From a rubber chicken museum to a fox village, here are some awesomely eccentric and weird attractions around the world to see.
The Statue of Liberty, Colosseum and Sydney Opera House may be some of the most well-known landmarks in the world, but the world is a strange place and we’ve got the facts to prove it. From a rubber chicken museum in Seattle to a Moomin amusement park in Japan, check out below some of the world’s most wonderful and weird attractions.
Rubber Chicken Museum, Seattle, Washington State
Paying homage to plastic poultry and its status as a classic comedy staple, the Rubber Chicken Museum features dozens of yellow rubber chickens, including the world’s largest and the world’s smallest. The museum is one-of-a-kind and located inside the Archie McPhee novelty store in northern Seattle. As they say, scholars from over 10 countries have visited in a quest to discover what makes rubber chickens funny. Cluck cluck!
International Banana Museum, Mecca, California
Home to 20,000 banana-themed items, the International Banana Museum is the world’s largest museum dedicated to the fruit. Owner Fred Garbutt’s collection includes banana-themed gadgets and gizmos—from harmonicas and squirt guns to a “Go Bananas” slot machine and a road crossing signs for banana slugs. For an a-peeling treat, you are invited to take a seat on a yellow barstool and slurp a banana milkshake, chow down on banana bread, or split a banana split.
Bishop Castle, Rye, Colorado
The self-titled Bishop Castle is the creation of Jim Bishop, a local man who embarked on building a cosy cabin but instead created one of the most unique attractions in Colorado. Taking almost 60 years to complete, Bishop Castle is an impressive structure that stands at 160 feet and comes complete with turrets, stained glass windows and a large dragon head. Travellers can visit Bishop Castle all year round and couples can also get married there.
Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, California
The Sea Ranch, a privately owned community extending for 10 miles along a beautiful strip of Sonoma’s far northern coast, is known for its panoramic views of sea, sky, rocky ocean outcrops, and migrating whales. The Sea Ranch Chapel is a stunning architectural gem—a non-denominational chapel topped by a winged roof that seems set to take flight – which amazes visitors both inside and out. The copper-accented roof is made of cedar shingles that conform to the winged shape, whilst inside visitors will discover hand-carved redwood benches, a sculptured ceiling embedded with sea shells and sea urchins, bright-coloured stained glass windows, and mosaics.
The Cave Store, San Diego, California
Situated in the picturesque region of La Jolla, The Cave Store appears as an unassuming beach shop, selling everything from snorkelling gear to watercolour paintings. But venture further and the store has a secret entrance which leads to Sunny Jim Cave, a hidden alcove over the ocean. Dating back to the early 1900s, the cave was originally used during Prohibition to smuggle alcohol into San Diego. It’s now home to an array of seabirds and is one of the city’s hidden gems.
Legends bookstore, Yosemite Tuolumne County, California
A cosy bookstore tucked away within an old gold mine shaft beneath the cafe and ice cream shop, Legends Books, Antiques & Soda Fountain has transformed part of an old mine shaft and underground tunnel snaking beneath the surface of Sonora. What was once a general store and bank is now a lively cafe and soda shop, with a quaint bookstore tucked below. You can grab a coffee or ice cream float from the cafe upstairs then head down into the old gold mine shaft below, where you can browse the shelves of books lining the walls.
Randyland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Randyland is an exuberantly colourful landmark located in the Central Northside of Pittsburgh. It’s a free outdoor art museum that opened over 20 years ago and has become a treasured community landmark ever since. Folk artist and resident Randy Gilson fills the area with vividly coloured, upbeat murals and objects, and has turned this Pittsburgh neighbourhood into a psychedelic dream.
Moomin Valley Park, Hanno, Japan
The much-anticipated Moomin Valley Park opens to the public on March 16, 2019 in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture. A complementing attraction to the recently-opened, Nordic-themed Metsä Village, Moomin Valley Park will include various attractions and replicas from the iconic series, including a Moominhouse, the bathing house, the lighthouse, and the three-floored ‘Kokemus’ exhibition centre, where you can delve into mind of Moomin creator Tove Jansson.
World’s smallest dedicated park, Portland, Oregon
At 24 inches in diameter, Mills End is the world’s smallest dedicated park. Located in the median of Southwest Naito Parkway at Taylor Street, its story began when a journalist for the Oregon Journal, Dick Fagan, got tired of looking at the ugly pothole below his ofﬁce window. He decided to plant ﬂowers in the hole and name it Mill Ends Park. To generate interest in this tiny green space, Fagan centred newspaper stories on the capers of a ﬁctitious park resident, a leprechaun named Patrick O’Toole. As weird attractions go, this one is the most amusing.
Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz, California
A “gravitational anomaly” located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, the Mystery Spot discovered in 1939, is centered around a shack that appears to be falling over, pulled down by the strange gravitational forces. The laws of physics are questioned as visitors can lean forward Michael Jackson-style against gravity. Speculation as to the cause include cones of metal secretly buried in the ground by aliens, carbon dioxide permeating from the earth, a magma vortex and in “scientific terms,” the highest dielectric bio-cosmic radiation known anywhere in the world.
Zao Fox Village, Miyagi, Japan
Japan is well known for its culture of cuteness and quirky animal encounters, and nothing proves it quite like the Zao Fox Village in the Miyagi prefecture. Nestled in the picturesque mountains of northern Japan, this village serves as a fox preserve where visitors can watch, feed and take adorable pictures with over 100 animals and different breeds of Japanese foxes. Foxes are popular creatures of Japanese folktales and lore.
Salvation Mountain, Greater Palm Springs, California
Located just outside of Greater Palm Springs, Salvation Mountain is a unique work of art by local resident Leonard Knight. The man-made mountain is Leonard’s tribute to God and uses random materials, such as painted cement, hay bales, telephone poles and car windows, to create an intricate hill standing at 50 feet tall. The words ‘God is love’ are adorned at the peak and locals regularly help refresh the paint so the mountain is continuously bold and striking.
We hope you love these quirky, weird attractions as much as we do!