Maine is strange and we love it that way! Back by popular demand is our list of the 10 weirdest places you can go in Maine. In this version, we’ve listed a few of the places that our readers felt should have been included on the first list. Please enjoy this list of even more gigantic statues and strange museums.
1. Nervous Nellies Jams and Jelies, Deer Isle
This cafe/art gallery/overall happy place will keep you entertained even longer than it takes to taste their many jams and chutneys. In fact, many people come just to see Peter Beerits' sculptural "Nelie Stories." Take a tour around the grounds to visit the evolving story and then pick up something for yourself and friends in the plentiful store. Visit them at, 598 Sunshine Road, Deer Isle, Maine / (800) 777-6845
Nervous Nellies Jams and Jelies, Deer Isle
2. The Moxie Museum, Union
It's actually the Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage, but there is a nice little corner dedicated to the official soft drink of Maine. Come here for any Moxie souvenirs you need. From shirts to hats, this place has it all. But, if you're shopping for the holidays you should plan ahead - they're only open for the summer! The museum is located in the Union Fairgrounds on Common Road in Union.
3. Hussey's General Store, Windsor
If you're in need of just about anything, there's a good chance Hussey's will have it. In fact, make this your one-stop-shop for wedding planning. From food to dresses, they've got your covered! Visit them at: 510 Ridge Road, Windsor Maine / (207) 445-2511
4. The World's Largest Rotating Globe, Yarmouth
"Eartha," the globe living at the DeLorme Maps Headquarters in Yarmouth, is a 3-dimensional scale model of the earth with mountains and landforms in full 3D. She was given the title of "World's Largest Revolving/Rotating Globe" by the editors of the Guinness Book of World Records in 1999, and still holds that record today. Visit Eartha at 2 DeLorme Drive, Yarmouth Maine
5. The Big Indian (or, the BFI, as it's known locally), Freeport
Just down the road from Eartha, stands the BFI. Towering above US 1 this 40-foot-tall wonder watches over all those heading towards the outlets in Freeport. The indian was commissioned by Julian Leslie, owner of the nearby Casco Bay Trading Post, a moccasin-selling business. As much as we Mainers love it, the indian was actually created in Pennsylvania and transported via road to Maine. It drew so much attention along the way that police had to get involved asking the driver to stop and continue after dark to draw less attention. To see him for yourself, visit 117 US Hwy 1, Freeport.
6. The (Claimed) World's Largest Paul Bunyan Statue, Bangor
If the BFI ignites a curiosity for larger-than-life statues, you'll want to head up to Bangor to gawk at that of Paul Bunyan. Minnesota might lay the best claim to him, but Maine's lumber history means we deserve a piece of him looking over us as well. The statue is located in a park across from the Civic Center and stands tall at about 31 feet high. Visit him and attempt a high five at, 519 Main Street, Bangor / 207-947-0307
7. The World's Only Life-Sized Moose, Scarborough
If you prefer your life-sized things to be edible, head to Len Libby Chocolatier to see the 1,700 pound milk chocolate creation. Lenny the moose has been delighting visitors since 1997 with his hand-sculpted body and white chocolate lake. Visit him in the store at 419 US 1, Scarborough / (207) 883-4897
8. The World Traveler Sign, Lynchville
If you'd love to see the world, but aren't sure where to start, Maine can help you out. Your starting point should definitely be the World Traveler Sign. Providing directional cues and mileage to any foreign place (in Maine) you could possibly want to see, this funny sign has been providing great photo ops for years. See it for yourself on Valley Road in Lynchville.
9. The Maine Solar System Model, Aroostook County
If seeing "Eartha" made you wish there was another place in Maine to see the OTHER planets, you're in luck! Head north to the county for the scaled model of our solar system. Created by the University of Maine in Presque Isle, this model begins with the sun in Presque Isle and goes all the way to Houlton where you'll find the (now defunct as a planet) Pluto. Learn more at the model's website, http://pages.umpi.edu/~nmms/solar/
10. Elmer's Barn of Junk and Dead Things, Coopers Mills
And, if none of the strange attractions on this list were weird enough, take a trip to Elmer's and find something that suits you. One can never be sure what they'll find at Elmer's, but chances are it will be something you didn't know you needed. Visit the barn on Main Street, on the north side of Hwy 17 / (207) 549-7671