Cave City, Kentucky: Big Mike’s Mystery House & Wigwam Village Inn #2
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Cave City, Kentucky: Big Mike’s Mystery House & Wigwam Village Inn #2

On the way to Chattanooga we stopped off at Cave City, Kentucky. Cave City is a crazy anomaly of a town, full of American wonders. They had everything from a Big Mike’s Mystery House to a Wigwam Village hotel to a dinosaur park to cave exploration to a wax museum (that unfortunately looked shut down, but hopefully not!). Unfortunately, Cave City had way too much to pack into a short stopover and we didn’t have too much time to scope it out, but definitely caught some of the highlights…

Big Mike’s Mystery House

Big Mike's Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky

The first destination was Big Mike’s Mystery House. Big Mike’s is one of many rock/gift shops in the area (and believe me, we passed several rock/gift shops on the tiny stretch to get there). Inside are typical gift shop fares mixed in amongst a mosasaur fossil dubbed “Big Mo” (outside is a life size replica).

Big Mo mosasaur fossil at Big Mike's Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky

But this gift shop has one thing that the others can’t top: a mystery house.

We paid our $1.06 admission at the gift shop and our tour guide, Alex, brought us through to explore the wonderment.

The first room is full of posters. You know the things: the sentence that has an extra “the” that you completely ignore, the drawing of the two hands drawing each other, the staircases that you can’t tell which way was up, etc. etc. The second room was black light posters. Totally psychedelic.

Big Mike's Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky

Black Light Posters at Big Mike's Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky

But then it was on to the good stuff. As we stepped into the next room we already felt completely off balance, toppling over, and hardly able to stand straight. The gravity was definitely off its mark. On one end of the room was a water fountain and as the water poured it continued to run UPWARDS on the trough. On the other end of the room was a wooden beam with pool balls that rolled UPWARDS and sat at the top of the incline.

Water running up at Big Mike's Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky

Pool balls falling up at Big Mike's Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky

Against the back wall, Alex propped up a chair that floated against the wall. I sat in it and floated as well. He had us try to walk a straight line and none of us could do it.

Big Mike's Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky

The next room had a little blue room jutting out so that it looked like it was a vortex that manifested out of nowhere. When you stood, one person on one end and another on the other, you looked either really short or really tall . There was also a ledge in the room that looked like it was on a severely severe angle, but when you stand on it, for once, you feel completely centered and balanced. It was apparently, actually, the only level thing in the room.

Big Mike's Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky

Big Mike's Mystery House in Cave City, Kentucky

Finally, Alex led us past an alien and through a wall of portraits whose eyes moved to watch you pass or whose face turned from normal to scary as you passed. We tipped our tour guide Alex, thanked him for exposing us to the wonders of the mystery house, and were on our way.

I don’t think spending a buck anywhere else has ever been so worth it.

 

Wigwam Village

Wigwam Village in Cave City, Kentucky

After the Mystery House we stopped by Wigwam Village. It’s a motel…where all of the rooms are wigwams. Seriously, these babies have real beds and cable TV and everything. And are shaped like wigwams. They look like they should be tents, but no, they are hotel rooms. Wigwam Village Inn #2, in Cave City, is one of three remaining wigwam villages (there were originally seven throughout the United States) and his been around since 1937. We stopped by to take pics, unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to stay there for the night…but hopefully someday I will get to experience what it’s like to stay in a deluxe wigwam!

Wigwam Village in Cave City, Kentucky

Site: Big Mike’s Mystery House
Location: 566 Old Mammoth Cave Road, Cave City, KY 42127
Admission: $1.06 (but don’t forget to tip your tour guide at the end)
Date: October 27, 2007

Site: Wigwam Village Inn #2
Location: 601 North Dixie Hwy, Cave City, Kentucky 42127
Date: October 27, 2007

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Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.