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Have you ever wanted to be Bill Murray’s bestie in the cult classic Groundhog Day? I love the entire Groundhog Day cast, as well as the Groundhog Day full movie even though I live in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin: home of Jimmy the Groundhog.
While I think Bill Murray is beyond adorable in it, I am loyal to my roots and more reliable weather-predicting rodent. Still, the Woodstock Groundhog Day Walking Tour is a very fun thing to do!
One of my favorite scenes of the movie? Bill Murray saying he is a God…
About the Groundhog Day Full Movie Walking Tour
Woodstock Illinois is about 47 miles from Chicago but has a small town personality to be so close to the city. There is no wonder Woodstock was named “one of the most beautiful, charming small towns in Illinois”. Woodstock is brimmed with creativity, which can be seen through the Victorian architecture and renowned Opera House.
The city gathers together year after year to celebrate Woodstock’s wonderful community that has always been and to remember the fun of that day. You can follow the map while walking to see these memorable locations year round’, many of the sites are clearly marked with engraved metal plaques telling about the scene from the movie.
If you’ve found yourself in Woodstock Illinois on Groundhog Days weekend, you’d be encouraged to join the festivities of the day that could include Groundhog Day trivia, Groundhog Day breakfast, a viewing of Groundhog Day, walking tour of each famous location in the movie, Groundhog Day chili cook off, Pub crawl, groundhog bowling, and even a little groundhog bingo.
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You’ll hear stories from the ones who took part in the process of making the movie. There is a guided tour that lasts about two hours that leads to the 15 locations of the movie, so you’ll get to see and hear about the iconic details that makes each location famous.
Pennsylvania Hotel is the place where the bar scene and dancing scene took place. This is the first stop on the toured walk. In the movie it’s called the Moose Lodge and is still the same interior as nothing has been changed. This location dawns a metal plaque stating “location of Groundhog Day Festival Banquet in the film Groundhog Day 1992”.
The large gazebo located in Woodstock Square Park is second on the walk. The gazebo is where the Bill Murray’s character “Phil” hears “Pennsylvania Polka” at his arrival in Gobblers Knob. You’ll hear this song and others from the soundtrack coming through the speakers throughout the park.
On the way to Cherry Street Inn and the piano teacher’s house is a site that is not printed on the map, this is the tunnel Phil traveled through when he stole the groundhog while driving the red truck.Got kids? Save money with the Chicago CityPASS, Child, ages 3?11
You’ll see the house where Phil learned how to play the piano in just a day and the tree where he caught the boy falling from the tree. This is stop number 14, so close to the end of the tour.
The tour concludes at Cherry Street Inn, the B&B where Phil stayed while visiting to give the news if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow in Groundhog Day. This is the scene where Phil turns the alarm clock off in the morning that replays over and over the same day for Phil instead of continuing into another day. The owners are beyond friendly and so helpful with trivia and tours!
If you’re a Groundhog Day enthusiast take a tour of the scenes from the cult classic film “Groundhog the Movie” starring Bill Murray! The tour and festivities throughout the week are an experience all in its own.
Connect with the Groundhog Day Walking Tour here:
- Facebook @WoodstockGroundhogDays
- Twitter @WoodstockGHD
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