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  • Big Chief: Interstate Muffler Man

    Big Chief: Interstate Muffler Man

    Irving, New York

    Fiberglass statue of an Indian Chief, arm raised in greeting, stands along the Thruway on the Seneca Nation Reservation at the Big Indian Smoke Shop -- where there's another identical Muffler Man Indian figure.

  • Ghost Deer and Atom Bombs

    Ghost Deer and Atom Bombs

    Romulus, New York

    The world's largest known population of ghostly white deer have lived and bred inside a former off-limits Army Depot, undisturbed for 70 years.

  • Woodstock Festival Monument

    Woodstock Festival Monument

    Bethel, New York

    Stand and look over a field once filled with hippies. It happened in August 1969, nowhere near the town of Woodstock, a directional bane to generations of later tourists.

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • Secret Caverns

    Secret Caverns

    Cobleskill, New York

    The Secret Caverns Experience starts miles from the cave, when travelers encounter the first of its garish, psychedelic billboards.

  • Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah

    Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah

    Niagara Falls, New York

    Prophet Isaiah Henry Robertson has been directed by God to decorate his house in advance of the Second Coming.

  • Magic Forest

    Magic Forest

    Lake George, New York

    Storybook theme park -- a diving horse, fairy tale dioramas, rides, and plenty of chances to pose with bizarre statuary.

  • House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

    House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

    Lake George, New York

    With more torture tableaus than you can shake a stick studded with impaled heads at....

  • Motorcyclepedia


    Newburgh, New York

    Collection includes the motorcycle Charles Lindbergh traded for his first airplane, a police bike from JFK's assassination motorcade, and three "Wall of Death" thrill show motordromes.

  • Santa's Workshop

    Santa's Workshop

    North Pole, New York

    The world's first theme park still celebrates Christmas all summer. Holiday-themed kiddie rides, costumed characters, and a perpetually frozen Pole.

  • Shrine of the North American Martyrs

    Shrine of the North American Martyrs

    Auriesville, New York

    Contemplative hilltop of religious statuary and shrines commemorating slaughtered Catholic missionaries. Closed in 2015, but should reopen later in 2016.

  • New York Transit Museum

    New York Transit Museum

    Brooklyn, New York

    Housed below ground in a decommissioned subway station, the city's transit history is told with signs, artifacts and old subway cars.

  • Coney Island - Sideshows by the Seashore

    Coney Island - Sideshows by the Seashore

    Brooklyn, New York

    Historical playland of the world, with some revitalized cheese and midway romance.

  • Green-Wood Cemetery

    Green-Wood Cemetery

    Brooklyn, New York

    Huge, ornate cemetery with many prominent dead people. Tours, night walks, art and music events make this a tourist attraction, not just a graveyard.

  • Brain Museum

    Brain Museum

    Buffalo, New York

    Officially known as the Museum of Neuroanatomy, this display of pickled head meat is the largest human brain collection open to the public in the USA.

  • Cardiff Giant

    Cardiff Giant

    Cooperstown, New York

    An exhibit of a famous 19th century flim-flam, a biblical "giant" that became "America's Greatest Hoax."

  • The Big Duck

    The Big Duck

    Flanders, New York

    A survivor of early roadside architecture, the Big Duck sells duck souvenirs to summertime city weekenders.

  • West Point Museum: War Booty

    West Point Museum: War Booty

    Highland Falls, New York

    The permanent repository of America's war trophies, which include Adolf Hitler's pistol, Custer's last message, and the safety plug pulled on the atom bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

  • Lucy Desi Museum and Desilu Studios

    Lucy Desi Museum and Desilu Studios

    Jamestown, New York

    America's favorite 1950s TV couple are remembered in Lucy's hometown.

  • Grave of Chester A. Arthur

    Grave of Chester A. Arthur

    Menands, New York

    The bronze Angel of Sorrow lays a Swiffer Duster-like palm frond atop Arthur's sarcophagus.

  • Herkimer Diamond Mines

    Herkimer Diamond Mines

    Middleville, New York

    Two adjacent diamond (quartz) mines vie for gem crazed tourists. The most fun you'll ever have sitting in a pit with a hammer smashing rocks. A fire in Oct. 2017 destroyed the gift shop, but the mines remained open.

  • World's Largest Kaleidoscope

    World's Largest Kaleidoscope

    Mount Tremper, New York

    Crank your head back and enjoy kaleidoscopic thrills inside the World's Largest Kaleidoscope. The shows in the kaleidoscope change seasonally.

  • Key-Crazy Locksmith Building

    Key-Crazy Locksmith Building

    New York, New York

    Locksmith and metal artist Phil Mortillaro has covered most of the exterior and interior surfaces of his small shop with a swirling assemblage of thousands of keys.

  • Mmuseumm: Smallest Museum in NYC

    Mmuseumm: Smallest Museum in NYC

    New York, New York

    Former elevator shaft converted into museum. Itty-bitty, but fully satisfying; has shoe thrown at George Bush in Iraq. Mmuseumm 2 opened next door in 2015.

  • Niagara Wax Museum of History: Lincoln's Haircut Chair

    Niagara Wax Museum of History: Lincoln's Haircut Chair

    Niagara Falls, New York

    The Niagara Wax Museum of History, specializing in exhibits significant to the region, recreated the Lincoln barber shop scene, featuring the actual chair.

  • Haunted House of Wax

    Haunted House of Wax

    Niagara Falls, New York

    Pose with a headless Dracula in front of a Niagara Falls photo op, and be terrified by other alarming displays.

  • World's Smallest Church

    World's Smallest Church

    Oneida, New York

    The teeny-weeny Cross Island Chapel. Ideal spot for a limited-attendance island wedding.

  • Sing Sing Prison Museum

    Sing Sing Prison Museum

    Ossining, New York

    Museum with artifacts from the notorious New York prison. Which is right down the street.

  • Angel Was Here, Birthed Mormonism

    Angel Was Here, Birthed Mormonism

    Palmyra, New York

    A statue of the angel Moroni stands atop the hill where he gave Joseph Smith the golden plates -- and if you're unfamiliar with Mormonism, that probably sounds strange.

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