⦁ The Bob Dylan Center® is slated to open on May 10, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The facility, designed by Olson Kundig, an American architectural firm based in Seattle, will be located near the Woody Guthrie Center in the Tulsa Arts District, the center will feature over 100,000 exclusive artifacts covering 60 years of Dylan’s career. This will include handwritten lyric manuscripts, previously unreleased recordings and film performances, rare photographs, and more. A secret archive of Dylan’s works that was sold to the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa in 2016. The center will be the primary public venue for the Bob Dylan Archive and will feature permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibitions. For more information, visit: https://www.bobdylancenter.com/
⦁ Dinosaur World was scheduled to open on June 9 at Sweet Valley Ranch in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Once inside, guests will take a shuttle ride to the ¼-mile, woodsy, paved Dinosaur Trail. The trail has 25 animatronic dinosaurs (large and small), an abandoned research lab, observation booths and plenty of special effect props. “We take pride in not being one of those ‘parking lot dinosaur attractions,’” says Fred Surgeon, owner of Sweet Valley Ranch. “We spared no details in taking guests back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.” Once inside the attraction, guests will take a shuttle ride to the ¼-mile, woodsy, paved Dinosaur Trail. The trail has 25 animatronic dinosaurs (large and small), an abandoned research lab, observation booths and plenty of special effect props. For the price of admission, guests can also enjoy a fossil museum, a reptile house, a fossil dig, a Dinosaur Playland and walking the grounds to view the hundreds of animals on site. Dinosaur World opens June 9th and closes August 8th and is open weekly from Wednesday through Sunday. It opens at 10 a.m. each day. Tickets range from $16 to $39 for adults and $8 to $19 for children from 3 through 12. For more information, visit: www.sweetvalleyranchnc.com.
⦁ Canada’s Street Art: For operators and their clients who are looking for a free attraction to fold into their itineraries, look no further than the recent (May 26th) issue of Travelier magazine which has a spread, “Street Art Crawl: Canadas Best Murals and Graffiti.” The piece discusses how “walking around in a city allows for a slow study of the streetscape, the best way to discover the expanding galleries of street art found in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal.”
Courtesy Destination Toronto: Philip Cote is an Indigenous artist from Moose Deer Point First Nation, Ontario, exploring storytelling traditions through murals. This one is at Thirtieth Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto. Click here to read the complete article.
⦁ A Mexican Bar Travels the Hudson River: Just opened off in New City is La Barca Cantina, which offers Mexican fare and cocktails afloat. Patrons can hop on board the three-story boat at Pier 81 on the Hudson River and sail around the city for skyline and sunset views with New York Cruise Lines. The boat offers custom artwork by Tlisza Jaurique, the first Mexican-American woman to exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a top deck for guests to take in the scenery, and an expansive agave-based spirits menu. Craig Kanarick, CEO of New York Cruise Lines, told the insiders travel guide, SecretNY, “it’s a thrill to cast a spotlight on a beverage category that is just as diverse and terroir-driven, yet not as well-known, as wine. We are so excited to bring this culture to life this summer on the Hudson River.” For more info, visit https://labarcacantina.com/