The Worst Attractions in Each State
Traveling out of state? Avoid these attractions at all costs!
America has a lot to offer when it comes to tourism. America is rich in culture and offers a wide range of attractions for tourists who live in and outside the country. We have numerous national parks, theme parks, museums, monuments, statues, and so much more. Some of these destinations are highly popular—enjoyed by millions every year. And when you think of tourist destinations, you might think of places like Disneyland, Yellowstone, or Washington D.C. However, there are plenty of breathtaking hidden gems in each like Mono Lake in California or the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado–if you know where to look.
Unfortunately for you, the following tourist traps are not anything like that and should be avoided at all costs. From the downright wacky to the completely mundane, these are indeed the worst attractions in each state.
Wyoming – Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport
The Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport certainly sounds like an ideal destination for aspiring astronomers and NASA enthusiasts, but do not let the name fool you. In truth, there has never been a space shuttle launch let alone a spacecraft at the Intergalactic Spaceport. While there have been at least 300 aircraft in operation, they were all general aviation aircraft.
If you feel compelled to visit this airport, you can find it in Green River, Wyoming. It's available for public use and the runway is mostly unattended. There are no buildings nor any facilities nearby. Enjoy!
Vermont – Rock of Ages
It sounds like something you might want to put on your bucket list, but it will actually fill you with regret. The Rock of Ages is no natural wonder nor is it an awesome classic rock concert. Nope, it's just an old quarry made of granite.
You can look at the rubble and natural pools for a little bit, and then you can head to a gift shop. From there, you can purchase some granite souvenirs for your whole family. Otherwise, you can just stop by your local home improvement and smash up some granite tile to say you went there.
Alaska – The North Pole
The North Pole is the place of many children's dreams. There are family-friendly Christmas movies about it. It's filled with magic, Santa Claus, snow, and of course, lots of toys. The North Pole in Alaska, however, is not that place. Most Alaskans would agree that it's the worst attraction in the state.
Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, the North Pole is a Christmas-themed village that is a surefire tourist trap. It features a Santa Claus House, which is actually just a gift shop. Buildings, streetlights, and street names are all Christmas themed as well. The local USPS gets hundreds of thousands of letters for Santa every year. Sometimes the community even responds. So, send your letters there, but don't bother visiting. Bah humbug, indeed!
North Dakota – Tommy the Turtle
Have you always wanted to see a tacky-looking turtle riding a snowmobile for some reason? Well, the Tommy the Turtle statue is the ideal attraction for you. Standing 30 feet tall, Tommy the Turtle is the largest turtle in the world, bar none. And with his snowmobile, he stands around 34 feet tall and is made entirely of fiberglass.
The statue was built by Boots Reynolds of Idaho in 1978 and was transported via flatbed trucks to Bottineau, North Dakota. Tommy can be found at the entrance to the park's municipal tennis courts. At least it's free to check out if you should be so inclined.
South Dakota – Wall Drug
One of America's greatest mysteries is how Wall Drug pulls in millions of tourists every year. This roadside attraction features western-themed drug stores, restaurants, and of course, gift shops. There's also an art gallery, and an 80-foot tall brontosaurus statue, because like the North Dakotans, the South Dakotans love their giant fiberglass statues.
The town has become increasingly popular since it was acquired by Ted Hustead in 1931. Since then it has shamelessly self-promoted itself into popularity. Stop by and get a free bumper sticker and a 5-cent cup of coffee. The coffee may not be good, but for that price, there's not much room to complain.
Delaware – Dover Air Force Base
If you are looking for a good nap, check out Dover Air Force Base. This base is dedicated to the members of our air force whose sole mission was to refuel aircraft in mid-flight and airlift supplies to soldiers. As incredibly important as their job may have been, it is not a particularly interesting subject matter.
You may have kids that love planes, and for that reason, it may be worth the trip. Nevertheless, for just about everyone else, this attraction is going to put you to sleep. It's certainly not worth going out of your way to visit unless you happen to live close by.
Rhode Island – Newport Tower
It may look cool, and really old, but it is no Viking tower despite the claims that have been made. Located in Newport Rhode Island, the Tower is made up of the remains of a mid-17th century windmill. It was located behind the mansion of Benedict Arnold, which is now demolished.
For a long time, residents of Rhode Island claimed that the Newport Tower was evidence of Viking presence before the arrival of Columbus. However, carbon dating showed otherwise. So, while it is old, it's not as impressive as once claimed.
Montana - Lincoln's 50,000 Silver Dollar Bar
Make no mistake, Lincoln's 50,000 Silver Dollar Bar in Haugan, Montana is the worst attraction in the state. The family-owned and operated business features a bar, restaurant, motel, gift shop and gas station. The epitome of commercialism, this tourist trap is super lame.
Many reviewers on Google have reported underwhelming food and slow service to go along with it. Unless you need to stop somewhere to use the restroom or you need a quick bite to eat on the road, there's no reason to spend your hard-earned dollars at the 50,0000 Silver Dollar Bar.
Maine - Land’s End Gift Shop
There's nothing a tourist town loves more than an overpriced gift shop. The Land's End Gift Shop on Bailey island is just such a place. In terms of lobster-themed merchandise, the Land's End Gift Shop goes all-out with lobster-printed clothing, lobster bumper stickers, lobster keychains, lobster mugs, and some lobster plushies.
If you love all things lobster, why not travel hundreds of miles to spend hundreds of dollars on lobster souvenirs? Oh right—because you have to feed your family. Perhaps you can just prepare a delicious lobster dinner instead. They'll probably appreciate that a lot more.
New Hampshire - Old Man of the Mountain
It's one of New Hampshire's biggest claims to fame. The only problem is it doesn't quite exist anymore. After collapsing in 2003, the naturally occurring stony visage referred to as the Old Man of the Mountain has disappeared entirely and hundreds of years from now, no one will remember or care that it was ever there.
For those that don't know, the Old Man of the Mountain was made up of a series of granite cliffs on the Cannon Mountain, located in the White Mountain range. It was discovered in 1805 and became part of New Hampshire's state emblem in 1945. It was even featured on the back of the New Hampshire commemorative state quarter in the year 2000.
Hawaii – Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach is no doubt a tourist favorite, but that's exactly what is wrong with it. When you think of a Hawaiian vacation, you might think of relaxing on the beach, sipping a Mai Tai, listening to the waves, and watching the sunset. Unfortunately, you won't find any relaxation at Waikiki Beach these days.
Waikiki Beach has become flooded with tourists. It's overcrowded and you'll struggle to find a place for your towel. On top of this, it is plagued with commercialism and is covered in trash. It also has an extensive homeless population. If you want to be depressed on your Hawaiian vacation, then, by all means, come to Waikiki.
West Virginia – Farnham Colossi
If you want more hideous fiberglass statues to look at, then travel to the Farnham Colossi in Unger, West Virginia. Owned by George and Pat Farnham, Farnham Colossi features a Big John, Santa, Muffler Man, Bunyan, Burger Chef, and many more "interesting" characters.
Stop by Farnham Colossi and behold all the glorious kitsch. It's silly, in bad taste and totally ugly, but at least you'll have something to talk about with your friends. There aren't a ton of roadside attractions in West Virginia so perhaps it's the best and the worst at the very same time.
Idaho - Idaho Potato Museum
Idaho is the home of many exquisite natural wonders but most people that think of Idaho, think of potatoes. That said, it's no surprise that there's an entire museum dedicated to potatoes. The Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho aims to educate tourists and locals about all things potato.
At the Idaho Potato Museum, you can learn all there is to know about potato history, development, and processing. Check out all the equipment involved and talk to real potato experts. You can also visit the café for some tasty potato treats like potato ice cream and a potato cupcake. Pick up some potato souvenirs at the gift shop. Exciting stuff.
Nebraska - Carhenge
Nebraskans all agree: Carhenge is the silliest attraction in the state. Built to resemble the mysterious Stonehenge in England, the version in Nebraska is made entirely of vintage cars that have been painted gray. There are 39 cars in total, including an ambulance.
The tourist attraction was built in 1987 by Jim Reinders. He dedicated the memorial to his father. But as sweet as that is, it lacks the wonder of the real thing. If you are interested, you can find it in Alliance, Nebraska.
New Mexico – Roswell
If conspiracy theories are your thing, you'll love Roswell, New Mexico. But for just about everyone else, the town is a huge gimmick. At Roswell, almost everything is shaped like a UFO, including the local McDonalds. You can find various UFO museums, gift shops, and plenty of other attractions.
The town became a sensation ever since a supposed alien aircraft crash-landed in 1947. Those who believe the rumors that the "spacecraft" came from outer space believe there was a huge cover-up and that the aliens from the spacecraft were actually captured. So, if you subscribe to these theories, you'll likely get a kick out of Roswell today.
Kansas – The World's Largest Ball of Twine
How can you say you've really lived until you've seen the world's largest ball of twine? You can't. Located in Cawker City, Kansas, the world's largest ball of twine was started in 1953. While many are quite enthralled with this giant ball of twine, it's not worth more than a glance. Now, if there was a giant cat to go along with it, Cawker City might be onto something.
Although other areas of the country claim also claim to have the largest ball of twine, Cawker City continues to work on their ball of twine to ensure it is the very biggest. They even host an annual twine-a-thon in the summer.
Mississippi – The Birthplace of Elvis
Big things have small beginnings, but this one is really small. The birthplace of Elvis is basically a shack. The cottage features only two rooms and is only a small part of the Mississippi Blues Trail in Tupelo. Also nearby is a chapel and the Assembly of God Church where little Elvis came to pray.
Little Elvis lived there only a few years until his family was forced to move out. You could hardly even say Elvis was raised there. That said, this is probably a destination you can skip unless you live and breathe Elvis.
Arkansas - Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum
Located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum offers an extensive collection of creepy wax statues. Since 1971, it has had the same wax figures including a President Carter and Nixon, Al Capone, Ted Kennedy, and later additions like Princess Diana. If you want to meet your favorite celebrities and historical figures in a way that is going to make you extremely uncomfortable, then this is the place.
The museum features over 100 figures and has a second floor. The museum used to have a working escalator but it broke down in 2009. Now it is occupied by more wax figures to greet you upon entrance. Thankfully, if you are feeling trapped and overwhelmed, you can escape through a fake wall in the men's bathroom that was used by gangsters back in the day.
Nevada – The Venetian Gondola Rides
Sure, there are plenty of interesting attractions in Las Vegas, but there are also a lot of really bad ones. While it might seem like a really good time if you are drunk, taking a gondola ride through a casino in a pool of chlorinated water doesn't exactly capture the spirit of an Italian vacation.
To make matters worse, it's also an expensive attraction. Expect to pay around $40 per person for a ride that is about 14 minutes long. In a city that is so extra, you really have to go out of your way to go overboard, and in our opinion, this is it.
Iowa – The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk
You know your town is in trouble when its only significance is that it's the birthplace of a fictional character. In Riverside, Iowa, Trekkies can locate the "Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk" marker with the date March 22, 2228. The Voyage Home Riverside History Center, also known as the Star Trek Museum, features Star Trek exhibits and memorabilia.
If you love movies, a better site to visit might be the "Field of Dreams" in Dubuque County, Iowa. This is the site where the movie of the same name was filmed. After shooting, the baseball diamond was left behind and has been enjoyed by tourists ever since.
Utah – Moqui Cave
Like the Newport Tower in Rhode Island, the history behind Moqui Cave is not what it seems. The name insinuates that it was inhabited or used by a Native American tribe, but that could not be further from the truth. In actuality, it is a sand erosion cave that has been turned into a gift shop.
The cave is not a naturally occurring cave. It was used as a sand mine for making glass. All Native American lore surrounding the cave is just about the general area rather than the cave itself. So, if you don't mind being played for a fool, check out Moqui Cave located north of Kanab, Utah.
Connecticut - St. Edmund's Severed Arm
There's no better way to spend your time off than to gawk at a severed arm! In Mystic, Connecticut, you can do this oddly specific activity. The mummified arm belongs to Archbishop Edmond Rich, who died in 1240.
By 1246, Edmund Rich was made a Saint and his body was put on display. Eventually cut off St. Edmund's arm and it was recovered by the Society of the Fathers and Brothers of St. Edmund. Later on, in 1903, it was taken to England and then to America in 1952. By 2002, the arm ended up in Connecticut to be admired by millions of children and parents.
Oklahoma - Pops
It's fizzy, it's sugary and totally bad for you –it's soda, or pop, or soda pop, or whatever else you want to call it. In Oklahoma, you'll find the largest selection of it at Pops. But don't be fooled, it's the same soda you'll find at your local grocery store, except here, you'll pay more for it.
Located on the Route 66 highway, Pops features a giant neon soda bottle on top of the building. The walls of the store are decorated with soda bottles and arranged by color. You can purchase your soda at room temperature or refrigerated. But really, you don't need it, so it's probably best to skip.
Oregon - Portland Dog Bowl
Easily one of the most boring attractions in the country, the Portland fountain is in the shape of a small dog bowl sitting atop a checkered granite tile field. William Wegman designed this fountain at the exact size of a typical dog bowl. We wouldn't recommend that your dog try to drink from the fountain or you may have an upset dog, or at least, a very wet one.
Alternatively, you could check out a chocolate fountain in Portland at the candy basket. But again, we wouldn't recommend drinking from this fountain, particularly if you are a dog, but even if you are a human as it is not the most sanitary source of chocolate.
Kentucky – Ark Encounter
The Bible is one of the oldest surviving religious texts we have. It brings joy and comfort to billions of people all over the world. But more than that, it brings in a whole lot of moolah, especially if you are the owner and operator of Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky.
Ark Encounter is a religious theme park that measures 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. It features 132 bays and three decks. Although it's certainly not the worst attraction on this list, at around $50 per head, it's only going to be worth your money if you are a true-blue creationist.
Louisiana – Bourbon St.
Louisiana offers a fascinating landscape, rich culture, amazing food and much more. Nevertheless, if all you have seen of Louisiana was the infamous Bourbon St., you wouldn't know it. You've probably seen numerous films depicting this attraction in New Orleans, but it doesn't make for the most authentic real-world experience.
There are plenty of other areas to explore in New Orleans, so look for some authentic cuisine or check out a local jazz club. Stay clear of the crowds, gimmicky bars, and the neon signs, because that's where the drunks hang out. Personally, we prefer not to get thrown up on.
Alabama - Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens
Slavery is among the most shameful things about America's past. The Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama glorifies a time period that has long passed. Built by Judge William S. Mudd and a group of slaves after acquiring it in an auction in 1842, it was originally called the Grove and changed to Arlington in 1886.
If a slave plantation isn't something you want to celebrate you can safely pass this one up. While there are some 19th-century vintage pieces of art, décor and clothing to admire, the site is surprisingly lacking in any kind of gardens considering it's called "Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens."
South Carolina – South of the Border
It's one of the most famous roadside attractions in South Carolina, and it's also one of the most offensive. The culturally insensitive welcome sign features a mascot called Pedro sporting a sombrero. It's campy and in bad taste, so it's sure to make you uncomfortable. Activities at South of the Border include shopping, dining, and a few attractions.
South of the Border was started by Alan Schafer in 1950. He created the South of the Border Depot which was a beer stand and later started selling kitsch items imported from Mexico and trinkets. Later it would offer a motel, gas station, lounge, and souvenir shop.
Minnesota – Nickelodeon Universe
How do you turn the idea of an amusement park into a terrible idea? You put it indoors and you make it only for kids. If you have never heard of it, Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota has two indoor amusement parks and one of them is Nickelodeon Universe. The park was originally Camp Snoopy but in 2007 it was transformed into an obnoxious Nickelodeon-themed indoor park.
Removing all possibility of getting your kids outside and away from their screens, Mall of America's Nickelodeon Universe will cost you $20 for two hours of unlimited rides that are vaguely Nickelodeon themed. There are 27 rides and attractions total, so you know there won't be enough time to go on all of them, so your best option is to purchase an annual pass. But that's $150 and chances are you aren't going to want to go back anyway. At least, for now, you have COVID-19 as an excuse.
Colorado – Four Corners Monument
This is the epitome of lame. The Four Corners in Colorado offers a large plaque that you can stand on so that you can say you are in four states at once. Unless you have the sensibility of a 7-year-old or you are indeed a 7-year-old, you aren't going to get much enjoyment out of this activity.
The Four Corners Monument marks the exact quadripoint where Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico meet. The attraction is maintained by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department, in part, because it marks the boundary between the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
Wisconsin – Mars Cheese Castle
Wisconsin is the nation's largest producer of cheese. It produces approximately one-quarter of the nation's cheese. If you know anything about Wisconsin at all, you probably know that already. That's why millions of cheese lovers come to meet like-minded cheese lovers, and well…buy cheese.
Mars Cheese Castle is one of the oldest cheese stores in the country. But to be fair, there are not too many cheese stores dedicated to cheese. In addition to overpriced blocks of cheese, you can purchase buckets of cheese spread featuring all manner of shady ingredients. Fortunately, if you are lactose intolerant, you can pick up some cured meats and popcorn. Check it out at Kenosha, Wisconsin, or just go to the supermarket to save time and money.
Maryland – Ocean City
It's difficult to fathom how Ocean City attracts tourists let alone any locals. The water is dirty, it's overcrowded, and it's riddled with crime. Some visitors have complained that it smells bad too. To make matter worse, it was recently labeled a coronavirus hotspot.
For some reason, Ocean City attracts thousands of visitors every summer weekend and around 8 Million people annually. The first beach cottage in the area was built in 1869 and the first major hotel opened in 1875. Now Ocean City extends up to 9 miles.
Missouri - Ozarkland
The unabashed tourist trap, Ozarkland, features wall-to-wall 50's and 60's kitsch. Find souvenirs commemorating Route 66, Elvis, vintage diners, and more. There are a total of five Ozarkland General Stores in Missouri but the most popular is the one in Kingdom City.
You can find candy, hats, shirts, jewelry, Moccasins, fireworks, and plenty of touristy souvenirs that will really let your campy flag fly. You can come to Ozarkland if you need a place to waste away your next paycheck or soon you'll be able to do all your shopping online as a website is in progress.
Indiana – NCAA Hall of Champions
Dedicated to college athletes, the NCAA offers a variety of exhibits with very little memorabilia to show off. The Museum is so barren that the website shows almost no pictures on their website. At $5 per adult guest, you can't expect much.
Still, if you are bothering to drive down to Indianapolis, Indiana, you want something to see. However, walking through the museum will take you under a half hour. If you are dying to learn more about college athletes, go ahead and see for yourself.
Tennessee - Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue
In the 1993 film, "Forrest Gump," the titular character claims he was named after Nathan Bedford Forrest as a reminder that "sometimes we all do things that just don't make no sense." Undoubtedly, one of those things that doesn't make any sense is putting up a hideous Confederate statue of someone associated with the KKK.
This privately-owned is arguably one of the ugliest in the world, and not just because of whom it depicts, but because of its poor craftsmanship. You can find this statue in Nashville, Tennessee. Although attempts to remove the statue were thwarted, the statue was successfully vandalized with pink paint.
Massachusetts – Salem Witch Museum
Salem, Massachusetts is among the most infamous towns in the country. Known for the Salem Witch Trials which occurred over 400 years ago, nineteen innocent people were hanged and one was pressed to death due to accusations of witchcraft and influence by the devil. Today, you can learn all there is to know about the trials in Salem and explore the numerous museums the town has to offer.
Although there are plenty of interesting historical places to explore like the Witch House and the House of the Seven Gables, some are not so great. One of the worst is the Salem Witch Museum which many visitors find too small and underwhelming. The museum features recreations of hangings with dummies and other boring exhibits. The clothes and furniture pieces are recreated rather than authentic, so you are better off watching "The Crucible" with Daniel Day-Lewis if you want to know what it was like to live back then.
Arizona – Phoenix Trolley Museum
If you are a trolley enthusiast, apologies, but the Phoenix Trolley Museum is extremely boring. Located in, of course, Phoenix, the museum was started in 1975 with the sole purpose of preserving trolley cars from Phoenix. You can't ride in them but you can look inside them – at least some of them.
Among the historical trolleys available for viewing are the Streetcar #116 from 1928 and the Calcine Electric Locomotive, all the way back from the mid-80s (wow, feel old yet?). And if one visit is not enough to take in all the excitement, you can get an annual membership for just $20 per year. You're welcome.
Washington – Market Theater Gum Wall
It's difficult to decide if this is the worst attraction or the most revolting. If you went to any public school, you've probably experienced the horrifying sensation of touching somebody else's chewed up gum under your desk. That said, we can't imagine why anyone would want to look at or admire an entire wall decorated with used chewing gum.
The disgusting wall can be found in Post Alley at Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle. The Market Theater Gum Wall tradition has been going on since 1993 and became an official tourist attraction in 1999. In 2015, the gum wall was cleaned up and over 2,000 pounds of gum was removed to prevent erosion of the brick wall. Nevertheless, tourists and locals have continued to add to the gum wall despite the effort. Some traditions never die.
Virginia - Foamhenge
Yes, there is unfortunately more than one mock Stonehenge in existence. Foamhenge, in Centreville, Virginia, is a roadside attraction that is a full-scale replica of Stonehenge. It was created by Mark Cline in 2004. Originally it was in Natural Bridge, Virginia until the area became a state park and Foamhenge had to move.
Again though, we'd like to stress that before you take time out of your busy schedule to stare at some pieces of foam, that there is a real Stonehenge that is believed to be over 5,000 years old and is a lot more impressive. Just something to think about.
New Jersey – Atlantic City Boardwalk
Atlantic City in the 1920s was a booming town filled with luxurious hotels, nightclubs, and restaurants, but definitely not any liquor because that was illegal at the time and was for sure a law everyone followed, ahem...Anyway, the 20s is largely considered the golden age for Atlantic City, while now it's anything but that.
Today, on Atlantic City Boardwalk, you will find a miniature Vegas filled with tacky casinos, cheap souvenir shops, terrible hotels, and a polluted ocean to boot. On top of all that, there is limited public transportation. So, hope you like walking.
Michigan - Abandoned Acres Farm Haunted Attraction
A popular Michigan attraction during Halloween, the Abandoned Acres Farm Haunted Attraction is a huge disappointment. And excuse us for picking nits, but if the Farm House is abandoned, who is charging for admission? And what on Earth does a circus theme have to do with corn mazes?
The Abandoned Acres Farm Haunted Attraction is made up of two corn mazes: one with evil killer clowns and the other with other scary…things. But if you are dying (ha, dying) to go, you'll have to wait till next fall because this thing runs from late September to early November – weekends only.
North Carolina - World Record Largest Blue Marlin
It was once the world's largest Blue Marlin on record until someone killed it. The fish was 14 feet long and weighed nearly a half-ton. It was caught on July 26, 1974.
Now you can travel to Nags Head, North Carolina to go look at a dead fish – if you are into that sort of thing. It's sealed in a glass case, outside of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. If you love fishing, you might want to check it out. We aren't here to judge. Well, we are in a way but…just do what you want.
Georgia – World of Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola is one of the nation's favorite sodas, at least, unless they prefer Pepsi for whatever reason. Anyway, as popular as Coca-Cola may very well be, someone should have informed the company that an entire museum dedicated to it may not be the best idea. The museum features numerous exhibits, a Coca-Cola Bear photo op, and a 3D movie.
Sure, it somehow attracts visitors that don't realize they are walking into an advertisement trap, but once it is over, they most likely aren't coming back. And at almost $20 per adult, this museum is way overpriced. Seriously, there are numerous art museums that are free to go to and you will actually learn something worthwhile.
Ohio - BibleWalk and Living Bible Museum
Yes, there is another wax museum on this list. Why? Because they are creepy and weird. That's why. And the BibleWalk and Living Bible Museum is super strange and exceedingly horrifying.
At the BibleWalk and Living Bible Museum, you can see some exhibits dedicated to the most uncomfortable parts of the Bible, like when Abraham is going to burn his son alive and the death of Christ. You can also check out Job covered in hideous pus-filled skin sores. The museum features over 300 dummies and will set you back $33 if you want to see everything.
Illinois – Woodstock
Woodstock, Illinois is the actual town where "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray was filmed. If you are a huge fan of the film, you'll probably get a little kick out of being there. Unfortunately, there's not much to do. There is certainly no Bill Murray nor a Groundhog. You can, however, check out an ugly mural dedicated to the movie.
And of course, if you have seen the movie like 20 times, it's all going to seem quite familiar. During January through early February, you can catch a showing of Groundhog Day in the Harold Ramis Auditorium at the Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre. Otherwise, you can stay at home and watch it on your TV.
Pennsylvania – Mister Ed's Elephant Museum
The Mister Ed you are probably thinking of was horse, of course, but Mister Ed Gotwalt is a mere man with a museum dedicated to elephants, or rather, manufactured elephants. Mister Ed has a collection of over 12,000 elephant figurines, toys, and much more. . The man needs help, so please don't encourage him.
According to the official website, Mister Ed received his first elephant on his wedding day, collected a few more during his honeymoon, and has become a full-fledged addict ever since. In addition to elephants, Mister Ed offers a candy emporium that is sure to hype up your kids. Just keep them away from the elephants.
New York – The Museum of Sex
The name alone might have you intrigued, but make no mistake, this museum is unstimulating in every way. It's low on exhibits and many of them are…a little weird. To make matters worse, normal ticket prices are almost $60 per head.
Right now, the Museum of Sex is hosting some bizarre displays like a Cam Life exhibit and the Superfunland: Journey into the Erotic Carnival – whatever that is. Past exhibits included ones dedicated to pornography, contraception and some unsavory depictions of Disney cartoons.
Florida – Magic Kingdom
If you have ever seen the real thing, Disneyland, then you know that the Magic Kingdom at Disney World is just a sad attempt to recapture the same magic. The creators of the Magic Kingdom seemed to have attempted to create a replica of Disneyland on a more depressing scale. The rides are shorter and the wait times somehow seem longer when you are standing in the humidity.
In simpler terms: the Magic Kingdom is like drinking off-brand cola. The taste may vaguely resemble cola, but something is not quite right. Of course, if you've never tried the real thing, then you probably won't even notice. And if you can't make it out to California, then, you'll have to settle for the Magic Kingdom regardless.
Texas – The National Museum of Funeral History
To satisfy your morbid curiosities, the National Museum of Funeral History is indeed a thing. The museum features 16 permanent exhibits that will teach you about the history of cremation, embalming, coffins, caskets, hearses, and other funeral essentials. On top of all this, you'll find displays dedicated to dead popes, inventors, presidents, and fallen heroes.
In addition to permanent exhibits, there are limited-time special exhibits throughout the year. Pricing is just $10 per adults and kids 5 years and under get in for free. So you can bring the whole family!
California – SeaWorld
Ever since the mistreatment of its animals came to light, SeaWorld in San Diego has never been the same for anyone. Between Orcas being taken from their mothers, and penguins getting shipped in plastic crates as if they were a FedEx package, SeaWorld doesn't seem to care about marine life.
If you are looking for a good aquarium, you might try the Aquarium of the Pacific in California. It is the largest aquarium in Southern California and is one of the most popular in the country. The attraction offers a variety of activities for kids and features over 50 exhibits. Plus, if you are dive-certified, adults can swim with fish in a tropical reef habitat.