Join ‘Obsura Day’ on May 30th for a Worldwide Celebration of Unusual Places

by Carolyn Sotka

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Image: Lala Coeur de Noir/Pinterest

Altas Obscura, an online travel magazine, has deemed May 30th, 2015 its ‘Obscura Day’, and will co-host over 150 events around the world that highlight curious and awe-inspiring, coastal locales.

If you happen to be in the chosen 39 states and 25 countries with May 30th events, it is your lucky day. Most are free or very low in cost. Check out Atlas Obscura’s Web site for a full list of tours but here ‘s a sample of coastal destinations.

New York: Coney Island – Mermaids, Cyclones and Sea Horse Sideshows! Discover the wonder and amazement of a New York  institution since the 1840s.

New York: Islands of the Undesirables. Discover the dark and fascinating history of New York City’s penal, quarantine and asylum islands aboard the Water Table on this special Obscura Day cruise.

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Renwick Smallpox Hospital and later the Maternity and Charity Hospital Training School, is an abandoned hospital located on Roosevelt Island in ManhattanNew York CityPhoto from Wikipedia.

Indonesia: The Sacred Caves of Bali. Discover a 9th- century sanctuary entered through the ornately carved mouth of a demon and visit an ancient cave temple home to thousands of bats and a mythological snake king.

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The Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave in Bali. Photo from Wikipedia.

Iceland: Monsters of the World at the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum. Everything your children ever wanted to know about cryptids and sea monsters.

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1590 map of Iceland with sea monsters. Photo by Austrian National Library

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