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Reviewed April 27, 2014
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What You'll Get
Ben Franklin invented bifocals because, though he heard people calling him a founding father, he wasn’t sure he looked enough like a dad. Follow the path of America’s favorite pony-tailed father with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get one ticket to the Franklin's Footsteps Walking Tour from Philadelphia Trolley Works (up to a $15 value). Each tour departs from the Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia.
Franklin’s Footsteps Walking Tour gives liberty-belled locals and patriotic out-of-towners an equal shot at viewing some of our country's magnificent landmarks and reliving some of its proudest moments. During your 75-minute tour, you’ll stop by such historic sites as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Carpenters’ Hall, the singular venue where the Continental Congress met to enumerate its problems with the King and debate the efficacy of peanut butter for removing chewing gum from their silvery locks. Led by a knowledgable and engaging guide, the tour will stop at Christ Church, where Franklin and his fellow founding fathers worshipped; the Betsy Ross house, home of the first flag and its many early iterations, including a pattern of one giant Japanese throwing star; and the Christ Church burial ground, where the bodies of Franklin and other founders are buried. You’ll also get the lowdown on the National Constitution Center, a new institution devoted to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the nation's most sacred document outside of the Ghostbusters II script.
Franklin’s Footsteps Walking Tour covers more than 30 historic sights, including the secret tank of wheat-flavored Jell-O that Thomas Jefferson used to haze unsuspecting rookie congressmen. Use today’s Groupon for walks into America’s historic nooks or a meditative solo stroll into the pulsating pulse of the early United States.
Reservations are required. Tours run daily from May through October.
Franklin's Footsteps Walking Tour was named #2 of 101 Reasons to Visit Philadelphia. Eight Yelpers give Philadelphia Trolley Works a 3.5-star average, three Judy's Book reviewers give it an average of four stars, and three TripAdvisors give it four owl eyes on average.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 25, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Subject to availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Philadelphia Trolley Works
Ever since the first giant pumpkin was carved into a carriage, people have wanted to travel in style. Philadelphia Trolley Works, a subsidiary of 76 Carriage Company, turns fairy tales into reality with a fleet of double-decker buses, motor coaches, horse-driven carriages, and their namesake trolleys. On any given day, the historic streets of Philadelphia pulse with trolley or horse-pulled tours of Independence Hall and the Rocky steps. Cinderella-inspired horse-drawn carriages and Victorian-style trolleys transport bridal parties to weddings, and jumbo-sized motor coaches can be rented for casino trips and cross-country air-guitar tours.