Tourist trap

A tourist trap is an establishment (or group of establishments) that has been created or re-purposed with the aim of attracting tourists and their money.[1]

While some establishments may be viewed by tourists as fun and interesting diversions, tourist traps can also have negative connotations when they direct travelers off highways into commercial areas, and could potentially be tacky, deceitful and an overall waste of time and money.

Tourist traps will typically provide services, entertainment, food, souvenirs and other products for tourists to purchase.

Wall Drug Sign
A billboard advertising Wall Drug's products
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Directional signs to the gift shop and exit, Ripley's Aquarium, Myrtle Beach
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"Da Yoopers Tourist Trap" in Upper Michigan


There are a large number of "big things" in Australia. Many of those were initially created as Tourist Traps, but have gained cult status in the country since.


Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls is a popular tourist trap in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The street attractions are owned by two entities. The area also extends to a small portion north of Victoria Avenue east and west of Clifton Hill and Centre Street north of Victoria Avenue.

United States


In some areas, simple facilities may be a sufficient draw to entice tourists to stop. Wall Drug, in South Dakota, began its tourist trade by offering free ice water.[2]

Breezewood, Pennsylvania represents a physical tourist trap at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Interstate 76, where the two major highways are not directly connected; forcing transiting drivers off the interstate and "into several suddenly urban blocks with traffic lights and a dense bazaar of gas stations, fast food restaurants and motels."[3]

The term "tourist trap"

A few establishments take pride in the term and embody it into their names, such as "Da Yoopers Tourist Trap",[4] run by the comedy troupe Da Yoopers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and "The Tourist Trap"[5] at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland.

See also


  1. ^ Gaines, Barbara K.; re (May 31, 1986). Idiomatic American English: A Step-By-Step Workbook for Learning Everyday American Expressions. Kodansha International. p. 85. ISBN 0-87011-756-4.
  2. ^ "" (web). The Wall Drug Store got its start during the Depression years by offering Free Ice Water to thirsty travelers. 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
  3. ^ Savage, Charlie (2017-02-06). "As Trump Vows Building Splurge, Famed Traffic Choke Point Offers Warning". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  4. ^ "Da Yoopers Tourist Trap & Museum" (Web). Ishpeming, Michigan, Business web site. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  5. ^ "The Tourist Trap" (Web). Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, Business web site. 2003. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
Breezewood, Pennsylvania

Breezewood is an unincorporated town in East Providence Township, Bedford County in south-central Pennsylvania.

Along a traditional pathway for Native Americans, European settlers, and British troops during colonial times, in the early 20th century, the small valley that became known as Breezewood was a popular stopping place for automobile travelers on the Lincoln Highway, beginning in 1913. Greyhound Lines opened a Post House facility in the town in 1935; it closed in 2004.

In 1940, Breezewood was designated exit 6 on the just-opened Pennsylvania Turnpike. In the 1960s, Breezewood became the junction of the Turnpike and the new Interstate 70. Later renumbered exit 12, it is now exit 161 on the Turnpike following a change to mileage-based exit numbering.

Breezewood has been labeled a "tourist trap" which prevents travelers from easily transitioning between Interstate 70 and the Turnpike, instead routing traffic along a two-mile loop lined with gas stations, hotels, and restaurants. This section of Interstate 70 is one of the few parts of the Interstate Highway System which is not a controlled-access highway.

Charles Ogden (children's writer)

Charles Ogden is the pen name used by a collection of authors at Star Farm Productions for the Edgar & Ellen book series for children and young adults. The pen name is credited with nine books (with a tenth upcoming), published by both Tricycle Press, and more recently, Simon & Schuster. The illustrator for the series is Rick Carton of Chicago, Illinois.

It is stated that he is an avid camper and fisherman who loves to travel. Apparently he has been to both the North and South poles, and Poland. Upon contacting the company that drives his books, Star Farm Productions (out of Chicago), say he is currently on Sabbatical in the Amazon with his type writer and a net (one of his many hobbies includes collecting rare bugs). His book, Nod's Limbs, is the only one not published in the UK or Australia.

Rare Beasts is about the twins, Edgar and Ellen, who live alone in a dilapidated mansion on the edge of the town, Nod's Limbs. Their parents disappeared years ago, and now they spend their days avoiding Heimertz, the accordion-playing groundskeeper, pestering Pet, their hairball companion, and wreaking havoc on the ultra-sweet, too-good-to-be-true townsfolk. However, their havoc wreaking has incurred expenses... so the twins decide to fund raise by nabbing the pets of Nod's Limbs and transforming them into exotic animals worth millions. These two anti-heroes get their just desert in the end.Tourist Trap is about how Mayor Knightleigh announces that he wants to build a luxury hotel on the site of Edgar and Ellen's beloved Gadget Graveyard. When the mayor invites a group of celebrities to Nod's Limbs for a French toast festival. The twins use their cleverness to send the tourists packing the other way so they can save their home.

Da Yoopers

Da Yoopers is a traveling comedy show and musical group from Ishpeming, Michigan. They are known primarily for their humorous songs and skits, most of which center on life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The band's name includes the term "Yooper," slang for residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the use of "da" instead of "the" is typical of the Yooper dialect. Da Yoopers has released twelve regular albums and two compilations, all on their personal label, You Guys Records. The group's members are Jim Bellmore, Lynn Bellmore, and Jim "Hoolie" DeCaire.

David Schmoeller

David Schmoeller (born December 8, 1947) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is notable for directing several full-length theatrical horror films including Tourist Trap (1979), The Seduction (1982), Puppet Master (1989), Catacombs (1988), Netherworld (1992) and Crawlspace (1986) starring Klaus Kinski. In May, 2012, Schmoeller was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fantaspoa Film Festival in Porto Alegre, Brazil where his new feature film, 2 Little Monsters (2012) was screened along with his other notable films.

Gareth Gwynn

Gareth Gwynn is a comedy writer, performer and radio presenter. He is the co-writer of the television sitcoms Bull and Tourist Trap and the radio sitcoms Ankle Tag, Passing On and Social Club FM.

Gift shop

A gift shop or souvenir shop is a store primarily selling souvenirs, memorabilia, and other items relating to a particular topic or theme. The items sold often include coffee mugs, stuffed animals, t-shirts, postcards, handmade collections and other souvenirs.

Gift shops are normally found in areas visited by many tourists. Hotels and motels in Canada and the United States often feature a gift shop near their entrance. Venues such as zoos, aquariums, national parks, theme parks, and museums have their own gift shops as well; in some cases these shops sell items of higher value than gift shops not associated with a venue, as well as trinkets. These stores are sometimes a source of financial support for educational institutions.

Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney Channel and Disney XD from June 15, 2012, to February 15, 2016.Created by Alex Hirsch, the series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines (voiced by Jason Ritter) and his twin sister Mabel (voiced by Kristen Schaal) who are sent to spend the summer with their great-uncle (or "Grunkle") Stan (voiced by Hirsch) in Gravity Falls, a mysterious town full of paranormal forces and supernatural creatures. The kids help Stan run "The Mystery Shack", the tourist trap that he owns, while also investigating the local mysteries.

In 2015, Hirsch announced that the series would finish with its second season, stating that he chose to do it for the show to end with "a real conclusion for the characters". He later stated that he remains open to continuing the series with additional episodes or specials. The show culminated with a one-hour finale, "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls", airing on February 15, 2016.In February 2018, on the second anniversary of the final episode of the show, Hirsch used a cipher to announce Gravity Falls: Lost Legends, a continuation of the Gravity Falls story in a new graphic novel that was later released on July 24, 2018.

Grunkle Stan

Stanley "Stan" Pines, also known as "Grunkle Stan", is one of the main characters of the Disney animated series Gravity Falls, created and voiced by series creator Alex Hirsch. In an interview, Hirsch claims that Grunkle Stan is loosely based on his grandfather, also named Stan.Stan is an older man, and the great-uncle (or "grunkle") of the show's main two protagonists, Dipper and Mabel; the show takes place as they stay at his house/tourist trap during the summertime. He is the owner of the Mystery Shack, a tourist trap presenting creatures and objects of supposedly supernatural origin. He often wears a black suit with a red fez, white shirt and red bolo tie, along with a cane topped by a billiard 8-ball, although at home he generally wears slippers, blue and green-striped boxer shorts, a white sleeveless shirt and a gold necklace.At the beginning of the show, Stan, known to all as Stanford Pines, is portrayed as a relatively simple character, whose shady past is mostly used as a joke regarding his many past crimes. However as the series goes on, he is gradually revealed to hold deeper secrets; in "Not What He Seems", it is revealed that for the past thirty years, Stan had secretly been trying to bring his twin brother and the house's actual owner, the real Stanford Pines, into their world, and that he is in truth named Stanley.The character made an appearance in the 2018 graphic novel, Gravity Falls Lost Legends; 4 All-New Adventures.

Hamer, South Carolina

Hamer is an unincorporated community in Dillon County, South Carolina, United States. Its elevation is 144 feet (44 m).Hamer is home to Hamer Hall, a residence from 1890 listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also the location of South of the Border, a famed tourist trap just before the state line with North Carolina; and it is the home of Blenheim Ginger Ale.

Jake the Alligator Man

Jake the Alligator Man is an alleged half-man, half-alligator creature on display in apparently mummified condition at Marsh's Free Museum, a tourist trap located at 409 South Pacific Avenue in Long Beach, Washington. He was acquired by the Marshes for $750 in 1967 from an antique store.A postcard image was used by the Weekly World News on November 9, 1993 for front-page article, "Half-human, half-alligator discovered in Florida swamp." The periodical subsequently reported on his escape from captivity, killing of a Miami man, and giving birth.

Jake has acquired a cult following in Northwestern popular culture. His 75th birthday party is held annually in early August on the peninsula, and features events such as a bachelor party, car show, bridal contest, and live music. Bumper stickers featuring the oddity can be commonly seen throughout Washington and Oregon.

List of horror films of 1979

A list of horror films released in 1979.

Mabel Pines

Mabel Pines is one of the lead characters of the Disney Channel animated series Gravity Falls. The character is voiced by Kristen Schaal, and designed by the series creator, Alex Hirsch. She is inspired by Hirsch's own twin sister, Ariel Hirsch. Mabel first appeared on the unreleased, unnamed pilot created by Hirsch which he used to pitch the show; she then appeared on the first episode "Tourist Trapped". Mabel, with her twin brother Dipper Pines, stars in every episode of the show (but does not speak in Weirdmageddon Part 1 while Dipper does). Mabel also has two series of shorts dedicated to her: "Mabel's Guide to Life" and "Mabel's Scrapbook".

Mabel is an energetic 12-year-old girl (she and her brother turn 13 at the end of the series finale) who is sent with her brother to spend her summer vacation in her great-uncle's tourist trap called the "Mystery Shack". She helps her brother Dipper as he endeavors to uncover the secrets of the fictional town of Gravity Falls and to find an explanation for the strange situations he experiences. They are helped by the handyman that works there, Soos, Wendy, Dipper's crush and the twins best friend/co-worker, and other characters throughout the series. The situations that they encounter include dealing with various supernatural or legendary creatures, like gnomes, cryptids, demons, aliens, minotaurs and the ever nefarious Bill Cipher.

The adventures of Mabel and her brother are inspired by the childhood of series creator Alex Hirsch and his own twin sister. As a character, Mabel has been critically well received. She appears in various Gravity Falls merchandise, such as on clothing and in video games.

Marans, Charente-Maritime

Marans is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwestern France.

It is connected to La Rochelle by the Canal de Marans à la Rochelle. The inhabitants of Marans are known as marandais.

Marans is the most northern town in Charente-Maritime, and is sometimes considered to be the "gateway to Aunis", the former province in which it has always belonged since its creation.

Marans is a pleasant town on the river Sèvre niortaise which is a fishing port and a busy tourist trap. Being located north of La Rochelle, it has close relations with the latter to which it has much to owe for its rapid urban and economic growth.

Miss Hattie's Bordello

Miss Hattie's Bordello is a tourist trap and interpretive museum located in downtown San Angelo, Texas. It purports to be the building where "Miss Hattie" operated a brothel from 1902 to 1952.

Roadside attraction

A roadside attraction is a feature along the side of a road meant to attract tourists. In general, these are places one might stop on the way to somewhere, rather than actually being a destination. They are frequently advertised with billboards. The modern tourist-oriented highway attraction originated as a U.S. and Western Canadian phenomenon in the 1940s to 1960s, and subsequently caught on in Australia.

Robin Sherwood

Robin Lyn Sherwood (born January 24, 1952) is an American actress, best known for her roles in Tourist Trap (1979), Blow Out (1981), and as the role of Carol Kersey in Charles Bronson's film Death Wish II (1982).

Tourist Trap (film)

Tourist Trap is a 1979 American supernatural slasher film directed by David Schmoeller and starring Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, and Tanya Roberts. The film follows a group of young people who stumble upon a roadside museum housing mannequins that wield supernatural powers. Schmoeller co-wrote the script with J. Larry Carroll who served as producer for the film alongside famous producer/director Charles Band.

Tourist Trapped

"Tourist Trapped" is the first episode of the animated television series Gravity Falls. The episode was directed by John Aoshima and written by series creator Alex Hirsch. The episode premiered on Disney Channel on June 15, 2012, airing immediately after the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shine.In "Tourist Trapped", young twins Dipper (voiced by Jason Ritter) and Mabel Pines (Kristen Schaal), have recently arrived in Gravity Falls, Oregon, to stay with their great uncle Stan (Hirsch)'s tourist trap, the Mystery Shack. Mabel soon starts dating a boy named Norman (also Hirsch), but when Dipper discovers a hidden journal documenting the paranormal side of the town, he begins to believe that his sister might be dating a zombie.

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