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)
If Dr. Seuss, Willy Wonka, Steve Jobs and Cirque du Soleil were given 250 acres of reclaimed land on Singapore’s waterfront and tasked with building an urban park of the future, their creation might look quite a bit like Gardens by the Bay. The colossal and otherworldly project—whose climate-controlled conservatories won the 2012 World Building of the Year Award—boasts all manner of wonderments: 100-foot waterfalls, carnivorous plants, a cloud forest and a grove of “supertrees,” enormous vertical gardens that provide a shady canopy by day and come alive with music and lights by night. There are also myriad dining spots in the park, including IndoChine, a bistro that sits atop a 164-foot supertree.
While there’s always a lot to see, do and eat in Paris, culture vultures have long missed out on two significant points of interest, due to renovation and remodeling. By the time the National Picasso Museum reopens its doors this summer, it will have been closed for almost two years. The exhibition space has been vastly improved, allowing for more than 500 of Pablo Picasso’s works to be displayed throughout the building’s four levels. Just a few months later, Paris will see the return of the Musée Galliera, formally known as the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris (Museum of Fashion in the City of Paris). In the four years since the museum’s remodeling began, its embarrassment of fashion-related riches have been scattered across the City of Light and beyond. Fashion aficionados will rejoice that the artifacts are coming back to their beautiful home in the 16th Arrondissement.