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Visitors to the Jelly Belly Candy Com-pany's factory at One Jelly Bean Lane are greeted with the scents of cinnamon, chocolate, and other sweet aromas. You may take a 40-minute tour and learn how jelly beans are made and why producing a single bean can take up to a week. Best of all, you can enjoy 150 different flavors of jelly beans at the complementary sample bar, including pomegranate, the newest addition.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Ecliptic" on Rosa Parks Circle is a must-see sculpture park. Creator Maya Lin incorporated art and architecture on a 110' x 80' pad of concrete, where concentric rings create an optical illusion. In the winter, the exhibit, illuminated by 146 fiber optic lights below the surface, is used as an ice rink. Ice skating will cost you a dollar, but skate rental is free.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Circus Circus Hotel and Casino offers free ringside seats on The Strip. The world's largest, permanent circus presents renowned live acts daily from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, with a variety of amazing performances rotating each half hour.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The French Quarter Festival, a 3-day weekend event, features more than 150 free musical performances on 15 stages throughout the famed district. Nearly 60 food and beverage vending booths fill the U.S. Mint, Jackson Square, and Woldenberg Riverfront Park, where the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch" serves up the best authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants. This year's event takes place from April 13 to 15.
New York, New York
Justin Ferate, an award-winning histo-rian, storyteller, and urban explorer, offers a free 90-minute walking tour of the Grand Central neighborhood every Friday. Sponsored by the Grand Central Partnership, it will give you the chance to observe unique architecture—from Grand Central Terminal, to the Chrysler Building, to the glass-faced Pershing Square—and learn about social history in the heart of midtown Manhattan.