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What Happens When A Small-Town Family Visits The "World's Largest"... Whatever!

Where We’re Headed!

Sometimes I enjoy planning our travel more than actually traveling. Mainly, because I’m usually alone, in a quiet place, reading and putting together our itinerary. I get my (temporary) fill of omnipotence without any complaints from the smaller people in our household about 1) being shortchanged of pool time, or 2) the unavailability of rectangular chicken nuggets.


Credit: Rochester Lilac Festival

And, by the way, I prefer the old school method of looking through glossy travel guides, as opposed to navigating through flash-ridden websites. Don’t look for my picture next to the definition of “early adopter.”

Our Go BIG plans for this spring and summer are coming together nicely! Now if only the price of gas would stop its precipitous climb.

These are the adventures we’ve planned so far:


World’s largest indoor theater – Radio City Music Hall, NYC

World’s largest hot dog stand – Nathan’s Famous, Brooklyn


World’s largest collection of lilacs – Rochester, NY

World’s largest collection of electronic games – Rochester, NY

Frying pan used to make world’s largest pancake– Penn Yan, NY

World’s longest pleasure beach – Virginia Beach, VA

World’s largest gorilla – Virginia Beach, VA

World’s largest living history museum – Colonial Williamsburg, VA

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach. Credit: CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com


World’s largest regional theme park company – Six Flags (Queensbury, NY location)

World’s largest Uncle Sam – Lake George, NY


World’s largest cowboy boots – San Antonio, TX

We need something for July! Suggestions?

What do you think? If you know of any other BIG things in these areas, please comment and give us the scoop!



  1. Fiona said,
    April 13, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    Traci if I had to plan vacation WITHOUT internet there would be no vacation! These all sound great. I am guessing you are not going to see Charlie Sheen in “Winning” at Radio City? Surely he fits under your biggest umbrella somewhere.

    • Traci Suppa said,
      April 13, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

      Paying to see his “show” would be the world’s largest waste of money! We’re going to see Madagascar…”I like ’em big…I like ’em chunky…”

  2. June said,
    April 13, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    Planning is one of my very favorite things about vacations! I think because it can just go on and on. The vacation itself is over before you know it! Kind of like planning a wedding… oh am I supposed to wait for my ring to start planning that 😉

    • Traci Suppa said,
      April 13, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

      I thought you were planning a shopping trip to take care of that minor detail!

  3. Mike said,
    April 13, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    If you could find, and visit, the World’s Largest Rectangular Chicken Nugget, I think that would be a funny way to tie this post and your travel plans together. I couldn’t find it, but you’ll already be in Texas and that seems like a likely possibility.

    • Traci Suppa said,
      April 13, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

      Yeah, they HAVE to be rectangular. With copious amounts of ketchup on the side.

  4. April 13, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Love your list. My family has stayed extensively at Virginia Beach and I’ve seen the gorilla and been to Colonial Williamsburg- had no idea they were the World’s Largest anything! I also passed right by the World’s Largest Cowboy boots without snapping a picture. That’s what happens when you are the driver, I suppose. 🙁

    When you’re in the Hampton Roads area you may want to take special notice of the Norfolk Naval Base, the largest in the world. That fits your theme, right? And Mt. Trashmore in VB is world-renowned and someplace your little ones would probably enjoy.

    Suggestions for July? Only because I was just there I would say Louisville, KY. We loved the World’s largest bats- baseball bat and blood-sucking bat– at the Louisville Slugger Museum and factory and three blocks down the street at Caufield’s Novelty Store.

    Hope you have fun, safe and memorable travels.

    • Traci Suppa said,
      April 13, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

      Thanks Tonya; great suggestions for VA! I’m going to find out more about the naval base. Matt and The Boy went on a Cub Scout overnight to Battleship Cove, the world’s largest historic naval ship exhibit in MA two years ago, and really enjoyed it. Well, except for the sleeping arrangements. But that’s a whole ‘nother post!

  5. eb said,
    April 15, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Since you’re going to be in SA, you could see the world’s largest wooden nickel

    Don’t know if you’ll be driving around TX, but there’s the world’s largest cedar rocker is in Lipan (about 4 hrs north of SA just outside of Fort Worth)

    And… Seguin (about a 1/2 hour east of SA) is trying to get their ‘world’s largest pecan’ fame back from Missouri. It might be ready by the time you get there. I may be going to Seguin this weekend. I’ll certainly check out the used-to-be world’s largest pecan if the new one isn’t done.

    • Traci Suppa said,
      April 15, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

      Oh, you must certainly give us a report on the pecan’s status! Nothing thrills me more than a good “underdog rises to the top” kind of story! Well, actually, there are other things which thrill me more, like a good shoe sale. But it would be really cool to hear about them beating the record!

  6. Leigh said,
    April 18, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Well seeings how we have 2 small children and only get to dream about traveling I can totally appreciate the planning part even more! The difference is I only get to plan about dream vacations we will one day take when the kids are much bigger or we can leave them with willing family members….Think it will be awhile before we take my dream vacations!

  7. Amy said,
    May 5, 2011 @ 9:49 am


    Since you seem to be staying in the area during July, how about Monkey Trunks in Chocorua, NH? Not sure whether it’s the biggest climbing attraction in the area, but it sure is BIG!

    Check it out: http://www.monkeytrunks.com/index.php?page=about-monkey-trunks

    • Traci Suppa said,
      May 5, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

      That looks so cool! But you do know that most of the Go BIG family is too chicken to climb those things, right? And I think The Girl is probably too young to go up there unaccompanied…