Vermont July 10, 2016
13 Bizarre Roadside Attractions In Vermont That Will Make You Do A Double Take
The scenery is so beautiful in Vermont that it’s easy to drive through marveling at the picture perfect vistas at every turn. But if you’re looking to break up your drive with some interesting facts and bizarre attractions, then this is right up your alley. These 13 roadside attractions in VT are worth the stop!
1. Whale Tails, I-89 Burlington
Many people think the Whale Tails just south of Burlington on I-89 are referring to the whale skeletons found in Vermont, but it's actually something totally different. The sculptures, which are called "Reverence," were created by Jim Sardonis in 1989 and are symbolic of the fragility of the planet. The tails were made from 36 tons of African black granite and stand 12-13 feet tall.
2. Charlotte Whale, Perkins Museum of Geology at UVM in Burlington
The actual whale skeleton can be seen at UVM in a free museum. This is the state fossil of Vermont and is a singular Beluga whale skeleton found in a farmer's field in Western Vermont in 1849.
3. World's largest zipper, Barre
The zipper may be made of stone and therefore isn't functional, but it still is considered the largest zipper in the world. It is made of stone and can be seen between two buildings along Main Street in Barre.
4. The whispering statue, Barre
Just a few blocks down from the world's largest zipper is the "Whispering Statue." The real name is "Youth Triumphant" and it's a phenomenon that will baffle even the biggest skeptic. If you sit at one end of the bench and whisper, the person at the other end can hear the whisper as clearly as if the speaker was sitting next to them... Even though it's 50 feet away in the middle of a busy five way intersection!
5. The Museum of Everyday Life, Glover
Imagination and creativity meet to make this wonderful, eclectic display of ordinary things and makes them look... Extraordinary!
6. World's tallest filing cabinet, Burlington
Head on over to Flynn Avenue in Burlington to check out the world's tallest filing cabinet. File under: bizarre.
7. Emily's covered bridge, Stowe
The Gold Brook Covered Bridge, otherwise known as Emily's Bridge, is perhaps the most well known haunted bridge in Vermont. As the legend goes, a young Emily tried to run away and elope with her lover because her family disapproved of him. When he didn't show up that fateful night, Emily hung herself from the rafters and has been haunting the bridge ever since.
8. Moss Glen Falls, Granville
The amazing thing about this waterfall is that you can see it from the road. No hike to see such a stunning sight? YES!
9. Quechee Gorge, Quechee
Another beautiful sight that's bizarre simply because it's so accessible is the Quechee Gorge, otherwise known as Vermont's "Little Grand Canyon."
10. Ben & Jerry's Flavor Graveyard, Waterbury
Pay your respects for flavors that didn't last at the Ben & Jerry's Graveyard on route 100 in Waterbury, just off exit 10 on I-89.
11. Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, Marlboro
This museum has loads of interesting exhibits, including an albino porcupine and three different extinct birds.
12. World's Tallest Ladderback Chair, Bennington
The world's tallest ladder back chair was first built in 1969. After years of battling the Vermont weather, the chair was torn down and replaced in 2002 with a near replica of the original. 20 days later the chair toppled due to a storm and soon after survived a fire that started at the furniture store next door. This beloved chair was moved and still stands in Bennington today, awaiting its next challenge.
13. Historic Dog House, North Bennington
The Park McCullough House House is worth visiting, but be sure to note the small house on the property. Originally built in the same architectural style as the main house, this was intended for use as a dog house!
Check these spots out on their own, or take a pitstop along a planned route such as a
Vermont Haunted Places Road Trip.