30 not so mainstream day trips vetted by weathered adventurers
A stone’s throw from your own back door!
Plenty to do that the tourists will never know about!
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Madame Sherri's Castle
Ruins of the elaborate house where the enigmatic costume designer threw glamorous parties for New York's theatrical elite.
Ann Stokes and Daniels Mountain
American Classic Arcade Museum
The largest arcade museum in the world chronicles the golden age of video games which ended promptly in 1987.
579 Endicott Street North Laconia, New Hampshire
Chutters Candy Store
According to the experts at the Guinness World's Record office, this is the longest candy counter in the world.
43 Main Street Littleton, New Hampshire
The Yankee Siege Catapult
This modern medieval weapon of war was built to toss pumpkins.
1290 Forest Road Greenfield, New Hampshire
Gruits at Earth Eagle Brewings
One of the few brewers in the U.S. experimenting with hop-free beers.
165 High St Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Two thousand artifacts from around the world collected by one woman with an addiction.
25 Evans Way Boston, MA
Hammond Castle Museum
An eccentric inventor's castle home with its own indoor weather system.
80 Hesperus Avenue Gloucester, MA
Art of Jack Kevorkian
The macabre paintings created by famous suicide proponent Jack Kevorkian, or "Dr. Death."
65 Main St Watertown, MA
The Bridge of Flowers
In the village of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, a bridge is groomed to bloom beautifully with flowers all summer long.
75 Bridge Street Shelbourne Falls, MA
Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation
A steampunk wonderland that preserves America's history of industrial innovation.
154 Moody Street Waltham, MA
Wild Bill's Nostalgia Store
A reliquary of pop culture marvels, including the world's largest (and most terrifying) Jack-in-the-Box.
1003 Newfield St Middletown, CT
Submarine Force Museum
The US Navy's only submarine museum is also home to the world's first nuclear submarine.
One Crystal Lake Road Groton, CT
This strangely amalgamated museum explores the history of the Timex clock company as well as archaeology.
175 Union Street Waterbury, CT
Cushing Brain Collection
A historic collection of diseased brains in a new, custom-built home.
Whitney Medical Library at Yale University
333 Cedar Street New Haven, CT
Quirky castle designed by the American actor best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage.
67 River Road Lyme, CT
Green Animals Topiary Garden
Unicorns, elephants, and bears, oh my!
380 Cory's Lane Portsmouth, RI
Newport Cliff Walk
Three and a half miles of cliffs, rocky beaches, Gilded Age mansions and 40 Steps to nowhere in particular.
Memorial Drive and Eustis Avenue Newport, RI
Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
A safe space and resource for anything and everything relating to sex and sexuality.
250 Main St Pawtucket, RI
The Swiss Village
A railroad magnate's replica village has become home to a genetic seed bank for rare breeds of livestock.
152 Harrison Avenue Newport, RI
Oldest synagogue in the United States.
85 Touro Street Newport, RI
The Museum of Everyday Life
This "common-as-dirt" museum celebrates the glory of normalcy.
3482 Dry Pond Rd Glover, VT
Crown Point Bridge
Lake Champlain Bridge, the recently demolished and rebuilt bridge where they filmed "What Lies Beneath".
Route 17 and Route 125 Addison, VT
Flying Monkey Sculptures
Scary metal statues adorn some of the signature buildings of
1 Main Street Burlington, VT
The Forgotten Village at Greenbank's Hollow
Industrial ruin decimated this tiny New England company town in a fashion no one saw coming… and even fewer remember today. Greenbanks Hollow Road Danville, VT
Main Street Museum
Taxonomy experiment known for quirky collections.
58 Bridge St Hartford, VT
International Cryptozoology Museum
The world's only international cryptozoology museum is host to an unrivaled collection of cryptid specimens.
4 Thompsons Point Portland, ME
Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory
The first bridge observation tower in the U.S. offers one of the best views of Maine.
U.S. 1 Verona Island, ME
Maine State Prison Showroom
Trinkets and toys lovingly handmade by maximum security prisoners.
358 Main St. Thomaston, ME
Owls Head Transportation Museum
Every plane, auto, and bicycle in this collection is kept in working order and are regularly demonstrated to the public.
Museum St Owls Head, ME
America's First Mile
A monument marks the beginning of the longest north-south road in the United States.
341 W. Main Street Fort Kent, ME
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