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This former train station used to be a regular stop for folks traveling through Florida in the early 1900s. It was abandoned and overgrown until someone bought it in the 1990s and transformed it into a tea house and craft store.
They added some really nifty old train cars. Anyone can park and walk around the station for free. The train cars are secured behind an iron fence but you get very close to them and can see them very well.
One of the antique cars, the Georgia 300, is a vintage rail car originally placed in service in the 1930s. This is the car that carried President-elect Barack Obama and Vice-President-elect Joe Biden to their inauguration in January 2009. You can easily see the Presidential Seal on the back of the car's observation platform; it was a gift from President Bill Clinton after his own campaign trip in 1996.[Susie S., 02/11/2016]
The train cars and the tea house actually have separate owners, although they share a parking lot. The Georgia 300 has a long history as an attraction, including a stint at the 1982 Knoxville World's Fair, where visitors could rent out its rooms. It's not currently open to the public, but rich people and corporations can lease it for trips.
- 775 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, FL
- Orange Park Station. I-295 exit 10. Drive south on US Hwy 17/Park Ave. for about two miles. Bear right at the Winn-Dixie supermarket onto Hwy 224/Kingsley Ave. Drive a half-mile. You'll see a stoplight for Carnes St.; just beyond it you'll see a railroad crossing. Turn right into the parking lot just past the stoplight and just before the railroad crossing.
This museum, at the airport in Seymour, chronicles the airport's history during World War II and shortly thereafter. What's unique about it is that it has a lot of parts from captured German, Japanese, and Italian airplanes (Sorry, no whole airplanes). There's a lot of other interesting stuff from the period as well, including the fire truck from World War II, firearms, models, uniforms, etc.[Larry Bothe, 02/11/2016]
- 1035 A. Ave., Seymour, IN
- I-65 exit 50B. Drive west on US Hwy 50 about 2.5 miles, into the center of town. Turn left (south) at the hospital onto Hwy 11/Walnut St. Drive about a mile to the Freeman Field airport entrance on the right. Follow the museum signs from there.
- Sa 10-1, or by appt. (Call to verify)
- Free, donations accepted
The locals say this looks like a giant turd from the side, but from the front... well, you decide. It's definitely worth seeing. Everything is clean and well-kept. It'll make you smile, that's for sure![D. Springer, 02/11/2016]
- Sawchuk St., Mundare, AB, Canada
- East of Edmonton about 1 hour, then north at the signs. Just north of town and 53 Ave, across the street from the gas station on Rt. 855.
If you drive into Vegreville you can't miss this! The egg is huge. It's really pretty, it rotates, and the detail is over-the-top. It strikes me as kind of funny that some people put this much effort into an Easter Egg, but someone did, and it's something to see. The park is well-maintained and is a nice place to take a break.[D. Springer, 02/11/2016]
For a visitor center, it was really a fun place! The ladies who were working there said we were aliens because we were from West Virginia. The First UFO Landing Pad is clean and well kept, and it has a gift shop with a UFO theme.[D Springer, 02/11/2016]