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Old City Tourists Find Plenty To Do Despite Government Shutdown

(The National Constitution Center, government-owned but independently funded, had a sign out to make sure tourists knew they weren't affected by the government shutdown.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

(The National Constitution Center, government-owned but independently funded, had a sign out to make sure tourists knew they weren’t affected by the government shutdown. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are still some  tourists spots open in Old City Philadelphia despite the US government shutdown, but you may have to do a little digging to find them.

Tourists on the historical circuit were finding slim pickings today, with the major sites closed for the government funding crisis.

“We’re checking out whatever’s open, pretty much,” said one man.  “Saw the Liberty Bell from outside the building, walked past Independence Hall.  I think Betsy Ross might be open, so we’ll check her out.”

In addition to the Betsy Ross House, the National Constitution Center and Carpenters Hall are still operating, since they’re all privately run.

Rick Willumsen, who runs tours out of a KOA campground in West Chester, Pa., found himself making adjustments on the fly:

“I’ll have to drive around the city and do a little more, show ‘em maybe Thaddeus Kosciuszko’s house and do a little more on the Ben Franklin Parkway, or maybe take ‘em up to Eastern State Penitentiary — that’ll be good.”

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