I live in New Jersey. I love my state. Forget about Jersey Shore and Sopranos. We’re the state that has a whole magazine dedicated just to how weird we are. We have mountains, oceans, woods and more bizarre history than most people can shake a stick at. We have the Jersey Devil, and Monopoly is based on our Atlantic City streets. I love road-tripping but most of the time you can’t go too far on a regular day. I realized that on any day you are less than 5 minutes away from amazing, strange and wondrous things. Not only was it an absolutely gorgeous weekend but I had a three day weekend. I decided to take advantage of both and plan a road trip throughout New Jersey visiting all the weird places we have to offer.
I have used www.roadsideamerica.com before when I drove to North Carolina but I had never realized they had a “Map-a-City” feature. I quickly noticed there were too many places to see in one day so I decided to break these trips out into a few mini-trips. This first trip took me along the eastern coast of Central New Jersey
It was a pretty ambitious trip but I was looking forward to it. I grabbed some snacks, my music and my water bottle and headed out first thing in the morning. My first stop was at the Circus Drive-In in Wall, NJ. Apparently many of my friends grew up with this place but being from South Jersey I had never even heard of it.
Now…I have a confession to make: I’m INCREDIBLY freaked out by clowns. I have two weird things that freak me out: Clowns, and humanoid animatronic figures (this: http://io9.com/5913114/vintage-ventriloquism-portraits-were-incredibly-unnerving completely freaked me out for days).
I suppose in lighted sign form clowns are not AS creepy, but not by much:
I don’t care….I don’t want a clown that looks like that, with that smile, peeking at me over ANYTHING.
All I can think of:
“Hello child…I’m here to KILL YOU! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!”
Yes….I don’t like clowns.
The eating area was both awesome and just as weird:
It wasn’t open unfortunately but they were cleaning up inside. I’m not going to lie, I will be visiting this place once it really opens. It seems like one of those places that I love it for it’s strangeness and it’s quirkiness.
I’ll just avoid eye contact with the clown.