Tucked inside museums and tiny towns are some really weird Delaware attractions, oddities, and events. Some are downright creepy and others take you on a walk on the wild side. Here are 13 things to do in Delaware that we thought deserved to be on the list of 13 weirdest places to go in Delaware.
1. The Zwaanandael Museum, Lewes
While the museum itself isn't weird, the "Merman" display in it will surely give you the willies! Rumor has it that there are seven Fiji mermen like this around the country; this one was given to a local family by an old sea captain before being donated to the museum.
2. Delaware State Fair Midway, Harrington
Like any good midway, the Delaware State Fair boasts some classic side show attractions, from giant snakes to tiny horses, the snake woman to the three eyed man.
3. Delaware Museum of Natural History, Wilmington
Check out the dinosaur display, seashell collection, and giant dung beetle complete with giant ball of poop! Go on. Stick your hand inside.
4. Apple-Scrapple Festival, Bridgeville
Delaware has festivals for just about everything, but this one might be considered the oddest. A festival that plays homage to apples and breakfast meat is held annually in Bridgeville, featuring tons of crazy food offerings, a Miss Apple-Scrapple pagent, and the Mayoral Scrapple Sling!
5. Oddity Bar, Wilmington
When you walk inside the Oddity Bar you'll be greeted by obscure decor, like a deer head smoking a cigarette, dim lighting, and an eclectic vibe. This beer pub features theme nights, live music and funky bar games.
6. Octagonal School House, Little Creek
Tucked back off the road along Route 9 near Little Creek is an old school house with an unusual shape. Also known as the Eight-square school house, this one room building was opened in 1863 and was a fully functioning school well into the 20th century.
7. Pirates of Lewes Expeditions, Lewes
If you see the Jolly Roger flying high aboard a boat in the Lewes Canal, be prepared to walk the plank! Embracing Delaware's tales of Blackbeard the Pirate, this tour group has a variety of swashbuckling adventures for the young, and young at heart.
8. Johnson Victrola Museum, Dover
Eldridge Reeves Johnson was born in Wilmington, DE in the 1800s. After moving to Dover in his youth, he went on to establish the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901. He created the victrola, basically the predecessor to the record player. The museum features many of his inventions, and a collection of memorabilia about Knipper the Dog, the company's mascot.
9. Sea Witch Festival, Rehoboth Beach
The Sea Witch Festival every October in Rehoboth is surely a place to catch some weird things. In addition to costume parades (one for humans, one for dogs), there are games, crafts, a fiddler fest, a 5K and a broom tossing competition.
10. Dogfish Head Brewery Steampunk Treehouse, Milton
Now on display at the Dogfish Head Brewery, the Steampunk Treehouse was first displayed at Burning Man in Nevada in 2007. It was built by Sean Orlando and the 5-Ton Crane Arts Group of Oakland. It traveled to a variety of locations until Dogfish purchased it in 2009.
11. The Zepplin and the Unicorn, Wilmington
A shopping trip inside this funky antique shop is sure to delight those looking for something vintage, unique or downright odd.
12. Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Wilmington
While Winterthur is not in itself weird, what is weird is that you can sit inside a human-sized bird nest. It's tucked inside the Enchanted Woods area of Winterthur, and is accompanied by faerie houses and other whimsical things.
13. Eagle Crest - Hudson Airport, Milton
Only one of the items on this list probably qualifies as a roadside attraction, and this spaceship in a field is it. Originally designed as portable ski chalets by architect Matti Suuronen in the 1960s, these Futuro Houses are scattered around the country, and one 'landed' in Milton.
It might be small, but Delaware is definitely full of some unexpectedly weird things.