Roadside Attractions in the United States
It is Time to Take a Road Trip
I have been dying to take a country wide road trip. I want to see all those places that most people don't know about. I want to see those weird things that will give me something to talk about for the rest of my life. I want to see as much as I can see before I kick the bucket.
I think there are a lot of interesting attractions out there that most people do not know about. I want to find those places. I want to visit those places. I want to share those places with you. It is fun to take road trips with family and show the children things they have never seen before. It is fun to take pictures of oddities that will make your photo album interesting and fun to show everyone who comes to your house.
I plan to keep adding new attractions to this lens every week. My ultimate goal is to create a sequence of attractions to visit in order of the trip. You will be able to pick the attraction closest to where you live, jump on the highway and run around to all the attractions you could ever want to visit. When the lens is complete, you will be able to circle the country and see dozens of great places.
Butterfly World - in Coconut Creek, Florida
I have been to Butterfly World Several times. It used to be reasonably priced, but now it is a bit pricy to get into. It is a great place to go if you have the money and the desire to see butterflies and birds. The nice thing is that it is located in south Florida so you get to see butterflies nearly all year long.
They have a lot of exhibits on butterflies around the world. If you were one of those kids who had a butterfly catching kit, you know a net and a little cage, and maybe for those lucky ones, pins and boards to attach your dead insects to, this park will bring back those memories.
Since you are not allowed to touch the butterflies, you will find it funny when they land on you or your significant other. It is fun when kids come in contact with them and they flip out because a bug is on them. You can find these videos all over the internet.
Make sure you bring your camera. There are tons of great photos you can take.
Blowing Rock Preserve - Hobe Sound, FL
During high tide you get to see an amazing site where water is blowing through the beach rocks. During low tide, you get to move through the rocks the tide has carved out. These formations are amazing to look at. They remind you what God and nature can do together.
Peanut Island - West Palm Beach, FL
You can't get to this little island by car. You have to take a boat or a kayak or water taxi. The island is surreal. You have an island that is free of most citylife, but it is surrounded by a major metropolitan city. You have to slow down your life to get to this island. You have to plan your day to do.
It is great for the family. You have great swimming and snorkeling spots with thousands of different fish and coral to look at. You have places you can fish. You can picnic. If you go during the right times of the year, you can join in on some great beach parties.
Stuart Heritage Museum - Stuart, FL
This is a Free activity that the whole family can participate in. The museum is located in an old Feed Store. The building itself is an antique. When you go inside you will find all kinds of artifacts that make Stuart the city it is today.
They have displays about the pineapple agriculture and the Seminole Indians who lived in the area. There are amazing photographs of the city before it became modern.
This will be a great place to take a break and see some amazing things.
Oxbow Eco-Center - Port Saint Lucie, FL
It is time to take a few minutes to listen to nature. That is what Oxbow is all about. There are nature trails and animals to look at. Mostly it is a place to sit down and take some time away from the urban environment and get back to nature.
You will love the boardwalks and the museum. Then take a moment to eat a picnic lunch.
Piper Aircraft Factory Tour - Vero Beach, FL
Have you ever wanted to see how an airplane works. Then you have to go on this tour.
Roadside Attractions - Cool Cafes, Souvenir Stands, Route 66 Relics, & Other Fun
This is a great book about some the many roadside attractions you can visit throughout the United States. Take a few minutes and click on the book. You can view the first few pages of the book for free to see if it is something you might want to buy. It makes a great coffee table book and will help you decide what attractions you may want to visit in the future.
Foamhenge - Natural Bridge, Virginia
Have you ever wanted to see the real Stonehenge in person; you know the one in England; the one that is famous for being in the same spot for thousands of years? You might not have the money to fly over there to see the real Stonehenge, but now you can see a replica of the stones carved out of foam here in the United States.
Prabhupada's Palace of Gold - in New Vrindaban, West Virginia
I am afraid to say anything about the religion and cultural significance this building holds. It seems to be a temple for those who observe Krishna Consciousness. I don't know anything about it, but I do know the building and the grounds are beautiful and is worth the visit if you happen to be in West Virginia.
Prices as of 3/24/11: Adults $6 / Children $3
Lucy the Elephant - in Margate, New Jersey
This giant Elephant is the oldest Roadside Attraction in the United States. It is more than 120 years old. You can climb to the top of the elephant and see all the great memorabilia about Lucy's past. She was up against demolition several times, but was saved when the city of Margate deemed her as an official landmark. Now thousands of people visit her every week and support the tourist economy of New Jersey.
Carhenge - in Alliance, Nebraska
Carhenge is a piece of landscape art that is designed to look like Stonehenge in England. It is completely made of scrap cars and painted grey. The nice thing about this monument is that you can walk among the cars, unlike Stonehenge. Stonehenge is roped off because people were writing on the stones and sicking their gum to it. It is pretty sad they have to do that sort of thing.
Weeki Wachi Springs - in Spring Hill, FL
This is a cool little attraction on the west coast of Florida. It is well kept and the waters are crystal clear. The coolest part of the attraction is their mermaid show. They have real mermaids living in their waters... OK real women dressed up as mermaids, just don't let the kids catch on. IT is fun anyway.
Solomon's Castle - in Ona, Florida
Howard Solomon has been building this Castle since 1972. He is a sculptor, artist and author which had given him the ability to create all the cool things that is in his home. He has this castle open to the public and allows tours for people to see his artwork.
The four videos below are part of the guided tour that you will experience if you visit the castle. He goes through how he built several of his art pieces. He likes to make jokes. The tour is very entertaining.