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There are plenty of unique options for families in New York City, but Gulliver’s Gate deserves a spot high on the list.
This attraction just off Times Square features a collection of miniature models depicting destinations around the world. The displays are organized by continents — in addition to models of New York City and New England — with the most iconic spots in each place represented. Visitors see Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, England’s Stonehenge and more. It’s like taking a world tour in an afternoon.
Guests receive a small skeleton key upon entry, and throughout the exhibit, they can insert the key into a console, turn it, and see some items come to life inside the models. For instance, in one scene, a helicopter starts; in another, a lumberjack takes down a tree; and in another, a volcano shoots steam into the air.
The motto at Gulliver’s Gate is “the more you look, the more you see.” And, indeed, a close inspection reveals not only the amazing details, but a whimsical sense of humor: For example, tiny “Ghostbusters” figures do battle in New York City, and a bear casually crosses the street in St. Petersburg, Russia. Families should be sure to get a copy of the scavenger hunt list as they enter the attraction. Searching for each item — such as Smokey the Bear in New England or Mary Poppins in London — makes the experience even more exciting for all ages.
The final display is of a giant airport, which is depicted in incredible detail. The highlight here is a jet that speeds down a runway and takes off into the air at regular intervals (check the monitors for departure times).
Pro tip: Let your clients know that for an additional fee, staff will use a 3D printer to make action-figure-type replicas of visitors that they can then take home. Or, they can choose to leave the tiny representations of themselves behind to become part of the exhibit.
Gulliver’s Gate is ideal for families with kids of all ages — young children will love turning the keys and feeling like giants, and the older kids will get lost in all the charming details. It’s a great way to pass an afternoon traveling around the world in the Big Apple.
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