Eerie Abandoned Places In America You Need To Visit

Eerie Abandoned Places In America You Need To Visit

It's impressive to see how a place can be reclaimed by nature over a short period of time.

If you've ever taken the time to explore an abandoned ruin then you know the rush you feel when you first arrive. It's almost like stepping into another world. I've always found abandoned places to be serene in some odd way, so I spend a lot of time looking up these places. These are some of my favorite abandoned buildings in the U.S.A.

Six Flags Amusement Park, Louisiana

Hurricane Katrina caused a catastrophic amount of damage to both people, property, and the businesses in New Orleans. Six Flags was no different. The park has been closed to the public since the storms' destruction. Massive roller coasters, water rides, and countless buildings are still scattered around the remains of the park. The water damage to the property is quite severe, which you can tell from the inside to the remaining structures. Costs to repair the park outweighed its worth, which has left it in disrepair to this day. Offers have been made to purchase the park, but they have all been declined by the current owners.

Pennhurst Asylum/Boys School, Pennsylvania

If you ever want to get a good glimpse into the horrors that went on inside some of Americas mental facilities in the early 1900's, just watch 'Suffer The Little Children.' It was a news segment that would play about the Pennhurst boys school and the state hospital. What can easily be considered one of the most horrific places in Pennsylvania, if not all of North America. This isn't your typical insane asylum, a majority of these patients were children. In the early 1960's the facility had been open over 50 years and now held around 3,000 patients. This was a lot more people than the facility had room for, they only had 9 doctors on the staff at the time. It's pretty heartbreaking to think of how these people use to be treated, but the good side to this horror story is that the news clips made peoples stomachs turn. This lead to an uproar in the community, and eventually the end of Pennhurst entirely. In 1987 it closed its doors as a hospital for good. Pennhurst is still standing today, but it isn't exactly abandoned. A lovely man bought the property, and instead of tearing it down decided it was the perfect spot for a haunted house. (I give this man serious props for that inventive idea!)

North Brother Island, New York

A 20-mile island sits decaying near The Bronx, and surprisingly it's not well known. The island was uninhabited until 1885 when Riverside Hospital moved there. It was a hospital that focused mostly on treating and isolating smallpox victims. It expanded over time and focused on treating other diseases, including Tuberculosis. Typhoid Mary was one of the patients at the hospital, staying until her death in 1938. After World War 2 the hospital was converted into veterans housing, and eventually a rehab facility. The rehab center was shut down when it was found that patients weren't getting any better and the staff was corrupt. It's been converted into a bird sanctuary and is currently off-limits to the public, but that doesn't stop adventurous urban explorers from finding their way to its shores.

Central State Hospital, Indiana

This location is widely considered to be Indiana's most haunted spot for various reasons. Central state opened its doors in 1848. They housed only 5 patients when they first opened, but that number quickly grew. Central state was the only mental asylum in the mid-west at the time, so patients from the surrounding states would be sent to them. This would quickly cause over-crowding in the facility. The lack of staff to care for the influx of patients made for wide-spread neglect. In 1905 other mental health facilities opened which helped relieve them of the over-crowding problem. The negligence of the patients was another story, however. At that time we didn't have a grasp on what mental illnesses actually were, so we developed heinous methods of fixing these individuals. Central state used Shock therapy, lobotomized people, and even tied unruly patients in the hospitals' tunnels by chains until they would calm down. Eventually, the rumors of central states patient abuse got out, and in 1994 the facility was officially shut down. The patients were sent home to family, or for the less fortunate soul the streets of Indianapolis. The buildings that held the patients have been torn down a few years ago, but that doesn't mean that it's all gone! The power-plant that ran the facility is still on the property for one main reason. It's connected to the pathology building, which now holds the Indiana Medical History Museum. The administration building is also still on the property, but it has been renovated into student housing for a nearby school.

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9 Things That Happen When A Walt Disney World Cast Member Visits Disneyland

I traveled from the most magical place on earth to the happiest place on earth.


As a cast member, you can get free entry to the Disney theme parks. So why not make use of your tickets to head over to Disneyland to see where all the magic originated?

1. Freak out about the history.

Walt Disney LITERALLY walked these grounds. Not that you're freaking out or anything, but you are. Let's talk about Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. Walt Disney literally had a hand in all of it. This is the original park where all the magic was designed and created and you can't help but geek out.

2. Compare the attractions.

They're the same, but they are also different. Let's talk about the facade of The Haunted Mansion. Loving it in New Orleans Square! Thunder Mountain: the same but mirror opposites. Space Mountain you have a riding buddy, but on Splash Mountain you don't. As a Cast Member, you notice all these small differences and can't help but geek out a little when you notice things you like better.

3. Admire the costumes.

They're SO CUTE! When you get used to seeing and wearing the same costumes all the time it is really cool to freak out over the new and unseen ones from a new land.

4. Appreciate the additional discounts.

Food. All the food. I feel like a VIP with all these food discounts!

5. Run back and forth between the parks...because you CAN!

You can get from California Adventure to Disneyland in about one minute! It's so close! What a dream! No busses, no monorail. It's just so convenient! You can hop back and forth all day without losing much time at all!

6. New Orleans Square.

Let's talk about how cool this land is! Walt Disney World is TRUELY missing out here. Without a doubt this is my favorite land in all of the Disney theme parks! I love that the Haunted Mansion is here. I LOVE the Mickey shaped beignets. The shopping is super cute. And you cannot forget about the Blue Bayou inside Pirates of the Caribbean.

7. Test Track<<Radiator Springs Racers.

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There's literally no contest here. After riding Radiator Springs Racers you'll never care about riding Test Track again. The story is just so immersive on Racers. And you actually are racing someone. It's so cute you could just ride over and over again.

8. Suddenly discover that Disney World is massive in comparison.

Walt Disney World is SO BIG! It really is its own world in comparison to Disneyland. Also, let's talk about the fact that Disneyland is literally right in the middle of LA. There has to be something said for the fact that Walt Disney World is all on its own. The experience is a bit more immersive in that way in Florida.

9. Plan your next trip back.

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Seriously though. The trip is just so short, even when you spend a couple of days at Disneyland. Despite its smaller size, there is still so much to see and do that you feel like your trip is inevitably too short no matter how long your stay is. The only thing to do is brainstorm to start planning your next trip out!

Walt Disney World will always be home, but as a Disney Cast Member, it's always good to go back to the place where the magic originated.

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A Gap Year Was Just What I Needed

Taking a year off between high school and college was the best thing I could have done for so many reasons.


Everyone around me was buzzing with excitement about their acceptances to their dream university and I didn't feel the same. I was accepted to every school I applied to, but none of them felt right. At my high school, if you didn't go to college, you would have been deemed a failure and that is not what I wanted my reputation to be. When the day came, I sat down at a computer to accept my admission to a college. I was in a panic mode, and I knew that's not what I wanted. I had no idea what I wanted to do, and I had no idea if that was where I wanted to be, so I exited the website and came up with a plan.

After graduation, I boarded a flight to Denver, Colorado. I was alone on a plane going 1,000 miles west to a place I've never been. In a short amount of time, I knew I had made the right decision.

I spent eight months in the Rocky Mountains learning how to do the "adult thing." I worked 40+ hours a week in freezing temperatures and a ton of snow, making ten dollars an hour. In a resort town, ten dollars is not a lot of money. I lived on Wonder bread and eggs, I cooked on my hotplate on the top of my mini fridge. I was shown what it's like to work for the things I want, and it taught me to appreciate everything I've always been handed so easily, and that was something I really needed.

Throughout my adventure, I met so many different people in all different stages of life. I think that's the most important aspect of my entire trip. By working and living with people young and old, I learned different skills, living habits, and ways of life which I am forever grateful for. These people had shown me more about life in eight months than I had learned in my entire life, and without this experience, I would have never been introduced to half of the things I was introduced to.

I hiked 14,000-foot mountains, watched the X-Games in Aspen, attended endless concerts, and became a better snowboarder by having the chance to do it every day. Without my friends and taking this leap, I would have been sitting in a classroom wondering what I could have been doing instead. Because of taking time off, I am now back in class, able to focus on my work and doing better than I ever have before.

The most important part of my gap year was finding myself. I proved to myself that I am strong and independent, and I can achieve any goal I set as long as I work hard and have fun along the way. Before I left, I had no idea what I wanted to do or be. Upon my return home, I realized I needed to go to college to receive a higher education to better myself. Having a full-time job and being out in the real world helped me to narrow down what I really want to be and what I want to achieve for myself. I learned how to truly live and that there is no set path I need to take because this is my own life to create.

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