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  • Scary Lucy, Lovely Lucy

    Scary Lucy, Lovely Lucy

    Celoron, New York

    One town, two Lucille Ball statues. Vitameatavegamin Scary Lucy horrified the entire world; Lovely Lucy healed it, apparently.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah

    Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah

    Niagara Falls, New York

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

  • 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.

  • Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

    Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

    Red Hook, New York

    Campy World War I melodrama with dogfighting biplanes and an exploding lingerie shop. Offers rides over the countryside in an open-air cockpit.

  • Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

    Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

    Ticonderoga, New York

    Elvis impersonator James Cawley spent over 20 years building perfect replicas of starship USS Enterprise sets from the 1960s series Star Trek.

  • 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.

  • 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 walk-thru subway cars dating back to 1903.

  • 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

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

  • The Big Duck

    The Big Duck

    Flanders, New York

    Built in 1931, the Big Duck originally sold ducks, now 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.

  • Big Chief: Interstate Muffler Man

    Big Chief: Interstate Muffler Man

    Irving, New York

    Fiberglass statue of an Indian Chief, arm raised in greeting, along the Thruway on the Seneca Nation Reservation at the Big Indian Smoke Shop.

  • 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.

  • National Comedy Center

    National Comedy Center

    Jamestown, New York

    Part museum -- it has Seinfeld's puffy shirt -- but also part interactive experience: you can perform stand-up. Has at least one bench with a secret built-in whoopee cushion.

  • 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.

  • 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 so satisfying that Mmuseumm 2 opened in the shaft next door.

  • Spyscape


    New York, New York

    Opened in Feb. 2018, this "immersive" spy attraction promises to help visitors "discover their inner spy" by subjecting them to interrogation techniques and a Special Ops laser tunnel.

  • Giant Dog and Taxi Cab

    Giant Dog and Taxi Cab

    New York, New York

    Spot is a 38-foot-tall Dalmatian puppy balancing a real NYC yellow taxi on her nose.

  • KGB Espionage Museum

    KGB Espionage Museum

    New York, New York

    Claims to have the world's largest collection of Soviet secret agent gadgets. See the "Deadly Kiss" lipstick gun, then get strapped into the interrogation chair.

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