Normal can sometimes be so, well, predictable. Maybe even a bit boring at times. Sometimes we just need to add a little quirkiness to a typical week, right? Fortunately, Pennsylvania’s brimming with zany attractions and places to visit – whether you’re in the mood to learn the story behind a giant space acorn or you’d like to check out the world’s largest Big Mac. Here are 10 of the oddest places you can possibly go in Pennsylvania.
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. Mutter Museum
Up for an oddly unique experience? Then, add the Mutter Museum, a medical museum, to your itinerary. Stroll through the museum that's brimming with such macabre items as human skulls, body parts, and preserved tumors. And, you can even get a glimpse of a part of Albert Einstein's brain.
The Mutter Museum is located at 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.
2. Trundle Manor
Make an appointment to visit Trundle Manor, which bills itself as "The Most Unusual Tourist Trap in the World." Explore the museum that displays an assortment of old medical devices, taxidermied animals, unique artwork, and other creepy oddities. Admission to the museum can be a donation of any sort - money, an old medical device, or anything that would fit right in at Trundle Manor.
Trundle Manor is located at 7724 Juniata St., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.
3. Kecksburg UFO
The Kecksburg UFO, which looks more like an acorn, pays homage to an incident that happened in 1965. An unidentified object crashed near the site of the acorn but was quickly whisked away by the military. In the 1990s, the popular television show "Unsolved Mysteries" rolled into town to film a segment about the UFO crash. And, the famous space acorn - a replica of the UFO - was born. Today, the town of Kecksburg hosts a UFO festival each year.
4. The Stoogeum
All right, Stooge fans, this ones for you. The Stoogeum is a quirky museum dedicated to comedic trio The Three Stooges. Explore the museum that's bursting with Stooge memorabilia, artwork, rare photos, and personal effects. Stop by on Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Stoogeum is located at 904 Sheble Ln., Ambler, PA 19002.
5. Ringing Rocks Park
Grab your hammer and head to Ringing Rocks Park for a one-of-a-kind experience. The 123-acre park features a bolder field. Use your hammer to hit the rocks, and listen to the melody it creates. Pretty neat, huh?
Ringing Rocks Park is located at Ringing Rocks Rd., Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972.
6. Haines Shoe House
Haines Shoe House, a spectacular building in the shape of a shoe, welcomes visitors to join a guided tour of the house. Originally a guesthouse, the Haines Shoe House today offers 25-minute tours. And, after your tour, indulge in a delicious ice cream treat - right in the shoe. (Or, you can sit at picnic tables outdoors, if you prefer.)
Haines Shoe House is located at 197 Shoe House Rd., York, PA 17406.
7. Koontz Coffee Pot
Another larger than life attraction, the Koontz Coffee Pot in Bedford had several uses - including an eatery and a bar - during its history. Today, it attracts curiosity seekers who want to snap photos and selfies in front of the giant coffee pot.
Koontz Coffee Pot is located at 108 Telegraph Rd., Bedford, PA 15522.
8. Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium
Love elephants? Or, just enjoy something a bit different? Then, Mister Ed's Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium deserves a visit. The eclectic museum houses more than 12,000 different elephant-themed items - figurines, toys, and souvenirs. Of course, candy's also a big draw at the museum. Choose from such delicious options as homemade fudge, roasted peanuts, and old-fashioned favorites like flying saucers and wax bottles.
Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium is located at 6019 Chambersburg Rd., Orrtanna, PA 17353.
9. The Big Mac Museum
Snap a selfie with the world's biggest Big Mac, at 14 feet, at the Big Mac Museum in North Huntington outside of Pittsburgh. Jim Delligatti, the inventor of the Big Mac, grew up near Pittsburgh. And, the museum pays tribute to him and his popular sandwich creation. Tucked inside of a McDonald's, the museum also features McDonald's memorabilia and a kids' play area.
The Big Mac Museum is located at 9061 US-30, North Huntingdon, PA 15642.
Visit Randyland, "Pittsburgh's Most Colorful Home," considered an open-air museum. Created by artist Randy Gilson, Randyland is a vibrant work of art that features a quirky courtyard. Stop by to explore, to take photos, and you might even run into Randy.
Randyland is located at 1501 Arch St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
What do you think are the oddest places in Pennsylvania? Let us know in the comments. And, if you’ve not visited the White Cliffs of Conoy yet, an odd geological wonder in Pennsylvania, add it to your itinerary.
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