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“"After Hours" is EXCELLENT!”
Review of Once Upon A Nation

Once Upon A Nation
Ranked #168 of 414 Tours in Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

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 :)

Thank ClassicalEd
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

As we finished our short afternoon visit to Philly, we came across a wonderful lady at one of the Once Upon a Nation benches at Christ Church. She told a fascinating tale, assuming the historic mannerisms of her characters and their experiences at this location. Of course it was free, truly free, no one soliciting tips or donations or any "hints" about that.

We knew nothing of the program in advance and were quite happy to have come across her. We wished we had been paying better attention for other locations as we walked around earlier.

Thank KmomChicago
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

The teens were looking forward to a historical with as much enthusiasm as a root canal until we stumbled upon the Once Upon a Time Storytellers. They enjoyed all the stories and found the storytellers engaging. Their biggest compliment was, "I wish my history teacher was did it like this."

Thank kaky_74
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

This was a very fun way of learning about history. They have 10 park benches throughout Philly marked with the once upon a nation sign and at each bench you get to hear a story about a historical event that might not be so well known. We were able to get to five of the benches and our daughters ( 7 and 10) really enjoyed each story. They wNt to go back again to hear the rest of the stories. The story tellers really engage the children and make history fun! I highly recommend this experience. And the benches are along many if the big historical sites so very easy to find. At the end of each story they place a star on a paper flag and if you collect all 13 stars the kids get a special treat.

Thank kmq2000
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