Creative Play: Off the Beaten Path
Perhaps it is because we are located in a 148 year old depot, but we have a real fondness for roadside attractions, including world’s largest things (bees, balls of twine, prairie dogs, herons, etc.) and odd museums, museums that are slightly quirky . We have listed some of our favorites below. Not surprising, we start with out own building!
Historic Cambria. Learn the history of an old station, a railroad town, and the process of making miniatures (completely unrelated to the history of Cambria, but the reason the old station is still standing). Cambria (Christiansburg), Virginia. (Free, but accepts donations).
- Jesse Owens Park & Museum. (Free, but accepts donations). Danville, AL
- African Village in America (Free, but African Village book is available). Birmingham, AL. This may be more of a testament to inginuity than history, but it is well worth visiting.
- US Space and Rocket Center. (Admission $25 for adults). Geek heaven! Huntsville, AL.
- Monroe County Musuem (Free, Harper Lee & Truman Capote’s hometown). Learn everything you ever wanted to know about To Kill a Mockingbird! Very cool. Monroeville, AL.
- Hammer Museum. Haines, Alaska. Admission, $5 for adults. (Not to be confused with the art museum in LA!) 2,200 hammers inside; a 20′ hammer outside. Everything from spring loaded meat tenderizers to sculptures made from hammers to small hand tools designed to ensure that you do not hit your finger while nailing. Learn the history of hickory handle making while you are at it.
- Balto the Wonder Dog Statue. Anchorage. Free. If you are an Idiatrod fan, this is a must. Balto is also responsible (or partly responsible) for one of the world’s great medical saves. Drive a few miles up the Road to Ms. Palin’s home town and you can see Togo the Wonder Dog, same incident as Balto.
- Hearse Tour (w/ Ghost Stories). Bisbee, Arizona. Admission $25.00 per seat. What is a ghost town without a tour?
- Roy Purcell’s Rock Murals. A freebee outside of Chloride, Arizona.
- Mystery Castle. Phoenix. Admission $10 for adults, $5 for kids. This place is amazing! A castle build of junk and found objects for his daughter.
- Castle Dome Ghost Town & Museum. Yuma, Arizona. Admission: $10 for adults.
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