With the hope to shed our winter gear and fill our calendars with events centered around warm weather and sunshine we couldn’t help but focus on new tourist attractions opening this year. Here are a few of our favorites…
First on the list is Chicagoland’s very own Goliath roller coaster premiering this spring at Six Flags Great America. This wooden roller coaster is going to break records with an 85 degree drop from 180 feet! The ride also includes three overbanked turns that is sure to give you butterflies!
Next on our list is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, the “High Roller” in Las Vegas! This ride is easier on the stomach than the Goliath coaster! Guests are encouraged to walk onto one of the twenty eight glass pods with their beverages in hand. Offering stunning views of the Las Vegas strip this ride lasts for a peaceful 30 minutes!
Coming in third is the Funtasy Island in Riau Island Indonesia. This attraction is an “eco” theme park located just twenty minutes of the coast of Singapore. With 413 suites and villas spread over 810 acres, the park will include tropical adventures including an aviary trail, boat trips through mangroves, a water world park, beach clubs, restaurants and a spa!
Fourth is the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, New York City. It is a 32,000 square foot skating pavilion. The space is designed for ice skates in the winter and roller skates in warmer months! The pavilion features a roof-like ceiling that gives the space an indoor/outdoor feel while still protecting you from Mother Nature’s elements. It is a great attraction for residents and visitors alike. (Skate rentals are available onsite).
Last but definitely not least is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter set to open at the Universal Studios Park in Osaka, Japan. It will be the only Harry Potter themed park outside of the United States, which makes sense since Japan is also the second largest market for the Harry Potter series after the United States. The park will include Hogwart’s castle and Hogsmeade Village and be sure to try the Butter Beer!
So there you have it – fun attractions made for visitors of all ages.
To check out more tourist attractions opening in 2014 visit Travel & Leisure’s website: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-coolest-new-tourist-attractions-2014/3