Pennsylvania is home to some weird and wacky attractions that may not be in your typical travel guide but would be sure to blow any Happy Traveler’s mind! Your Pennsylvania bucket list just may get a facelift after you read a roundup of our top 17 favorites.
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1. Haines Shoe House
Step into this roadside attraction at Haines Shoe House! This shoe-shaped home was built in 1949, standing at 25 feet high and 48 feet long. The current residents of this wacky household are Jeff and Melanie Schmuck, who purchased the shoe house in February 2015. The two love having visitors and even offer a guided tour! After the tour, relax with a cold treat from Beck’s Ice Cream, where everything is locally made.
2. Mütter Museum
The Mütter Museum gives the fearless a tour of the medical collection at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Thousands of items on display span the medical realm, from deformed and diseased body parts to pieces of Albert Einstein’s gloriously geeky brain. Filled with some impossible-to-believe specimens, the collections are still used to advance medical science today!
3. The Pizza Brain
Pizza lovers unite at The Pizza Brain, the world’s first pizza culture museum and shop! The eatery boasts the largest collection of pizza-related items in the world, with more than 550 artifacts in rotation — earning it a coveted Guinness World Record. Pizza Brain educates foodies about the cultural impact of the famed Italian import while serving up gas oven-fired pies to satisfy your appetite!
4. Ringing Rocks Park
Upper Black Eddy
Let the rocks sing! Ringing Rocks Park is the most famous of several Pennsylvania fields of igneous rock. The 10-foot rock piles produce variously pitched ringing sounds when hit with hammers or other rocks. Although scientists don't know exactly why the rocks sound like they do, plenty of flora, fauna, and beautiful waterfalls can be enjoyed in the approximately 100-acre area.
5. Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland
Get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, an AZA-accredited zoo. Reptiland allows visitors to catch a glimpse of the less-loved members of the animal kingdom through daily feedings, where you can even touch a variety of reptile skins to feel the difference between turtles, snakes, and crocodiles!
6. Vintage Open Cockpit Airplane at Bradford Regional Airport
Let the wind rush through your hair and the sun shine on your face as you ascend in a vintage open cockpit airplane over the Allegheny National Forest! The ride is sure to give a memorable (but safe!) experience as you soar above the forest in a fully restored 1943 Boeing Stearman with veteran pilot, Bruce Klien.
7. Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium
Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium is a one-of-a-kind attraction that you do not want to miss on your trip to Gettysburg! Located just a short distance from the historic downtown, Mister Ed’s features more than 900 varieties of candy, 100 flavors of fudge, and more than 12,000 elephant figurines on display. You can also grab freshly roasted peanuts to snack on as you take a walk through the gardens or enjoy one of the special events that are hosted throughout the year.
8. American Philatelic Society
The American Philatelic Society is the largest nonprofit for stamp collectors in the world! The Center is located in a restored 19th-century match factory complex that’s on the National Historic Register comprising various interconnected buildings, the oldest of which was built in 1899. Visitors are welcome to tour the historic Center and see the valuable services firsthand.
9. The Stoogeum
The Stoogeum in Montgomery County is a unique destination that honors the kings of low-brow comedy. North America’s only permanent tribute to the comedy of Moe, Larry, and Curley (and Shemp, Joe, and Curly Joe), the 100,000-item museum covers everything from Stooge-themed memorabilia — like pinball machines and breakfast cereal — to personal items, such as Shemp Howard’s discharge papers and Larry Fine’s driver’s license.
10. The Big Mac Museum Restaurant
The Big Mac Museum Restaurant pays tribute to the iconic Big Mac® with high-tech displays, hands-on exhibits, historic memorabilia, and a state-of-the-art, jungle-themed PlayPlace. Enjoy a Big Mac® and all your favorite McDonald's food as you learn how the famous sandwich came to play!
11. Mack Truck Historical Museum
Calling all movie buffs! Get a glimpse of Megatron from the Transformers series at the Mack Truck Historical Museum. Trucking fans can learn about how these powerful vehicles have changed over the years. And best of all? Admission to the Mack Truck Museum is FREE!
12. Playthings Etc.
Playthings Etc. is a unique store filled with toys for all ages. Playthings Etc. is shaped like a steel stealth bomber and is home to classic and science kits, hobby products, futuristic and educational toys. Customers are encouraged to test the toys on display and participate in demonstrations that can involve anything from remote-controlled cars and unicycles to rockets and magic. With more than 3,000 toys to choose from, it’s more than just a store — it’s an out-of-this-world experience!
13. BWP Bats
Step up to the bat at BWP Bats where you can gaze at the maple bat used by Boston Red Sox player Johnny Damon to score a 2004 World Series home run against the St. Louis Cardinals. BWP Bats grows its own hard maple, ash, and red oak trees to manufacture more than 35,000 bats each year, which are used by some of the best ballplayers around! Baseball lovers also can take a free factory tour to catch a glimpse into how these iconic bats are made.
The Americana Region’s legendary Pagoda has greeted visitors in Pennsylvania for more than 100 years. Sitting high atop Mount Penn, the Pagoda was built to be a luxury resort, but when that wasn’t possible, a series of events enabled The City of Reading to assume ownership of the building and turn it into a tourist attraction. Today, the Pagoda still intrigues and attracts visitors who climb its seven stories for incredible views of the area.
Randyland is one of the city’s most colorful and Instagrammable landmarks and offers unique insight into the mind of its artist and owner, Randy Gilson. Randyland welcomes visitors to explore the public art displays in and around the property between 10 AM and dusk. Admission is free to the public.
16. Goose Day
This isn’t the typical shenanigans of duck, duck, GOOSE! Goose Day was brought to the Juniata River Valley by an England settler in the late 1700s. Legend has it that consuming Goose on September 29, also known as Saint Michaelmas Day, will leave you with no monetary greed for the rest of the year. Join in on the celebration at nearby restaurants as they add goose to their menu items! Local businesses, organizations, and non-profits also get into the spirit by holding special promotions, events, and sales throughout September.
17. Golden Roll Visitor Center
Who doesn’t love the buttery potato rolls at Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe? Experience the early and humble beginnings of this international food giant for yourself at the Golden Roll Visitor Center in Chambersburg, featuring the original garage bakery, first delivery vehicle, interactive displays, and the Martin’s Family Restaurant! Every free tour is customized and has a special demonstration station for kids.
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