5 of the Best Off-Broadway Theater Venues in New York City

If the bright lights and trendy streets of New York City are beckoning, you should book a stay at Bluegreen Resorts’ The Manhattan Club, located in the center of the city. Make this resort your home base from which to explore New York City’s iconic landmarks, its glorious art scene, and some of the best restaurants in the world.

After checking out the city’s world-class museums and exclusive shopping venues, don’t forget to buy tickets for a show at one of New York City’s famous theaters. The city is renowned for its Broadway productions, but you can enjoy a more intimate and more affordable theater experience at an Off-Broadway show.

The following are some of the best Off-Broadway theater companies and venues in New York City:

Delacorte Theater

Delacorte Theater

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A beloved summertime destination, the Delacorte Theater is an open-air stage nestled in the southwest corner of Central Park’s Great Lawn. The theater is famous for hosting Shakespeare in the Park, a free series produced annually by The Public Theater. Since 1962, more than 5 million theater-goers have attended free productions by The Public at the 1,872-seat venue.

The nonprofit theater company produces a Shakespeare play for the Delacorte each summer. It also presents other classic plays, including Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht and Anton Chekov’s The Seagull. In addition to introducing emerging talents, the theater often casts celebrated performers like Meryl Streep.

While admission is free, you will need to obtain tickets on the day of a performance.

Astor Place Theatre

Astor Place Theatre was built in 1831 as a row of nine buildings along the historic Colonnade Row on Lafayette Street. Today, just four of those buildings still stand, fronted by marble columns in the Greek Revival style. The site, located in New York City’s “NoHo” area, has become famous as the original home of the Blue Man Group. Collaboration between the Blue Man Group and the Astor Place Theatre has resulted in one of the longest lasting Off-Broadway shows in the city.

Pershing Square Signature Center

Home to the Signature Theatre Company, the Pershing Square Signature Center is an expansive new venue on 42nd Street in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan. The center includes three distinctive theater spaces that deliver an immersive and intimate experience.

Modeled after the company’s original theater space, the Diamond Stage seats 294 people, while The Linney Stage seats 191 people in a flexible courtyard configuration. The Griffin Jewel Box Theatre also seats 191 audience members, but the space resembles a traditional grand opera house that has been miniaturized to promote the audience-performer engagement that is characteristic of Off-Broadway theater.

Along with the three theater spaces, the Pershing Square Signature Center offers two studios, a bookshop, and a café that is perfect for an after-show drink. The spacious center was designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry and enables the Signature Theatre Company to support more talented playwrights.

The Daryl Roth Theatre

The Daryl Roth Theatre is an unmatched space in the Union Square area, with high ceilings and an unobstructed layout. Located in the former Union Square Savings Bank on the corner of East 15th Street, The Daryl Roth Theatre opened to audiences in 1996, when producer Daryl Roth revitalized the historic 1840’s building. For seven years, the building housed DE LA GUARDA, an international Off-Broadway hit.

In 2002, The Daryl Roth Theatre also transformed the former Union Square Savings Bank annex into the DR2 Theatre, an intimate theatre venue with just 99 seats. The DR2 has presented a number of top productions, including The Velveteen Rabbit, Stars of David, and Ears On A Beatle.

Cherry Lane Theatre

In 1924, the Cherry Lane Theatre began as the Cherry Lane Playhouse, an influential and long-running Off-Broadway venue that hosted productions starring a variety of celebrated artists, from Geraldine Fitzgerald to Barbara Streisand. The Commerce Street venue in Greenwich Village was the birthplace of several major theater movements, and it became known for showcasing the work of emerging playwrights. Some of the most famous American plays, written by greats like T. S. Eliot and Sam Shepard, came out of the small theatre.

Cherry Lane was revived in 1996 by Angelina Fiordellisi, who went on to found the Cherry Lane Studio to support more aspiring playwrights. Currently, Cherry Lane Theatre includes a 60-seat studio and a 179-seat main stage.

Where to Go for the Most Unique Experiences in Kauai

From its clear ocean waters to its verdant forests, Kauai has something for every vacationer. At Bluegreen’s Pono Kai Resort, a 13-acre oceanfront oasis along Kauai’s Coconut Coast, you can take advantage of numerous on-site amenities, such as putting greens and tennis courts, or visit Guest Services to reserve a spot at the next luau. Kauai’s famous beaches and sparkling waters are also perfect for surfing, snorkeling, and paddle boarding.

While you are staying at the Pono Kai Resort, be sure to enjoy all the sites and experiences that make Kauai special. Here are some of the most unique sites to explore:

Opaekaa Falls

Opaekaa Falls

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Widely known as one of the most accessible waterfalls in Kauai, Opaekaa Falls is conveniently located near the Pono Kai Resort in the Wailua area on the east side of the island. Just two miles up Route 580 from Highway 56, there is a roadside lookout point where you can admire the view of the falls and take pictures.

The waterfall is named Opaekaa, or “rolling shrimp,” because the creatures once populated the stream that feeds the falls. While visiting Opaekaa Falls, you can also walk above the lookout point to catch a view of the Wailua River valley and the surrounding plains.

Kilohana Estate

The Kilohana Estate is located just outside of Lihue, a 15-minute drive from Wailua. A restored plantation, the site features tours of a 16,000-square-foot 1930’s Tudor-style mansion. The historic 35-acre estate was once a sugar plantation that played a central role in Kauai’s business, social, and cultural life.

Surrounded by manicured lawns, the Kilohana Estate now offers tropical gardens, Gaylord’s restaurant, and distinctive shops, such as the Koloa Rum Company. You can also explore an old plantation village and tour Kilohana’s working farm with Classic Kauai Plantation Railway. Along with the regularly held Luau Kalamaku, Kilohana Estate often hosts weddings and other special events.

Nounou Mountain

For more adventures on the east side of Kauai, take a hike along the Nounou Mountain range, which is better known as the “Sleeping Giant” because of its distinct shape. Looking at the mountain range from a distance, many people see the shape of a human figure at rest. Hawaiian legend states that the giant slumbers because villagers long ago tricked him into consuming a large number of rocks concealed in poi and fish.

It’s less than two miles from the trail head on Halelilo Road in Wailua to the top of Sleeping Giant along the scenic Nounou Trail. At the top of the ridge, you are rewarded with stunning views of east Kauai.

Napali Coast

Napali Coast

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From Wailua, it’s only an hour’s drive to the Napali Coast on the North Shore of Kauai, where the 17-mile coastline has become one of the most famous sections of terrain on the island. The Napali Coast is renowned for its steep cliffs, lush hills, rugged valleys, and plummeting waterfalls.

If you’re interested in discovering the magnificent landscape on foot, you’ll need to start at Kee Beach and take the 11-mile Kalalau Trail—the only one through the Napali area—to its end at the quiet Kalalau Beach. Often a treacherous journey, hiking on the trail is discouraged in the winter, and camping permits are required if you spend more than one day on the trail.

Those who don’t want to hike the area can still appreciate the beauty of the Napali Coast by touring the coastline by water or air. Boat tours and guided kayaking trips offer breathtaking views of the sea cliffs, while helicopter tours deliver exquisite panoramas of the coastline.

Spouting Horn Park

In Spouting Horn Park on Kauai’s South Shore, you can discover one of the most photographed sites on the island, the Spouting Horn blowhole. The Spouting Horn blowhole is created by large swells on the Poipu coast that travel through a natural lava tube and explode out the top with “a hiss and a roar” that is part of a Hawaiian legend. According to the legend, the sounds are from a lizard that once defended the coastline and was trapped in the lava tube by a young boy.

Spouting Horn Park’s lookout point also offers spectacular sunset views and whale watching opportunities when humpback whales visit the coastline between December and May.

Kauai Gardens

As a tropical wonderland, Kauai has earned the title “The Garden Isle” and boasts three of the five National Tropical Botanical Gardens in the country. The north side of Kauai features the Limahuli Gardens, which is a 17-acre sanctuary for endangered native plants and agricultural terraces. On the South Shore, the McBryde Garden houses the world’s most extensive assembly of native Hawaiian plants and Allerton Gardens grows the giant Moreton Figs featured in Jurassic Park.

You can explore more Hawaiian flora at Smith’s Tropical Paradise Botanical Garden, Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, and the Kauai Coffee Plantation.

5 Outdoor Attractions to Enjoy in Wonderful Atlantic City

Renowned for its casinos and historic boardwalk, Atlantic City is a popular destination for travelers interested in an exciting East Coast getaway. You won’t miss a moment of the action when you stay with Bluegreen at Atlantic Palace, a contemporary 31-story resort situated on the Atlantic City Boardwalk with views of the Atlantic Ocean. On the Boardwalk, you will be surrounded by a wide range of diversions, including shows by the world’s best performers, luxurious spas, and cuisine prepared by some of the top chefs in the country.

However, Atlantic City offers much more than just gaming and lavish leisure opportunities. The city is also rich with sandy beaches and open-air attractions that let you really relax. To take a break from the casinos and other indoor activities, check out these five outdoor destinations:

The Steel Pier

Atlantic City Steel Pier

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A fun destination for visitors of all ages, the Steel Pier is located right on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and extends 1,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. The Steel Pier was first opened in 1898 as a theater and soon became famous for hosting some of the best entertainment in the world. For example, the Pier has presented legendary shows like the Diving Horse and renowned entertainers such as Frank Sinatra and The Beatles.

After a recent $23 million renovation, the Pier is now prepared for the modern visitor, with updated arcade games, delicious food, and 25 rides that range from gentle to extreme. The Pier also features an ocean-front family restaurant and bar that frequently features live entertainment.

From the Steel Pier, you can experience stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic City skyline. Helicopter rides from the Pier are also available, giving you a birds-eye view of the shoreline, the city, or a combination of both.

The Atlantic City Fishing & Dive Center

Enjoy some fresh ocean air and take a tour with the Atlantic City Fishing & Dive Center. The Center offers a number of cruises and charters, including bottom-fishing and sport-fishing charters on boats that are inspected twice a year and certified by the United States Coast Guard.

On year-round charters, you can fish for various ocean species, such as shark, seabass and cod, while other sea life can be fished on a seasonal basis. For instance, winter flounder fishing charters are available in the spring and Mahi Mahi fishing trips are conducted between July and September.

The Atlantic City Fishing & Dive Center also offers sightseeing and party cruises so anyone can experience Atlantic City from a different perspective. Skyline tours journey along the picturesque coastline and sunset tours reveal the city in its best light.

The Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm

wind farm

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Located at Atlantic City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm is the first wind farm in New Jersey. It features five, 380-foot turbines that can produce enough energy to power nearly 2,500 homes.

The wind farm works in combination with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) solar energy project to power the wastewater treatment plant, and since its founding in 2005, the farm has reduced ACUA energy costs by more than $3.8 million. The ACUA wind farm and solar project also prevent an average of nearly 9,000 metric tons of CO2 from infiltrating the atmosphere annually. According to the ACUA, the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm is unique as an urban, eastern, coastal, on-shore, industrial and multi-turbine wind farm.

The ACUA offers tours of the facility and will customize the experience based on the group’s interests and age levels. There are two tours available: one tour focuses on the Haneman Environmental Park and another tour explores the wind farm, the solar project, and the wastewater treatment center.

The Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina

At the Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina, experienced boaters can rent one of the marina’s 640 floating slips, which can accommodate yachts as long as 300 feet. The harbor is sufficiently sheltered, with no wakes and a minimal current, and dock attendants can even help boaters navigate the slip. As a registered marina guest, you have access to private showers, bathrooms, and the on-site fuel dock.

You can also visit the marina for a casual dining experience at The Deck, one of the two restaurants located in the two-story marina building. The Deck also hosts outdoor entertainment when the weather permits.

The Civil Rights Garden

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To experience more of the beauty and history Atlantic City has to offer, visit the Civil Rights Garden on Pacific Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. The public sculpture garden honors the pivotal role Atlantic City played in the Civil Rights Movement with a tranquil arrangement of Gingko trees, flowers, and winding pathways. As a tribute to the leaders behind the Civil Rights Movement, the Garden also includes 11 granite columns and sculptures with inscriptions about notable people and historic events.

The Civil Rights Garden in Atlantic City is also the site of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ceremony in January and other related events, such as the Fannie Lou Hamer commemorative ceremony.

5 Things You Need to Experience in the St. Pete Beach Area

Kayaks in St. Petersburg. The tour company offers guided or self-guided kayak trips through Weedon Island Preserve, a pristine area with lush mangroves and plenty of wildlife. The relaxing, two- to five-hour trips are available during the day or night. On a customized expedition, you can also kayak on the Suwannee River, visit the Everglades, or venture outside US waters.

RumFish Grill

shrimp scampiLocated on Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach, RumFish Grill combines aquatic-themed entertainment with high-quality dining and shopping. RumFish Grill specializes in delicious seafood, but the grill’s primary attraction is a full-wall aquarium that was built by the professionals on Tanked, Animal Planet’s hit TV series.

In the 33,500 gallon tank, there is a wide range of fish native to the Gulf of Mexico, including grouper and a 4-foot moray eel. The aquarium is also home to coral habitats and another 20 species of fish, such as spotted trout, redfish, and snook. Informative displays offer more details about featured marine life, and educational tours are available for a more in-depth experience.

Beach Escape Game

For a one-of-a-kind interactive experience just off St. Pete Beach, visit Beach Escape Game and test your wits against a small group of family members or friends. You have one hour to solve puzzles, collaborate with your teammates, and crack codes to escape from one of the center’s themed rooms.

When you play in the Lost Treasure room, you are tasked with searching a ship wreck and finding the lost treasure sought by Captain Eli Godsey. If you don’t find the treasure in 60 minutes, you might have to walk the plank! Beach Escape also features a Honky Tonk room and an Espionage room.

Water Sports

With warm waters and consistent gulf breezes, St. Pete Beach is the perfect place to learn a new water sport, such as kiteboarding (also called kitesurfing or flysurfing). The Best Pro-Kiteboarding Center is a gear rental and instruction facility in St. Pete Beach that offers lessons taught by certified kitesurfing instructors. After completing the in-person instructional courses, students receive an ID card that states their ability level.

The smooth waters around St. Pete Beach are also ideal for stand-up paddle boarding. With Water Monkey, a stand-up paddle boarding company located 10 minutes from St. Pete Beach, you can rent gear, take an introductory lesson, and book a nature tour. The lessons are taught by professional instructors who cover the paddling boarding basics, from standing up on the board to using the paddle properly. On the two-hour guided nature tour, you can explore the beautiful Fort De Soto Park and encounter one of the most spectacular bird sanctuaries in Florida.

The Dali Museum

dali museumThe Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the main attractions in the central Gulf coast area. Just 20 minutes away from St. Pete Beach, the museum features the work of the celebrated artist Salvador Dali, who is renowned for his unusual and highly technical sculptures, paintings, and interactive pieces. Many credit the Spanish artist with sensationalizing surrealism and pioneering a new era of creative expression.

At the museum, the galleries on the third floor display some of Dali’s paintings and other work, while the second floor houses an extensive library. The first floor has a theater, an art classroom, and a shop with a wide range of Dali-inspired merchandise.

A helical staircase in the museum also references Dali’s fascination with spirals and the double helical shape of DNA molecules. Outside the building, you can explore a labyrinth and meander through the Mathematical Garden, which examines the connection between nature and math.