I-95, Beyond View: Places Worth Exiting For

I-95 can feel monotonous. In fact, many times, it can feel like there's nothing but rest stops and Cracker Barrels beyond its exits.

In collaboration with the review site Yelp, we took a look at what was beyond view on I-95. Yelp's community managers dug through their users’ reviews and found places — from bars to parks — that are worth exiting for in five stretches of I-95.

Boston to Providence, R.I.

  • Wendell's - Norton, Mass.
    Yelp Review:
    I went once and ordered the double dares, hands down the hottest, tastiest wings ever. The sauce was a rich thick volcanic paste. When I ate the first wing and the heat settled in, I wondered if I would be able to continue. I fought the good fight. It wasn't long before my receptors gave up and then I was free to enjoy the flavor in all its glory.
    — Greg L of East Providence, R.I. (Feb. 28, 2010)
  • Crescent Ridge Dairy - Sharon, Mass.
    Yelp Review:
    The ice cream was so, SO delicious. Creamy, cold, refreshing. Prices were fair. There are benches and a whole lawn area where you can admire the dairy cows. Cute!
    — Kim K of Somerville (Aug. 7, 2009)
  • Modern Diner - Pawtucket, R.I.
    Yelp Review:
    The most authentic diner around. It's exactly what you'd expect a diner to be. The food is good, not too pricey. If you go on a weekend morning expect there to be a line out the door.
    — Courtney H of Norwood, Mass. (April 13, 2009)
  • Ward’s Berry Farm - Sharon, Mass.
    Yelp Review:
    Awesome berry picking! I got a nice-sized basket for $6 and could fill as much as it would hold. (Once I finished with my berry picking, I said hi to all the animals.)
    — Rebecca S of Framingham, Mass. (July 30, 2008)
  • The Bradley Estate - Canton, Mass.
    Yelp Review:
    The Estate is a great place to hang out, the views are amazing, the garden is great for picnics. And there are some hiking trails around the property that offer some low to medium intensity treks through the woods. During the summer there is also a 'farmers market' setup on the property with produce grown on the Estate.
    — Kurt E of Dorchester, Mass. (Jan. 15, 2010)
  • Blue Hills Reservation - Milton, Mass.
    Yelp Review:
    Blue Hills Reservation is a peaceful yet adventurous land reservation in Canton, MA. Close to the hustle and bustle of city life in Boston, it is the perfect place to escape.
    — Ashley P of Rehoboth (June 23, 2009)

New York City to Hartford, Conn.

  • Walter's Hot Dog Stand - Mamaroneck, N.Y.
    Yelp Review:
    Simply the best hot dogs I've ever had. They're served with a great homemade mustard. The hot dogs are a little crispy and split down the middle. I usually eat about 4 in a sitting.
    — Kyle S of Roselle Park, N.J. (Nov. 9, 2009)
  • Little Red Lighthouse - New York, N.Y.
    Yelp Review:
    Manhattan's only remaining lighthouse sits beneath the George Washington Bridge, an adorable little beacon pluckily standing ground against the big grey behemoth above it. Incongruous and so very cute, this is the basis of the 1942 children's book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.
    — Rita E of New York, N.Y. (Nov. 8, 2009)
  • The New Fulton Fish Market Cooperative at Hunts Point - Bronx, N.Y.
    Yelp Review:
    If you're looking for a different experience and can get up super early, I highly recommend coming out to the market to ogle at the awesome fish. The market is at its peak around 4am! This is the second largest fish market in the world, after Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.
    — Annie C of Menlo Park, Calif. (June 2, 2010)
  • Harmuth Marine - Madison, Conn.
    Yelp Review:
    I came here to rent kayaks with my Dad to explore the Hammonasset River that runs by it and had an amazing experience! We went down to rent the kayaks and paid $35 for a half day per kayak, which I think was well worth it!
    — Ben T of Long Island City, N.Y. (Dec. 16, 2009)
  • Dolan Christmas Tree Farm - Clinton, Conn.
    Yelp Review:
    Norman Rockwell wishes he painted a picture of this quintessential New England treat. So, what are you waiting for? Stop buying trees on the side of the road and go here for an authentic experience.
    — Tracee D of Boston, Mass. (Nov. 27, 2009)
  • Borgatti's Ravioli & Egg Noodles - Bronx, N.Y.
    Yelp Review:
    Absolutely amazing place to shop for truly authentic Italian food. Everything here is fresh, you can actually see the pasta being cut right in front of you as you look through the amazing selection of hand made pasta, imported oils and vinegars, and those really nice environmentally friendly tote bags.
    — Gabriel F of New York, N.Y. (Dec. 2, 2009)

Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia

  • John's Roast Pork - Philadelphia
    Yelp Review:
    I hate overuse of superlatives. On the other hand, John's roast pork sandwich is the most amazing roast pork sandwich ever conceived in the history or future of the universe. I have no idea why I never stopped in. Probably because they're rarely open, and often mistaken for a boarded-up shack. Forget the neon lights. Forget the cheesesteak hype. If you ever want to experience some amazingness, you have no choice but to get a pork sandwich from this place. Even if you're vegan.
    — Jared G of Philadelphia (June 18, 2010)
  • Charlie's Hamburgers - Folsom, Penn.
    Yelp Review:
    An excerpt from 88 Lines About 44 Burgers: 14. Charlie's* Blue collar burger joint in outskirts of Philadelphia. Don't think this place even has lettuce. The government style cheese makes it worth the trip.
    — Aaron Z of Pasadena, Calif. (March 8, 2010)
  • The Franklin Fountain - Philadelphia
    Yelp Review:
    I got two scoops of dairy perfection, one ginger, the other pistachio, "suffocated" (their word, not mine) in hot fudge, then whipped cream, and finally, because I'm a middle-aged homosexual, rainbow sprinkles, which they insist on calling jimmies. The lot was served in a Chinese to-go container, which was touching, as I knew all too well there wouldn't be leftovers.
    — Dan F of Philadelphia, Penn. (June 11, 2010)
  • Philadelphia Magic Gardens - Philadelphia
    Yelp Review:
    Probably one of the most spectacular spots in the world. It's bright, it's colorful, you could spend an hour looking at everything or maybe the rest of your life. Artwork looks to be inspired by all sorts of South Asian and South American art, either way they're some crazy/awesome mosaics.
    — Mikey I of Philadelphia, Penn. (March 23, 2010)
  • Pop Tacos - Baltimore, Md.
    Yelp Review:
    In the unassuming neighborhood Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, this little place is capable of being the best undiscovered taco/burrito joint in the city!
    — Rich P of Baltimore, Md. (March 29, 2010)
  • Candi's Candies - Alexandria, Va.
    Yelp Review:
    Candi's has a wide variety of old-school candy, most of the current off-mainstream stuff (like gummi lizards and everlasting gobstoppers), a huge room of saltwater taffy barrels (with free samples, it's like going apple picking), a small collection of exotic things, and no shortage of sugary happiness.
    — Misa G of Oakland, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2009)
  • Fresh Thymes - Wilmington, Del.
    Yelp Review:
    Every time I come here I am greeted by a warm smile, pleasant ambiance, and great food. Most (if not all) ingredients are local/organic and everything from their pancakes to their wraps are delicious. Fresh Thymes is filled with artwork, candles and CDs for sale by local artists. Owned and operated by a mother/daughter team, this shop is perfect for localvores. As a side note, their coffee is fantastic. Definitely worth checking out!
    — Kaitlin L of Philadelphia, Penn. (May 11, 2010)
  • Marathon Deli - College Park, Md.
    Yelp Review:
    To. Die.For.
    Seriously. I don't know what took me so long to review this place. Perhaps I just don't want people to know how great Marathon Deli is. I mean, they make THE GYRO that has ruined all other gyros for me.
    — Jeanne Y of San Francisco, Calif. (July 18, 2010)

Raleigh, N.C., to Richmond, Va.

  • Highway Diner - Rocky Mount, N.C.
    Yelp Review:
    I had the chicken tenders with a side of fried green tomatoes and okra. I expected the usual, lackluster-looking chicken tenders one usually finds at a greasy spoon, but what arrived was a heaping, steaming plate of freshness.
    — Ken D of Miami, Fla. (May 14, 2010)
  • Ralph's Barbecue - Weldon, N.C.
    Yelp Review:
    It's basically the best Sunday afternoon church picnic you have ever been to. I'm partial to the brunswick stew and the sweet potatoes. The desserts are always the same but always delicious: banana pudding with vanilla wafers and chocolate cake with fudge sauce.
    — Collin W of Arlington, Va. (Oct. 24, 2008)
  • Nanny's Restaurant & Catering - Petersburg, Va.
    Yelp Review:
    When it comes to pulled pork, this place takes the cake. The buffet offers pork ribs and a large variety of vegetables too, so it's a well-rounded dining adventure. The hush puppies are to die for and are a good sweet alternative to all the other salty treats.
    — Steven S of Washington, D.C. (May 8, 2010)
  • Longstreet's Delicatessan - Petersburg, Va.
    Yelp Review:
    The charm of the place is that you can shop while you wait for your food to come out and you'll not be disappointed by the incredible selection of beers and wines.
    — Jake K of Falls Church, Va. (Oct. 9, 2008)
  • Pocahontas State Park - Chester, Va.
    Yelp Review:
    With 7,600 acres, it also offers extensive hiking and biking trails. Kids will love the Aqua Center with pools, slides, and a wet deck.
    — Ginger W of Richmond, Va. (May 18, 2010)

Miami to West Palm Beach, Fla.

  • Jimbo's - Virginia Key, Fla.
    Yelp Review:
    This is the dive of all dives. You can call a place a dive and the place could be just plain. This place ain't plain, it's down, n dirty, and salty! It's kind of a speakeasy on the water.
    — Marcos R of Miami, Fla. (May 30, 2008)
  • Venetian Pool - Coral Gables, Fla.
    Yelp Review:
    It looks straight out of a movie or a postcard. This is what people who don't live in Miami think all of our backyards look like.
    — Michelle C of Miami (June 2, 2010)
  • Captain Jim's - North Miami, Fla.
    Yelp Review:
    The place is as simple as it gets (paper towels and plastic utensils) and yet has the freshest catch in Miami Dade. Buy fish straight off the boat or have the cook grill, blacken or fry for a delicious sandwich with sweet potato fries ($10)!
    — Ashton C of Miami Beach, Fla. (March 30, 2009)
  • To The Moon Marketplace - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    Yelp Review:
    One side of the store is a magical wall of chocolate and candies of yore. The other is novelty gifts and cards.
    — Brian P of West Palm Beach, Fla. (July 27, 2010)
  • Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens - Delray Beach, Fla.
    Yelp Review:
    (This) feels like you are transported to Kyoto in the middle of Boca.
    — Monika K of Pompano Beach, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2009)
  • Food Shack - Jupiter, Fla.
    Yelp Review:
    Make a special trip to this little (and I mean little) gem. It's well worth it, and the beach in Jupiter is rather nice.
    — Doris L of Weston, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2010)

     

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