on July 13, 2006
I’ll bet you can’t guess what the price of Lights of Liberty is... okay, it’s $17.76. Fitting I guess, but don’t jump in and pay that price. You can get a 10% discount with AAA, and make sure you check their website to see if they are having a special, which they do on certain days. Also, if you invest in a Philadelphia Entertainment Book, there is a two-for-one coupon. You will want to do any of the above, because frankly, for adults, this is definitely overpriced. You can reserve your tickets in advance at www.lightsofliberty.org, and I recommend you do at least several weeks in advance. Don’t get me wrong--it is entertaining in a over-the-top kind of way. You get to wear headphones and listen to an audio presentation that takes you on a walk through the major sites in Independence Park. The tour begins at the corner of Market and 6th. Each group, and the groups are large, has a guide. Ours was Erica and a crossing guard, Kristie. Our group really felt too big at some of the spots, as it was hard to see, especially for the children. Some of the people in our group had strollers, and others had difficulty walking, and while it is possible to take the tour with these two, that does not mean it is advisable. The walking is fast-paced because everything is timed down to the last detail, and some of the ground is uneven and made of cobblestone. Wear sensible shoes, remembering that it is dark out. It was also extremely warm, even at night, so come prepared with water, as there are no refreshment stops during the tour.What was enjoyable was the sound. We became a part of the events of 1776. We were encouraged to participate by cheering and verbally responding to what we were hearing. At one point, the sound of pounding horse’s hooves made me want to jump out of the way. There was also the smells of battle, the power and the burning smell of the cannons.Less enjoyable: The visual part of the tour was pretty disappointing. It involved seeing holograms projected on the walls of some of the famous buildings and then seeing Independence Hall turn several different colors, boring...However, the kids thought it was pretty cool, and after all, this is why we had done this--to introduce them to American history in a fun and interesting way, and for that, it was successful. So successful in fact that when I tried to take them back for a tour of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, they assured me that they had already seen it all on the tour and didn’t need a second visit.
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