Roadside Attractions Skeleton Army Canandaigua

36 Quirky Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions

If you’re familiar with Roadside America and Atlas Obscura you’ll know both sites are dedicated to plotting out oddities all over these United States (think America’s largest ball of twine).

Seasonal Roadside Attractions

Not all things worth seeing are permanent! Holidays and seasons bring out the creative side in all of us. Check out these displays when and while you can.

Roadside Attractions Skeleton Army Canandaigua Canandaigua Country Road 4
The Skeleton Army

The Skeleton Army

Get directions to 4017 CR-4 in Hopewell near Canandaigua for this amazing Halloween display! Over 200 skeletons (humans, horses, dinosaurs and dogs!) are marching on the home, which is heavily defended by trees (think of the Ents from Lord of the Rings).

Holiday Lights on Rahway Rd. in Gates, NY
Holiday Lights on Rahway Rd. in Gates, NY

Holiday Lights

Because December is the darkest month, we welcome these grand displays of holiday lights to brighten the night. These homeowners and communities go all out to celebrate the season, so let’s get out there and celebrate with them! Find these 10 Rochester-area neighbors with extraordinary holiday lights between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

Here are some more unusual Finger Lakes, Western New York and Rochester-area roadside attractions that will make for an interesting day trip:

Rochester

Parkside Whispering Pines Mini Golf
Parkside Whispering Pines Mini Golf

1. Whispering Pines: Oldest Miniature Golf Course in the USA

Whispering Pines is America’s oldest miniature golf course. Play a round on your way home from Seabreeze.
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Powder Mills Park Rochester NY
Mushroom House

2. The Mushroom House

Private property but still great roadside-eye-candy! Located on the way to, but just outside, Powder Mills Park.
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Wat Pa Lao Buddhadham
Wat Pa Lao Buddhadham

3. Wat Pa Lao Buddhadham

Have you ever found yourself driving along an average country road, turned a corner or crested a hill or cleared a hedgerow to see something completely unexpected? That’s how most folks stumble upon Wat Pa Lao Buddhadham on Martin Rd in West Henrietta, NY. Here’s the story of one person’s journey to discover more about it.
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Susan B Anthony Frederick Douglass Lets Have Tea
Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass “Let’s Have Tea” Statue in Anthony Square, Rochester, NY

4. Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Enjoying Tea in the Square

While you are visiting the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, walk down Madison Street to Susan B. Anthony Square.
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Rochester Yellow Brick Road

5. Yellow Brick Road between Park Ave and East Ave

The Yellow Brick road connects Goodwin Park at the end of Sibley Place to Park Ave just south of Alexander.

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Roadside Attractions: Vest Pocket Park Totem Pole Honeoye Falls
Vest Pocket Park totem pole

6. Vest Pocket Park Totem Pole

Vest Pocket Park, home of the famous Honeoye Falls Totem Pole, is a small park located on W. Main St. There are several picnic tables and benches and has a lovely view of Honeoye Creek and the falls.
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LeRoy

Statue of Liberty LeRoy NY
Statue of Liberty in LeRoy NY

7. The Statue of Liberty on Wolcott Street

This Lady Liberty stands 8 1/2-feet tall—the same size as the original’s index finger. In 1950, the Boy Scouts of America, in celebration of their 40th anniversary, purchased 200+ copper statue replicas for municipalities throughout the country; only 100 remain today. She was recently restored to her original glory and place overlooking Oatka Creek.
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Palmyra

Book of Mormon

8. Very Large Book of Mormon

Located near the visitor center at the foot of Hill Cumorah.
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East Bethany

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Big Metal Dragon in East Bethany NY

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Tiny Bus in East Bethany NY

9-10. Big Metal Dragon & Tiny Bus

You can’t miss these when you drive up. The bus and the dragon are right across the street from each other; you will probably notice the bus first as it is closest to the road and bright yellow!
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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany, NY

11. Rolling Hills Asylum Tours

The location is so rural Google has yet to street-view map it! Rather surprising with its well-documented haunted history.
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Lyndonville

Roadside Attractions - Shoe Trees Lyndonvile
The Shoe Trees

12. The Shoe Trees

Footwear has found its way into these branches for several decades. Successfully catching your shoes in the branches will grant a wish, or good luck.
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East Aurora

Viddlers East Aurora

13. Vidler on the Roof Statue

The most treasured 5 & 10 with candies you’ve not seen since childhood. Vidler’s is the perfect place for fun stocking stuffers.
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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Large Rooftop Toothbrush in East Aurora NY

14. Large Rooftop Toothbrush

Looks like great advertising to me!
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Williamsville

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Patriots and Heroes Park in Williamsville NY

15. Patriots and Heroes Park

An interesting place to sit and reflect. The monuments are fascinating!
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Lockport

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Lockport Caves Underground Boat Ride in Lockport NY

16. America’s Longest Underground Boat Ride: Lockport Caves Tour

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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Upside Down Railroad Bridge in Lockport NY

17. Upside-Down Railroad Bridge

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Medina

Culvert Road in Medina Under the Erie Canal
Culvert Road in Medina Under the Erie Canal

18. The Only Tunnel Under the Erie Canal

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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Big Apple in Medina NY

19. Big Apple

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Niagara Falls

20. Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah

You can even stop for a visit with the Prophet, who lives in the home and is welcoming.
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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Haunted House of Wax in Niagara Falls

21. Haunted House of Wax

For as poor as the reviews are, and as small the attraction, I’m surprised at it’s prime real-estate!
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Roadside Attractions Turtle Building

22. The Turtle-shaped Building

The building has been vacant for 22 years, but is still a major roadside attraction. Check out this 2017 news article.
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Buffalo

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Shark Girl at Canalside Buffalo NY

23. Canalside’s Shark Girl

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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Wilkeson Pointe Park whirligigs in Buffalo NY

24. Wilkeson Pointe Park Whirligigs

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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - World's Largest Six Pack Grain Elevator Silo City Buffalo NY

25. The World’s Largest Six Pack is in Silo City

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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Lake Effect Man in Buffalo NY

26. Lake Effect Man Sitting on a Giant Beer Tap

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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Brain Museum University at Buffalo South Campus

27. Brain Museum, University at Buffalo, South Campus

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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Ridgelawn Gardens Cemetery Stonehenge

28. Ridgelawn Gardens Cemetery Stonehenge

You can’t see it from this road, but drive in and veer left and you can’t miss it.
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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Giant Martin Luther King Jr Head in Buffalo NY

29. Giant Martin Luther King Jr. Head

Nestled in amongst the hedges is a rough likeness of MLK Jr., to be kind.
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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Gigantic Buffalo Nickel in Buffalo NY

30. Gigantic Buffalo Nickel

In a small corner park across from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo NY Deathbed Scene in Marble Blocher Tomb

31. Forest Lawn Cemetery Deathbed Scene in Marble (Blocher tomb)

Albeit the most unusual, there are plenty of other places to visit in Forest Lawn. A beautiful park-like cemetery, second only to our own Mount Hope.
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Syracuse

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Victorian House Atop a Factory in Syracuse NY

32. Victorian House Atop a Factory

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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Green on Top Traffic Light in Syracuse NY

33. Green-on-Top Traffic Light

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Olean

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Squirrels on Parade in Olean NY

34. Squirrels on Parade

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Many of the images appearing on this page have been sourced using Google Maps via Google Street View or Google Satellite.

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.

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