Arts and Entertainment

Destinations: Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, New Orleans, London, Toronto, Beijing, Amsterdam

Themes: Art and Museums, Experiential Travel, Urban Endeavors

There’s no better way to liven up your travel experience than to partake in local festivities, or get a feel for the vibrant artistic culture of a place. Travel offers the opportunity to relax and enjoy live music, dance, or theater, wander through museums and galleries or just sit back and watch a movie in a historic downtown movie theater.

Entertainers and artists abound in towns and cities around the world, and most are delighted to share their work with fresh audiences. Film festivals, folk dances, circuses, lively music at Irish pubs, jazz quartets in quaint cafes, or even a stop during an evening stroll to watch a street performer could leave you and the kids inspired.

Articles About Arts and Entertainment

New Amusement Parks and Rides for Summer 2008

On your next family vacation, test your fear and keep your cool on thrilling new coasters and giant water slides across the country.

TravelMuse Tips and Picks for Buenos Aires

Add to your Buenos Aires list of musts with these recommendations for wine, dine, arts and entertainment favorites.

Experience the Aspen Art Scene at Anderson Ranch

Learn about art programs for adults, children and artists with special needs that stretch the creative mind at this arts center in Snowmass Village.

Family Fun in Atlanta

Take the kids to this sprawling city in the South packed with amusement parks, historic sites and the world’s largest aquarium.

King Tut and China’s Terracotta Warriors Take Atlanta

Discover the fascinating burial practices of two ancient civilizations at these popular exhibits.

Kids Rule in Austin

From its children’s museums to its expansive parks and playgrounds, Austin welcomes kids with open arms.

Top Austin Nightlife and Music

See what makes Austin the live music capital of the world by experiencing the city’s famed nightlife scene.

Weird and Wonderful Austin

This creative Texas capital lets the good times roll with its dazzling arts community, famous live music scene, Tex-Mex cuisine and celebrity bat residents.

What Not to Miss When in Austin, Texas

From famous bats and junk art to museums and performing arts, this popular city offers an eclectic mix of sightseeing adventures.

Better in the Bahamas

Read our expert’s overview to the best that the islands have to offer for a Bahamas vacation sure to please everyone.

Celebrate Caribbean Culture at Junkanoo in The Bahamas

Need more cowbell? This flamboyant Bahamian gala celebrates freedom with all the bells, whistles, costumed parades, music and dance it can muster.

Rambling Along La Rambla

Our local expert in Barcelona shares her favorites for Gaudí architecture, Catalan cuisine, chic fashion, hot hotels and cool modern art.

Boston: Hub of the Sports World

From baseball to hockey, the marathon to a regatta, get insider tips on how to catch a piece of the sporting action, both pro and college, on your next visit to Beantown.

Boston Travel Planning by Neighborhood

Our local expert shares her tips to help you plan your vacation to Beantown and discover its many wonderful historic neighborhoods.

5 Free Boston Attractions

Spend time without spending a lot of money to get to know Boston with these free (or nearly free) things to do and see.

Not Your Grandfather’s Branson

This popular spot in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains has added glitz and glam over the years yet remains a great place for old-fashioned fun.

A Branson Christmas

Tens of thousands of twinkling lights and a plethora of festive shows make Branson a top destination for the holidays.

Branson’s Family Friendly Shows

Branson’s shows offer spectacular entertainment and non-stop fun for the whole family.

Joust This: Celtic Fairs Rock

Similar to Renaissance fairs, Celtic festivals are an entertaining way for the family to spend the weekend and learn about other cultures.

Chicago: Have a Hot Time in Chi-town

The Second City serves up first-class sights, entertainment, shopping and, of course, hearty food.

College Visit Guide: Philadelphia

Enjoy Philly’s myriad college campuses while taking in some historican sights, terrific art and a requisite cheesesteak.

College Visit Guide: Seattle

Get familiar with colleges and activities in favorite Seattle neighborhoods.

Washington, D.C., College Visit Guide

Explore the diverse neighborhoods of D.C. during your college visit.

The Lowdown on Family Fun in Mile-High Denver

Check out these museums, The Queen City of the plains has plenty to offers great day adventures for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts.

Literary Attractions in Dublin

Fans of James Joyce and other Irish writers can keep themselves busy exploring Dublin’s many literary attractions and pub crawls.

Irish Enchantment: Dublin’s Top Attractions

Historical landmarks, world-class museums, incomparable pubs and abundant shopping are just a few of the draws in this capital city.

Family Fun in Fort Lauderdale

Once a Spring Break mecca, Fort Lauderdale has evolved into a family-friendly city with an overwhelming possibility for adventure.

10 Historical Events Across America

From the Colonial East to the Wild West, step back in time at some famous—and not-so-famous—destinations.

Be Like Bond, James Bond

Do as Agent 007 would and drive an Aston Martin, skydive sans parachute and sip Vesper martinis at London’s Dukes Hotel.

The Banks of Brisbane

Australia’s third largest city has a waterfront teeming with shops, restaurants, a kid-friendly beach and a children’s art center.

Dad’s Day Deals

From NASCAR racing to golf getaways and one extravagant Scotland adventure, check out these Father’s Day travel specials.

10 Ways for Your Kids to Interact With Italy

Keep your kids active, engaged and begging to go back to Italy with these 10 ways for the entire family to experience the country.

On Cloud Nine at the Kennedy Space Center

Explore deep space and meet astronauts at this popular science center near Orlando, Florida.

Laid-Back Luxury at Lake Las Vegas

Experience the Las Vegas high life without the crowds, with a peaceful lakeside retreat.

Buddha’s Birthday Party in Lumbini, Nepal

Visit Buddha’s birthplace to observe—or partake in—holy rituals and one raucous celebration in honor of third-century religious figure, Gautama.

Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Events

Check out these St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations around the world to show your love for the Irish.

Sweet 16 Getaways

Celebrate your birthday girl’s Sweet 16 on a mini-vacation with family and friends.

Top 10 Holiday Events for the Family

Start the holiday season with these fun top family activities including concerts for the kids, a train ride with Santa and chocolate-making demonstrations.

The World’s Top Architecture Museums

These marvelous museums help us understand our built environment—and its past, present and future.

Top Monster Mashes and Halloween Bashes

Check out some of these spooky but fun fright fests taking place this Halloween season.

Westchester County Fall Foliage and Harvest Festivals

Take a fall foliage driving tour, then see the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze at harvest festivals in Westchester County.

Accolades for Abe

Lincoln bicentennial exhibitions, events and activities honoring the 16th President of the United States.

Sandpoint, Idaho: Treasure of the West

Read why this gorgeous mountain destination with an acclaimed arts community is considered one of the best small towns in the west.

Indy 500—Racing Toward 100 Years

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway turns 100 this year. Celebrate by visiting Indianapolis and checking out the race this month or these other cool sites in town.

An Art Hike Through UCSD’s Stuart Collection

Explore this kid-friendly La Jolla art collection sprinkled throughout the University of California, San Diego campus, featuring a 180-ton teddy bear and a Stonehenge-like installation.

5 Free Las Vegas Attractions

Shoot the moon on your Las Vegas getaway with free attractions that won’t make you run out of luck—or money.

Exploring London

A practical travel guide by our local expert to a historic city with modern verve.

London Theater: Not Just for Grownups

Discover a wealth of theater opportunities for children on your next London family vacation.

5 Free Los Angeles Attractions

Just because Los Angeles is virtually synonymous with filthy rich celebrities, doesn’t mean you need to cash out to enjoy some of the cities fabulous attractions.

Cabo: Beyond the Beach

From pirate ship sailings to glass blowing to volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of off-beach family activities for Cabo vacationers.

Melbourne: UNESCO City of Literature

Book lovers will enjoy Melbourne’s strong literary history, myriad independent bookstores, and related festivals and events.

Melbourne: Arts and Culture Capital

Australia’s second-largest city boasts arts festivals, eclectic ethnic cuisine, exotic wildlife and easy, walkable streets to explore it all.

Mellowing Out in Mendocino

Whales, wine, redwoods, art—all come together blissfully in this picturesque Northern California community.

Mexico City’s Top Cultural Attractions

Dig into the heart of this city via its art and history museums and popular markets.

Mexico City All Night Long

This city’s vibrant nightlife scene ranges from chic rooftop bars to cool underground jazz clubs, all of which stay open very, very late.

The Resurrection of Mexico City

Mexico City is quite possibly the most overlooked tourist destination in the world. But it shouldn’t be. Find out why.

Miami: The Beaches and Beyond

See why Miami continues to be a popular tropical playground, with gorgeous beaches, culinary hotspots, historic landmarks and plenty of attractions for kids and adults alike.

More Than Mall of America

Do more than shop on your Twin Cities vacation. Check out these other Minneapolis and St. Paul top attractions.

Naples’ Surging Modern Art Scene

Italy’s southern city offers an eclectic array of contemporary galleries and modern museums sure to impress art aficionados.

Beauty Amid the Chaos in Naples, Italy

Naples is a diamond-in-the-rough, offering stunning landscapes, historical monuments and a burgeoning art scene.

New Orleans Feast of Festivals

Let the good times roll year-round in the Big Easy, home to Mardi Gras and an endless list of fun festivals.

New Orleans: City of Dreams

Let the good times roll in the Crescent City, where joy is found in luscious cuisine, brass bands and year-round celebration.

Best Places for Live Music in New Orleans

Surrender to the magic and celebration of New Orleans music and dance until you drop.

June Events Especially for Kids

Families heading to Chicago or Winnipeg in June should look into a special taste of Chicago for kids and the 26th anniversary of Winnipeg’s annual Kidsfest.

Who Said Hawaii Was Expensive?

From musical performances to historic memorials, there are plenty of things to do on Oahu without spending a dime.

Hawaiian History for the Kids

Learn about Hawaii and explore Oahu’s natural wonders on these affordable kid-friendly excursions.

Luaus: More Than Just a Bowl of Poi

A trip to Oahu isn't the same without a taste of kalua pig and some Hawaiian cultural entertainment.

Valencia’s Las Fallas: A Fire in the Night

The Spanish city Valencia builds hundreds of huge, whimsical statues each March for its Las Fallas festival—then torches all but one in a single night.

Days and (K)nights of Malta

Discover this tiny Mediterranean island nation, which offers legendary history, luxurious hotels and beautiful beaches.

Winter Park: Orlando’s Secret Haven

Enjoy a serene respite in this former resort village for a break from the nearby theme parks, with a farmer’s market, the Morse Museum Tiffany collection, luxury boutiques and sidewalk cafés.

Palm Springs: Hollywood Connection

A one-time escape for film’s finest, this town still offers a connecton to the big screen—and its stars. Take a break from fun in the sun and enjoy the latest in cinema or a trip back to Hollywood’s heyday.

Cool Kids’ Activities in Palm Springs

From snow in the desert to one of the best skate parks in California, this adult sanctuary also offers fun attractions for kids.

Palm Springs: Fun in the Desert Sun

Check out these top Palm Springs attractions in this wonderfully warm destination, from golf to architecture to Hollywood history.

Parisian Picnics

Pack your picnic basket, and enjoy a warm summer day or evening in Parisian style.

Paris: Charming City With Historical Beauty

The French capital lives up to its hype, with world-class museums, restaurants, shopping and historical sites. Check out our local expert’s recommended favorites.

Family Fun in Philadelphia

Keep everyone from tots to teens entertained in the City of Brotherly Love.

Québec’s Gonna Party Like it’s…1608

Celebrating Québec City’s 400th anniversary with 10 months of festivals, art exhibits and street performances—this is one party you won’t want to miss.

Valentine’s Day Events to Remember

Sharpen your Cupid’s arrow and take your sweetheart to one of these annual love events held around the world.

Fiesta San Antonio

Celebrate Texas-style at this city’s biggest annual party and learn how to score tickets and which of the multiple flashy parades and decadent food booths shouldn’t be missed.

Texas History and Latin American Arts

Centuries of art and culture are on display at these San Antonio museums.

San Antonio: There’s More to Remember Than the Alamo

Explore this Southwestern city beyond the famous Alamo. Don’t miss the San Antonio River Walk, its Tex-Mex culture, the Fiesta festival and more.

San Diego: A Playground for Kids and Adults

This Southern California destination remains a family favorite, but cool new hotels and restaurants make it an appealing playground for adults too.

Santa Fe’s Must-See Southwestern Sites

Visit historical attractions and museums, shop like mad and go hiking in the United States’ oldest capital city.

Sarasota Family Vacation

This Florida beach community offers both affordable and luxury accommodations, beautiful beaches, family attractions and quality cultural venues.

Savannah Art and Architecture: A Fusion of Past and Present

Savannah’s remarkably well-preserved historical buildings and celebrated contemporary arts scene offer an elegant feast for the eyes.

Savannah’s Southern Charm and Modern Marvels

Learn about this fine U.S. colonial city’s beautiful historical sites as well as its cutting-edge contemporary attractions.

Sentosa: Singapore’s Island Resort

To escape the city, locals and tourists alike head to this manmade resort area for beach fun, dining and Singapore family attractions.

East Meets West in the Lion City

Singapore is an ideal entry point to Asia, with its mix of cultures and cuisines, historic sites and modern attractions.

Accessible Chicago

Tips for how to navigate the Windy City when traveling with a disabled child.

Capital Access: Touring D.C. with Special Needs Kids

Use this guide to plan your Washington, D.C., family trip with your special needs child.

Soak Up Sweet Sounds at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival

The best jazz festival in the Caribbean brings headliners from jazz, pop, R&B and world music to the island paradise.

Island Adventures in St. Lucia

A patchwork of colonial history, this Eastern Caribbean island offers a variety of activities, attractions and cuisines stemming from French, British and African influence.

5 Cool Kids Activities in Sydney

From climbing Harbour Bridge to riding the waves at Bondi Beach, don’t miss these top family attractions if exploring Sydney with kids.

Tampa and St. Pete Family Vacation

Neighboring cities Tampa and St. Petersburg provide excellent beaches and family attractions as well as art and culture for those traveling without little ones.

Ybor City: Tampa’s Cuban Cultural Community

Visit Tampa’s Latin quarter for a taste of Cuban cuisine, entertainment and history.

Hershey: The Sweetest Place on Earth

Immerse yourself in everything chocolate in Hershey, Pa, from a chocolate fondue wrap to chocolate martinis to a chocolate museum. There are new rides at Hersheypark too.

Hotel Discounts, Free Kids Camp, Columbus Day Music Festival

This week’s deals are for a Branson hotel, free Florida kids camp and golf, a music festival in Aruba, and family retreat discounts for Utah or South Africa.

Hotel Packages in San Francisco, Greece, New York and Asheville

This week’s discounts are at San Francisco hotels, a free night’s stay in Santorini, a museum package in New York and passes to North Carolina attractions.

Italy Hotel Deals, Caribbean Packages and Lake Las Vegas

This week’s discounts are for Florence and Venice hotels, a last-minute deal in Lake Las Vegas, and family discounts in the Bahamas and Barbados.

New York, Safari, Spa and Tahiti Deals

Check out deals for art and family packages in New York, an African tour in Kenya, spa credits at Ritz-Carlton and affordable Tahiti for families.

Hudson 400: Henry Hudson’s Historic Voyage

It’s been four centuries since this Dutch explorer discovered the Hudson River. Check out the events slated for the year-long celebrations throughout New York State.

Deals: Québec, San Diego, New Orleans and Naples

This week’s deals include Québec hotel and museum discounts, grandparents package in New Orleans, reduced admission to San Diego attractions, and special summer rates for a Florida beach and golf resort.

Prince Edward Island: Summer and Fall Festivals

From the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ centennial celebration to shellfish festivals, Canada’s smallest province offers a wealth of activities for vacationing families.

Universal Studios Says Fire Won’t Affect Family Travelers

A fire that destroyed several Universal Studios sets won’t hinder theme park visitors.

WaterFire Providence Festival

Put some spark into your vacation with a visit to Providence’s famous annual art event.

Traverse City Festivals

Enjoy sweet eats, fine dining and movie marathons at three Traverse City, Michigan festivals. Plus the chance to see Madonna.

Washington, D.C., Theater for Kids

The theater scene in the D.C. Metro area is vibrant and ready to entertain children of all ages.

Family Events in Washington, D.C.

Our nation’s capital offers a year-round slew of special events, guaranteed to give you and the kids a fun lesson in history and culture.

Yosemite National Park’s Civilized Wilderness

Enjoy nature at its finest along with cultural amenities you might not expect in a national park.

New York City Travel Guides

Two great books for two distinct audiences: family travelers and those looking for off-the-beaten-path exploration.

A Seattle Guidebook That Really Gets Kids

This kid-specific Seattle guidebook offers a comprehensive overview of the city’s attractions with an eye to children’s entertainment and education.

Tired of the Mudslinging? Discover D.C. for Yourself

Two Washington guidebooks highlight capital attractions in an interactive format for kids.