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“Interesting, mindboggling site.”

The Oregon Vortex House of Mystery
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Gold Hill
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Owner description: Funhouse where visitors can shrink, grow and stand at weird angles without falling over.
Reviewed September 14, 2012

This place is very strange indeed. Things seem to defy gravity. Natural optical illusions will have you scratching your head. Good place to take the whole family.

Thank duckywriter
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

We have gone to the Oregon Vortex half a dozen times over the years and always enjoy it. I don't know the answer to the mystery - but find it facinating, none the less. The tour guides have always done a wonderful job and you can take as long as you want to experience the mysteries or optical illusions or whatever they are. Supposedly the Indians wouldn't venture near here and I can see why - it is a bit "spooky" in a delightful way. The price is comparable to any tourist attraction, but you get your money's worth.

Thank GrandmaWen
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We stopped here on the recommendation of someone who had steered us right several times. This was not a good recommendation. It was overpriced and quirky. We researched their claims and scientists after our visit and found it to be a hoax so to speak. Other reviewers have described the tours so I don't need to repeat that. A lot of the claims were simply based on eyeballing straight lines in the air. The scientists they sited were only known for this place not anywhere else. (except Einstein..., ha). They used optical illusions and the power of suggestion for their demonstrations, although claimed mysterious science. At the end they suggest ghosts and paranormal activity, which is maybe something to be avoided with children. I was browsing in the gift shop, which is where the tour ends, when the current tour was getting ready to enter and conclude. They asked me to go outside so I would not hear the information presented in the end and spoil it. My family was embarrassed we fell for this attraction. My family could not believe we did this, because when we travel we see National Parks, museums, and interesting local sites. They felt like we were suckers. But as someone mentioned it did drum up a lot of conversation after the visit and a huge laugh on ourselves. It proved we don't always get it right. It was pricey for a boo-boo! Almost ten bucks each! It was an old timey attraction, and that was about the only thing I liked. FYI the only restrooms they offered were port-a potties... clean but still port-a-potties

Thank ShurleyUSA
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Okay, let's be upfront. If you are expecting some incredible science breakthrough (for those scientists in the group) or Disney level show (for those who think this is poor malarky and a bunch of opitcal illusions) this isn't it. It is a slightly overpriced highway excursion that is fun, and will get the group of you talking. Whether you believe in the vortex or not is really immaterial. What does matter is that it will generate lots of talking afterwards.

I went there with a family of our, and all of us had fun. It was that old school, good natured kind of fun mixed with some possible optical illusions and yes, some possible unexplained science stuff. Regardless, it was neat to hear two pre-teens asking questions, thinking something was cool, or curious.

Others have already described the cost ($9.75/person) and the length of the tour (45 minutes). Yes, they do measurements of people's heights. Yes, they check plumb lines to demonstrate things are not quite "right." Yes, they roll a bottle, and make a broom balance on its own. Whether you are convinced or not will be your personal decision. Regardless, it is a fun 45 minutes to an hour and those that are hard over that it is all baloney probably were the type that were convinced that the world was flat. Those who buy-in completely may be the type who would by snake oil. Who knows? What I enjoyed was the questions and the look on the kids faces in a setting that didn't involve violence, cursing, or anything other than curiosities.

If your schedule and budget permits - go! For a one-time thing, it was worth it.

Thank BMaker91
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

This tour was fun! We realize that all effects are optical illusions, but it is still puzzling. Couldn't quite believe the ghost stories at the end of tour.

Thank LindaMG
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