Wax Museums: Perhaps the greatest contribution to society since Penicillin?

Are there any wax museums here? I forgot how much I love those things until we went to Madame Tussaud’s this weekend in Vegas. Just the right amount of kitsch without being too tacky. I love old amusement parks and outdated tourist spots.

In San Antonio, we have a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and an accompanying wax museum (located across from the Alamo, of course). My favorite part is the haunted portion of the wax museum which warns pregnant women and epileptics not to take the tour because of strobe lights and lasers and SCARY WAX FIGURES FROM 1975 REPRESENTING MOVIES THAT NOBODY EVEN REMEMBERS. Which also adds to the excellence, naturally.

We also have the oldest US amusement park built specifically for children- Kiddie Park. It has all these random outdated rides that are like Lincoln Logs compared to Xbox. For instance, metal planes with machine guns, boats that float in a dirty water tank, a bus that travels in a small circle, etc. The rides are all smushed together and there are picnic tables for birthday parties there. It’s all run down and trashy and only costs about 15 cents to get in, but it’s so great that it hasn’t been torn down and looks EXACTLY the same as it did 30, 40, etc. years ago.

For those of you who have lived here for a number of years, are there any places you used to frequent as a child that are a) still standing and open for patronage or b)partially torn down but creepy/interesting to check out or c)no longer standing but that you wish you could visit?

1 Comment so far

  1. Jackie (unregistered) on February 13th, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

    I wish Legend City was still here :)

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