From water parks and theme parks to museums and performance spaces, travelers were treated to a host of new attractions. With the help of a panel of travel experts, 10Best.com combed the country for the best new attractions of the year. Then, readers determined the top 10 by popular vote. Scroll to see the 10 favorite new attractions.
10. Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum in Napa, California. More than 4,000 artifacts – specialty cookware, culinary tools and tableware – are on display at the new Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at the Culinary Institute of America. The rotating exhibit might feature items like a vintage duck press, elaborate decorative rolling pins or a tureen shaped like a boar’s head.
9. ArtsWorcester in Worcester, Massachusetts. ArtsWorcester celebrates contemporary art by showcasing the work of some 300 emerging and established artists. The new gallery space on Portland Street, opened in March of 2019, features 2,000 square feet of exhibition space.
8. Otherworld in Columbus, Ohio. Otherworld, an immersive art experience in Columbus, occupies a 32,000-square-foot space with 47 rooms of interactive art, secret passageways and mixed reality playgrounds. More than 40 artists contributed to the project, with backgrounds in everything from creative writing to digital fabrication.
7. Tidal Cove Waterpark in Aventura, Florida. There’s a new way to cool off in Miami, thanks to the new Tidal Cove Waterpark in Aventura. It features seven water slides, a Triple FlowRider surf simulator, lazy river and Kids Cove for younger visitors.
6. SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. SoundWaves is a new indoor/outdoor resort water park experience at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort. The park is a balmy 84 degrees year-round with a custom roof that allows the sun to shine through. Attractions include a mega raft slide, tubing bowl, body slides, a double FlowRider surf simulator, lazy river and activity pools designed for smaller children.
5. J. Rieger & Co. in Kansas City, Missouri. While J. Rieger & Co. was founded in 1887, the famed whiskey distillery opened the doors to its new distilling facility in the Heim Brewery’s old bottling house over the summer of 2019. Visitors can tour the distillery, learn about the history of the company in a 3,000-square-foot exhibit and sample spirits from several onsite bars.
4. Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. Allianz Field is the new home of Minnesota United FC, St. Paul’s Major League Soccer team. The $250 million stadium can accommodate 19,400 spectators, with no seat further than 125 feet from the pitch.
3. The Hunger Games: The Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fans of “The Hunger Games” trilogy will want to visit this new exhibition in Las Vegas. Immersive experiences take visitors into the world of Katniss Everdeen; see props and costumes close-up, practice your archery skills at Beetee’s Lab and snap photos in 11 set recreations.
2. American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in New York, New York. New York’s AKC Museum of the Dog celebrates the role of man’s best friend in society at its new home on Park Avenue. The collection features some 1,700 pieces, displayed in rotating exhibits, as well as a 4,000-volume library. Interactive experiences explore dogs at work, as well as help match visitors with their ideal breed.
1. History Museum on the Square in Springfield, Missouri. The history of Route 66 comes alive at the new Springfield History Museum on the Square, where six galleries tell the stories of Springfield’s founders, the Mother Road, the Civil War in the area and regional Native American culture.