The year 2015 will welcome some extremely cool and travel-worthy attractions in cities around the world. Take your pick!
BioMuseo – Panama City, Panama
Featuring amazing architecture (designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry) and a healthy dose of technology, this new museum aims to depict the biodiversity of Panama, which has a record-setting number of species of flora and fauna, owing to the fact that it bridges the Atlantic and Pacific, allowing species to cross over and adapt.
Observation Wheel – Hong Kong
Similar to the Ferris wheels of London and Paris, Hong Kong’s Observation Wheel is a fun way to get a breathtaking view of this Asian metropolis in one of 42 climate-controlled gondolas soaring 60 meters above the city.
The Smithwick’s Experience – Kilkenny, Ireland
If you find yourself in Ireland, you can relive the history of the country’s oldest beer at this next-level brewery tour that features actors, holograms, and living portraits of the family reenacting the brand’s origin story!
The King Richard III Visitor Center – Leicester, England
The new museum, dedicated to the life of British monarch Richard III, happens to be located next to a parking lot where his remains where shockingly found in 2012. Technologically advanced, interactive displays tell the story of the medieval leader whose power-hungry ways and war-ridden reign were depicted by Shakespeare in an iconic play.
Dubai Frame – Dubai
At a cost of $33 million, it is only one in a startling set of development and construction plans underway in Dubai. This giant picture frame-shaped structure is scheduled to open at the end of 2015. It will offer amazing views of the city from a glass walkway at 500 feet (150 meters) above the ground.
The Yellow Submarine – Argentina
Animal lovers will enjoy a ride in Puerto Piramides’ Yellow Submarine, which lets you get as close as safely possible to whales in their natural underwater environment. If you don’t travel during the whale watching season, the submarine can show you sea lions instead.
The Broad Museum – Los Angeles
Los Angeles’ new, ambitious modern art museum is currently scheduled to open at the end of 2015. The $140 million building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will house the art collection of its primary sponsor and namesake, Eli Broad. It will house thousands of pieces, including works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein.
Eternity Passage – Beijing
The amusement park – designed by California firm IdeAttack and located outside of Beijing’s center – will have a distinctly local theme. It will be distinctly Chinese with a space-age twist, blending themes of time travel and Chinese history and culture, with many of the rides incorporating traditional folktales and myths.
Funtasy Island – Singapore
The tropical, eco-minded amusement park – currently under construction on Singapore’s Sentosa Island – will offer visitors 800 acres of water rides, beaches, sports, aquariums, a wedding venue and an enormous resort hotel.
The Philharmonie – Paris
The Paris Philharmonic Orchestra’s celebrated 2,400-seat concert space, designed by architect Jean Nouvel and located outside the center in Park de la Vilette, boasts a technological sound experience and will host classical concerts as well as international A-list acts.
The Goods Line – Sydney, Australia
Mirroring the look of New York’s Highline, this Australian elevated park space will connect the whole city to the harbor and act as a transportation and pedestrian thoroughfare.
One World Observatory – New York
The tallest building in the Western hemisphere, One World Trade Center, New York’s much-celebrated reinvention of the World Trade Center buildings, will feature a 120,000 square foot tech-outfitted observatory offering amazing views of the New York metropolitan area.
Museum of Tomorrow – Rio De Janeiro
Rio’s visually-striking Museum of Tomorrow, designed by Santiago Calatrava, will jut out from the city’s shoreline on its own pier. It brings together themes of science and sustainability: water from Guanabara Bay will be used to cool the building and hyper-efficient solar panels will supply electricity.