Instead of falling into the deep ennui of boring, inedible textbooks, experience history as a wise and winsome walking companion with today's (probably) constitutional deal: $17 gets you two tickets to The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia. Normally $17.50 per adult ticket, today's more-than-half-off deal is the perfect way to cram for your upcoming test on the nation's founding, or lead your out-of-town guests to a dewy patriotic epiphany in America's birthplace. Tours leave daily through the end of November and resume in April (today's Groupon is good until the end of June, 2010). The schedule of tours runs throughout the morning and afternoon; call 215-525-1776 to reserve your departure time.
Your knowledgeable tour guides paid close attention in middle-school history class, while others were using paper fortunetellers to predict that Sandy Perlings would marry Bart Simpson. Thankfully, the attentive guides can fill in all the details about Philly’s plethora of historic sites. Bend your brain around tales of Alexander Hamilton's predilection for stinky cheeses and Charles Pickney's redoubtable green thumb while hitting the pavement for a sunny stroll, or check out the storm drain where Rocky Balboa punched his way to the surface world. Your 75-minute tour leaves from inside the Independence Visitor Center at the corner of 6th and Market, following an easy route to more than 20 historical sites, including Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, and Signers' Walk. Let freedom ring at the Liberty Bell and declare undying love to your city and nation at Declaration House.
Unlike some bus tours, in which the sites speed by you while an armrest-encroaching neighbor invades your seat to look out the window, The Constitutional Walking Tour gets you up-close and personal with each awe-inspiring brick. Burn calories instead of gas as you build brain muscle with the new knowledge that'll help you appreciate your city.
- ...when it comes to the historic district, the two most effective modes of transportation are your left foot and your right, which makes sense since the area contains the densest concentration of historic sites in the country—a dozen of them packed into a three-block radius and the focus of the new Constitutional Walking Tour. – Don Polec, ABC Action News 6
- It's a great, organized and entertaining way to see the sometimes overwhelming multitude of historic sites in old city Philadelphia. – Dan15054, 10 Best
The Constitutional Walking Tour is a great day-excursion for visitors or for locals to take a fresh look at their own city through a historical lens. A lot of other so-called historical sites can’t really compete, especially these:
- birthplace of the Fonz
- the ketchup stain where a lone gunman felled Mayor McCheese in 1986
- Florence Nightingale Memorial Ultimate Fighting Dojo
- shooting Locations of TV’s Monk Segway Tour and Wine Tasting
- Frankenstein’s bones
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