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The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

  • 339 S. Seton Ave. Emmitsburg, MD 21727
  • Lissa Jungbluth
  • 301-447-6606
  • www.setonshrine.org

This place is for people from all walks of life who are interested in finding out about Ann Seton’s life and discovering all the facts regarding her. There are a bunch of activities that give you a thorough experience of the shrine. There is a 12-minute film for a brief introduction and then there are 60-minute guided tours too for people who are interested in a more detailed trip.

McCarter Theatre Center

  • 91 University Place Princeton, NJ 08540
  • Group Sales
  • 609-258-2787
  • www.mccarter.org

Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the McCarter Theatre Center champions award-winning shows that the whole group can enjoy. The theater collaborates with acclaimed playwrights and directors to bring something original to the stage every time. Book tickets to see shows like The Niceties, Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy and a host of musical talents in the coming season. Groups also have the potential to get educated in the arts at the theater’s interactive learning center.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Atlantic City

  • 1441 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • Group Sales
  • 609-347-2001
  • www.ripleys.com/atlanticcity

Ripley’s prime location on the Atlantic City Boardwalk is the only place your group can see the smallest car ever put into production, a roulette wheel made of jelly beans and halls full of optical illusions. The Odditorium features 14 themed galleries to explore, with everything from giant spiders made of scissors to shrunken heads behind every corner. The highlight of the Atlantic City location is the Lazer Maze challenge, where hundreds of laser beams block your route to the exit and flexibility is required to escape.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad

  • 321 Main St. Utica, NY 13501
  • Mark Piersma
  • 315-724-0700
  • www.adirondackrr.com

With trains departing from two stations, visitors will be exposed to unique rail experiences at the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in New York State. Embark on a culinary rail adventure on the Beer & Wine Train or the Soda Fountain Lunch Train from the Utica Station. The Thendara station near Old Forge offers the Princess & Superheroes and Haunted History rides for those who crave action-packed entertainment. Continue the fun during the year on the Polar Express, Santa or Fall Foliage trains. Groups of 25 or more may receive discounts.

Delaware & Ulster Railroad

  • 43510 State Hwy. 28 Arkville, NY 12406
  • Group Sales
  • 845-586-2929
  • www.durr.org

Embark on a leisurely excursion through New York’s Catskill Mountains on this historic locomotive. Round trips are 24 miles between Arkville and Roxbury and take approximately two hours to complete. Themed experiences include the Great Train Robbery (which includes a dramatic shootout between a team of deputies and the Catskills Bushwhackers and a Western-style barbecue) and Twilight on the Rails (an evening of live blues music aboard the train).

Disney Theatrical Sales

  • 214 W. 42nd St. New York, NY 10036
  • Suzanne Gregory
  • 212-703-1040
  • www.disneytheatricalsales.com

The Disney Theatrical Group offers the ultimate Broadway experience and excellent group rates for its slate of award-winning musicals. Experience the magic of smash hits such as Frozen, The Lion King and Aladdin. Disney’s storytelling tradition, creative imagination, world-class talent and Broadway production values combine to create a one-of-a-kind experience like nothing your group has ever seen. Disney Theatrical Group’s sales department will create a customized experience to ensure your Broadway visit is unforgettable.

Madison Square Garden/Radio City Music Hall

  • 2 Penn Plaza New York, NY 10121
  • Group Sales
  • 212-465-6080
  • www.msg.com and www.rockettes.com

Calling all sports fanatics and music fans to Madison Square Garden, the “world’s most famous arena.” This $1.1 billion entertainment hub situated above Penn Station hosts concerts featuring Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Billy Joel, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and more, plus regularly sold-out New York Knicks basketball games. The Rockettes and other stars continue to shine at Radio City Music Hall throughout the season. Book group tickets for a chance to see it all—you won’t want to miss the chance to see memories in the making.

National Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 25 Main St.Cooperstown , NY 13326
  • June Dolhun
  • 607-547-0312
  • www.baseballhall.org

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York invites lovers of America’s favorite pastime to explore baseball’s history through captivating installations.  Visitors will go back in time to recall fascinating childhood memories and learn more about the sport that is now a “Field of Dreams” for aspiring players. Groups will also embark on in-depth tours of exhibitions complete with photo collages, restored artifacts, and educational lessons—all of which take a look into baseball’s glorious past.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square is where you will want to be when you visit the Big Apple. The whole group will be mesmerized by the odd, bizarre and exotic at this attraction at this exhibit of more than 500 exhibits. Immerse yourself inside a black hole to take photos while pretending to submerge your head inside a cockroach-filled jar. Take a tour of Ripley’s comprehensive baseball exhibits or make your way through a colorful spinning vortex tunnel.

American Music Theatre

  • 2425 Lincoln Hwy. E. Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Meghan Young
  • 717-397-7700
  • www.amtshows.com/groups

Enjoy an evening of live entertainment at American Music Theatre, located in central Pennsylvania on Route 30. Known for its “big city production” filled with “small town charm,” this group-friendly attraction performs award-winning classics year-round. For two decades, American Music Theatre has seen the best, from Grammy winners to Oscar legends. Book in time to see the theater’s yearly A Christmas Carol production, the most wonderful way to celebrate the holidays.

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

  • 510 Centerville Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Jon Dahl
  • 717-898-1900
  • www.dutchapple.com

Dine and delight in lively shows at the Dutch Apple Theatre in the Amish Country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For over 30 years, the Dutch Apple has served small and large groups seeking grand entertainment and mouthwatering meals. It hosts more than 150,000 people a year. The theater seats 328 for shows like Annie, Camelot and Finding Neverland, all of which are scheduled for the 2019 season. Groups of at least 16 people receive special offers and discounts.

Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial

  • 6424 Lincoln Hwy. Stoystown, PA 15563
  • Brooke Neel
  • 814-893-6322
  • www.flight93friends.org

Pay tribute to all who sacrificed their lives on September 11 at Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pennsylvania. Groups can plan a variety of tours that will take them through the Visitor Center Complex, Memorial Groves walking trails and Memorial Plaza. Each site is a reflective space with storytelling installations and natural scenery. Flight 93’s newest and final component, called the Tower of Voices, is a 93-foot-tall monument with 40 chimes to honor the 40 passengers aboard during the terrorists attack on the American Airlines flight.

The Gettysburg Foundation

  • 1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, PA 17325
  • Lori Wright
  • 877-874-2478
  • www.gettysburgfoundation.org/group-visits

Remember one of America’s most famous battles at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. Here, groups can tour the preserved battlefields that saw action during the Civil War in 1863. Exhibitions are dispersed throughout the Film and Museum Experience, Visitors Center and Cyclorama. You will also get a look at iconic monuments and statues of the nation’s brave soldiers, and learn about President Lincoln’s historic speech. Gettysburg Foundation provides discounts for groups of 16 plus, dining options before tours and motorcoach parking.

One Liberty Observation Deck in Philadelphia

  • 1650 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Diane Meglino
  • 215-845-4160
  • www.phillyfromthetop.com

One Liberty Observation Deck welcomes guests from all over the world to see Philly like never before. As Philadelphia’s tallest attraction, the Observation Deck will provide “Amazing” 360-degree views of Philadelphia and beyond, presenting a new view of “Philly From The Top”. The interactive environment teaches you about your view from every direction, providing a comprehensive multilingual educational experience in French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and English. A perfect addition for all groups visiting Philly. An experience not to be missed!

Penn’s Peak

  • 325 Maury Rd. Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
  • Deb Biege
  • 877-764-6328
  • www.pennspeak.com

Penn’s Peak, known as “The Lehigh Valley and Pocono Mountains’ Premier Entertainment Venue,” awaits visitors from all over. This magnificent theater atop Pennsylvania’s breathtaking mountains offers group-friendly shows, concerts and other entertainment for audiences of up to 1,800. Marvel at the shows and grab a bite to eat at the venue’s restaurant and bar, named “Roadies” for all the travelers out there. In addition, Penn’s Peak has more than enough space to host your next special event.

Pines Dinner Theatre

  • 448 N. 17th St. Allentown, PA 18104
  • 610-433-2333
  • www.pinesdinnertheatre.com

This country-style playhouse offers hearty American meals and an entertaining variety of live musicals and comedies. Parties of 20 or more can receive a group package that includes a salad, bread, an entrée, coffee and dessert in addition to the show. Upcoming productions include Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, Around the Clock, Pump Boys and Dinettes and Clue: The Musical.

Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse

  • 3065 Lincoln Hwy. E. Paradise, PA 17562
  • Rachel Blauberg
  • 800-292-4301
  • www.rainbowcomedy.com

Since 1984, Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse in Paradise, Pennsylvania has brought Broadway shows to theater-goers. You’ll see comedies such as Funny Money, A Christmas to Remember and Divorce Southern Style. Groups will revel in the entertainment and feast on delectable meals from an all-you-can-eat buffet. Rainbow’s seats up to 300 people and provides space for motorcoach parking. Groups of 15 or more should call in advance and will receive a discounted offer.

Mariposa Cruises

  • Queen’s Quay Terminal Toronto, ON M5J 1A7
  • Sue Vivanco
  • 416-203-0178, ext. 102
  • www.mariposacruises.com

Take your group on an excursion in Toronto Harbor with Mariposa Cruises. A popular attraction in one of Canada’s most visited cities, this luxury cruise line holds up to 560 guests and offers nearly every kind of boat tour you can imagine, from brunch and dinner cruises to fireworks celebrations and private charters. You can also experience Mariposa on its public cruises or arrange group and FIT travel accommodations. Tour operators and travel industry professionals are eligible for discounts.

Quebec’s National Shrines

  • 412, boul. Saguenay Est, bureau 100 Chicoutimi, QC G7H 7Y8
  • Francois Jean Viel
  • 647-502-1161
  • www.sanctuairesquebec.com

Bask in the beautiful architecture of Quebec’s National Shrines, a set of holy sites sprinkled throughout the gorgeous province. Among these religious sites are five churches that tell various biblical stories and host groups of all sizes. Visit Notre-Dame de Quebec, a symbol of Canada’s religious devotion, or the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, an ivory masterpiece that sees about one million visitors each year. Many of the shrines have walking trails for docent-led and self-guided tours.

WHERE TO GO

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce

  • 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541
  • Jen Durben
  • 301-387-4386
  • www.deepcreekgroups.com

Experience Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake from a unique perspective—the water. In the upcoming year, Wisp Resort and a local boat rental company are partnering up to take tour groups for a boat ride on Deep Creek Lake (weather permitting). After a day on the lake, groups can enjoy time in the quaint town of Oakland—nationally known as one of the best towns for fall foliage—and dine at one of the many restaurants opening their doors in 2019.

Ocean City CVB

  • 4001 Coastal Hwy. Ocean City, MD 21842
  • Norma Dobrowolski
  • 800-626-2326
  • www.ococean.com

Whether you are looking for the perfect spot for a beach wedding or family vacation, Ocean City is your perfect bet, with 10 miles of pristine beach. It has all kinds of options to suit your needs: luxury hotels, modern camping grounds, bed and breakfasts and a lot more. If you are the kind of person who enjoys water sports, then you are in for a treat—this beach offers the best of your imagination.

 Hudson County Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development

This thriving county across the Hudson River from New York City features theater, shopping and dining options that rival the Big Apple. Walk in the shoes of Frank Sinatra at the Hoboken History Museum, admire the region’s street art on a Jersey City Mural Tour or take a short boat voyage to the Statue of Liberty. In the evening, indulge in authentic Cuban and Mexican cuisine in West New York or enjoy a puppet show at the Jersey City Theater Company.

 Meet AC

  • 2314 Pacific Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • Heather Colache
  • 609-449-7151
  • www.touratlanticcity.com

Offering high-rise resorts, extensive sandy beaches and entertainment for all ages, Atlantic City provides an unforgettable experience for every group. The Atlantic City Boardwalk is lined with beautiful beaches and seven major casinos, including Resorts Casino Hotel, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City and Showboat Hotel. To get away from the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk, visit Sharrott Winery in Hammonton for a day of wine tasting and relaxing.

Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau

  • 7061 Route 9 Plattsburgh, NY 12901
  • Alyssa Senecal
  • 518-563-1000
  • www.goadirondack.com

The mountains and lakes of Upstate New York are welcoming to groups during all four seasons. Enjoy the region’s rugged beauty from the spectacular hiking trails of Adirondack Park or sail the open waters of Lake Champlain. The charming streets of Plattsburgh are brimming with art and culture; enjoy live music at the Strand Center Theatre, browse the 65 specialty shops in the Champlain Center or sample farm-fresh meals and craft beer in the downtown area.

Lake George Area in NY’s Adirondacks

  • 1340 State Route 9 Lake George, NY 12845
  • Tanya Brand
  • 518-761-6575
  • www.visitlakegeorge.com

Situated in upstate New York 50 miles north of Albany, the Lake George Area is easily accessible and a direct drive from New York City, Boston and Montreal. Enjoy a cruise on The Queen of American Lakes along 32-mile-long Lake George; plan a scenic train ride along the mighty Hudson River; visit the iconic Lake George landmark Prospect Mountain for a beautiful 100-mile view; or seek thrills at Six Flags Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom amusement parks.

STATES OF THE MID-ATLANTIC – SUMMARIES

The region is bursting with new group-friendly attractions, and there’s more on the horizon

Delaware

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

WINTERTHUR – Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library will be featuring the exhibition Costuming THE CROWN from March 30, 2019, to January 5, 2020.  It will display 40 iconic costumes based on the Netflix Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series on Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Items on display include the queen’s coronation robe, Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, royal crowns and tiaras, and medals and military ribbons. The exhibition Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden, showcasing whimsical and classic garden structures, will be featured through January 5, 2020.

District of Columbia

International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Spy Museum will reopen in spring 2019 at a new facility with completely reimagined, state-of-the-art exhibits that provide a behind-the-scenes look at intelligence-gathering. The new building, located in L’Enfant Plaza, a short walk between the National Mall and The Wharf, is twice the size of the museum’s former home. The exhibition Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture will be on view through June 2019 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The National Law Enforcement Museum has opened at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building, just steps from the National Mall, with “walk-in-the-shoes” experiences and exhibits ranging from the meticulous and messy world of forensics and DNA analysis to how law officers are portrayed in pop culture. The Kennedy Center’s $250 million expansion, called the REACH, adds classrooms, open rehearsal spaces, a restaurant, manicured acres for outdoor concerts and movies and picnicking, and a pedestrian bridge that connects the performing arts center to the path along the Potomac connecting Georgetown to the Lincoln Memorial.

Maryland

Guinness

Guinness Open Gate Brewery

HALETHORPE – The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, the first ever purpose-built Guinness brewery in America, has opened about 10 miles southwest of downtown Baltimore. It brews Guinness Blonde American lager and other beers, but not the classic Guinness stouts. There are tours and beer sampling, plus a restaurant.

BOONSBORO – The new National Road Museum showcases the history of the National Road, the first major east-west route that carried early settlers from the historic seaport in Baltimore to Illinois, and its impact on the development of transportation technology.

BALTIMORE – Illuminating Baltimore with literature and ideas during the day and world-class light art and performances at night, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is uniting two of its marquee events—Baltimore Book Festival and Light City—to create a 10-day international event from November 1-10, 2019. Magnificent light installations, music on two stages, pop-up performances, and exhibitor and bookseller tents will enliven along the Inner Harbor. Port Covington, a 235-acre waterfront site, is undergoing major development, and will include a park, 630-room hotel, residential units, nearly retail and restaurant space, office space and an entertainment complex. Sagamore Spirit Distillery and Rye Street Tavern restaurant are already residents of the neighborhood.

SALISBURY – The National Folk Festival, set for September 6-8, 2019, will feature musicians, dancers, foods and craftsmen from around the country in this celebration of American culture. Salisbury also will be the free festival’s host city in 2020.

New Jersey

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

ATLANTIC CITY – The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has opened on the Boardwalk, adjacent to Steel Pier and just north of Resorts Casino, with 2,200 slots, 125 table games, fine dining restaurants and casual eateries.

 

New York

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK CITY – The $70 million Statue of Liberty Museum will feature interactive displays, exhibit galleries and an immersive theater experience when it opens in 2019.

The Perelman Center for the Performing Arts will open at the World Trade Center in 2020. Constructed of translucent marble and glass, the venue will glow at night with internal light from performances inside its three theaters. Bringing a major cultural presence to Lower Manhattan for the first time, it will be a hub for dance, music and theater.

The exhibition In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met brings together some of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s greatest paintings through October 4, 2020. Roughly 65 Dutch paintings from the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer are organized thematically and orient visitors to key issues in 17th century Dutch culture.

Manhattan’s second-tallest skyscraper, One Vanderbilt, will debut at the end of 2020 at more than 1,400 feet. It will include an indoor-outdoor observation deck at 1,100 feet above street level, featuring stunning views of the nearby Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal below.

A museum honoring the athletic and social achievements of Brooklyn Dodgers star Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) is expected to open in 2019 in Lower Manhattan. The Jackie Robinson Museum will recount a historic moment in sports history when on April 15, 1947, Robinson took a major step for civil rights in breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

NIAGARA FALLS –The new Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is an experiential museum that reveals authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls. It is located in the former 1863 U.S. Customs House attached to the new Amtrak station.

Pennsylvania

Cherry Street Pier

Cherry Street Pier

PHILADELPHIA – The revitalized Cherry Street Pier is a new public gathering spot offering Delaware River views, an open-air garden, artists’ studios built of repurposed shipping containers, a cafe, food vendors and pop-up retail markets.

A permanent Reconstruction era exhibit, opening in spring 2019 at the National Constitution Center, is the first in the country devoted to exploring the constitutional legacy of the Reconstruction Amendments—the 13th, 14th and 15th—which ended slavery and promised equality to all Americans in the years after the Civil War. Come summer, a new theater performance dramatizes the Reconstruction era and ratification of the 14th Amendment.

The Independence Visitor Center, Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor center and the gateway to Independence National Historical Park, completes its $15 million improvement project in spring/summer 2019.

Fashion District Philadelphia, three city blocks transforming the old Gallery mall into a retail, dining and entertainment destination, opens in September 2019 with stores like Columbia, Forever 21, H&M, Levi’s, Polo Ralph Lauren and Skechers, plus an AMC theater and Dallas BBQ’s first location outside of New York City.

PITTSBURGH – The National Aviary has introduced the new multimedia free-flight show Amazing Amazon. Running twice daily in the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone Theater, it highlights the world’s rainforests and the birds and wildlife native to these endangered habitats. The aviary’s Tropical Rainforest recently emerged from a $1.2 million renovation.

Virginia

Jamestown Settlement Exhibition Gallery

Jamestown Settlement Exhibition Gallery

STATEWIDE – American Evolution is the name of Virginia’s 2019 commemoration marking the 400th anniversaries of North America’s first representative legislative assembly at Jamestown, the arrival of the first Africans in English North America and the recruitment of English women in significant numbers to the Virginia Colony. Special events and exhibitions are scheduled all year in many cities.

JAMESTOWN – TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia, a special year-long exhibition at Jamestown Settlement being staged as part of the state’s American Evolution commemoration, explores little-known personal stories of women (English, Indian and African) in the early Virginia colony. The Jamestown Settlement Exhibition Gallery is going through a $10.6 million refresh, with completion set for spring 2019.