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Out With the Old

From the world's largest theme park in New Jersey to Singapore's Dr. Seussian gardens to Pablo Picasso's long-awaited return to Paris, here are 25 new things to see and do this year (with places to stay while you're doing them)

The soaring interior of New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre

13. NEW ORLEANS: The Triumphant Return of a Southern Belle

When the Saenger Theatre opened in 1927, patrons celebrated with a parade. As the years passed, it was neglected, then revived, then devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Now it’s back, thanks to a $52 million renovation that’s restored such distinctive features as an LED depiction of the night sky on the theater ceiling. A stage house expansion will allow for larger productions; a new restaurant is set to open as well.

14. WASHINGTON, D.C.: Winner—Tykes, All

Closed since 2004—or forever ago, in kid years— the only national museum dedicated to America’s youngest citizens has returned at last. The National Children’s Museum debuted this winter in its new space in scenic National Harbor, and ups the ante in 2014 with the opening of a 60,000-square-foot outdoor learning and play area. Bonus for Big Bird fans: The museum has taken on Sesame Workshop as a “creative tenant.”

15. LOS ANGELES: Beverly Hills Sets the Stage

Ever since Fairbanks and Pickford ruled Hollywood, the city’s most famous faces have lived in Beverly Hills. Yet, oddly enough, the city has long lacked its own performing arts facility. That changes this fall with the Wallis Annenberg Center, which will include a 500-seat theater and a sculpture garden. The adjoining Beverly Hills post office, built in 1933, is also being made over into a café and classroom space for the stars of tomorrow.

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