Delaware August 18, 2016
11 Bizarre Roadside Attractions In Delaware That Will Make You Do A Double Take
Delaware is kind of a funny state – there are 14 miles of major highway that cut through New Castle County, and that’s most of what travelers through the First State will ever see. From there, it seems like there’s not all that much to see in Delaware – there’s a sign for the beaches, sure, and something pointing off towards a thoroughbred racetrack, but by the time you think “Oh, that looks neat!” you’re practically in Maryland.
For other travelers, those who take the back roads or head down to visit the Delaware beaches, or maybe Delawareans from other counties just setting out to explore, Delaware is full of roadside wonders. Giant sculptures are just one part of it – check out these 11 great roadside attractions in Delaware and you’ll know where the best place to plan a rest will be!
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1. Miles the Monster, Dover Speedway
Miles is the largest stone Monster in the world, and you can see him from Delaware Route 1. Take a brief detour to get up and close with this gigantic, car-smashing monster - he's really larger than life.
1131 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901
2. The Old Mill Crab
Delmar's Giant Crab is a popular photo stop for people driving through the town. Luckily, The Old Mill Crab House is just as delicious as this crab is large, so your pit stop to see Pinchy is also a great place for grub.
8829 Waller Rd, Delmar, DE 19940
3. The Steampunk Tree House
Once an installation at Burning Man on the west coast, this Tree House is living a mild life in Milton, now. As part of the Dogfish Head Brewery, this high rise is rumored to be the place where ideas for new brews are born.
6 Village Center Blvd, Milton, DE 19968
4. Futuro Home, Milton
This Futuro Home stands alongside the runway of Eagle Crest-Hudson Airport, a small airport in Milton. Locals joke that it's a spaceship waiting for its turn to take off, but in reality, Futuro homes were modular homes built in the 1960s. They're rare to begin with, let alone sitting next to a runway!
Eagles Crest Road, Milton, DE 19968
5. The Lollipop Courtyard
Rehoboth Beach's Candy Kitchen offers you a great place to sit down and relax beneath the... lollipops. This one is a favorite of kids for sure.
18627 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE
6. A 34-foot tall statue of Mary
This giant Stainless Steel Mary watches over attendees of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in New Castle, Delaware. You can see her from the Delaware Memorial Bridge, so keep an eye out next time you cross. In the 1980s, a local artist named Charles Parks was building these giant statues for churches across the country, and Delawareans wanted one for themselves. They raised $500,000 and prayed almost a million rosaries, and now she looks out upon New Castle for as long as she shall stand.
Halcyon Drive, New Castle, DE
7. Apex Medical Center's Giant Doctor Bag
The Apex Medical Center's Giant Doctor Bag is a reminder of days past, where house calls were regular occurrences and the trusty leather doctor bag accompanied every phyisican on the road. Nowadays, it's a rare occasion to see the classic leather bag, but in Newark, you can visit a gigantic one any time you're driving by.
537 Stanton Christiana Rd #210, Newark, DE 19713
8. Frightland's Giant Skull Silo
Frightland's Giant Skull-painted Silo is visible year-round, but it's extra creepy when it gets lit up around Halloween. I don't think there's anything in Delaware creepier than this guy looking out over the landscape.
309 Port Penn Rd, Middletown, DE 19709
9. The Fountain Of Youth! (in Lewes)
We did it! We found the Fountain of You-- wait, you mean to tell me that this fresh spring dried up ages ago? At least the monument remains!
Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE
10. A Giant Propeller from the USS Shangri-La, Milford
Propellerware, amiright? This beautiful hunk of metal is all that's left of the USS Shangri-La, an aircraft carrier that participated in many battles for the US Navy. Meding & Son Seafood bought the propeller from in 1991, when the old carrier was being scrapped, and it's been a Delaware landmark ever since. 3697 Bay Rd, Milford, DE
11. 2nd Time Designs, Millsboro
Judy and Lou Hagen's Recycled Metal Art Sculptures in Millsboro are a sight to be seen! These gigantic artworks are fun to visit and make great photo subjects. You'll know you've arrived when you're driving down Rt 24 and suddenly, you see two life-sized giraffes. They're Norma and Lola, and they'd like to welcome you to 2nd Time Designs.
#26380 Rt.24, Millsboro DE
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odd things to do and see in Delaware.