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Inside the Scoop

By Linda Tancs

You’ll get the scoop inside the scoop at the pop-up Museum of Ice Cream in New York City. You can sample scoops of their signature flavors (including seven new varieties like malted chocolate and spicy mango) while you encounter interactive exhibits on the subject of ice cream. The fun includes a three-story slide and perhaps the largest Sprinkle Pool ever, featuring one hundred million sprinkles comprising antimicrobial, biodegradable material—the perfect pool for dipping. Located at 558 Broadway in Soho, the event will run until March 1. Reservations must be booked online; get your tickets before they sell out.

A Big Little World in NYC

By Linda Tancs

Located in New York City’s Times Square, Gulliver’s Gate is a big little world. As its name implies, it’s a miniature world capturing over 25 cities from five continents. The intricate craftsmanship features a functioning airport and naval locks as well as hundreds of bridges, cars, buildings and windows covering an expansive 50,000 square feet. In addition, the general admissions price includes a souvenir key that unlocks interactive experiences within several models. Your self-guided tour may take a couple of hours. Enjoy the trip!

Seattle’s Hidden Treasure

By Linda Tancs

There’s a side to Seattle, Washington, that you definitely haven’t seen. That’s because it’s hidden underground, a city entombed when the locale rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889. The result is a series of interconnecting tunnels revealing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks with plenty of stories to tell. You can experience it via a 75-minute underground tour beginning beneath Doc Maynard’s Public House and ending at Rogues Gallery. The easiest way to get there is by bus or light rail.

The Little White House

By Linda Tancs

Florida’s only presidential museum, the Little White House in Key West was a sanctuary and working office for numerous U.S. presidents. It was foremost the winter White House for President Harry S. Truman and remains an occasional site for government functions. Tours are given daily. This is a great time to enjoy vintage Christmas decor from a bygone era. Merry Christmas!

The Cajun Food Trail

By Linda Tancs

Cajun cuisine is a staple of Louisiana’s food culture. That’s especially true in the Cajun Bayou. Just 45 minutes south of New Orleans, it flows through wetlands and Cajun communities, the perfect place for a Cajun Bayou Food Trail. Along the route you can sample the Cajun delights of over a dozen restaurants. Stop by the visitor’s center in Raceland for a foodie passport and trail information. You can exchange your passport for a free, commemorative t-shirt once you’ve visited seven restaurants.

A Christmas Village in Philadelphia

By Linda Tancs

German Christmas markets are legendary, but if you can’t make the trip, then consider Philadelphia’s Christmas Village. You’ll certainly be feeling the gemütlichkeit with over 80 vendors selling authentic European food as well as arts and crafts and ornaments from around the world. The event is located at LOVE Park through Christmas Eve.

Lights Galore in Staten Island

By Linda Tancs

A world of light is waiting for you at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. That’s where the stunning NYC Winter Lantern Festival is taking place until January 5. Over 1,000 lanterns will be on display over eight acres, sculpted into magnificent displays. The event also features a skating rink and cultural performances like a Tibetan folk dance and a form of Chinese Sichuan opera. Take the free Staten Island ferry from Lower Manhattan; free shuttles will transport you from the ferry terminal to the event.

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