Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Nothing beats a top-notch walking tour for experiencing a city with all your senses. If you haven’t looked into them lately, you might be surprised at the variety of walking tours that are now available. Here are a few options that are worth lacing up your shoes for. By Mark Caskie
The Histrionic Academy’s Path to Independence tour follows the Freedom Trail through downtown Boston. And your guides go beyond simply dressing in costume; they perform in character. You’ll be led by the likes of Cpl. Jonathan Hoyt and Capt. David Hawkins, sharing the latest Revolutionary War developments.
Chances are good that even if you’ve never been to Central Park, you have an idea of what it looks like from the scores of movies shot there. On Location Tours’ Central Park movie sites tour takes you to the places where scenes from some popular favorites were filmed, such as The Boathouse Cafe in When Harry Met Sally.
A Taste of the World’s Kensington Foodies Roots Walk gives you a chance to combine two passions, walking and food. Toronto’s multi-ethnic heritage is on display with aromatic tea from the Middle East, South Asian snacks, and Belgian chocolates and truffles. Be sure to skip breakfast so you can enjoy all the treats.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park tour takes you through a neighborhood where the influential architect once lived and worked. Today, the blocks near his house contain many examples of his Prairie Style design. Combine your tour with a visit to his home and studio for a day with all the Wright stuff.
Sure, there are lots of tours of Chinatown, but how many are guided by a comic?
Foot! Comedy Walking Tours’ Chasing the Dragon tour will give you a look inside this neighborhood and keep you entertained along the way. Your stand-up will lead you to Chinese herb shops, dim sum restaurants and—of course—a fortune-cookie factory.
Try a few walking tours, and you may just get hooked. They are the perfect way to get to know a city, providing a little fresh air and exercise in the bargain.