It’s nearly New Year’s, a time of rebirth and rejuvenation, when we take stock of a year passed and another yet to come, a time when we celebrate our triumphs and tragedies together. On December 31, people from sea to shining sea will be coming together to mark the passage of 2015 and the arrival of a fresh slate of Marvel Movies … er, 2016. While New Year’s Eve parties will abound, no matter where you are, there are a handful that are truly epic. Sure, some are obvious (yes, Time’s Square is totally on the list), but some are unexpected delights for all ages. If you’re looking to inject a little adventure or excitement into your New Year’s celebration, these are the places to kick things off right.
1. Times Square – New York City, New York
Let’s go ahead and get the most obvious candidate out of the way quickly. Times Square, in the heart of New York’s tourist district, is easily the world’s (not the nation’s, the world’s) most famous New Year’s destination. If you’re not intimidated by dense, milling throngs of drunk people, then there’s no more exciting place to spend December 31 than watching the famed ball drop over the biggest party on the planet. Whatever the weather, about a million people cram into the square to watch the show (so get there early to secure a prime spot). At least once in a lifetime, you should experience that.