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Twine Ball Inn

300 N 1st St, Darwin, Minnesota

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Visited: 2009-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-08-27 00:26:13.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

World's Largest Ball of Twine

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While visiting the Twine Ball, you will be able to walk into the gazebo and touch, hug, smell and/or take photographs with it. The museum tells the story of Francis Johnson, shows pictures of his project in progress as well as a collection of newspaper articles written about the Twine Ball. A photo-collage of Weird Al's visit is also available for viewing. The museum also houses many historical objects from the City of Darwin and tells about the town's past. The Twine Ball is open daily in the summertime, 11:00am-7:00pm. Admission is free. Since the Twine Ball is outside, you can still drive past and get a look in the off-season. The shops will just be closed.

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The Freedom Trail

15 State St, Boston, Massachusetts

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Visited: 2011-06-01 | Submitted: 2012-08-27 00:24:35.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

A Two Day Adventure

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All of these sites are definitely worth checking out, especially the churches and graveyards. Most of the landmarks let you take a look inside for free and also permit photography. A few, like the State House, Paul Revere House and Old South Meeting House, have been transformed into museums that charge a $5.00 admission. We skipped this since there was so much to see on the trail and didn't want to rush through. Also, skip walking up to the Bunker Hill Monument, as it is a long way from the rest of the sites and uphill. Instead, you can view it from the top of Copp's Hill Burial Ground and still get great pictures. TIPS: - Walk the trail yourself rather than going on a guided tour. There are plenty of historical placards at each site. Tours only last 90 minutes and cover a few sites on the trail. - Plan to spend at least half a day walking the trail and stopping at the locations. Add an additional 30 minutes for each museum. VIEWING TIME: 6 hours COST: Free (except for museum fees) LANDMARK HOURS: 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Allow at least 6 hours to view.

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Contemporary Arts Center

44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Visited: 2012-08-01 | Submitted: 2012-08-27 00:22:48.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

Good for Older Art Lovers

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The museum includes four galleries plus a performance space, lobby, and gift shop. Exhibits range from sets of popular music videos, to 8-bit animations, to graffiti, to multi-sensory sound and video projects. The architecture of the building itself is even art. Galleries are expressed as if they had been carved from a single block of concrete and are floating over the lobby space. The stairwells are zig zagged and create an illusion of the mind. CAC is also open late on Monday nights until 9:00pm and has free admission after 5:00pm, a great opportunity to check the place out if you've never been.

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Free Monday 5:00-9:00

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Monuments of St Louis

7144 Villanova Plz, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Visited: 2011-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-08-27 00:15:04.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

Lots to See in Forest Park

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There are separate walking and biking trails, gravel and paved, respectively. Many different kinds of trees line the paths, and the grass is well-manicured. I wish I had more time to explore the area, particularly further south, near World's Fair Pavilion and the Art Museum. I really enjoyed visiting the Missouri History Museum, which was filled with exhibits about statehood, the Louisiana Purchase, Charles Lindburgh, and the 1904 World's Fair. Viewing Time: 90 minutes - 2 hours (walking end-to-end on Lindell Ave.) 2 -3 hours at each museum Entire park: several days

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Be sure to go to the history museum.

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Wisconsin Historical Museum

30 N Carroll St, Madison, Wisconsin

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Visited: 2009-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-08-27 00:11:48.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

Odd Wisconsin - Must See!

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- a Festivus pole - Multi-purpose food from the Cold War - a Hitler piggy bank - a 7-foot tall bowie knife - a 125 year old toast - a women's rights flag made out of bras and birth control pills - a collection of old Presidential campaign buttons ...and my all-time favorite: Displays of a 1990s family room and 1990s kitchen. Apparently that is a historic decade now. (And yes, it looks pretty accurate!) At only $4 per person, the Odd Wisconsin exhibit can keep you busy and educated for several hours about the finest artifacts in the state.

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$4.00. Bring camera.

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Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Visited: 2012-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-08-27 00:08:41.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

Four Museums in One

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1.) The building is a historical train station from the 1930s, with almost all of its original Art Deco architecture. 2.) There are three permanent exhibits and one rotating exhibit. It's four huge museums under one roof! 3.) In addition the museums, the organization offers Cincinnati walking tours with their Heritage Programs docents, which take place all over the city. http://www.yelp.com/biz/… 4.) CMC is also home to the Cincinnati Historical Society Library, which has over 700,000 archived photographs, videos, and documents dating back to 1788. The library is free to the public. 5.) On any given day, there are at least a dozen free activities going on inside the exhibits, from Civil War reenactments, behind-the-scenes tours of Union Terminal, to science experiments about thunderstorms. 6.) There is an OMNIMAX theatre which shows two, one-hour movies several times a day. Topics range from space adventures, rafting in the Grand Canyon, tornadoes, and even a Rolling Stones concert. Plus it's cheaper than going to the cinema. 7.) CMC has several auditoriums which host local history presentations in the evenings, such as Cincinnati's German Heritage, Cincinnati-Style Chili, and the Abandoned Subway System.

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Memberships pay for themselves in 3 visits.

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Neighborhoods Parks and Recreation, Behringer-Crawford Museum

1600 Montague Rd, Covington, Kentucky

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Visited: 2012-06-01 | Submitted: 2012-08-27 00:06:37.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

One of Cincinnati's Top 3 Museums

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the 60-year-old Behringer-Crawford Museum is one of Covington's hidden gems. The museum's most popular feature is its "In Motion" exhibit, which depicts the history of transportation in Northern Kentucky / Greater Cincinnati. Upon entering the museum, you will see an actual streetcar from 1892, which can be boarded and explored. Other permanent displays include natural history, archeology, paleontology, mineralogy, "rivers and steamboats," industry, folk art, politics, frontier home life, the Civil War and slavery.

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Smithsonian National Museum of American History

1100 Jefferson Dr, Washington, District of Columbia

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Visited: 2011-05-01 | Submitted: 2012-08-27 00:05:24.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

Spend an entire day here

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1.) Abraham Lincoln: chronicles Lincoln's entire life, and largest collection of artifacts. Displays his stovepipe hat, suit, and blood-stained shirt collar from his assassination. 2.) The American Presidency: learn how our government was created and see a timeline mural of all the Presidents 3.) The Star Spangled Banner: the gigantic, original flag 4.) First Ladies' Inauguration Dresses: beautiful gowns on display & life-sized pictures of the First Ladies wearing them 5.) Stories on Money: learn about the creation of American currency 6.) America on the Move: chronicles transportation in America including wagons, steamboats, trains, subways, automobiles, semi-trucks and the creation of our Interstate system 7.) Lighting a Revolution: discusses the Industrial Revolution 8.) Power Machinery: how machine tools helped vitalize our nation 9.) On the Water: how canals, rivers, and steamboats revolutionized the transportation of goods and expansion of America

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Missouri History Museum

Forest Park, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Visited: 2011-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-08-27 00:03:37.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

Missouri History and More

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I would suggest starting upstairs and working your way down. - Seeking St. Louis: Currents - Seeking St. Louis: Reflections - 1904 World's Fair - Charles Lindburgh - Americans with Disabilities exhibit My favorite was the Currents and World's Fair exhibits. All five are worth seeing though. Currents discusses all varieties of St. Louis history, from disasters, like the early 1900s tornado destroying the southside, to brewing history and the Dred Scott case. The World's Fair has artifacts, maps, portraits and souvenirs on display from the grand event held in 1904. Ever wonder why collector spoons are so popular? It started at the World's Fair.

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Spend 2 hours here.

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Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

120 Kellogg Blvd W, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Visited: 2009-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-08-27 00:02:25.0 | I traveled with teens (13+)

Scientifically Amazing!

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- The Psychograph: a Phrenology reading that measures the size of bumps on the head to determine one's personality. - The Vibratory Chair: strapping a patient a seat, then shaking them around violently to cure intestinal problems. - Vacuum Breast Enlargers: cones placed over the breasts and powered by a foot pump to enhance the bust size. Busts never grew, but the device was known to leave bruising. - Prostate Warmer: inserted into the rear, this device delivered an electric shock that was supposed to "warm things up" in the bedroom. - The Fluoroscope: a large machine that used an x-ray to determine shoe size. This was banned 10 years later after discovering the machines exposed users to toxic amounts of radiation.

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Located inside the Minneapolis Science Museum.

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