Roadside America

Roadside America, Shartlesville: Hours, Address, Roadside America Reviews: 4.5/5

Roadside America
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Roadside America is the world's greatest miniature village featuring beautifully detailed buildings, moving trains, flowing waterways, and much more!
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David H
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Family
My Dad used to take me here in the 70s. Then we moved out West, I joined the military, and have only seen it a few times since. Now we have moved to Maryland and plan on visiting Roadside America often since my parents are resting in a cemetary in Pottsville. My son loves it just like I did decades ago. I never seen a kid that did not love this place and I personally think prices are fair. It costs $100-200 to see a sporting event or $50-100 to see a movie. I think adult tickets were $8. Easy to get to as it is right on I-78. It seems to take most people about an hour but stay for the night show every half hour. Even my wife from the Philippines felt close when she saw the Ste Niño dolls, made by the original owner. Ste Niño is a big part of Philippine culture. Thank you for maintaining this for decades.
Written February 2, 2020
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The Pidge
Wayne, NJ477 contributions
Despite passing this quite frequently, I never stop often enough. This is the kind of old-school, low-tech roadside entertainment that is sadly becoming harder to find these days. While it's easy to pass through the building quickly, it's worth taking some time to appreciate the artistry and vision required of a solid model train exhibit, especially if you have a young one who desires one of his own for the basement. More frequent stops in the future are definitely justified.
Written November 23, 2020
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Polly
Florida1 contribution
Family
First visit was 1967 and it was amazing. We talked with the owner and he explained it was an ongoing project which would never be finished. He was doing for his son who loved trains. His son was in the military. Been there every time we pass near by. It is still an awesome visit for families and elders alike. Very saddened to see it permanently closed.
Written August 29, 2021
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sam280_
Wildwood, NJ2,305 contributions
Drove past this place a few years ago and noted the location for a future visit. It's really Roadside America, and you should see it at least once. Not much has changed since the 1960's I hear, but probably 99% of everything was working. They also had a Christmas show that dimmed the lights and Christmas music played for about 8-10 minutes. You can make 2 laps around, one at normal level and another about 6 feet higher, and yes, you notice more 'stuff'.

Gift shop is not exaclty loaded up for the train/model enthusiast, but if they added some Lionel HO rail cars with RA logo's, it probably would be a big seller. I think they need some more foot traffic and then a solid retail program would bring them the revenue to do a major upgrade to the displays.

Train lovers, anyone who sets up holiday displays, and Norman Rockwell fans all will love this. About an hour to make the 2 laps. Good times.
Written January 8, 2020
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trailerkeith
South Hackensack, NJ28 contributions
This place is a bit traditional but fun as anything especially for those little ones who like to press buttons to make things happen. Not the largest layout I have see nor the most realistic, but it is a truly great place to see Lionel trains and great craftsmanship of small structures and the "night" portion of the show is not to be missed. If you have been there already I guarantee you will see something new.
Written February 3, 2020
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John P
Collingswood, New Jersey301 contributions
My family used to take me here when I was little. My husband, adopted dad and I ventured out yesterday (17 January, 2020). When we walked in, I felt like I was a little kid again. However, the details were much more magical as an adult. I was able to speak with one of the gentlemen who works on the layout and he pointed out so much detail to me. I was so glad we made the trip (more than 2 hours from home). I am also VERY happy that they clarified that it was a huge rumour that they were closing. They are NOT closing! They simply had a leak in the roof a while back and had to close to repair it. The Gieringer family continues the tradition and continues to improve and upgrade the layout. There is no place in America you will find a "blast from the past" miniature display like this. Go and enjoy it with the entire family.
Written January 18, 2020
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Lisa
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I surprised my husband with a trip to see Roadside America for his 70th Birthday. What fun! We were both completely amazed. The supervisor there was very knowledgeable about the history of the family and how the Village evolved through Mr Gieringer's vision. I'd highly recommend Roadside America to anyone.
Written February 14, 2020
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robingee
Brooklyn, NY17 contributions
I've been to Roadside America several times throughout my life, and it's amazing! Built by Laurence Gieringer starting in the 1930's and still family-run, it's the ultimate in Americana, untouched by modern technology.

It's a huge room with a path all the way around and a miniature world inside. Trains, towns, bridges, water, cities, helicopters, highways, farms, mountains... everything you could find in America from the 1800's up to the 1950's. There are buttons you can push at intervals to make things work; carousels turn at fairs, trains go over bridges, oil drills pump away. And then they turn all the lights off and the whole universe is night-time! They play America The Beautiful and project pictures of happy families and Jesus on the wall! It's too much! And it rules. Bring the kids!

And right next door is the Fort Motel, where they have themed rooms such as Jungle, Circus and Dog House. For a weekend full of humor and weirdness, Shartlesville is your oddball home away from home.
Written September 12, 2006
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Amy E
Bethlehem10 contributions
Family
Extremely detailed look at life in America from colonial days to the 1960's. Amazing craftsmanship. So much to look at. Night time salute is poignant. Fun for the entire family.
Written May 16, 2018
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Lefty33
West Conshohocken, PA304 contributions
I recently took my family here for the first time and rediscovered a place that I hadn't been to in almost twenty years.
The other review for this attraction pretty much describes what you will see very accurately. The thing that amazes me is that other than maybe a train car or two nothing has changed in twenty years and it is still as interesting, chessy, and cool as ever.

The only partial negative is that the place obviously does not get aired out very often.
On taking your first breath you'll realize that the odor brings more funk than George Clinton.

The best part of going is that it is open year round and that children five and under are free and adults are only six dollars. It's a great deal for the price.
Written June 1, 2009
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