7 Cool and Unusual Things to do in Pennsylvania

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There are a number of fascinating attractions scattered about the Keystone State. From national landmarks and state parks to ghost towns and gardens to explore, here are 7 cool and unusual things to do in Pennsylvania.

Fallingwater | Mill Run, PA

Located outside one of the most famous homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s, Fallingwater is a waterfall, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. There are many beautiful works of art surrounding the home. You can find Picasso prints, antique Mexican ceramics, modern sculptures, and Diego Rivera paintings. This historic landmark is located in southwest Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands about 90 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh along PA Route 381 between the villages of Mill Run and Ohiopyle.

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Trundle Manor: House of Oddities | Pittsburgh, PA

Located inside an unassuming house in the Swissvale neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Trundle Manor houses a large array of strange and mysterious artifacts from taxidermy, various types of artwork, antique medical devices, and even coffins. There is no official price for entry, however, they do require some sort of donation. Donations can range from cash to liquor, or an oddity of your own to add to the collection.

Fountain of Youth | Wexford, PA

Tucked away in the woods, this cavernous stone arch was built in the 1930s. Atop the arch, you’ll find a stone disk inscribed with the words "Fountain of Youth." You can access this strange landmark From US Hwy 19/Perry Hwy, turn east at the stoplight onto Ingomar Rd and then turn left at the stoplight onto Kummer Rd. Once there, the road will bend right, then left, then right again. You'll see a Speed Limit 25 sign. Just after it is a very small gravel shoulder pull-off on the right.

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Concrete City | Nanticoke, PA

Concrete City is a ghost town located in the woods near Wilkes-Barre. a collection of 20 duplex homes made entirely of concrete, these houses were constructed in 1911. Problems soon began to arise with the homes being both wet and drafty, especially in the winter, making them an unpleasant place to live. The concrete also made installing a much-needed sewer system for the outhouses virtually impossible. Just 13 years after the homes were built, Concrete City was abandoned. Today, this area is an incredibly fascinating place to explore. Access via a dirt road off of Front Street on the southeastern outskirts of Nanticoke.

Randyland | Pittsburgh, PA

This psychedelic recycled art kingdom known as Randyland in Pittsburgh’s Central Northside neighborhood is definitely a world of its own. Created by local artist Randy Gilson, you’ll find everything from pink flamingos, banana plants, lawn furniture, mannequins, and plastic dinosaurs. You can visit by heading to 1501 Arch St. The courtyard is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

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American Treasure Tour | Norristown, PA

Located in a former tire factory, this collection of nostalgia-inducing items are separated into related groups across the 100,000 square foot facility. From self-playing orchestras to clown statues, stuffed animals, and vintage automobiles, you can expect to find just about anything from the last century or more of cultural memory. Museum tours are open to the public from Friday through Sunday starting at 10 am and running until 3:30 pm. You can buy tickets online here.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden | Philadelphia, PA

One of the best traditional Japanese gardens you can find in North America, this majestic outdoor space has a complicated history. Originally built in Nagoya, Japan in 1953, it was reassembled in New York in 1954. A gift to the United States from the Japanese to celebrate postwar relations, the house sat at the MoMA museum courtyard for 2 years before being shipped to Philadelphia. Shofuso opened to the public in the Fall of 1958. In the same year, the surrounding gardens were redesigned to accommodate the new addition. Located in West Fairmount Park, you can visit the garden by purchasing tickets online here.

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