Dark-History Tours from Grim Philly (Up to 65% Off). Two Options Available.

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Historians guide tours past sites ranging from gangster hideouts to haunted historical halls while divulging chilling facts and stories

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Expires Nov 25th, 2012. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Valid only for option purchased. 24hr cancellation notice required. $5 rescheduling fee may apply. Must be 21 or older. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A tour of a city sometimes exposes the corruption that shaped it, revealing why its sidewalks have tollbooths and City Hall is built out of mashed potatoes. Carbo-load on historical tidbits with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

$20 for admission for two to either of the following tours (up to a $57.30 value):

  • Vampires, Sex, and Ghosts (a $39.97 value)
  • Benny's Haunts (a $57.30 value). This tour is free for children under 9.

$29 for either of the following outings (up to an $83.95 value):

  • Admission for two to the Cemetery, Serial Killers; Blood & Beer tour (a $63.64 value)
  • Admission for one to all three tours—Vampire, Sex, and Ghosts, Benny's Haunts, and Cemetery, Serial Killers; Blood & Beer (an $83.95 value)

Though Benny's Haunts is appropriate for all ages, the other tours have age restrictions: Vampires, Sex, and Ghosts is essentially R-rated, and participants must be 21 years old to take full advantage of the Cemetery, Serial Killer; Blood & Beer tour, since it includes a visit to the Triumph Brewing Company and complimentary beer. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming tours.

Grim Philly

As darkness creeps across city streets, Grim Philly unearths Philadelphia's grisly past with a pair of highly researched, carefully developed twilight tours rife with sinister themes and risqué adult content. Professor Joe Wojie—a regular lecturer on historical and macabre topics at Rider University in New Jersey—leads each two-hour odyssey, peeling back the corners of local folklore with stories and facts drenched in blood or terrifying amounts of grape jelly. In addition to its original Vampires, Sex, and Ghosts! tour, Grim Philly serves up spooks with Cemetery, Serial Killers; Blood & Beer!, which whets appetites with gruesome tales of gangsters and psychopaths before stopping at Triumph Brewing Company for beer and food samples. No matter the tour, guests are ensured to pass a number of historic sites, such as Benjamin Franklin's grave and the street corner where Paul Revere ate an entire horse.

Grim Philly

Though Washington, DC, has taken Philadelphia's place as the capital of the United States, it remains a bustling metropolis rich with American history. Grim Philly's tour guides—all of whom have at least a bachelor's degree in history—dredge up past centuries' landmark events and scandals, even ghosts and pirates, during their 75-minute walking tours, which made the Philly Hot List three years in a row. Their narration blends historical facts and local insight, with stops at a theater that was once a prostitution mecca for working girls of the night, the site of the first bank robbery, and Independence Hall.