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Hey! Joe Schmoe! You just went to work and slaved at a job you hate just to feed your family! What are you gonna do next? Well, if you’re like lots of others, you’re definitely not going to Disneyland. So, what to do? Build your own theme park in the backyard, what else? Check out these homemade attractions that are competing with the big theme parks, all around the world. Then, get back to work!
Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron: Museum of the Future – This awesome complex took decades to complete, starting with a collection of various and increasingly powerful telescopes capable of gazing deep into the inky black night skies of rural Wisconsin. Over the years, many oddities of scientific exploration have been added, making this backyard theme park a favorite destination for visitors from all over the world.
The Coral Castle has a romantic, fairy tale story behind it. The owner and builder has admitted he has been constructing his castle as a lifelong labor of love for his (so far anonymous) high school sweetheart, who he hopes will someday come to her senses and claim her rightful place on the throne. The Coral Castle is made of 800 tons of concrete, poured and formed by hand. The entire structure is decorated with pink coral gathered from the shores of the Atlantic ocean nearby.
Bishop’s Castle – Another labor of love dedicated to the memory of an anonymous sweetheart, this castle slowly emerged from the wilds of the San Isabel National Forest over the last 50 years. Its crowning achievement are the unusual, A-frame tinted glass windows, all handmade and painted. Bishop’s Castle is visited by thousands each summer.
Sisaket Province, Thailand
Although the Buddhist monks who care for this shrine in Wat Lan Khaud, Thailand, don’t drink alcohol, it didn’t stop them from accepting beer bottles from the inebriated local populace after an appeal for donated building supplies. The structure encloses the tomb of a revered Buddhist leader. It’s kind of an adult version of the old saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Visiting the vineyard and restaurant located on the grounds of the Ai Pioppi hotel, guests can avail themselves of the homemade attractions, including this “handmade” monorail. Better bring a bottle of Red…
The guy who built this replica of the ancient monument of Stonehenge had a vision one day 30 years ago of taking the rusty old autos piling up on his land and turning them into a modern sculpture. Thus, Carhenge was born. Unfortunately, he never applied for a license to run an attraction and local authorities have deemed the property unsafe for visitors and have been trying to have it torn down.
Cypress Bay, British Columbia
Freedom Cove borders on the category of “real” amusement park, although every attraction was built by hand with whatever materials were found nearby. Its sprawling and colorful, and, in the summer months, does achieve its goal of attracting visitors. After all, what else is there to do in British Columbia?
Crazy House is just that. A “hotel” built in the backyard of a real hotel which looks like it was designed and constructed by a crew with a fondness for mind altering substances. Of course, that gives it a unique charm and the rooms are booked all year long, so call ahead!
Somewhere In Oklahoma
Not much detail has been disclosed about this homemade roller coaster in some guy’s backyard, since local authorities would probably condemn the structure as unsafe and prohibit anyone from riding on it. That sounds about right. You’d have to be crazy to take a ride on this decapitation deathtrap just waiting to happen. ‘Murica!