Note: NYC’s Stranger Things Experience has now officially ended.
The show and the experience has a connecting link between adults and kids: the appeal of the 1980s. For adults, it’s a chance to relive all of the neon and pre-tech simplicities. For the younger audience, it’s an opportunity to step inside a decade they didn’t get a chance to experience.
With Stranger Things: The Experience, kids and adults alike are transported to this bodacious decade with ambiance, decor and music. Like the show, the experience is for both adults and kids to enjoy!
There’s a lot to love when it comes to the Stranger Things Experience. But once we stepped into the Upside Down, we were absolutely captivated by the 3D escapade we went on.
First, you have to go through an otherworldly entrance that feels like going through an actual belly of the beast. With 3D glasses on, we stepped into the Upside Down with the mission to fight its eerie creatures. You’re surrounded and they will jump right at you! The visuals pull you in and this part of the entire experience will have your heart racing, if it wasn’t already.
Once you have outlasted the Demogorgons, step into the glorious area that is Mix-Tape. We spent hours here exploring, eating and drinking. Some of the yummiest treats we found were at the Upside Bar. We got mocktails, like the “Eleven” which had lemon-lime soda and cherry lemonade and the “Starcourt Special” which had sparkling orange juice and grenadine. Both were very refreshing and came in cute souvenir cups!
Another indulgence was the ice-cream at Scoops Ahoy. There were many options of flavors from mint chip to cookies and cream to mango sorbet. There was also a wide variety of toppings such as sprinkles, chopped pecans, chocolate drizzle, crushed cone bits and more.
Other treats included cool merchandise. There were a lot of different items such as Hellfire Club shirts, satin pink jackets in the Rink-o-Mania section, and even cell phone cases.
Make memories last at the Starcourt photo booth in the Rink-O-Mania section, or snap a family pic in the Byers family living room. You can also take some video of you crushing your friend’s high score at the Palace Arcade. There is also a separate room where you can pose with a Demogorgon (that won’t eat your face off!).
From Surfer Boy Pizza to the Scoops Ahoy ice-cream stand and Palace Arcade – there are lots of chances for fun pics.
Unfortunately, you can’t take photos and videos while you’re in Hawkins Lab – it’s top secret after all! But at Mix-Tape, everything is a photo-op. So whether it’s an old-school Metallica tee or something very neon, make sure you dress in your ‘80s best!
The experience takes place in Duggal Greenhouse located at 63 Flushing Ave., (Building 268) in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This area gives you a sense of mystery and adventure as the show does.
You can drive, take the subway, bus, cab or NYC Ferry. We especially loved the ferry to avoid the crowded subway, take in the skyline views on the way and it was only $2.75 each way! We departed from the Pier 11/Wall St. ferry stop but you can ride the ferry to and from Roosevelt Island and E. 90th in Manhattan. This NYC Ferry route also goes to different parts of Queens such as Long Island City and Astoria.
Find out more on how to get to Brooklyn’s Stranger Things Experience!