The Newest Must See/Opening Soon Student Travel Attractions Around the U.S.
Here’s a sneak peak of some of the most popular attractions that are open, or will be in open in 2018!
NEW YORK CITY
The NFL Experience Times Square
Soon, the 16 game NFL season won’t be the only time the football fan can feed their need to experience this adrenaline rushing game. A new interactive attraction is coming to the heart of New York City, which will have fans walking in the shoes of their favorite NFL player, almost literally. During the experience, you’ll be outfitted as a player from the team of your choice and through 4D technology, physical challenges and augmented reality, you will work your way through life in the big leagues. You’ll suit up, experience the locker room, receive strength training, one-on-one coaching, lead a huddle and a play on field, win a Super Bowl, and more! The NFL Experience will allow fans to get closer to the sport than ever before seeing it through the eyes of a pro, and experiencing it for themselves.
(Opening November 2017)
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Science and cinema collide as the technology takeover continues in Times Square. National Geographic enthusiasts and ocean lovers will soon take a trip into the depths of the sea without leaving the building. Called a ‘virtual aquarium’, the encounter will allow visitors to get closer to sea creatures than ever before. The use of video mapping, 8k photo real animation, projection screens and more will fill the 60,000 square foot venue where you will interact with sea lions, play with dolphins, and get face-to-face with a humpback whale! In addition to the interactive journey, visitors will gain a wealth of education on the world under the ocean’s surface, learn about scientific research and conservation issues. National Geographic’s mission to entertain with a purpose is certainly upheld with this new addition.
Following suit with an interactive experience is midtown Manhattan, which will be adding an interactive spy museum to its must visit list. The 60,000 square foot venue will challenge the traditional museum experience as visitors are immersed in the world of espionage through customized experiences and interactive technology. Everything from its transparent floors, shifting vantage points, and customized storytelling will surely blur the line between the physical and digital.
(Opening December 2017)
Yes, you’re reading that correctly. All you LEGO loving travelers, make some room for LEGOLAND New York! The park will be built in Goshen, New York (approximately two hours form New York City), and is slated to open in 2019 with seasonal operation from April 1 to November 1. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND is built for young children ages 2 to 12. So, rides and shows are fun, but not too scary. Each experience is interactive letting kids push, pull, steer, squirt, splash, climb and crawl there way through the day! Kids go to driving school, explore ancient treasure-filled tombs, enter a world of knights and princesses, and so much more!
Saved by The Max
If you had a Bop magazine tear out of Zach Morris or Kelly Kapowski in your bedroom, you’ll want to listen up! Saved by the Max, a pop up diner which finished a successful run in Chicago, is coming to LA! The diner is an almost exact replica of the Max diner featured on the famed ’90s show ‘Saved by the Bell.’ From its multi-color façade, the juke box and classic pay phone, it has everything just right to make you feel like you’re eating at your favorite TV show restaurant. The menu is even named after the characters and includes dishes such as A.C. Sliders and Mac & Screech. Just a week ago Mr. Belding himself announced the location of the Los Angeles restaurant (7100 W. Santa Monica Ave.).
(Construction starting soon)
WASHINGTON D.C. MUSEUM UPDATE
Freer Gallery of Art
After an 18-month renovation, the Freer Gallery of Art, a staple Smithsonian Institution devoted to Asian art, has reopened! One goal of the renovation was to create a building that was a work of art itself. Galleries are restored to their neoclassical splendor and collections are presented catering to the modern day art enthusiast organized by theme rather than chronological order. Together with big sister Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the two museums host 41,000 objects, a research library with more than 80,000 volumes, 2,000 rare books, and covers 6,000 years of various cultures. A few of the exciting additions include a podcast accompanied tour of the museum’s highlights, an upgraded auditorium for lectures and performances, and new gallery shows!
Museum of the Bible
Two blocks from the National mall, a private museum dedicated to interactive portrayals of biblical events will open soon. The museum will be among the largest in the city (430,000 square feet and 8 stories tall) and focus on the impact, history and stories of the Bible through artifacts (40,000), immersive experiences, and cutting-edge technology. Alongside the exhibits, collections, and research will be arcade games and a sensory room for young children to engage in the conversation. The purpose of the museum is to reconnect people with the Bible while allowing them to make their own conclusions and decisions.
(Opening November 2017)
International Spy Museum
The new location and renderings for the International Spy Museum are on pace to wow! The trapezodial glass building will be located two blocks from the National Mall, and double its previous size (100,000 square feet) offering an expanded focus to visitors. The museum will house new educational and interactive themed exhibits, more classroom spaces, changing exhibit space, and triple the number of artifacts. In addition to one of the largest collections of espionage artifacts, the museum will bring intelligence-gathering to the forefront of conversation. It’s no secret that the new spy museum will be a must see the next time you’re in D.C.!
There is no official word yet, but the Newseum may be closing its doors in the internet take over of journalism. Although respectable foot traffic is expected, it may not be enough to cover the museum’s expenses and deficit that remain from its 2008 makeover. With over a decade of financial struggle, and high dollar donors dwindling, the Newseum is currently under financial review. The doors will remain open during this time, which will likely take several months. With its future in doubt, we would recommend getting here while you still can. The iconic headlines of our world history are history themselves.
(OPEN NOW – Future Status TBD)
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Celebration
To commemorate the centennial of JFK’s birth in 1917, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston continues its year long celebration. Special programming and exhibitions of “JFK at 100: Milestones and Mementos” began May 26, 2017 and will continue through 2018. Learn about his personal and family life, see items from his childhood, and notes written by the president himself prior to his speech to the nation on civil rights.
Boasting the tallest body slide in America at 125ft tall, Universal’s new Polynesian island inspired waterpark has made a huge splash in its first few months since opening in May. Centered around its logo mark of Krakatau Volcano, Universal calls its newest attraction a water themed park, which is a park with the same sense of detailing and storytelling as Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure with the addition of water. A cool feature of the park is the Tapu Tapu experience, a wearable bracelet that lets you hold your place in line for a ride instead of standing and waiting. You can also link your credit card to the bracelet for in-park purchases, and interact with park features including setting off water springs and turning on lights! Other attractions include a wave pool, lazy river, water fortress, multi-passenger raft slides, tunnel slides, white-water rafting simulation, and more! Visitors staying at a Universal property will receive free transportation to the park. Those staying off property can take a free shuttle from CityWalk parking.