Pennsylvania April 30, 2015
Here Are 10 Weird Places In Pennsylvania That You Should Visit
In the mood to go on a day trip off the beaten path? Here are ten of the strangest places in the state of Pennsylvania, from the ghost town of Centralia to Dr. Mutter’s bizarre medical museum.
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:
Centralia is home to a raging mine fire that has been burning since 1962. What was once a regular coal town is now populated by less than seven inhabitants, all of whom refused to evacuate-- the remaining homes and buildings stand abandoned as smoke can be seen rising constantly from Centralia's splintered roads. You can only imagine the census report for the area.
3. Giant Coffee Pot, Bedford
This gigantic coffee pot has more history behind it than you may think. It was built in 1927 and has decorated the landscape of Bedford in one form or another since then.
4. Gravity Hill, Bedford
Also located in Bedford, gravity hill is famous for making cars mysteriously roll uphill.
5. The Catacombs Restaurant, Lancaster
This 19th century brewery has a variety of attractions, but its weirdest feature is the Catacombs Restaurant. Far below street level is a room of tables hidden in the brewery's aging cellars. You'll enjoy delicious cuisine in such a unique atmosphere, that you might never want to see the sun again.
6. Mütter Museum, Philadelphia
The Mütter Museum website invites guests to "explore our world and become disturbingly informed." Indeed, rows of human skulls are one of the tamer attractions at this medical museum that's tucked away in the heart of Philadelphia. The collection of oddities includes preserved tumors and body parts, wax models of deformities, and old, scary-looking medical equipment.
7. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Anyone who has spent time in Philadelphia has more than likely passed by the forboding walls of Eastern State Penitentiary. One of the largest and oldest modern prisons, it is no wonder that many people swear it's haunted. Whether or not ghosts inhabit the building, we dare you to walk down its halls and contemplate the thousands of criminals who died there without feeling a chill run up your spine.
The Battle of Gettysburg is famous for incurring the largest number of deaths of any battle during the American Civil War, and it is also considered the war's turning point. It is also rumored to be incredibly haunted. Gettysburg battlefield is a popular destination for those who wish to explore a rich piece of our country's heritage or to seek supernatural encounters.
9. Bizarre Bazaar: Prof. Ouch's Odditorium, Philadelphia
The Odditorium is part museum, part gift shop, and completely weird. Prof. Ouch has a history of participating in flea markets, where he acquired many of the unusual objects that make their home on display here. Browse among the sideshow artifacts and pieces of forgotten American memorabilia to discover your carnivalesque side.
10. Ringing Rocks Park, Bucks County
Scientists aren't exactly sure what causes these rocks to emit their ringing sound or causes compasses to not work here. Bring your hammers and hear them for yourself. A popular spot for occultists as well as curious tourists, Ringing Rocks park also offers beautiful trails for hiking.
What other weird spots in Pennsylvania would you recommend for a curious traveler?