From the article “World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions 2015” on Travel + Leisure. There are 25 total attractions on the list, but we narrowed it down to a couple that sound really fun to us. We think you and your family will love them too.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg
The first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights (with a special but not exclusive reference to Canada)
The 260,000 square foot museum includes exhibits encompassing the Holocaust, ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, and world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Gloria Steinem.
Also in Winnipeg: Bison safari at Fort Whyte Alive (with fishing, canoeing and toboggan slides), Assiniboine Park (Winnipeg’s oldest park, with a zoo, sculpture garden, and art gallery), Royal Canadian Mint (where every single Canadian coin is produced).
Markthal Rotterdam indoor market, Netherlands
The giant horseshoe-shaped arc houses 228 apartments and on the ground floor are 100 unique booths with daily fresh products
There are also restaurants offering everything from a Moroccan eating house to an Italian trattoria
On the first floor is The World of Flavour, a cooking school for people of all ages
Visitors can also marvel at the 36,000 square foot murals covering the entire inner arch
Also in Netherlands: Starry Night Bicycle Path (this path in Nuenen comes to life at night, with 50,000 glow-in-the-dark stones lighting the way for a beautiful evening bike ride), canal cruising through Amsterdam, the Van Gogh museum and the Science Center NEMO (hands-on and interactive science exhibits).
Batman: The Ride, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio
At Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Batman: The Ride is a world-class 4D Free Fly Coaster that thrusts you into a Gotham City adventure.
With flips over a 12-story hill, 6 full inversions (turning upside down and then rightside up again), and 2 beyond-90 degree raven drops, Batman: The Ride is a perfect adventure for the summer.
Also in San Antonio: visit the rest of Six Flags Fiesta Texas (there is a water park, kid rides and thrill rides), stroll along the river walk through the city center, visit the Alamo (the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America), take a helicopter tour through Texas Hill country or enjoy nature at the Lost Maples State Natural Area along the Sabinal River.
Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro
Dedicated to the sciences, the Museum of Tomorrow will have a format unlike any other museum of natural history.
Coming later this year, the museum will offer visitors the opportunity to engage in personal-choice experiences and have a glimpse of the future.
There are three main narrative threads in the museum content – the first is the polarity between the cosmic sciences and the earth sciences. The second examines three dimensions of our lives on earth: history of the formation of matter, organization of life and the emergence of thought. The third thread will highlight human behavior and ethics.
On the museum grounds, there will be gardens, a reflecting pool, a bike path and a recreation area.
Also in Rio: Tijuca National Park (hike to the top, Pica de Tijuca, to enjoy expansive views of Guanabara Bay, and visit the Mayrink Chapel and 100-foot Cascatinha Waterfall), Lapa Neighborhood (a vibrant nightlife lined with samba and choro bars and scenic architecture), Ipanema Beach, or Copacabana for a more active beach scene and Christ the Redeemer statue. Rio will host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Titlis Rotair, Engelberg, Switzerland
Skiers who want to document their journey up the slope can get even better shots now thanks to the rotating gondolas journeying up Mount Titlis in Swizerland. The gondola rotates 360 degrees during the five-minute trip up the mountain, treating its passengers to idyllic panoramic views of steep rock faces, deep crevasses and distant snow-covered peaks.
Also in Engelberg: Tobogganing, mule trekking, hiking, igloo village and a rope adventure park.