Odd Attractions Guide

The USA is a fantastic place to take an RV rental vacation, but little do many tourists know, it is also home to some of the world�s weirdest and wackiest attractions. The American roadside is scattered with numerous strange oddities that range from the cool and intriguing, to just plain wacked.

So why not discover them for yourself and delve into our unique guide to the weird, wacky and strange attractions of the US? Trust us; you will be glad you did!

Arizona

Living Ghost Town

Home to a population of just 200, this tourist town is basically comprised of one street; a street lined with restaurants and bars, where wild burros can frequently be sighted and gunshots can often be heard from the Ghost rider Gunfighters.

Location:Route 66, Oatman, AZ

Admission:Free

Website: www.legendsofamerica.com/

The Thing?

A total of 247 billboards leading up to it makes “The Thing” one of the most anticipated attractions of roadside America. However, we won’t ruin the surprise of what “the thing” actually is so you will just have to check it out for yourself.

Location: 2631 N Johnson Road, Dragoon, AZ

Admission: $1

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thing

California

Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

Taking an obsession with pez dispensers to a whole new level, the Museum of Pez Memorabilia is a must for anyone interested in the likes of this weird and wacky candy world. From rare, to just plain odd, this museum seems to have them all!

Location: 214 California Drive, Burlingame, CA

Phone Number: 650-347-2301

Admission: $3

Website: www.spectrumnet.com/pez/

Old Faithful Geyser of California

As one of the most predictable geysers in the world, Old Faithful does a fantastic job of attracting the tourists to Yellowstone National Park. The underground river causes an eruption every 45 minutes, with water blasting high into the sky, creating a truly fascinating sight.

Location:1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA

Phone Number: 707-942-6463

Admission: Adults - $10

Website:www.oldfaithfulgeyser.com/

Old Faithful Geyser

Colorado

Cano’s Castle – Beer Can Folk Art

Rising majestically as a shiny masterpiece of flattened out beer cans, hubcaps, screen doors, window casements and bicycle reflectors; Cano’s Castle is a unique piece of architecture you simply cannot pass up.

Location: 10th Avenue. and State Street, Highway 285, Antonito, Colorado

Admission: Free to look, donation for information

Website: http://atlasobscura.com/place/canos-castle

Junkrassic Park

Behold a land where objects fashioned out of recycled metal farm implements roam free.

It may not sound like a premise for a blockbuster movie, but it’s none the less a place worth digging in to.

Location: 35574 CR JJ, Cheraw, CO

Phone Number:719-853-6519

Admission: Free

Idaho

Oasis Bordello Museum

Experience what a brothel was like back in 1980’s by stepping back in time at the Oasis Bordello Museum. Looking exactly like it did 30 years ago, the real-life prostitutes here have been replaced by mannequins, with authentic lingerie and bedding still in place.

Location:605 Cedar Street, Wallace, ID

Phone Number: 208-753-0801

Admission:Adults - $5

Website: www.planetware.com/wallace/oasis-bordello-museum-us-id-801.htm

Museum of Clean

This museum is entirely dedicated to all things cleaning with exhibits of cleaning supplies and products dating back decades lining the corridors. Perfect for clean freaks, this museum will have you thinking twice of just how clean your own home is.

Location: 702 S. 1st Avenue, Pocatello, ID

Phone Number: 208-232-3535

Admission: Adults - $2

Website: www.aslett.com/damc/

Montana

Montana Testicle Festival

Tantalize your taste buds at the Montana Testicle Festival: home to the tastiest testicles in town. The annual event attracts a titillating 10,000 people all seeking to sample the world’s finest bull testicles in a testy festy fashion.

Location: Rock Creek Lodge, Clinton, MT

Phone Number: 406-825-4868

Admission: Adults - $15

Website: www.testyfesty.com/

Testicle Festival

Two-Storey Outhouse

Known to the locals as “Big John”, Nevada City’s two-story outhouse proudly sits behind a hotel, reveling in all its former glory (and who knows what else). This “skys-crapper” of a structure is sure to impress.

Location:Brewery Street, Nevada City, MT

Admission:Free

Nevada

Bonnie and Clyde Death Car

Bonnie and Clyde’s car has sure done its rounds, both before and after their existence.  Now laid to rest in the northern Nevada town of Primm, the car is still creating a spectacle that would rival its previous life as an escape car for one of the world’s most notorious couples.

Location: 320 Gold Ranch Road, Verdi, NV

Phone Number:775-345-6789

Rhyolite Last Supper

A slightly spooky interpretation of the da Vinci masterpiece, the statues of the Rhyolite Last Supper resemble ghost-like structures, holding an eerie, but noticeable presence.

Location: Hwy 374, Rhyolite, NV

Phone Number: 702-870-9946

Admission: Free

Website: http://goldwellmuseum.org/

New Mexico

The Black Hole: Atomic Surplus Store

Put on your best radioactive suit, and head into the The Black Hole, a 17,000 square foot store and museum brandishing some of the great relics from Los Alamos’ radioactive past. Guaranteed to be an “out of this world” experience!

Location:4015 Arkansas Avenue, Los Alamos, NM

Phone Number: 505-662-5053

Admission: Free

Tinkertown

One of Route 66’s more offbeat attractions, Tinkertown blends folk art with nostalgia and is an unbeatable display of items from the mid-west, packed into a confusing structure that will leave you in awe of just how wacky some people can be.

Location: 121 Sandia Crest Road, Sandia Park, NM

Phone Number:505-281-5233

Admission: Adults - $3

Website: www.tinkertown.com/

Oregon

Grant County Historical Museum

Home to an impressive three stuffed animal freaks and the skulls of two murders, the Grant County Historical Museum isn’t like your typical showcase of American history. Wacky dummies fill out the rest of the building and visually depict the true weirdness of Canyon City’s strange past.

Location:101 South Canyon City Boulevard, Canyon City, OR

Phone Number:541-575-0362

Admission:Adults - $4

Website: www.gchistoricalmuseum.com/

Gold Hill – Oregon Vortex

Nothing can really explain the strange happenings that have occurred at the Oregon Vortex over the years, so I guess you will just have to go there to see for yourself. While its pretty looks may be deceiving, the things that have happened here are chilling enough to make you think twice before entering.

Location: 4303 Sardine Creek Road, Gold Hill, OR

Phone Number: 541-855-1543

Admission:Adults - $9.50

Website: www.oregonvortex.com/

Utah

Bingham Canyon Mine

Shaming the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Bingham Canyon was forged by an especially large trench and could potentially hold up to 9 million people!

Location:Copperton, Utah

Phone Number: 801-252-3234

Admission:Free

Website:http://en.wiki
pedia.org/wiki/Bingham_Canyon_Mine

Four Corners USA

The concept of being in two places at once is taken to a whole new realm at Four Corners USA. Stand right at the meeting point of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona on just one toe and see what it’s like to break through geographical barriers.

Location: 4 Corners Monument Road, Shiprock, NM

Phone Number: 928-871-6647

Website:www.explorefourcorners.com/

Washington

Marsh’s Free Museum

Positioned on one of Long Beach’s most famous retail strips, this museum boasts many weird and wacky things, but none perhaps more so than Jake the Alligator Man. Half man, half alligator, this ancient attraction is guaranteed to send a few shivers down your spine.

Location: 409 S Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, WA

Phone Number:360-642-2188

Admission:  Free

Website: www.marshsfreemuseum.com/

Bob’s Java Jive – Giant Coffee Pot

Measuring in at an impressive 25 feet in height and 30 feet in diameter, Bob’s Java Jive offers an experience you will not want to miss out on.

Pay a visit to the Jungle Room and enjoy a drink at the bar while listening to live music.

Location: 2102 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA

Phone Number: 253-475-9843

Admission: Free

Wyoming

Ames Brothers Pyramid

If you aren’t in the mood for a trek to Egypt, the Ames Brothers Pyramid is the next best thing. Standing a symmetrical 60 feet square and 60 feet tall, this monolithic structure stands proud on a treeless, windswept plateau of nothingness essentially.

Location:Monument Road, Buford, WY

Phone Number: 307-777-6323

Admission: Free

Website: http://ludb.clui.org/

Fossil Cabin

What do you get when you combine 26,000 dinosaur bones in one big clump, with a hollow inside? A Fossil Cabin of course! Affectionately known as the “Oldest Cabin in the World”, this dinosaur boned structure makes for an interesting photo opportunity and a unique walk through.

Location: US Hwy 30, Medicine Bow, WY

Website: http://www.medicinebow.org/



Illinois

Superman’s Hometown

If you are fan of one of the world’s most recognizable superheroes, a visit to Metropolis, Illinois is a must.

The hub of excitement can be found at the Super Museum and the 200-foot-tall-statue of the hero himself; perfect for photo opportunities with the one and only Superman.

Location:517 Market Street, Metropolis, IL

Phone Number: 618-524-5518

Admission: Adults - $3

Website: www.supermuseum.com/

Historic Auto Attractions

Home to some of the most historically and culturally significant auto artifacts in the country, this museum is a must for any interested in the history of, well everything related to automobiles. From Hitler’s staff car and Bonnie and Clyde’s death hats, to part of the fence from the JFK assassination at Grassy Knoll, this museum has it all!

Location:13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe, IL

Phone Number:815-389-7917

Admission: Adults - $10

Website: www.historicautoattractions.com/

Indiana

Santa’s Candy Castle

While the castle itself falls short of being the wackiest thing you will see in Indiana, it is its owner, Kevin Klosowski, who takes the cake (or candy in this case).

Klosowski’s big dream was to “fill the castle moat with hot chocolate”, but on further reflection, and the inevitable disapproval from the health inspector, this dream has been flushed down the drain – quite literally!

Location: 15499 N State Road 245, Santa Claus, IN

Phone Number: 812-544-3900

Admission: Free

Website: www.santascandycastle.com/

RV Hall of Fame

This fascinating hall of fame houses a unique collection of antique trailers, memorabilia, historic photographs and artifacts that have all stemmed from the RV world. The scaled models are particularly exciting!

Location: 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart, IN

Phone Number: 800-378-8694

Admission: $8

Website: www.rvmhhalloffame.org/

Iowa

World’s Largest Strawberry

The 15-foot tall sculpture of a strawberry was constructed entirely from fiberglass and in comparison to all the others speckled across the country, is by far the most realistic.

Location: 111 E. Mission Street, Strawberry Point, IA

Phone Number: 563-933-4400

Admission: Free

Website: www.strawberrypt.com/

Albert: World’s Biggest Bull

Albert is the world’s biggest bull, standing 30 feet tall and 33 feet long, with horns that span for an impressive 15 feet. Albert’s proudest feature is undoubtedly his giant gonads, which are made from solid concrete. These features are the only part of Albert that gets painted frequently, mostly the colors of football rivals, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “blue balls”.

Location: East Division Street, Audubon, IA

Phone Number: 712-563-3780

Admission: Free

Kansas

Kansas Underground Salt Museum

Comprised completely out of salt, this underground museum boasts tunnels that go on for miles, with some claiming you would find salt all the way through a dig to New Mexico.

Take a tour on the “dark ride” and marvel at just how intriguing this actually is.

Location:3504 East Avenue G, Hutchinson, KS

Phone Number: 620-662-1425

Admission: Adults - $15.75

Website: www.undergroundmuseum.org/index.php

M.T. Liggett’s Political Sculptures

Situated along Highway 154, M.T. Liggett’s Political Sculptures are an expressive form of art that depict not only political structures, but the likes of grinning dogs, ancient gods, a smiling pumpkin and chickens wearing boots. You don’t get much wackier than this!

Location:South Avenue, Mullinville, KS

Admission: Free

Website: http://tours-tv.com/en/Fancy-figurines-Mullinville

Kentucky

Vent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum

Ventriloquism is something that has intrigued the public for many years, and as fascinating as it may be, many of us are still wary of just what these “dummies” can do. This museum really puts you right in the thick of it, as you walk through endless rooms of silently grinning dolls, it’s hard not to get a slight feeling of the “heebie-jeebies” and wonder just what’s going on in their little wooden heads.

Location: 33 W. Maple Avenue, Fort Mitchell, KY

Phone Number: 859-341-0461

Admission: Donation

Website: www.kentuckybeautiful.com/

Answers in Genesis Creation Museum

Offering some sort of answer to the age old debate between Evolution and Creationism, the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum is an attraction that is guaranteed to surprise even the most skeptical among us.

Location: 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, KY

Phone Number: 888-582-4253

Admission: Adults - $24.95

Website: www.creationmuseum.org/

Minnesota

World’s Largest Twine Ball

Twenty-nine years in the making, the world’s largest twine ball (rolled by one man) has put the small town of Darwin, Minnesota, on the map. Coming in at an impressive 9 tons and measuring 12 feet wide, the ball has faced some tough competition, but has stayed strong (or string rather) and maintained its title, and its keen local admirers.

Location: 1st Street, Darwin, MN
 
Phone Number:20-693-7544

Admission: Free

World’s Largest Booming Prairie Chicken

Weighing in at a whopping 9000 pounds, this chicken would likely set you back a hefty sum if you were to purchase it from your local butcher. Instead, why not pay a visit to the 13-foot replica, which even on its better days looks positively alien. If you stand at the right angle below it, it makes for a great gag photo

Location:Center Street, Rothsay, MN

Admission: Free

Website: www.worldslargestthings.com/

Michigan

World’s Largest Tire

Nothing captures the state’s automotive history more than this tribute to one of the world’s most useful inventions: the tire!

Weighing in at 12 ton and standing an impressive 80-foot tall, this tire will put the tires on your car to ABSOLUTE SHAME!

Location: I-94, Allen Park, MI

Admission: Free

Weird Michigan Wax Museum

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is known for its, lets say, oddities, but this museum has to take the cake (and the candles). Although the displays are somewhat “tongue in cheek”, they do well to capture the weird and wacky of the Upper Peninsula and will have you shaking in your boots, or simply just crept out!

Location:  Martin Lake Road, St. Ignace, MI

Phone Number: 906-643-8760

Admission: Adults - $7

Website: www.weirdwax.com/

Missouri

Mount Rushmore Celebrity Heads

This celebrity tribute to the real Mount Rushmore features the likes of John Wayne, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Oliver Hardy, and is a must for keen pop-culture lovers.

Location: 3030 W. Hwy 76, Branson, MO

Phone Number: 417-337-8277

Admission: Free

Glore Psychiatric Museum

Though slightly depressing, this attraction dives deep into the realm of weird and wacky and is a must-visit for those with a slight crazy tendency. Discover terrifying torture devices and wander through the creepily realistic exhibits; make sure you stay with your group though as you never know what you may find here.

Location: 3408 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO

Phone Number:816-364-1209

Admission: Adults - $5

Website: www.gloremuseum.org/

Nebraska

Carhenge

America’s quirkiest Stonehenge can be found just outside the small town of Alliance, Nebraska. What makes this one stand out is the fact that is it entirely made of cars; 38 to be exact.

Location: Hwy 87, Alliance, NE

Phone Number: 308-762-1520

Admission: Free

Website: www.carhenge.com/

World’s Largest Ball of Stamps

Weighing in at a whopping 600 pounds, the World’s Largest Ball of Stamps is claimed to be comprised of 4,655,000 stamps, collected from a bygone era when people actually used to mail each other letters. Imagine that!

Location: Leon Myers Stamp Center, 13628 Flanagan Boulevard, Boys Town, NE

Phone Number: 800-625-1400

Admission: $5 donation

Website: www.worldslargestthings.com/

North Dakota

World’s Largest Grasshopper

Gary Greff’s original idea for the Enchanted Highway has soared and the grasshopper has a lot to do with this. For all those acridophobians out there, don’t let its size fool you though; unlike real grasshoppers, this one is completely harmless.

Location: Regency-Gladstone Road, Regent, ND
 
Phone Number: 701-563-6400

Admission: Free

Tin Family – The Enchanted Highway

The local tin family offers a popular stop-off point along the Enchanted Highway, visually depicting a larger than life impression of farming life. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the tin sculptures is the mother’s hair, which if you look closely enough will notice is made of barbed wire.

Location: Regency-Gladstone Road, Regent, ND
 
Phone Number:701-563-6400

Admission: Free

Ohio

American Sign Museum

America’s roadside is what it is because of the weird and wacky things that can be found along it, and these odd attractions would be nothing if it were not for the signs that lead you to them. The American Sign Museum pays tribute to these signs and is in fact the only one of its kind in the country.

Location: 2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH

Phone Number: 513-258-4020

Admission: $10 per person

Website: www.signmuseum.net/

World’s Largest Basket-Shaped Building

Coming home from work as a basket case is given a whole new meaning at the world’s largest basket in Newark, Ohio. The basket is a replica of Longaberger’s Medium Market Basket…but measures in at more the 160 times larger, and is the home office of Longaberger’s company.

Location: 1500 East Main Street, Newark, OH

Phone Number: 740-322-5588

Admission: Free

Website: www.worldslargestthings.com/

South Dakota

Porter Sculpture Park

Marvel at the Egyptian cow head, the pink Chinese dragon, the Grim Reaper and the Screaming Man and you’ll soon realize this isn’t just weird: this is art.

Location: 25700 451st Avenue, Montrose, SD

Phone Number: 605-853-2266

Admission: $6

Website: www.portersculpturepark.com/

Devil’s Gulch

Allegedly the very spot where Jesse James, famous American outlaw, fell to his untimely death, Devil’s Gulch inspires a certain amount of awe and will have you hanging on for dear life at the very thought of crossing the gorge.

Location:Devil's Gulch Park, Garretson, SD

Phone Number: 605-594-6721

Admission: Free

Wisconsin

Museum of Historic Torture Devices

Find out exactly how rats can gnaw out the intestines of a human and the method of crushing a human skull, or experience what it is like to be electrocuted in the fake electric chair that is “suitable for all ages”.

Location: 740 Eddy Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Phone Number: 608-254-2439

Admission: $8

Website: www.torturamuseum.com/

Ghost Outpost

While many haunted houses tend to be on the corny and cheesy side, the Ghost Outpost in Wisconsin Dells tries to move past this and create an experience that will truly terrify its visitors; emphasis on the “tries”.

Location: 633 US Highway 12, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Phone Number: 608-254-2127

Admission: Adults - $8.95

Website: www.ghostoutposthauntedhouse.com/



Connecticut

Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities

Home to a unique collection of freaks and rarities, this museum is a must for those wishing to gain a peak at things like a two-headed calf, an eight-foot-long alligator and strange exo-skeletons.

Location: 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Phone Number: 860-522-6766

Admission: Adults - $6

Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center

Home to one of the strangest collections of random objects you will see in the US, this museum will expose you to the likes of a 15-foot-long snake skin, a rib from a 65-ton whale and an ox yoke.

Location: 1003 Newfield Street, Middletown, CT

Phone Number:860-613-0061

Admission: Free

Website: www.wildbillsonline.com/

Delaware

Miles the Monster

A concrete and red-eyed version of “The Hulk”, Miles the Monster has been standing mascot for the Dover International Speedway for over a decade now, and is so big he can be seen from up to half a mile away.

Location: 1131 N. Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE

Phone Number: 302-883-6500

Admission: Free

Website: www.doverspeedway.com/

World Champion Punkin Chunkin

Held every year just after Halloween, what better way to get rid of those rotting pumpkins than the Pumpkin Chunkin? This annual pumpkin throwing contest has the locals bringing out the big guns, with cannons, catapults and centrifugal machines a common sight here.

Location: Bridgeville, DE

Phone Number: 302-684-8196

Admission: $7

Website: www.punkinchunkin.com/

Pennsylvania

Mercer Museum: Historic Galleys

This seven-storey castle museum is home to things that may seem common, but when on display here, delve into the weird and wacky. Boats hang from the ceiling and an entire room is filled with creepy stove plates and fireplace tiles; a very strange place indeed.

Location: 84 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, PA

Phone Number: 215-345-0210

Admission: Adults - $9

Website: www.mercermuseum.org/

World’s Largest Burgers

Forget Macca’s, Clearfield, Pennsylvania is where you will find the world’s largest burger.

Weighing in at a rather disgusting 15 pounds, the burgers here will have you rolling out the door…literally.

Location: 1452 Woodland Road, Clearfield, PA

Phone Number: 814-765-7190
 
Admission: Free

Website: www.dennysbeerbarrelpub.com/

Maine

Giant Snowman

Take over 13,000,000 pounds of snow, stack it 122 feet high, wrap it in a 130 foot long scarf, and you have yourself the world’s largest man with a body temperature below freezing.

Location:8 Station Place, Bethel, ME

Phone Number: 207-824-2282

Admission: Free

Website: www.bethelmainesnowwoman.com/

World’s Tallest Indian

He may not be the largest, but he certainly is the world’s tallest Indian. Standing 62-feet high, this structure is the perfect background for happy snaps.

Location:High Street, Skowhegan, ME

Phone Number: 207-474-3621

Admission: Free

Maryland

National Museum of Dentistry

A visit to the dentist generally isn’t a pleasant experience however the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore may be the exception to this rule.
Learn about the development of drills and the evolution of extraction instruments, before inspecting the dentures of George Washington and the regal set of picks and tooth scrapers used by Queen Victoria. It’s sure to bring a toothy grin to your face!

Location: 31 South Greene Street, Baltimore, MD

Phone Number:410-706-0600

Admission: Adults - $7

Website:www.dentalmuseum.org/

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Comic book fans will go nuts at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum; a big kid’s paradise. The heart of the museum is the shrine of comic books “A Story in Four Colors”, which showcases pristine copies of some of America’s most loved comic books. Other highlights include the showcased box of Mr. T Cereal and a battery powered Great Garloo.

Location: 301 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD

Phone Number: 410-625-7060

Admission: Adults - $10

Website: www.geppismuseum.com/

Massachusetts

Witch Dungeon

First take in a live performance of an authentic Salem witch trial and watch a 17th century prosecutor tear apart the flawed testimony of the accused witch.

Next, rise to your feet in celebration as the witch is convicted of her heinous crimes. Finally, head down to the Witch Dungeon for a round a witch flogging, water boarding, planking, broomstick beating and any other forms of devious witch torture you can devise.

Location:16 Lynde Street, Salem, MA

Phone Number: 978-741-3570

Admission: Adults - $8

Website: www.witchdungeon.com/

Museum of Bad Art

There aren’t too many art galleries one would visit expecting to see bad art; but this place is one of them.  While some would consider the artwork here masterpieces, most would agree it’s tragic beyond words and there is no other place for it.

Location: 580 High Street, Dedham, MA

Phone Number: 781-444-6757

Admission: Free

Website: www.museumofbadart.org/

New Hampshire

American Classic Arcade Museum

Perfect for all keen gamers out there, young and old, this classic arcade museum is the largest arcade in the world. Visitors not only get to look and touch the gaming machines, but also play them as well. There are even machines here from 1971!

Location: US Hwy 3, Laconia, NH

Phone Number: 603-366-4377

Website: www.classicarcademuseum.org/

Ruggles Mine: Movie Caliber Rockyard

Burrowed into the depths of Isinglass Mountain, Ruggles Mine is a huge open pit that is full of pitch-black passages and is perfect for keen cave explorers. Never mind the fact that going inside may make you feel like a leper; the gems you are able to dig for will be well worth it!

Location: Ruggles Mine Road, Grafton, NH

Phone Number: 603-523-4275

Admission: Adults - $25

Website: www.rugglesmine.com/

New Jersey

Northlandz

Regarded as the world’s largest miniature railway, Northlandz boasts 80 miles of track and hundreds of bridges, each of which have been very delicately constructed. You could literally spend an entire day just looking at it!

Location: 495 US Hwy 202, Flemington, NJ

Phone Number: 908-782-4022

Admission: $13. 75

Website: www.northlandz.com/

New York

House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

Enter this house of screams and you will soon discover the true torture some locals feel of living in New York. Be careful not to bump into any of the dummies that are sprawled about the place, since you are also likely to come across an axe or two along with them.

Location: 213 Canada Street, Lake George, NY

Phone Number: 518-668-3377

Admission: Adults - $8.99

Website: www.frankensteinwaxmuseum.com/

Kaatskill Kaleidoscope

Claiming to be the “world’s largest kaleidoscope” this is attraction is…well it’s exactly that. Crane your necks to look up the top of this 60-foot structure and you will be rewarded with a show that will take you on a journey from the days of Lincoln and Stalin, to Marilyn Monroe and Nixon. Surely this couldn’t disappoint?

Location: 5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY

Phone Number: 877-688-2828

Admission: $5 per show

Website: www.kaleidostore.com/

Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s Vampire Grave

The legend of Rhode Island’s most famous, alleged vampire lives on at his gravesite in Exeter.  Ghost hunters and vampire fans frequent this place, making it the state’s most visited grave site.

Location: Victory Hwy., Exeter, RI

Vermont

Bread and Puppet Museum

Home to some truly creepy puppets, this museum takes weird and wacky to a whole new level. Many of the puppets here are deformed, adding to their creepiness, making for a perfectly freaky day out.

Location: 753 Heights Road, Glover, VT

Phone Number: 802-525-3031

Admission: Donation


Alabama

The Ava Maria Grotto

Known across the world as a “Miniature Jerusalem”, this beautifully landscaped park is nestled on 4 acres and houses 125 reproductions of some of the world’s most famous buildings and shrines.

Location: 1600 St. Bernard Drive, SE, Cullman, AL

Phone Number: 256-734-4110

Admission: Adults - $7

Website: www.avemariagrotto.com/

African Village in America

As far as weird and wacky in Alabama goes, there really is nothing stranger than Birmingham’s African Village.

Joe Minter has been developing this tribute to African-America in his backyard since 1989, and all attractions have been built from the likes of old sports equipment, baking pans, footwear, toys and Christmas lawn decorations.

Location: 931 Nassau Avenue SW., Birmingham, AL

Phone Number: 205-322-7370

Admission: Free

Florida

Coral Castle

Built by the strength of just one made, Coral Castle may not look like much of a castle, but it is well worth the trek. The structure was erected over 2.2 million pounds of coral rock and tells the story of unrequited love between 2 lovers that just weren’t meant to be.

Location: 28655 S. Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL

Phone Number: 305-248-6345

Admission: Adults - $9.75

Potter’s Wax Museum

Regarded as “America’s first and finest wax museum”, Potter’s Wax Museum boasts over 160 wax figurines, including the likes of Albert Einstein, Tiger Woods, Princess Diana and even a bald Britney Spears.

Location: 17 King Street, St. Augustine, FL

Phone Number: 904-829-9056

Admission: Adults - $8.99

Website: www.potterswax.com/

Georgia

Lunchbox Museum

Inspired by the lunchtime memories of the years before the 1980’s, the Lunchbox Museum offers an extensive collection of America’s most beloved lunchtime metal pales. From Adam 12 to Yoda, this museum seemingly has it all.

Location: International Marketplace, 318 10th Avenue, Columbus, GA

Phone Number: 706-332-6378

Admission: Free

Website: www.cwpsecure.com/

Babyland General Hospital

Cleveland is the birth town of the Cabbage Patch Kids, and the Babyland hospital here pays tribute to this phenomenon like no other institution could. See the birth of these iconic dolls and experience the opportunity to nurture them into this world and even take one home with you.

Location: 300 N.O.K. Drive, Cleveland, GA

Phone Number: 706-865-2171

Admission:Free

Website: www.cabbagepatchkids.com/

North Carolina

World’s Largest Chest of Drawers

High Point has taken the lead in the “world’s biggest furniture” battle, boasting two giant chests of drawers. The largest of these stands at an impressive 80-foot tall, dwarfing its little sister on the other side of town, which comes complete with socks and all.

Location: 508 North Hamilton Street, High Point, NC

Phone Number: 336-884-5255

Admission: Free

World’s Largest 10 Commandments

Never before has the presence of God felt so big than at North Carolina’s World’s Largest 10 Commandments. This 300-foot tableau rests on the side of a mountain in one of the state’s most obscure western corners, and is accompanied by a Prayer Mountain and a replica tomb of Jesus, from which you can roll the stone away, literally.

Location: Hwy .294, Murphy, NC

Phone Number: 828-494-7855

Admission: Free

Website: www.learnnc.org/

South Carolina

UFO Welcome Center

The owner of this wacky attraction, Jody Pendarvis, has been awaiting the arrival of non-human beings since 1994 and insists that his attempt at a UFO will be a welcoming environment for aliens to get to know the human kind.

Location: 4004 Homestead Road, Bowman, SC

Phone Number: 803-829-2311

Admission: $3

Website: www.ufowelcomecenter.blogspot.com/

Button King Museum

From button suits, to button cars, Dalton Stevens has it covered…quite literally. The Button King Museum showcases a man’s lifework and offers quite a sight to look at.

Location: 55 Joe Dority Road, Bishopville, SC

Phone Number: 803-428-3841

Admission: Donation

Tennessee

Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers

Walk the halls of this crazy museum and come across almost 20,000 salt and pepper shakers, each placed into their own unique category, in a manner that is pleasing to the eye and quirky enough to make you stop and take a look. From feet and crab claws, to every vegetable imaginable, this museum covers it all!

Location:461 Brookside Village Way, Gatlinburg, TN

Phone Number: 1-888-778-1802

Admission: Adults - $3

Website: www.thesaltandpeppershakermuseum.com/

Museum of Appalachia

The terms weird and wacky take on a whole new meaning once you have visited the Museum of Appalachia; home to seemingly endless oddities and strange attractions.

Boasting over a quarter of a million artifacts, highlights of the museum include the perpetual motion machine, the American axe and the tribute to the history of the nail.

Location: 2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN

Phone Number: 865-494-7680

Admission: Adults - $14.95

Website: www.museumofappalachia.org/

West Virginia

Mystery Hole

While you may be a bit hesitant to enter a “mystery hole”, don’t be alarmed; this attraction isn’t really all that mysterious. The exterior is actually rather tacky but we can’t actually share what’s in the mystery hole, so you’re just going to have to go check it out for yourselves.

Location: US Hwy 60, Ansted, WV

Phone Number: 304-658-9101

Admission: $6

Website: www.mysteryhole.com/

Lost World Caverns

These lost caverns were made famous back in 1992 when claims of a “Bat Boy” living in them hit the tabloids. The large-eyed, fanged human child was said to have been raised by the bats in the cave that measures over a thousand feet long, and reaches 10 stories high.

Location: Fairview Road, Lewisburg, WV

Phone Number: 866-228-3778

Admission: Adults - $12

Website: www.lostworldcaverns.com/

Virginia

Haunted Monster Museum

Set in a real, musty and dank old house, this haunted monster museum boasts every textbook cliché you could possibly think of. Venture outside of the house into the “Freakout Forest” and you will stumble across a graveyard, a crashed plane and a rather unpleasant ogre eating a childe. Creepy to say the least!

Location: Hwy 130, Natural Bridge, VA

Phone Number: 540-464-2253

Admission: Adults - $13

Website: www.virginia.org/

Drug Enforcement Administration Museum

Experience the “modern pleasure drug culture”, head to “Jimmy’s Joint” or get caught up in a booby trap that was used in the marijuana fields back in the 80’s. This museum has it all.

Location: 700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA

Phone Number: 202-307-3463

Admission: Free

Website: www.deamuseum.org/


Arkansas

Arkansas Alligator Farm

Mermen have long fascinated people from across the world, so it should come as no surprise that the wacky state of Arkansas is home to one of them. Resting in the Alligator Farm in Hot Springs, this attraction is both creepy and intriguing and is guaranteed to set off the goose bumps and send chills up and down your spine.

Location: 847 Whittington Avenue, Hot Springs, AR

Phone Number: 501-623-6172

Admission: Adults - $6.50

Website: www.arkansasalligatorfarm.com/

The Great Passion Play Theme Park

A theme park devoted entirely to Christianity is sure to arouse some interest, especially among those who are willing to pay the big bucks to see it.

Home to The Bible Museum and The Museum of Earth History, and putting on Great Passion plays, this park is unlike any other American theme park you will ever visit.

Location:935 Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs, AR

Phone Number:501-253-9200

Admission: Prices vary

Website: www.greatpassionplay.com/

Louisiana

Voodoo Mermen, Marie Laveau House of Voodoo

Somehow escaping wrath of Hurricane Katrina, Marie Leveau’s House of Voodoo remains one of the creepiest things you will come across in New Orleans. Delicately tip toe your way through the devil painted statues and potions and you will find a withered old woman, awaiting your arrival and keen to tell your fortune.

Location: 739 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA

Phone Number: 504-581-3751

Admission: Free

Website: www.waymarking.com

World’s Smallest Church – Chapel of the Madonna

Standing at a not-so-imposing 8 feet high and 8 feet wide, the Chapel of Madonna claims status as the world’s smallest church. Holding an impressive 5 seats, mass is held once a year and draws a not so mighty crowd.

Location:River Road, Point Pleasant, LA

Phone Number: 504-687-7158

Admission: Free

Mississippi

Mammy’s Cupboard

Mammy’s Cupboard is a restaurant built inside a 28-foot tall woman’s skirt and has withstood the test of time for over 70 years. A visit here will provide a dining experience like no other.

Location: 555 Hwy 61 S., Natchez, MS

Phone Number: 601-445-8957

Graceland Too

This floor-to-ceiling tribute to the King is all hand-made and depicts the general public’s obsession with the King of Rock.  From cardboard and newspaper cut-outs to movies and music, this museum covers it all.

Location: 200 East Gholson Avenue, Holly Springs, MS

Admission: $5

Website: www.visithollysprings.org/

Oklahoma

World’s Largest Totem Pole

Take a detour from Route 66 and you will come across the World’s Largest Totem Pole; well at least the largest one made of concrete. Previously housing handmade fiddles and furniture, along with portraits of all the US Presidents up to JFK, the totem is deeply immersed in history and will blow you away with its vast size.

Location: Hwy 28A, Foyil, OK

Phone Number: 918-342-9149

Admission: Free

Website: www.legendsofamerica.com/

Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World

Cow chip throwing is a popular past time throughout the state of Oklahoma but the concentration of experts can be found within the town of Beaver. The stories you will hear are all true, so when you visit be prepared to duck to avoid the need for facial reconstruction.

Location: Douglas Avenue, Beaver, OK

Phone Number: 580-625-4726

Admission:Free

Website: www.beaverchamber.com/

Texas

Forbidden Gardens

Discover the mysteries of Imperial China when you visit the Forbidden Gardens; and don’t worry, you will be able to get in!  Covering 40 acres, this attraction spans 2000 years of Chinese history and is perfect to visit if you don’t think you will ever see the real thing.

Location: 23500 Franz Road, Katy, TX

Phone Number: 281-347-8000

Admission: Adults - $10

Website: www.forbidden-gardens.com/

Cadillac Ranch

These Cadillac monuments apparently represent America’s hopes and dreams and artistic aspirations, but really they are just old cars decorated with colorful and vibrant paint. Still worth a look, they paint quite the scene and are perfect for some great photo opportunities.

Location:I-40, Amarillo, TX

Admission: Free

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