Have you been to the world's largest kaleidoscope? No? Then you should put it on your list if you're in the Catskill region. Any great road trip consists of something awesome like a visit here. It's interesting, it's kitschy, it's quick and easy, and you'll have great bragging rights afterwards.
I visited this roadstop activity after eating at the Phoenician Diner down the road. This place is located at Emerson Resort in the gift shop area. There are signs to direct you. Once inside, you can view all kinds of fancy kaleidoscopes (be careful), and get tickets to see the show they offer to view the large one. The large one is 56 feet tall and 38 feet in diameter and located in a farm silo. When you enter the silo, you're in the kaleidoscope.
In order to view the scope since it's hard to turn a 56-foot-tall toy, you'll lie on the floor or lean on the wall or special chairs and look up into the silo. The show they are able to perform changes seasonally and reflects themes relevant to the area. You'll feel like a kid looking through a real kaleidoscope. And yes, it's performed using the actual scope. The designs were very cool!
Visit this cool place if you're in the area, as it's a neat stop-off and a fun place to say you've been to!
Disclosure: I was provided with a free viewing of the kaleidoscope show in order to facilitate this review. The opinions stated are my own.
Constructed inside a tall black silo, the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope is located within the Emerson Country Store in the small Hudson Valley town of Mt. Tremper. The store itself is a minefield of breakable but beautiful kaleidoscopes available for sale. After being escorted to the interior of the silo, you’re offered the choice of lying on the floor to see the show, or leaning on tilted back boards.
A ten-minute video — colorful, musical, and somewhat psychedelic – is reflected off three 37-foot tall mirrors, intensified by the high-quality sound system. A selection of three shows rotates, depending on the season.
More about our visit can be found on our "Go BIG or Go Home" blog!
At 60 feet tall, this is the world’s largest kaleidoscope. Step into the viewing chamber (actually the silo of an 1841 barn) and experience a magical multimedia sound and light show the ‘scopes of your childhood could only dream about.