If you could build a playground for you and your buddies, what would you include? A bunch of construction equipment to screw around with? Go-Karts? How about an ATV obstacle course? Well, Männerspielplatz Erlebnis Park offers all of that and more. Located on a former factory site not far from other guy-friendly attractions like the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums, this "Playground Adventure Park" lets you and your friends spend all day doing manly stuff like shooting bow and arrows, digging with excavators, driving Jeeps or Unimogs off-road, and even moving stuff using cranes. To cap off your day of testosterone, book a night at the nearby auto-themed V8 Hotel.
Okay, so there wasn't ever really anything sexy about the Oregon Trail, but the Gorilla Tango Burlesque troop is aiming to fix that with The Oregon Trail Burlesque: You Have Died of Sexy. Scheduled to run every Friday night in Bucktown from January 10 to April 11, 2014, this show mixes elements of the original computer game with a film noir-style murder mystery, all performed by lovely, scantily-clad ladies. It's obviously 18 and up, but at least you don't have to worry about contracting dysentery.
It not often, but every once in a while you come across a museum that's as notable for what's outside as the collection inside. The Riverside Museum is a perfect example. Opened in 2011 on the north bank of the River Clyde, this award-winning museum was designed by Zaha Hadid, and features a a unique, mountain-like facade of steel and glass. Inside you'll find a wide array of cars, buses, bicycles, and other means of transportation from the collection of the Glasgow Museum of Transport, with many of them displayed on the wall of cars, with each full-sized automobile set on its own "shelf".
Amusement parks can be fun, but amusement parks deep underground? Even better. Located in a salt mine that dates back centuries and was abandoned in 1932, Salina Turda is one of the more interesting attractions around. Inside this cavernous space, you'll find a ferris wheel-style attraction with gondolas — made possible by the 160-feet ceilings — a putt-putt course, mini bowling lanes, an area dedicated to sports, billiard tables, 4 table tennis courts, a 180-seat amphitheater, a children's play area, and an underground lake with boat rentals. Looking for something more than just a good time? The mine's microclimate also provides natural therapy for those suffering from respiratory issues. Oh, and if that wasn't enough, it's also located in a rather notorious region known as Transylvania — so if you happen to see any bats, be careful.
The holiday season just isn't the same without music, and this holiday you can join in and be a part of the festive atmosphere by experiencing The Gaits - a High Line Soundwalk. Put on by Make Music New York, this unique event is scheduled for 5pm on December 21, and will see you and a group of like-minded folks gathering at the Southern end of the High Line, before trekking north on a unique musical walk. Using your smartphone, an event-specific, and a small portable speaker, you'll become an instrument yourself, creating a symphony of twinkling sounds, guitar chords, dulcimer strikes, splashes, horns, and applause, simply by walking — and so will everyone else walking with you, creating a one-of-a-kind communal holiday musical experience.
Abandoned mines are cool all by themselves, typically boasting rusted metal, aging buildings, and a very real element of danger — after all, falling down a mine shaft would be a pretty rough way to go. You can feel safe at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Housed in a former 19th century iron mine, the park is now home to one of the deepest physics experiments in North America, playing host to a neutrino detector that looks for variances in subatomic particles emitted from the Fermilab particle accelerator some 450 miles away. There's also a dark matter experiment, making the three minute ride down — it is half a mile under the earth, after all — well worth it for any science geek.
Most people prefer skiing or snowboarding when it comes to winter sports, but tubing and sledding still hold a special place in our snow day, big hill Midwestern hearts. Gorgoza Park lets you recapture this feeling no matter the season. Located just off I-80, this tubing-focused park offers seven lighted tubing lanes, including one for smaller tubers, three for beginners, and four advanced lanes. In addition, the park features a mini-snowmobiling track for kids, a dedicated kids area, and a cafe. And best of all, the park features lifts to the top of the hill — so you get all the nostalgia of tubing without the drudgery of dragging your tube back up.
As the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, the CN Tower has provided fantastic views of Toronto, Lake Ontario, and beyond since its opening. But never like this. The CN Tower EdgeWalk lets those brave/crazy enough to try it walk around outside on the roof of the tower's restaurant — over 1,150 feet in the air. The entire experience lasts around an hour and a half with 20-30 minutes devoted to the walk itself, and months afterwards devoted to bragging about your accomplishment.
Mention the name Enzo Ferrari to any gearhead, and you'll no doubt be able to see the reverence paid to this icon of motoring. Now you can pay your own respects at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari. This outstanding museum joins Enzo's birthplace and original brick workshop with a beautiful, futuristic 53,820 square foot building painted in the same iconic yellow found on his company's logo. Inside, you'll find a huge range of classic automobiles, from early Alfa Romeos and Maseratis to the 1947 125 S — the first car to bear the Ferrari Name — and the Enzo, which was named after the founder himself. It's a must-see for any fan of sports cars, or just automotive history in general.
Lots of times the phrase "intimate venue" is simply another way of saying "a rather tiny spot that no one of any importance every plays." Yet there's no denying the intimacy — or importance — of the Black Cat. Located in the U Street Corridor since its opening in 1993 — it moved in 2001, but only three doors away — and co-owned by Dave Grohl, this legendary venue specializes in indie, alternative, punk, and experimental music, and has played host to everyone from Jeff Buckley and Neko Case to The Killers, Radiohead, and The Roots. The Cat is also home to the Food for Thought Café and the Red Room Bar, so you can find an excuse to stop by even if the show hasn't started yet.
Anyone can stride up to the local Chevy dealership and take a spin in a Corvette, but if you really want to appreciate the care that goes into building this American motoring icon, you need to take the Corvette Assembly Plant Tour. Held at the same plant that's been building the sportscar since 1981, this unique one-mile walking tour lets you see the chassis and body come together, the engine and working bits being installed, the finishing touches applied, and the cars driving off the end of the assembly line. It only costs $7, but don't expect to be taking your own photos, or even real-time tweeting your experience — you're expected to leave cameras, phones, and tablets in the car.
We'll admit: there's probably more than one Festival of Lights held around the world — and maybe even held December 6-9. But the one in central France is the only one that counts. With attendance measured in the millions, it's one of the largest celebrations in the world, as the entire city joins together and places candles along the outside of all the windows, paying homage to the Virgin Mary. While the candle ritual dates back to the 1600s, in modern days this old tradition is joined by a number of performances, light shows, and buildings — most notably the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Cathédrale Saint Jean-Baptiste — awash in color.