When we entered the doors of one of the biggest malls in America, Destiny USA located in Syracuse New York, we walked past all the retail stores. Our visit was not to shop, but to explore what makes this mall more than just a place for shopping.
Walking through Destiny USA’s six floors you’ll find a movie theater, indoor golfing, a variety of restaurants, go kart racing and what we were there for, WonderWorks.
This interactive, educational and entertaining museum in Destiny USA is one among five WonderWorks locations. You’ll know you’ve arrived at a WonderWorks location when you see a building that seems out of place, designed to be upside down.
Upon entering the building, there’s a Christmas tree. And to fit WonderWorks’ theme of sparking your imagination, it’s not exactly normal. It’s upside down!
Here’s a Vine video shot while at the front of WonderWorks, including the Christmas tree.
Upon entering the building, get your tickets and prepare to have fun. We had our tickets already for VIP admission (Thank you, Visit Syracuse!) which included general admission, 4D theater, lazer tag and ropes course.
Before entering the main exhibit, walk through a tunnel that’ll make you feel dizzy by the time you reach the first attraction.
Laying on a bed of nails, learning how to land a spaceship, using your brain waves and measuring how high you can jump are some of what you can expect to do in WonderWorks at Destiny USA.
But being a traveler, naturally I was drawn to the giant screens with the words Google Earth.
We spent at least 10 minutes zooming into the places we visited in South America just a month before. Details of the Spanish school building I went to in Montevideo, Uruguay just like how I remembered it and the names of streets that we walked on almost every day while living in Uruguay could be seen.
And getting further into the excitement, we found the cathedral in Cuenca, Ecuador, Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción with its distinctive blue domes.
After having some good memories brought back, we continued to other exhibits including the 4D theater. It’s just like a normal movie theater with a large screen and some seats except there are seat belts on the seats. Put on your 3D glasses, buckle up and watch and feel as if you’re experiencing the movements on the screen.
Other than the exhibits, the next part of our visit to WonderWorks at Destiny USA is a must do. That is, the Canyon Climb Adventure Ropes Challenge Course. 70 feet above ground, you’ll walk on ropes while only attached to a harness.
If you’re terrified of heights, this is a good time to conquer your fear. I’m not a huge fan of heights but I figured since I climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge before, it’d be ok. Except even now as I type, my hands are getting sweaty!
This is part of the ropes course. 70 feet below is Santa.
And this is the whole ropes course in a Vine video.
Feeling hesitant and wanting to quit, the person overseeing the ropes course came to me and made me sit, hanging on just my harness proving that you really can’t fall 70 feet down if you make a mistake. So make sure you do walk on the ropes course, you’ll conquer your fear and feel great after!
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