Rochester Roadside Attractions - Wilkeson Pointe Park whirligigs in Buffalo NY

30 Quirky Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions

If you’re familiar with RoadsideAmerica.com you’ll know the site is dedicated to plotting out oddities all over these United States (think, America’s largest ball of twine). Here are a few unusual Finger Lakes, Western New York and Rochester-area roadside attractions that will make for an interesting day trip:

Rochester

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Parkside Whispering Pines Mini Golf Rochester NY

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

This is still an active miniature golf course. Play a round on your way home from Seabreeze.
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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - The Mushroom House in Rochester NY

  1. 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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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Wat Pa Lao Buddhadham

  1. 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 Square in Rochester NY

  1. 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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Honeoye Falls

Vest Pocket Park in Honeoye Falls

  1. 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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East Bethany

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

  1. Big Metal Dragon

This Google Street View is older than the dragon. Thought it appears nothing is here in the photo, you can’t miss it when you drive up. Rumor has it there’s now half of a yellow school bus across the street.
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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany, NY

  1. 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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East Aurora

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Vidler on the Roof Statue at Vidlers in East Aurora

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

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

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

  1. Upside-Down Railroad Bridge

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Medina

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Only Tunnel Under the Erie Canal Culvert Road in Medina NY

  1. The Only Tunnel Under the Erie Canal

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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Big Apple in Medina NY

  1. Big Apple

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Niagara Falls

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah in Niagara Falls NY

  1. 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

  1. 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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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Turtle Building in Niagara Falls NY

  1. 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

  1. Canalside’s Shark Girl

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

  1. Wilkeson Pointe Park Whirligigs

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

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

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

  1. Lake Effect Man Sitting on a Giant Beer Tap

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

  1. Brain Museum, University at Buffalo, South Campus

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Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Ridgelawn Gardens Cemetery Stonehenge

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. Victorian House Atop a Factory

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

  1. Green-on-Top Traffic Light

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Olean

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

  1. Squirrels on Parade

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Middlesex

Spook Hill on Newell Rd in Middlesex NY

  1. Spook Hill

On Newel Road, stop your car just before you reach a driveway and Spike Road on your left, then place your car in neutral. Notice anything strange?
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Note: This is an ever growing list. Do you know of one we’ve missed? Contact us and let us know!

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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.