Those who ignore history are more likely to repeat it, while those who fully immerse themselves in history are more likely to win a trivia contest in a full-body bonnet. Swaddle yourself in history with today's Groupon: for $8, you get one adult ticket (a $17 value) to Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.
Home to 20 historic Shaker buildings, the current Hancock Shaker Village is an open-air relic of the Hancock Shaker community, originally founded in the 1780s and once boasting more than 300 residents and 3,000 acres. Learn the laudable history of Shaker craftsmanship, architecture, and agricultural techniques with a self-guided tour of the 20-acre grounds, which includes open access to original structures such as the famous 1826 round stone barn, the 1830 brick dwelling, and the 1940 laser-tag amphitheater. Artifacts such as early Shaker washing machines, drying racks, and furniture populate many of the buildings and guests can watch on-site artisans demonstrate Shaker crafts, listen to guides discuss Shaker worship and work customs, or dedicate the rest of their lives to manufacturing Shaker-style textiles.
Located in the heart of the bucolic Berkshires, the lush, flowery outdoor complex is an ideal destination for family excursions and midafternoon cross-pollination experiments. Today's Groupon is good for one adult ticket, but children under the age of 6 can enter the historic village for free.