I'm taking my first vacation of the year next week. I'm excited to be spending time with both of my boys. At 15 and 17 years old, it's fun taking them places the three of us love and enjoy.

That wasn't necessarily the case when I was a kid. Taking vacations with my parents was like a tour of Americana. As my dad commandeered his car down the highway, my sister and I would sit for miles, staring out the backseat window, at miles of boring road. But every now and then, we'd see a billboard touting the World's Largest Alligator, or The World's Biggest Ball of Twine. And my dad was a sucker for all that stuff.

So when I saw someone posted a list of the one BIG thing each state has that's bigger than any other state, it caught my eye, much like those billboards from my youth.

Did you know Maine has the Biggest Revolving Globe? According to Roadside America, you'll find Eartha, a 41-ft. diameter globe, in Yarmouth, ME.

Eartha is tilted on a 23.5 degree axis, mimicking the real Earth's angle. The surface is composed of 792 panels printed from a computerized database and incorporating shaded relief and depth info, roadways and cities.  And according to the website...it's the largest Earth image ever created.  Admission is free. Get directions to the biggest revolving globe here.

Here in New Hampshire, we're home to the Biggest Video Arcade. Funspot features one of the largest collections of late-1970s to mid-1980s games in the world.

It's located in the village of Weirs Beach in Laconia. According to Wikipedia, Funspot was officially named the "Largest Arcade in the World" by Guinness World Records at the 10th Annual International Classic Video Game and Pinball Tournament, held from May 29 through June 1, 2008.

So no matter if your kids are budding scientists, or video game junkies...there's a lot of BIG fun to be had this summer. And the good thing is...they're all close by.


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