Day trips are simply the best, but after awhile the typical destinations might start to get old. How many times can you go to the zoo before it starts to get stale? Last time I went, the giraffes greeted me by name and I knew I had been there one too many times. Lucky for us, there are tons of unique places to visit in Pennsylvania! Here are some of the weirdest places to visit in our state.
1. Ringing Rocks Park in Bucks County
The unique composition of the rocks in this county park have resulted in an odd phenomena that only exists in a few rare locations throughout the world. When you strike the boulders with a hammer or other hard object, they emit a ringing sound, much like a bell. People travel from far and wide to experience this odd attraction.
2. Coudersport Ice Mine
You thought that icicles were a winter thing, but you were wrong. The Coudersport Ice mine produces massive amounts of ice in the spring and summer, but never in the winter. Why, you ask? Something having to do with slow air circulation within the rock formations that causes cold winter air to be released into the cave in summer, and vice versa. You can visit the cave and see for yourself.
3. Gravity Hill in Bedford
Much like ringing rocks, gravity hills are an odd phenomena that manifest in few places throughout the world. If you put your car in neutral on this seemingly nondescript road, it will roll uphill. How strange.
Undoubtedly you've caught wind of the strangest location in our state: Centralia, where an underground mine fire has been burning since the early 1960s. It's now the least populated municipality in the state, with only a few clingers-on remaining there.
5. Mütter Museum in Philadelphia
If you enjoy gawking at the weird, bizarre, and downright disgusting, than the Mütter Museum is the place for you. An extensive collection of medical artifacts will fascinate you, from skulls to preserved tumors and more.
6. Mister Ed's Elephant Museum in Orrtanna
Elephant's are pretty nifty animals. They never forget and they really love peanuts. At Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, you can browse a huge collection of more then 12,000 elephants, including whimsical gardens.
7. Haines Shoe House in Hallam
The incredible shoe house was built by a shoe salesman in 1948 and has been a popular attraction in the area since. Today, it's owned by a couple who bought the house in 2015; it contains both a house and an ice cream shop.
8. Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia
Eastern State Penitentiary has it all as far as attractions go: rich history, intense weirdness, and ghosts! The father of modern-day prisons, it spawned more than 300 copy cats across the world after it was first built. Today, it is open for tours seven days a week so that anyone may see its austere interior. Visitors say they've never experienced anything quite like it before.
9. The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh
Do you like unusual art? The Mattress Factory, which specializes in installations, is the perfect art museum for you. Each of its unique exhibits will challenge your perception and treat you to an experience quite unlike any you've had before.
10. Columcille Megalith Park in North Bangor
To the casual observer, Columcille Megalith Park might appear to be a random collection of boulders that were dropped from the heavens. Their placement, however, is deliberate and mimics ancient Celtic spirituality. It is a place designated for peace and meditation.
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