is the best map of the area.

It is easy to use while outdoors, and features large font sizes, illustrated walkways that are easily distinguishable from roads, and multiple zoom levels. By tapping the "Locate me" icon, visitors will always know where they are.

Wondering where to go next?  Visitors can discover the "Road to Revolution" or follow "In Franklin's Footsteps" on guided audio tours throughout the park. There are five thematic audio tours to choose from. Each tour includes engaging audio and detailed walking directions.  Visitors won’t want to miss the “staff pick” tour on the British Occupation of Philadelphia.

Next up – getting kids involved.  Later this spring, the park will add a kids component to the app.  New features will provide more content geared toward a younger audience and the park will start its first electronic Junior Ranger activity.

To download from the ITunes App Store:

To download from the Google Play Store:

A unit of the National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park was created by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1948.  Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Independence NHP covers almost 54 acres in Philadelphia’s Old City, and includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, Franklin Court, and other historic buildings associated with the founding of the United States. The park is open from 9:00 am daily with the exception of Christmas day.  A visit to Independence National Historical Park should start at the Independence Visitor Center, located at 6th and Market Streets.  Here, visitors can pick up a park brochure, park map, and the free, timed tickets required for Independence Hall.  For more information visit the park’s website,



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