Fun and Funky New York | Fun and Funky Things to Do
New York is a state full of fun and funky attractions. There are great places within New York City and throughout the state. You can find places to stop along the road, amazing sights in small communities and much more. Here are just a few of the more quirky attractions that the state of New York has to offer its residents and visitors.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York
This is the world's largest Gothic Cathedral. Construction was started over 100 years ago and to this day it is still not complete. The cornerstone was laid in 1892, and there is no completion date yet. If you visit the Cathedral you can take a tour of the Cathedral which involves climbing 124 feet up the spiral staircase to the top of the Cathedral to look out over the city.
Kazoo Factory and Museum, Eden
The Kazoo Factory and Museum is now the only metal Kazoo Factory in North America. The Original American Kazoo Company was established in 1916, and it continues producing Kazoo's much as it did in the beginning. The Museum has history, interesting trivia, and of course, a step-by-step of the making of a Kazoo.
Ausable Chasm, also known as the "The Grand Canyon of the East," is a great natural fun destination. The gorge has been open to the public since 1870. Twisting trails lead visitors into the gorge, past many interesting rock and water formations. These formations have some very interesting names, such as "The Devil's Oven," "Elephant's Head" and many more.
Sing Sing Museum, Ossining
Located within the community where Sing Sing Prison is located. This museum has a wide array of history and artifacts from the prison. Visitors can see photos, a replica of an electric chair, prison weapons and more. There are even prison cells on display.
World's Largest Kaleidoscope, Mount Tremper
When you go to visit the world's largest Kaleidoscope you are first greeted by the pair of eyes painted on the former grain silo , where the Kaleidoscope is located. The Kaatskill Kaleidoscope opened in 1996, but it was designed in the 1960s by Isaac Abrams. When you go into the Kaleidoscope you have to lean back on sloped padded boards with neck supports. The show is about 10 minutes long and is definitely a funky New York adventure.
North Pole, NY
The family will love a visit to the North Pole and Santa's Workshop. Santa's Workshop opens at the end of June and remains open until a few days before Christmas, and it makes a great summer destination. Visitors can feed the reindeer, ride the carousel, talk to an elf, and speak with Tannenbaum the talking Christmas tree and of course, meet Santa. The village also has theaters, a blacksmiths shop, a candy shop, a glassblowers shop and of course a toy-makers shop.