10 tourist attractions that you can actually sleep in

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Whenever we plan our vacations, we always try to book hotels that are as close to as many major attractions and events as possible. But what if we told you that instead, you could sleep directly inside those attractions?

It’s a pretty cool idea, right? Well it turns out many companies have already thought of it. Here’s a list of incredible attractions around the world that allow you to spend the night:

The Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada

Rogers Centre
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You may not be able to catch any fowl balls from up here, but the Renaissance  Downtown Hotel in Toronto offers an experience you won’t forget. It’s one of the only hotels in the world that’s located inside of a major sports stadium, which means you can take in the action of the ol’ ball game from the comfort of your bed. Plus, beer is cheaper when you stay at the hotel.

Natural History Museum, London, UK

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If sleeping under giant dinosaur skeletons isn’t the kind of thing that would give you nightmares, the Natural History Museum in London, UK offers sleep over events for children and adults alike. Tickets start at £60 for kids and £180 for grown ups. You can check out event listings right here.

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, San Francisco, USA

Alcatraz
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Even though many inmates spent their time languishing in the cells of Alcatraz yearning for freedom, you can now pay to have yourself locked up here. You’ll get the whole prison experience, too: your time on the island will be spent working, touring and then sleeping in individual cells in the D-Block. The only difference is that the food served during your stay will be much better than what prisoners would’ve ate. This experience doesn’t come easily though. Tickets are assigned through a lottery process, which you can enter by filling out an application. If you’re selected, the trip will cost $2,000. More information is available right here and you easily can check out flights to San Francisco.

No Man’s Fort, Portsmouth, UK

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Rooftop hot tubs, fireworks, delicious food and murder mystery nights–for a place that was built to defend against seaborne attacks on the UK, there’s certainly no shortage of luxury at No Man’s Fort. Located off the coast of Portsmouth, the views of the ocean you’ll get here are pretty much unrivalled, thanks to the many floor-to-ceiling windows. Overnight packages start at roughly £450 per room, per night.

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya

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As long as you don’t mind giraffes helping themselves to a chunk of your breakfast every morning, Giraffe Manor in Kenya is definitely a contender for just about anyone’s bucket list. This boutique hotel is set on 12 acres of land where giraffes roam freely outside–often interacting with many of the guests who come by. Additional excursions also give you the opportunity to meet and feed baby elephants! The hotel closes every May for maintenance, but is open for the rest of the year.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to so book your plane ticket to Kenya, have a look at

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

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While you won’t be sleeping underwater, Sunlover Reef Cruises will give you the next best thing. The company will transport you to the Great Barrier Reef, where you can dive under the water and take in more than 10,000 fish and marine species mingling in colourful coral. When you get tired, come back up to the boat for some stargazing and then do it all again the next morning! Prices start around $499. View upcoming deals to Queensland to experience sleeping underwater.

Walt Disney World, Orlando, USA

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They say Disney World in Orlando is the land where dreams are made. But how can you make dreams if you don’t sleep there? Fortunately, many hotels and resorts are available in Disney World, including the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort (pictured above). Inside you’ll find a pool with a water slide, a spa, a steakhouse and even a supervised area to drop off the kids. Now that’s something to dream about!

Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland

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Flickr/Melanie Lukesh Reed

Once home to the famous Guinness family, Ashford Castle traces its roots all the way back to the 1200s. Today it’s a lavish, award-winning hotel that continues to host royal family members, politicians and celebrities. “Stunning” doesn’t even begin to describe this place. Ashford Castle is perfect for anyone seeking luxury while indulging in history. But we have to warn you, prices are steep. Be sure to add this amazing castle on your next visit to Ireland.

WolfLodge, Bardu, Norway

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Flickr/Michiel van Nimwegen

Much like Kenya’s Giraffe Manor, WolfLodge (not pictured) near Bardu gives you an experience to live right in the middle of a huge wolf enclosure. The hotel itself features cozy couches, fireplaces, animal skin blankets and windows in the roof to help you see the Northern Lights at night. You will also have opportunities to interact with the wolves during select periods! You have to email the company directly for information on nightly room rates.

Have a look at the flight options to Norway to start planning your stay at WolfLodge

Ripley’s Aquarium, Myrtle Beach, USA

Ripley's Aquarium
Flickr/Greg Duckworth II

Better sleep with one eye open at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The company allows both families or just kids to come for a sleepover in its aptly-named “Dangerous Reef Tunnel”. The night includes a dive show, scavenger hunt and a “late night activity”. You can see what events are still available right here.

 

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