One of the great pleasures when visiting the very special McCarter Theater Center (photo) in Princeton is, of course, seeing the beautiful, world class university that surrounds the theatre complex.
Now there is a new way to experience Princeton. It is a self guided mobile phone service of the Princeton Tour Company. Known as “princeton genius tours,” this new enterprise, which has already been nominated for the prestigious 2013 Top Creative Product Award by World Travel Awards, combines smart phone technology and state of the art online mobile carriers designed to change the way visitors experience Princeton, New Jersey.
The tours are narrated by Princeton Tour Company owner/founder Mimi Omiecinski, a seven year resident of Princeton, NJ. Princeton Tour Company is a private tour company rated the #1 Princeton Attraction on Trip Advisor and was recently named among the top three tour companies in the northeast by AAA Magazine.
In creating the princeton genius tours, Omiecinski says, “I didn’t want to create an overwhelming map of Princeton. I’ve been strangely possessed by Princeton for seven years and I wanted a forum to shamelessly brag and name drop about my new hometown! My customers spend a full day in Princeton but locals know you really have to stay longer to fully understand why Princeton is not only the #1 academic institution on the planet but also consistently voted one of the best places to live in America.”
The soft launch of this new self guided mobile phone tour began in July, with the first audio tour, not surprisingly, named The Shameless Name Dropping Tour of Princeton. The 20 stop overview tour of campus and the surrounding neighborhoods has six stops on Princeton University campus and 14 in the surrounding neighborhoods.
The mobile phone tours are easy to access and meant to entertain and educate. Guests can access the tour online by going to www.princetongeniustours.com and pay $15 per mobile device. Once purchased, guests receive an email describing how to access the audio, geo-mapping, custom map, photos, online trivia game and foodie tours. The stops include historical information as well as town folklore, the hallmark to the Princeton Tour Company brand. “I don’t care who you are and where you come from; everyone wants to feel in the know when they visit a place. Our content is designed to give a head start for visitors and new residents,” adds Omiecinski.
“The self-guided audio tour was so enjoyable from beginning to end. Since we do not have smart phones, we listened to part of the tour on speakerphone on the Princeton U Campus. We then got into the car to drive by some of the points of interest and enjoyed the audio through our blue tooth. It is that easy to access. I loved the fun facts presented. They really made the city and its famous residents come alive.”
Mimi Omiecinski is inspired by the response and has researchers helping her compile information for subjects that currently have her strangely possessed: F Scott Fitzgerald – Princeton’s Favorite Bad Boy Tour; George Washington – Father of Our Country and Man of My Dreams Tour; and The Second Place is First Loser Sports Fan Tour. “My sports enthusiasts’ tour will be pretty unique. I’m usually very generous to Harvard and Yale in my other tours but in the one geared for athletes, I’m taking the gloves off for sure!”
For more information, www.princetongeniustours.com or call 609-902-3637.
About Princeton Tour Company
"We offer public and private walking tours, ghost tours, holiday trolley tours and step-on guides for bus tours in Princeton. Tours include Princeton University campus, Einstein's neighborhood, the neighborhood of TS Eliot, F Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Oppenheimer, James Madison, Woodrow Wilson, Grover Cleveland, JFK, signers of the Declaration of Independence and much more. We share local folklore so everyone feels like a Princeton insider! If you need a speaker for your next conference, we can help!"
Ranked the #1 Princeton Attraction on TripAdvisor, New York Times, AAA Magazine, Meetings Magazine, Chicago Tribune & Washington Post.