I must admit when I hear the phrase "roadside attractions" I think of Pee-Wee Herman. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure featured "roadside attractions" including the giant dinosaur lol and according to Vice.com "The dinosaurs were built back in the 60s by a former Knott's Berry Farm model sculptor named Claude K. Bell as a roadside attraction to attract people to his restaurant. However, after Claude's death, they were sold to a group who turned them into a creationist museum."


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America's best "roadside attractions" by Far and Wide featured their pick for the Top 25 in the nation. Two of the 25 are from right here in the Garden State, so you can check out a couple of America's best without leaving New Jersey.



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Museum of American Glass in Millville, New Jersey

I'll be honest I have never been to this attraction. According to Far and Wide this South Jersey attraction "Established in 1993, the Museum of American Glass is all about glassmaking. The collection has more than 20,000 items and a library with more than 1,500 books on the subject. Items include a stained glass dollhouse, glass perfume bottles and artistic sculptures made of glass." Far and Wide ranked the Museum of American Glass at #25 in the nation.

I have always wanted to make something in glass, a glass-blown craft to keep so maybe this might be a place to do just that. I want to make a craft in glass and clay :)




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Lucy the Elephant in Margate City, New Jersey

This roadside attraction I have visited and it's quite unique and no wonder it was listed at #7 in the nation from Far and Wide. We visited Lucy and even went inside. It was actually an apartment inside Lucy, imagine living in the 7th best roadside attraction in America! Lucy has been going through some refurbishing.

According to Far and Wide "In 1882, a man named James V. Lafferty built a large elephant  just outside of Jersey City and called it "Lucy." While it was just a real estate publicity stunt, it worked enough to get the statue National Historic Landmark status."

Check out the latest construction details on the Lucy Website.


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