The 5 Best Hidden City Gems In America
1. The Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago.
You'll find the Garfield Park Conservatory on 300 North Central Park Avenue where they display landscape art under glass. They have six multifaceted greenhouses as well as two exhibition halls where a tour guild will share their information about plants, historical facts, and will provide “insight into [their] unique collection of plants and trees.” The Conservatory hosts great events like Fleurotica 2013, Conservatory Fire Jam, and Goats at work for the kids. It's the perfect trip for a family, since kids of all ages can enjoy the beautiful landscaping and the plethora of activities offered.
2. Pizza A Casa, NYC
If you love New York, you probably love eating pizza. If this is the case, then Pizza A Casa (at 371 Grand Street on the Lower East Side) is something you HAVE to try. The restaurant doubles as a school for anyone who wants to learn how to make a legitimate pie. Anyone can enroll in the class: it doesn't matter if you're an actual chef, or if you're someone who uses the stove exclusively for extra shoe storage. Every participant will make their own dough and follow step by step instructions to make the perfect pizza from scratch in a 4 hour class.
3. The Newseum, Washington D.C.
If you're tired of the National Air and Space Museum, take a trip to the Newseum, “an interactive museum of news and journalism” located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue. Within its 15 theaters and 14 galleries, the museum displays exhibits like The Story of News, an NBC News Interactive Newsroom, a Pulitzer Prize Photo Gallery, and many more. The displays vary from the beginning of journalism to a new exhibit called ‘Anchorman: The Exhibit’ which will feature “props, costumes and footage” opening Nov. 14.
4. Cathedral of Junk, Austin, TX
RoadsideAmerica.com says that from the street, the Cathedral of Junk "is invisible." Up close though, you'll find a uniquely beautiful structure. In 1988, Located on the South Side, Vince Hannemann literally created a Cathedral of Junk on the south side of the city simply because it “was kinda cool.” He considers it his clubhouse, and when kids come to visit, he says "they know what it is." The Cathedral is made up of a variety of objects including lawn mower wheels, car bumpers, kitchen utensils, cables, and bottles. Even more interesting is how it has joined with the environment. Years of subtropical Texas vegetation wrap its form. Hannemann said the structure currently contains about 60 tons of junk.
5. Beach Blanket Babylon, San Fancisco
Located at 678 Green Street, Beach Blanket Babylon is the longest running musical revue in theatre history. It is “packed with hilarious spoofs of pop culture & political character…”. Tickets are cheap to watch Snow White search for love, a global journey on which she runs into a myriad of famous celebrities. The actors portray famous personalities ranging anywhere from Adel and Psy to Governor Christie, and President Obama. The line of famous characters changes constantly but no matter when you visit, you'll have a blast watching a hilarious satire featuring your favorite pop-culture icons. Click here to learn more!
Inclusion Films, started by veteran filmmaker Joey Travolta (brother of actor John Travolta) in 2007, is a teaching studio for aspiring filmmakers with developmental disabilities.
BUILD is a non-profit organization that uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of the youth who are most at-risk of dropping out of high school. More specifically, BUILD supplements traditional education with the skills to develop and run their own small businesses.
They're known around the world for their viral Flashmob Spinning Marriage Proposal video and with the wedding quickly approaching, Adam Keller & Jared Marinelli are kicking it into high-gear to get all the last minute details done for their big day!
Every two years Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield, Connecticut displays thousands of flags in honor and remembrance of the American men and women who've fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The site is truly amazing!
Tracy's Dogs is a not-for-profit National Rescue & Transport Initiative for shelter dogs. The focus of the program is to rescue and rehabilitate dogs with pending euthanasia dates residing in kill shelters with the hope of putting them up for adoption to find forever homes!
Therapeutic horseback riding can make all the difference! A New Canaan, CT-based therapeutic riding program called New Canaan Mounted Troop, not only helps kids and adults build leadership, responsibility, and confidence through sound horsemanship, but it also enriches the lives of individuals with special needs through equine-assisted activities.