Let’s go on an adventure today! Missouri’s got so many amazing attractions that it would probably take a lifetime to see all of them. Today, we’re going to visit 10 of the oddest places you can go in Missouri. All are perfect for snapping selfies and chalking up a unique experience you just won’t find anywhere else. And, you’ll earn bragging rights to say, “I’ve been
there or I’ve done that.”
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The World’s Largest Fork – Springfield
big is the World’s Largest Fork? Well, the polished stainless steel fork stands a whopping 35 feet tall and weighs 11 tons. The massive fork sits outside of the Food Channel’s home.
The World’s Largest Fork is located at 2215 W Chesterfield St., Springfield, MO 65807.
2. Leila’s Hair Museum – Independence
Only one hair museum exists in the world. Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence features more than 600 hair wreaths
and more than 2,000 jewelry items made of, well, hair. The hair wreaths and jewelry pay homage to the Victorian era. Explore the quaint museum that also houses a brooch, featuring hair, that dates back to 1680.
Leila’s Hair Museum is located at 2215 W Chesterfield St., Springfield, MO 65807.
3. Cookin’ From Scratch – Doolittle
Where else in the country, maybe even the world, can you drive down the street and pass a massive chicken in a car? Well, that’s just what you’ll see at Cookin’ From Scratch, an old-fashioned country restaurant. Snap pics of the chicken before sitting down to a scrumptious meal of fried chicken, chop steak, or a juicy burger.
Cookin’ From Scratch is located at 90 Truman St., Newburg, MO 65550.
4. World’s Largest Rocking Chair On Route 66 – Cuba
Now that you’ve seen the World’s Largest Fork, you’ll probably also want to check out one of the world’s biggest rocking chairs, which stands at 42 feet, four inches tall and weighs a massive 27,500 pounds. And, those epic rockers? Both weigh a ton each and are nearly 32 feet long.
The Route 66 Rocking Chair is located at 5957 State Hwy ZZ, Cuba, MO 65453.
5. Maxie, the World’s Largest Goose – Sumner
Well, you’ve seen a chicken behind the wheel of a car. So, it’s only fitting that you also visit Maxie, the World’s Largest Goose. Maxie lives in Sumner, the Wild Goose Capital of the World. At 40 feet tall, Maxie weighs 4,000 pounds.
6. Vacuum Museum and Factory – St. James
Some people – especially pet parents – owe an awful lot to their trusty vacuum cleaner. Pay homage to the sucker upper of things off of the floor at the Vacuum Museum and Factory in St. James. Explore the collection of more than 800 vacuum cleaners, all in good,
working condition. Vacuums range from models from the early 1900s to today.
The Vacuum Museum and Factory is located at 3 Industrial Dr., St James, MO 65559.
7. World’s Largest Small Electric Appliance Museum – Diamond
Where would we be without the small electric appliances in our lives? How would we make slices of toast for breakfast? Brew our coffee? And, even wake up without an alarm clock? Salute the small electric appliances that make our lives so much easier at the World’s Largest Small Electric Appliance Museum. The quirky museum houses more than 7,00 small appliances – everything from waffle irons to popcorn poppers.
The World’s Largest Small Electric Appliance Museum is located at 51 State Highway 59, Diamond, MO 64840.
8. Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail – St. Charles
Embark on the hike of a lifetime when you hit the Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail. But, don’t worry. Although nuclear waste remains deep below the earth, the site has been deemed safe by the Department of Energy (which also oversees the area). Before you hit the trail, stop by the museum to learn more about the site’s history and what to look for as you explore the trail.
The Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail and Museum is located at 7295 MO-94, St. Charles, MO, 63304.
9. Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum – St. Louis
Meet some of your favorite stars – in wax form, of course – at Laclede Landing’s Wax Museum. Visit the more than 250 life-size figures, including such Hollywood icons as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Then, stop by the Chamber of Horrors for a truly terrifying time.
Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum is located at 20 N. 2nd. St., St. Louis, MO 63102.
10. World’s Largest Pecan – Brunswick
Let’s round off this list of the 10 oddest places in Missouri in Brunswick, home of the World’s Largest Pecan (at least it was the largest in the 20th century). George and Elizabeth James created the massive pecan, in 1982, in honor of the significance that pecans and the pecan industry play in Chariton County.
The World’s Largest Pecan is located at 119 W. Broadway St., Brunswick, MO 65236.
What other oddest places in Missouri would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments! And, for another off-the-wall experience, visit this quirky fudge and general store.
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