Yes, those benches & storytellers are indeed terrific! But: This review is to shine a well-deserved light on Independence After Hours by Once Upon A Nation (as I couldn't seem to find a specific/separate TA listing for doing so). We've been to Phil. before, seen most of these same main sights several times, but this was truly something special. (Don't let the souvenir/lightbulb-y storefront throw you off.)
Friends, make this your splurge while in Philadelphia, and here's why: not only will you have a good dinner in the quaint and historic City Tavern (which you didn't have to worry about planning!), and some pleasant guided walking, you will have direct (line-free! not rushed!) entry to Independence Hall after it's closed to the public, and get to linger PLUS truly experience the personalities and thinking of a few key figures.
Obviously the website or brochure spells all this out, but if the whole re-enactor thing struck you as potentially cheesy or awkward, I can only say it was VERY WELL DONE INDEED! If you are willing to get into the spirit of the experience and be a good sport, you will be treated to many (possibly new to you) historical or architectural insights, and "wallow" in a way that the day-time lines, crowds, etc. can't always provide. These "founders" know their stuff both in style and in substance.
Our family has traveled a lot, had the privilege to dine very well most of the time, love the theater and truly love history (okay, true confessions: I'm a teacher), and I offer that not to be obnoxious but to paint a picture of our perspective in assessing the quality of this experience. And a fine one it is, particularly if you factor in your dollars going toward a very worthy non-profit. (Yup, non-profit!) Your group won't exceed about 15, you'll get a little memento, interact with some pretty cool people, and all this after being well-fed :)
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