The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour

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    That's No Ordinary Silo

    World's Largest Kaleidoscope Photo - Dairy Barn Silo Houses World's Largest Kaleidoscope
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour From the outside, the silo of this restored 19th-century dairy barn looks fairly ordinary. In 1996, however, the silo was transformed into the World's Largest Kaleidoscope. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    Catskills Attraction is a Mesmerizing Cavalcade of Color

    I confess: I was lying down on the job the other day. There's no better way to experience--and photograph--the captivating procession of colorful patterns inside the World's Largest Kaleidoscope than to lie on your back and gaze up!

    Crowds surge in the summer, but on an April Friday afternoon in 2010, my dad, daughter and I had the World's Largest Kaleidoscope to ourselves, so we "oohed" as we watched two 10-minute shows, enthralled by the visual convergence of chaos and symmetry inside this towering tube.

    A Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction, the World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, New York, operates year-round and is remarkably affordable for families: $5 per show, children under 12 are free. And, after the show, it's equally fun to view the diverse kaleidoscopes for sale in the Kaleidostore.

    In these photos, I'll take you inside the World's Largest Kaleidoscope,...MORE share tips for visiting and show you the world's smallest kaleidoscope, too.

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    World Record Holder

    World's Largest Kaleidoscope Mount Tremper New York
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour The Guinness Book of World Records certifies that--at more than 56 feet tall--the kaleidoscope installed in the silo at the Emerson Country Store in Mount Tremper, New York, is the World's Largest Kaleidoscope. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    Step Inside the Kaleidoscope

    Inside the World's Largest Kaleidoscope - Picture of Kaleidoscope Color Show
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour The World's Largest Kaleidoscope isn't merely a color show you view through a peephole. You step right inside this amazing optical instrument. © 2010 L.L. Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    Get Comfy

    Kaleidoscope Image - Lying Inside the World's Largest Kaleidoscope
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour Once inside the World's Largest Kaleidoscope, you have two options: Prop yourself up against an inclined board with a sliding headrest, or, lie down on the kaleidoscope's carpeted floor. A staff person recommended lying down, so that's what we did. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    Blue View

    Blue Kaleidoscope View - Picture from Worlds Largest Kaleidoscope
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour There are three kaleidoscope shows to choose from at the World's Largest Kaleidoscope. This blue kaleidoscope view is from "America, The House We Live In"--a patriotic-themed presentation. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    Metamorphosis

    Kaleidoscope Music and Color - Metamorphosis Show at World's Largest Kaleidoscope
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour Our favorite World's Largest Kaleidoscope show was "Metamorphosis," a nature-themed spectacle featuring intense colors and hypnotic music composed by Gary Burke. The music made the floor of the theater vibrate as we gazed up at the swirling scene above. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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  • 07 of 20

    No Glasses Required

    3-D Kaleidoscope Effect at World's Largest Kaleidoscope Mt Tremper NY
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour At the World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mt. Tremper, NY, you don't need to wear silly glasses to experience 3-D visuals. Three tapered mirrors reflect the kaleidoscope video, creating the stunning, three-dimensional effect. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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  • 08 of 20

    Don't Blink!

    Kaleidoscope Photo - World's Largest Kaleidoscope
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour Each show at the World's Largest Kaleidoscope runs about 10 minutes. You'll be mesmerized by the fast-morphing images that stream fluidly overhead. Don't blink, or you might miss the faces of children and fairies that appear in the "Metamorphosis" show. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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  • 09 of 20

    Totally Psychedelic

    Psychedelic Images - World's Largest Kaleidoscope Mount Tremper New York Near Woodstock
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour The World's Largest Kaleidoscope is near Woodstock, New York, but that's not the only reason its images are totally psychedelic. Artist Isaac Abrams, who founded the world's first gallery of psychedelic art in 1965, contributed the video's imagery. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    A Cheap Thrill

    Worlds Largest Kaleidoscope - A Cheap Thrill
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour "It's like a carnival ride," my daughter said as we lounged on the floor of the World's Largest Kaleidoscope, leaning our heads together. I was thrilled this one-of-a-kind attraction is incredibly affordable, especially for families with several kids. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    Kaleidoscope Close-Up

    Kaleidoscope Photos - Kaleidoscope Close-Up
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour I shot most of these World's Largest Kaleidoscope photos with my Nikon D50 digital SLR camera, but my 7-year-old actually caught this amazing shot with my little Panasonic Lumix. So, you don't need an expensive camera to take cool kaleidoscope photos. © 2010 L.L. Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    But Wait, There's More!

    Kaatskill Kaleidoscope and Kaleidostore at Emerson Country Store Mount Tremper NY
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour The Kaatskill Kaleidoscope--the World's Largest Kaleidoscope--isn't the only thing that makes a visit to Emerson Country Store in Mount Tremper, NY, worthwhile. You'll also want to browse the wonderful shops, particularly the Kaleidostore. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    Give It a Whirl

    Kaleidostore Photo - Kaleidoscopes of Every Size and Design
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour My dad and my daughter enjoyed giving this floor model kaleidoscope a whirl. The Kaleidostore offers a chance to learn about the inner workings of kaleidoscopes and to view kaleidoscopes of every size and design. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    Fine Art Kaleidoscope

    Art Kaleidoscope - Fine Art Kaleidoscope by Artist Massimo Strino at Kaleidostore
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour Many kaleidoscopes for sale in the Kaleidostore's gallery are singular works of art. I adored this bejeweled, musical kaleidoscope by New York City artist Massimo Strino and could have gazed through the scope at the sparkling effects all day. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    What is a Taleidoscope?

    Taleidoscope Picture - What is a Taleidoscope?
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour I learned something new during our visit to the World's Largest Kaleidoscope. A taleidoscope does not have colorful objects inside. Instead, it has mirrors and a lens that produce kaleidoscopic patterns when aimed at external objects. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    Not a Toy

    Collectible Kaleidoscopes at Kaleidostore Mt Tremper NY
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour The artist-designed, collectible kaleidoscopes at the Kaleidostore in Mt. Tremper, NY, are definitely not toys. Many have price tags in the hundreds and even thousands of dollars. As you might imagine, it made me nervous to shop with my 7-year-old. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    The Allure of the Kaleidoscope

    Kaleidoscope Pattern - Photo of Pattern Inside a Kaleidoscope
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour As I sat and gazed at the wondrous pattern inside this sleek wooden floor model kaleidoscope, I understood why collectors part with big bucks for these optical marvels. Kaleidoscope patterns are mesmerizing in their symmetry and unpredictability. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    Kaleidoscopes for Kids

    Kaleidoscope Toys - Kaleidoscopes for Kids
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour Of course, the Kaleidostore does sell affordable kaleidoscope toys for kids, and my daughter had fun selecting and purchasing souvenirs. In addition to toy kaleidoscopes in a variety of themes, the shop also sells make your own kaleidoscope kits. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    Helpful Staff

    Kaleidoscope Store at World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper New York
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour Kaleidoscope store employees were incredibly helpful and passionate about showing off the kaleidoscopes on display. One salesperson even patiently allowed my daughter to handle and view the kaleidoscopes I kept warning her not to touch!. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.

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    World's Smallest Kaleidoscope

    World's Smallest Kaleidoscope
    ••• The World's Largest Kaleidoscope: A Photo Tour Luckily, a staff member pointed it out, or we would have missed seeing the World's Smallest Kaleidoscope! This tiny kaleidoscope--less than an inch in length--is tucked away in a case in the corner of the Kaleidostore. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY, is a Guinness World Record-holding, multisensory attraction that is fun--and affordable--for families.