15 of the Best (and Most Offbeat) Attractions in Delaware!
Some of the strangest sights to behold can be discovered in Delaware. On the side streets of small towns, tucked away in the bigger cities, even situated on the docks of the shimmering river, these odd places attract the most curious of visitors. Here’s a glimpse into the weirder side of Delaware with the 15 most unusual places to visit.
This gothic inspired structure was originally crafted for the 2007 edition of Black Rock City's notorious Burning Man extravaganza. Today, the towering eight-ton functional sculpture made entirely from found objects can be seen on the property of Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery. All patrons are welcome to view the exterior but the interior is off limits to non-employees so if you want a closer look you'll have to consider working at the brewery. Photography of the exterior of the tree house is always encouraged.
Delaware definitely cooked up something strange when the state erected the largest frying pan on earth and used it to flay approximately 100 tons of meat in order to satisfy the taste buds of 48 years worth of chicken festival attendees. Today, Delawareans have preserved the peculiar cookware piece at the Nutter D Marvel Carriage Museum.
Here's one for history and mystery buffs alike. The Delaware shoreline is home to many allegedly "non-operational" watch towers that were constructed to serve as shooting posts during World War II. The catch is that they were slated for deconstruction decades ago, yet they mysteriously remain. There is currently only one that is open to the public for perusal. It's located along the Cape Henlopen coastline. Rumor has it that if you stealthily clamber around on the rest of the coast you'll find 10 more ranging in height from 50 to 64 feet in the sky.
Upon arrival at this eccentric beach hotel, guests are greeted by a star crown-donning mermaid statue posted just above the welcome sign. Themed rooms and a vibrantly painted, maritime inspired mess hall add to the unique ambience. But what really makes this hotel so unusual are the statues and random art sculptures that are positioned on the grounds and all throughout the house. Among them are handcrafted, old fashioned bar stools, a statue of a rather large mermaid cupping a tiny dolphin and a sculpted neon fish popping up from a garden in the courtyard.
Along the glittering Christina Riverfront floats a monumental replica ships that historians have likened to the Mayflower (or at least the historical equivalent of such a vessel). Today, it stands in all its glory as the Kalmar Nyckel, a ship believed to have been involved in the Dutch/English War of 1652 and concluded to have made several voyages to the Americas during the European settlement era. The recreation of the Kalmar Nyckel was a maritime project ten years in the making. Upon its completion, the vessel was positioned in the exact location it was believed to have landed on in Delaware’s past. Guests are invited to sail the seas on this peculiar vessel between the months of April and October as a patriot or a pirate. Aye Captain.
If all this talk about pirates immediately brought Peter Pan to the forefront of your mind, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that the child inside you that doesn’t want to grow up doesn’t have to. Delaware is the unofficial home of the fountain of youth. Oddly, this Lewes attraction also got here courtesy of the Dutch. The catch? The mysterious fountain has been sucked dry.
Guaranteed to leave you in stitches, this colossal roadside sculpture is complete with a stethoscope big enough to sit in. It's definitely an Instagram moment in the making. The oversized doctor bag is appropriately located just outside the Apex Medical Center.
If you like a touch of horror on your journey into strange, this eerie abandoned Pier in Battery Park is a must see. When the sun dips down below the surrounding waters, this former battlefield turned quiet sanctuary takes on the ambience of yesteryear, making the abandoned pier look more like a bridge that drifts off into another world.
Speaking of other worldly elements, Milton, Delaware’s Futuro is a spherical abode shaped like a flying saucer. These idiosyncratic houses are wrought with history and this specific model is one of only two that are publicly available to tourists.
You could mill around Delaware looking for oddities on the roadside, in the riverfront and along the shoreline or you could just open the doors to this quirky, new museum and come face to face with... Skulls. Vintage medical oddities, post mortem practices and oddball art showcases are all a go at Delaware's premiere gallery of the peculiar and the strange.
Auto enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by a trip to Delaware, a state that consistently showcases the glory of all sorts of vehicles. This means cars, trains, planes and trucks and boy do they showcase trucks! The end of September in Delaware marks a 28-mile romp of the largest truck convoy on the entire planet. As an added bonus, this elaborate oddity benefits the Delaware Special Olympics.
If a colossal convoy of trucks doesn’t make your motor run, then perhaps Miles the Monster will. The 80-foot concrete monster is situated at the Dover International Speedway. His maniacal glare and building crushing fists have served as a mascot since 2000. He urges drivers to go the “Monster Mile.”
Get a triple dose of weird by venturing onto a lightship instead of a lighthouse and peering out at the world's most grandiose fishing bobber ever created. Why harbor the world's biggest bobber? We're not really sure but this is all taking place on the "Broadkill River" which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Slaughter Neck Road, making the entire scenario quite strange indeed
A local favorite since the '40s, the Merman, a quirky, foot-long statue that some believe is a real life merman, remains on display at the Zwaanendael Museum. Other creepy maritime oddities can also be seen in this historic museum.
As many are well aware, the race to erect the biggest buildings is a thing amongst architects but did you know the competition even extends to Legos? In fact, Lego building competitions get more and more “outside the box” each year. So, when a group of Delaware high school students managed to beat out everybody on Earth by building the tallest Lego tower ever (the structure is a whopping 112 feet high) they were inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records along with other competitive Lego builders.