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). Here are some more unusual Finger Lakes, Western New York and Rochester-area roadside attractions that will make for an interesting day trip.
1. Whispering Pines: Oldest Miniature Golf Course in the USA
2. The Mushroom House
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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4. Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Enjoying Tea in the Square
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.
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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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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8. Very Large Book of Mormon
Located near the visitor center at the foot of Hill Cumorah.
Depending on your definition, water trails are either formally marked routes along a navigable waterway, or simply any waterway suitable for canoes, kayaks, and small motorized watercraft.
9. City Pier Boat Houses
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.
10-11. 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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12. Rolling Hills Asylum Tours
13. The Shoe Trees
14. Vidler on the Roof Statue
15. Large Rooftop Toothbrush
16. Patriots and Heroes Park
17. America’s Longest Underground Boat Ride: Lockport Caves Tour
18. Upside-Down Railroad Bridge
19. The Only Tunnel Under the Erie Canal
20. Big Apple
21. Second Coming House of Prophet Isaiah
22. Haunted House of Wax
23. The Turtle-Shaped Building
24. Canalside’s Shark Girl
25. Wilkeson Pointe Park Whirligigs
26. The World’s Largest Six Pack is in Silo City
27. Lake Effect Man Sitting on a Giant Beer Tap
28. Brain Museum, University at Buffalo, South Campus
29. Ridgelawn Gardens Cemetery Stonehenge
30. Giant Martin Luther King Jr. Head
31. Gigantic Buffalo Nickel
32. Forest Lawn Cemetery Deathbed Scene in Marble (Blocher tomb)
Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a 2-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!
33. Victorian House Atop a Factory
34. Green-on-Top Traffic Light
35. Squirrels on Parade
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
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
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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