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Ok, y’all. You remember my post about Dinosaur Land? It’s basically the quintessential road trip tourist stop, right?
Well, on our Gettysburg trip, we stopped at another perfect road trip destination – Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium.
It’s got the perfect road side amusement vibe to it, and that’s probably because it’s been around since the 70s.
When you get out of the car, the first thing you are invited to do is talk a stroll through the gardens and the woods. You’ll be glad that you did!
Each bend in the path takes you by a different themed pocket garden. There is so much to look at! An elephant swimming pond, giraffe garden, rose garden, the Hi-Ho trail, featuring characters from Snow White, (Yes, they’re all there!), winding past my favorite – the Teapot Museum (the building is shaped like a teapot!) before you enter the Enchanted Woods.
You never know what you will see next! There is something to look at nestled into every tree and around every bend. You could spend an hour outside just trying to see everything that they’ve collected.
But, of course, knowing me and my sweet tooth, I was excited to get inside to the candy.
They had all kinds of old-fashioned candies just piled on shelves lining one half of the store. In the center, there were (of course) peanuts in different styles, and the other half of the store was comprised of a gift shop.
The elephant museum was also inside (which my pregnant self was SO grateful for to be back in the AC), but I wasn’t prepared for the sheer number of elephants. I wonder just how many elephants they have in their collection, or if they even know! The museum is small, but you literally cannot look at everything. There are elephants of all types, shapes, and sizes. Plus necklaces, carvings, plushies, coins, and even beads! Along the walk way, there are scattered elephant trivia facts making the stop not only delicious but educational.
It’s sort of one of those places that’s hard to put into words. Clearly, Mr. Ed had a dream and just went for it and has just never stopped building and adding on to it! If you love a little bit of vintage roadside distraction, you must stop at Mr. Ed’s! Oh, and try the fudge! Trust me.