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Story Book Forest // on film

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Since getting my license a few months back I've been stalking Roadside America and just about every other website out there for places to visit. Silly roadside attractions, neat cemeteries, etc, I want to visit them all! Right now I'm just taking day trips, leaving early in the morning and getting back before bed but eventually I would like to take mini road trips, two or three day getaways just to explore. I've lived in Ohio my whole life and someday I would like to move away but this is satisfying those urges at least a little bit. There's just so much to see out there! Before getting my license a map of the US felt like it was just Northeast Ohio and a tiny portion of Pennsylvania but now I really could go anywhere. It's seriously the best feeling.
On my first long day trip I went to Story Book Forest. It's a little over 3 hours away from me (so it's now officially my longest drive!) in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Story Book Forest is just a small portion of Idlewild but I thought Story Book Forest alone looked worth the drive. While, if we're being completely honest, I thought Idlewild was a little lacking for the price of admission, Story Book Forest was pretty darn awesome!  It was fun to see all these Mother Goose stories like this even if I'm not really interested them currently. What I'm trying to say is it made my inner child reeeeeal happy. There were even people dressed up as characters in some of the houses which I avoided like the plague. Anyway, here are some photos from Story Book Forest!
As you can see most of the things there are walking the very thin line between cute and creepy, which I seriously think is perfect. There were even live goats, bunnies and chickens there! I thought Story Book Forest was really great and I definitely recommend stopping by if that's your kind of thing!
xoxo

 All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fuji 35mm Superia X-TRA 400 that expired in 2010.

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  1. Storybook Forest looks so fun! I want a little cottage like that to live in!!! Seriously! That's so cool that you take yourself on little road trips now that you're driving!

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    1. Me too! I wouldn't mind moving into Storybook Forest! ;)

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    2. I went there as a little kid and still remember it well. I had so much fun. Now as a grandmother I am getting ready to take my grandson as well.

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  2. This place looks awesome! Some things do look a little creepy but I think its pretty cool that its that way :)

    http://chamomiledealer.blogspot.com/

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  3. Oh my gosh! We live in Ohio too and how have i NEVER heard of this?! I love it!

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  4. Love these pictures! We have something similar, called the Enchanted Forest. http://www.uncustomary.org/2012/04/enchanted-forest.html

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    1. Neat! Seems like there's a bunch of these places!

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  5. Oh wow what a fun place to go for the day! I love having little adventures.
    Sophie
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  6. We have a similar kind of place near me in the UK. I've only been there when I was a kid and can't really remember much of it, just I remember a lot of it was based on fairytales and nursery rhymes.
    http://www.storybookglenaberdeen.co.uk/index.php
    x

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  7. What a wonderful place! Love the pics, and also, Fuji Superia X-tra 400 is my favorite film :)

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  8. Oh man, it's like the kitschiest place ever! You are totally right- it's definitely toeing the line between cute and creepy. Glad to hear you are loving your road trip adventures. You're inspiring me to think about finally getting a license so I can have more adventures!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  9. Ohhh! There used to be one of those in Ontario. I went when I was a kid. It was called Story Land though. It's all closed down though. Now that I'm thinking about it, it would make for some really sweet photos!

    Great shots! :)

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  10. I had no idea this even existed (and I think Idlewild is close-ish to Pittsburgh?). If you're ever up in New Hampshire, I think you'd really like the cute/creep that is Storyland (essentially the same thing, but on a slightly larger scale). When I was in high school, I knew a number of girls whose summer job was playing Cinderella at this local storybook amusement park. Here's the website: http://www.storylandnh.com/

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    1. Yeah, it's only an hour or so away from Pittsburgh!

      Story Land looks awesome! There's a cuckoo clock ride!? I have to visit!

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    2. Storyland is seriously THE BEST. Also, Clark's Trading Post. Era looong gone. http://www.clarkstradingpost.com/ Kaylah, come to New England!

      -Naomi
      http://girldust.com

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  11. I've been here!!!! I miss living in PA :(

    Mabel
    Life of Mabel

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  12. Wow, I love this post! I had forgotten all about this place until just now. I remember my dad taking us there after my parents got divorced when I was 4 or 5 years old. You just brought back a memory I haven't had in over a decade ♥

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  13. That is the cutest place I have ever seen! I wanna go there!! :D

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  14. Wow that place looks pretty awesome haha

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  15. This reminds me a lot of Deer Acres in Michigan. They have a cute little train ride and a bunch of deer you can get in a pen with and feed! :)

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  16. Is it weird to think that place would make a kickass wedding venue? Its adorable! Roadside America is fantastic.

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    1. No way, it totally would make an awesome wedding venue!

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  17. If you're ever in Salem, Oregon, you should check out Enchanted Forest. They have a Storybook Lane, which is really cool. Plus, they have a European Village (which was my favorite), a neat little fountain show, a western town, and more. It is just a neat little place. Almost just like the one in this post.

    Here's a link if you'd like to check it out :)

    http://www.enchantedforest.com/

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  18. Story book forest looks so cute! You should visit Bloomington, IN. We call it the gem of the midwest :P

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    1. Whatcha got in Bloomington? The only thing I know about Bloomington is Murder by Death is from there. Haha!

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    2. Plenty of cool stuff! Indiana University has a large art museum and the Kinsey Institute. The town itself is beautiful, lots of great green spaces, and the nightlife isn't too shabby either. There's also an exotic feline rescue center a little less than an hour away!

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  19. The more I hear about strange and cute roadside attractions in the US, the more I want to visit so that I can see them all! Storybook forest looks like the best place to visit xx

    www.jessthetics.wordpress.com

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  20. I grew up in Southwestern PA, and this was my absolute favorite place in the world as a kid. Seriously, some of my favorite memories happened here. Thanks for the reminder!

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  21. Wow! I grew up near something very similar in South Dakota... your post filled me with warm memories! Now I am going to have to pull up my old pictures!

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  22. This is so quirky, love it :)

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  23. I've always wanted to do a road trip where the sole purpose is to visit as many roadside attractions as possible. And the only destination would be some supercrazyawesome attraction of legend.

    Sadly, I don't have my license anymore (we have a super strange licensing system in Ontario that I didn't finish), whomp whomp whommmmp. But thanks to your adventures, you've inspired, and I just found that there is a www.roadsideattractions.ca, HUZZAH! ....."Unfeasibly Large Binoculars" (chuckle).

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    1. Whaaat?! I wanna go see "unfeasibly large binoculars" That sounds sweet!!

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    2. Gee, I might be too busy going to see volkswagen-beetle-turned-giant-happy-spider-with-tophat. I just noticed it, I died! http://www.roadsideattractions.ca/kenora.htm

      My dream definitely has to be revised now, I want to be the person with the crazy roadside attraction! Ha!

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  24. Wooooah how amazing! I'm pretty sure we have nothing like that in the UK!

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  25. Oh my gosh I used to go there when i was little!!!!! I have some fond memories of that place! :)

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  26. I live about a half an hour from Idlewild! Isn't it fantastic? Did you ride the rides and do Soak Zone while you were here?

    There's an old abandon Quaker Church near my house that you would love! All of the tombstones have creepy epitaphs on them. It's great! It's in a town called Perryopolis. You should check it out!!

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  27. oh wow, what a magical looking place!! :)

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  28. Oh wow. Those are REALLY similar to the kidlet play area at the old Great Escape (now a Six Flags Park) in Lake George, NY. Must be the same era/maker. So funny!
    I just want to let you know how motivating your "driving story" has been for me over the last few months. I'm 28 and still don't drive; I've always been SUPER TERRIFIED. It's SO comforting to know someone else was in the same boat. And look at all the fun you're having! My anxiety level is still pretty intense, so I signed up for a AAA class plus driving hours. I'm going to be stuck with a bunch of teenagers, but I know the classroom aspect will calm me down a bit. I'm SO READY. :)
    -Naomi
    http://girldust.com

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  29. This looks so cool! One day I want to drive across the USA and stop at weird and wonderful places like this :) x

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  30. I love this! And looking through the comments, I can't believe how many of these places are called "Enchanted Forest" - we have an Enchanted Forest here in BC, Canada too!
    http://www.enchantedforestbc.com/photos-and-videos/photo-galleries

    And while I'm mentioning BC, Miniature World in Victoria is amazing as well!
    http://www.miniatureworld.com/

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  31. That first little cottage! And the BOOK! I love them. The characters were somewhat creepy though. Congrats on the long drive; it must be so exciting!

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  32. The "Pussy in the Well" is also in Children's Fairyland in Oakland , Ca. Cool find!

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  33. That is so cute. Another reason I want to get my license. I would love to explore things around me.

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  34. This reminds me of a place I used to go to when I was really little called Kelly Park. Thanks for sharing the cute/creepy pictures! ^_^

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  35. Dude! You should have told me you were going to Idlewild! (Ok. I know you don't know me, but whatever.) ... I live about 20-ish minutes from there. My mom used to take me and my brother there everyyy summer! ... P.S. I just want to congratulate you on getting your license and going on road trips! I've had my driver's license for about 8 years now and I'm -still- scared to drive places that are further than like 10 minutes away ha

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  36. I clicked on this link in today's post and omg! I'm obsessed with story book places like this! I must go to more asap.

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