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Urban Birthday Adventures: Plan a Big-City Bucket-List Birthday

Sep 13, 2016 04:30PM ● By Ryan Frisch

Not an outdoorsy explorer? If a city escape is more your style, here are suggestions for celebrating the next big birthday with a more urban flair.

New York City. The Big Apple offers endless possibilities for a bucket-list birthday celebration. Visit the Museum of Modern Art. Watch a Broadway show. Applaud a prima ballerina at Lincoln Center or a piano virtuoso at Carnegie Hall. Shop on 5th Avenue. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage around Central Park. Take a boat to the Statue of Liberty or an elevator to the top of the new Freedom Tower or old Empire State Building. You can feel on top of the world in New York without climbing a mountain.

Paris. The City of Light can fulfill your every birthday wish and whim. Sip a latte at a sidewalk café or while strolling down the Champs-Élysées. Ogle the magnificent stained glass windows at Notre Dame Cathedral. Watch a mime before ascending the Eifel Tower, or let the Mona Lisa watch you at the Louvre. Wander through Rodin’s mansion and sculpture garden. French food. French wine. Enough said.

London. The Old Smoke is for the young at heart. See the crown jewels at London Tower. Enjoy a draft beer at a 300-year-old pub. Watch a hit musical in Piccadilly Circus before it arrives on Broadway. See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace or, if you’re lucky, a member of the royal family. Cross the Thames on London Bridge (which isn’t likely to fall down). Buy a tweed cap on Portobello Road, but forget the kilt.

by Lisa Densmore Ballard

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