East Bethany Metal Dragon Roadside Attraction

37 Quirky Roadside Attractions

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

Spend a day checking out these unique & unusual roadside attractions—shoe trees, a skeleton army, a metal dragon—within 2 hours of Rochester.



Roadside Attractions //
Rochester

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

Parkside Whispering Pines Mini Golf
Parkside Whispering Pines Mini Golf

Whispering Pines is America’s oldest miniature golf course. Play a round on your way home from Seabreeze.
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2. The Mushroom House

Powder Mills Park Rochester NY
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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3. Wat Pa Lao Buddhadham

Wat Pa Lao Buddhadham
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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4. Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Enjoying
Tea in the Square

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Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass “Let’s Have Tea” Statue in Anthony Square, Rochester, NY

While you are visiting the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, walk down Madison Street to Susan B. Anthony Square.
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5. Yellow Brick Road between Park Ave and East Ave

Rochester Yellow Brick Road

The Yellow Brick road connects Goodwin Park at the end of Sibley Place to Park Ave just south of Alexander.
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6. Vest Pocket Park
Totem Pole

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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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Roadside Attractions //
LeRoy

7. The Statue of Liberty
on Wolcott Street

Statue of Liberty LeRoy NY
Statue of Liberty in LeRoy NY

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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Roadside Attractions //
Palmyra

8. Very Large Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon

Located near the visitor center at the foot of Hill Cumorah.
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Roadside Attractions //
Canandaigua

9. City Pier Boat Houses

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Boat Houses on Canandaigua City Pier

Take a walk or drive down the Canandaigua City Pier and check out Boathouse Row. Interesting fact: Homeowners are prohibited from actually living in these boathouses—they are for daytime use only.



Roadside Attractions //
East Bethany

10-11. Big Metal Dragon
& Tiny Bus

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

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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Arcade and Attica Railroad

Arcade and Attica Railroad offers a 2-1/2 hour train experience, including a 30-minute layover at Curriers Station where you can explore the train yard and grab a bite to eat.

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12. Rolling Hills Asylum Tours

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany, NY
Rolling Hills Asylum

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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Roadside Attractions //
Lyndonville

13. The Lyndonville Shoe Trees

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The Shoe Trees in Lyndonville, NY

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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Roadside Attractions //
East Aurora

14. Vidler on the Roof Statue

Vidlers East Aurora

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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5 Old Country Stores Around Rochester

When you walk into one of these old country stores, you feel like you are stepping back in time with aisles of old fashioned toys, knickknacks and candies.

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15. Large Rooftop Toothbrush

Looks like great advertising to me!
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Roadside Attractions //
Williamsville

16. Patriots and Heroes Park

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

17. America’s Longest Underground Boat Ride

The Lockport Caves Tour may not be as much a roadside attraction as it is an activity, but it’s unusual all the same!
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”Coastal”

18. Upside-Down Railroad Bridge

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Roadside Attractions //
Medina



19. The Only Tunnel
Under the Erie Canal

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

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20. The Big Apple

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Roadside Attractions //
Niagara Falls



21. Second Coming House
of Prophet Isaiah

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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22. Haunted House of Wax

For as poor as the reviews are, and as small the attraction, I’m surprised at its prime real-estate!
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23. The Turtle-Shaped Building

Roadside Attractions Turtle 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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15 Discover Niagara Shuttle Stops

The Discover Niagara Shuttle is a 2-hour round-trip journey from any starting point if you’d like to simply enjoy the ride. Otherwise, you can hop on and off at any stop–no ticket required!

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Roadside Attractions //
Buffalo



24. Canalside’s Shark Girl

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25. Wilkeson Pointe Park Whirligigs

Roadside attractions Outer Harbor Buffalo Wilkenson Pointe

Not only a really cool roadside attraction, it’s a beautiful location on Lake Erie. There is an art installation near the parking lot, but I won’t ruin it for you.

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

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27. Lake Effect Man Sitting on a Giant Beer Tap

Rochester Roadside Attractions - Lake Effect Man in Buffalo NY

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28. Brain Museum, University at Buffalo, South Campus

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29. Ridgelawn Gardens Cemetery Stonehenge

You can’t see it from this road, but drive in and veer left & you can’t miss it.
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30. 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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31. Gigantic Buffalo Nickel

In a small corner park across from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
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32. Forest Lawn Cemetery Deathbed Scene in Marble (Blocher tomb)

Rochester-Area Roadside Attractions - Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo NY 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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Roadside Attractions //
Syracuse

33. Victorian House
Atop a Factory

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

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34. Green-on-Top Traffic Light

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Roadside Attractions //
Olean

35. Squirrels on Parade

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

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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 & while you can.



36. Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights Colony Lane Henrietta
Colony Lane in Henrietta

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.



37. The Skeleton Army

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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).

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