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50 Wacky Roadside Attractions in 50 States

According to that wacky rodent Punxsutawney Phil, we’ve only got a wee bit left of the house-bound winter blahs. You know what that means… time to start planning some springtime family fun. May we suggest a road trip? We went ahead and rounded up 50 totally ridiculous, wacky, what-were-they-thinking things to see, do, and take-a-potty-break-near in all 50 states.

From the world’s largest peanut to the country’s smallest church to a giant milk bottle, we’re banishing roadtrip boredom one state at a time. Did you discover something new about your state from our slideshow? Is there an EVEN WACKIER attraction that we totally missed? Do let us know in the comments…


  • 50 Wacky Roadside Attractions in 50 States 1 of 51
    50 Wacky Roadside Attractions in 50 States
  • Alabama: Ave Maria Grotto 2 of 51
    Alabama: Ave Maria Grotto

    Discover a fascinating mini-city comprising tiny replicas of 125of the world's most famous religious landmarks built by a benedictine monk.
    Find out more at avemariagrotto.com.

  • Alaska: Santa’s House in North Pole 3 of 51
    Alaska: Santa's House in North Pole

    The "elves" of North Pole, Alaska have been receiving and replying to Santa's mail for decades. Visit his house and see where the Christmas magic happens.
    Find out more at santaclaushouse.com.

  • Arizona: London Bridge 4 of 51
    Arizona: London Bridge

    The real London Bridge did not fall down, it moved to Lake Havasu to party, my fair lady.
    Find out more at Go Lake Havasu.

  • Arkansas: Alligator Farm Home of the Merman 5 of 51
    Arkansas: Alligator Farm Home of the Merman

    Find out more at arkansasalligatorfarm.com.

  • California: Cabazon Dinosaurs 6 of 51
    California: Cabazon Dinosaurs

    These huge cement dinosaurs tower menacingly over the 10 freeway between Los Angeles and the luxe desert oasis of Palm Springs, in dusty little town of Cabazon. Visit the gift shop in the T-Rex's belly.
    Find out more at cabazondinosaurs.com.

  • Colorado: Mike the Headless Chicken 7 of 51
    Colorado: Mike the Headless Chicken

    In 1948, Mike the chicken was born. Then his head was cut off. Then he still lived for 18 months. Then a yearly festival was thrown in his honor. Then they built a statue of him, that you can now visit on your roadtrip through Colorado.
    Find out more at miketheheadlesschicken.org.

  • Connecticut: Wells Dinosaur Haven 8 of 51
    Connecticut: Wells Dinosaur Haven

    He is a man with a dream, a dream of a world populated by hand scupluted, hand painted dinosaurs. The closest you'll get to Jurassic Park while driving through Connecticut.
    Find out more at Roadside America.

  • Delaware: Fountain of Youth 9 of 51
    Delaware: Fountain of Youth

    It looks a little suspect, but who knows, maybe you will live forever in Delaware.
    Find out more at Roadside America.

  • Florida: Weeki Wachee Mermaids 10 of 51
    Florida: Weeki Wachee Mermaids

    Billed as America's Last Live Mermaid Attraction, we say visit the legendary live underwater acrobatics show while the mermaids are... alive?
    Find out more at Weeki Wachee.

  • Georgia: World’s Largest Peanut 11 of 51
    Georgia: World's Largest Peanut

    This is just one really big peanut that you can drive around and look at. Why? Sometimes you feel like a nut.
    Find out more at Trip Advisor.

  • Hawaii: World’s Largest Pineapple 12 of 51
    Hawaii: World's Largest Pineapple

    Don't forget to look up when you're out and about in Honoloulu, to see the largest pineapple (water tower) in the world.
    Find out more at Honolulu.

  • Idaho: Oasis Bordello 13 of 51
    Idaho: Oasis Bordello

    Take a stop at the Oasis Bordello Museum that was still in operation until 1988. When a fear of the feds kicked in these ladies ran and left everything behind them. Quirky and eccentric, indeed.
    Find out more at Visit Idaho.

  • Illinois: Leaning Tower of Niles 14 of 51
    Illinois: Leaning Tower of Niles

    No, you're not in Pisa. The Leaning Tower of Niles is a smaller sized replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and stands in front of the YMCA.
    Find out more at Eccentric Roadside.

  • Indiana: Lady Leg Sundial 15 of 51
    Indiana: Lady Leg Sundial

    Check what time it is by using this 63 foot long lady's leg sundial.
    Find out more at Roadside America.

  • Iowa: Grotto of the Redemption 16 of 51
    Iowa: Grotto of the Redemption

    The Grotto of the Redemption is the largest grotto in the world and holds the most amount of precious stones in one concentrated place. Maybe you'll get lucky and one will slip out and fall to your feet.
    Find out more at Roadside America.

  • Kansas: Largest Ball of Twine 17 of 51
    Kansas: Largest Ball of Twine
    This big ol' ball of twine first started to be wound in 1953 and gets added to at the annual Twineathon. Think you'll make a trip?
    Find out more at NBC News.
  • Kentucky: Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum 18 of 51
    Kentucky:  Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum

    Make a pit stop at one of the freakiest museums you'll ever walk into - a ventriloquist museum. Just don't get left alone in there.
    Find out more at Forbes.

  • Louisiana: Abita Mystery House 19 of 51
    Louisiana: Abita Mystery House

    Take a peek inside the Abita Mystery House art space and check out the more than 50,000 found oddities that have been collected over time.
    Find out more at Louisiana North Shore.

  • Maine: Lenny the Chocolate Moose 20 of 51
    Maine: Lenny the Chocolate Moose

    Ever seen a moose in real life before? What about a chocolate moose? Lenny the Chocolate Moose is a full life-size moose made completely from chocolate, delicious!
    Find out more at About.

  • Maryland: Giant Pink Flamingo 21 of 51
    Maryland: Giant Pink Flamingo

    Any John Waters fan can appreciate the giant pink flamingo at Cafe Hon.
    Find out more at HubPages.

  • Massachusetts: Hood Milk Bottle 22 of 51
    Massachusetts: Hood Milk Bottle

    Where to get the best ice cream in town? Make a pit stop at the giant milk bottle of course.
    Find out more at National Geographic.

  • Michigan: The Heidelberg Project 23 of 51
    Michigan: The Heidelberg Project

    Head down Heidelberg street to see an explosion of art and installations over houses, in vacant lots, on the street.
    Find out more at Heidleberg Project.

  • Minnesota: Giant Paul Bunyan and Blue Ox 24 of 51
    Minnesota: Giant Paul Bunyan and Blue Ox

    Come face to face with the legendary Paul Bunyan and his gigantic blue ox.
    Find out more at Jokeroo.

  • Mississippi: Mammy’s Cupboard 25 of 51
    Mississippi: Mammy's Cupboard

    Whether you grab a bite to eat or hop out of the car to take a picture, you won't want to pass up a chance to get close to this 28-foot tall lady.
    Find out more at Roadside America.

  • Missouri: Precious Moments Parks 26 of 51
    Missouri: Precious Moments Parks

    This could be totally inspiring and beautiful, or very freaky.
    Find out more at Everywhere Mag.

  • Montana: 2-Story Outhouse 27 of 51
    Montana: 2-Story Outhouse

    Hop on the two-story outhouse, but make sure to look out below.
    Find out more at Jurnii.

  • Nebraska: World’s Largest Time Capsule 28 of 51
    Nebraska: World's Largest Time Capsule

    This 45-ton time capsule even has a car inside. Take a look at it before they open it up in 2025.
    Find out more at Listverse.

  • Nevada: Rhyolite Last Supper 29 of 51
    Nevada: Rhyolite Last Supper

    It would be a big surprise to see a very different interpretation of the last supper out of your car window. Another place you'd never want to go to at night.
    Find out more at Jurnii.

  • New Hampshire: Redstone Rocket 30 of 51
    New Hampshire: Redstone Rocket

    This here is a very real Redstone Rocket that used to launch astronauts up to space. Apparently it's not ready to launch, but I'd hate to be the one to test that out.
    Find out more at Huffington Post.

  • New Jersey: Lucy the Elephant 31 of 51
    New Jersey: Lucy the Elephant

    Get a beautiful view of the Atlantic City skyline from the best place possible, inside Lucy the Elephant.
    Find out more at Lucy the Elephant.

  • New Mexico: Tinkertown 32 of 51
    New Mexico: Tinkertown

    Get transported to a world like no other when you come to the twenty-two room museum called Tinkertown. The saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" will take on a whole new meaning.
    Find out more at Tinkertown.

  • New York: World’s Smallest Church 33 of 51
    New York: World's Smallest Church

    You have to get to mass early to snag one of the only two seats in the church. I guess if it was packed you could just listen to it from a boat in the water.
    Find out more at Time.

  • North Carolina: World’s Largest Chest of Drawers 34 of 51
    North Carolina: World's Largest Chest of Drawers

    Standing now at 38' tall you can see the World's Largest Chest of Drawers.
    Find out more at North Carolina.

  • North Dakota: W’eel Turtle 35 of 51
    North Dakota: W'eel Turtle

    On your way to Turtle Mountain State Park, keep your eyes out for 2,000 wheel rims that have been made into this beast of a turtle.
    Find out more at Travel and Leisure.

  • Ohio: A Christmas Story House 36 of 51
    Ohio: A Christmas Story House

    See where all the magic happened, including the delivery of the famous leg lamp.
    Find out more at A Christmas Story House.

  • Oklahoma: Ol’ Blue 37 of 51
    Oklahoma: Ol' Blue

    Imagine getting Ol' Blue as an anniversary gift. In 1972 that is exactly what happened when The Blue Whale was born. Slide down his fin, swim up next to him, or enjoy a picnic on his tail.
    Find out more at Blue Whale Route.

  • Oregon: Oregon Vortex 38 of 51
    Oregon: Oregon Vortex

    Take a visit to the Oregon Vortex and watch as the Laws of Physics are completed flip-turned upside down. People shorter will appear taller, you can never stand straight, and balls roll up.
    Find out more at Oregon Vortex.

  • Pennsylvania: Drive-Thru Strip Club 39 of 51
    Pennsylvania: Drive-Thru Strip Club

    Although not in service anymore, it's definitely worth making a pit stop at the only drive-thru strip club in the world.
    Find out more at Jalopnik.

  • Rhode Island: Nibbles Woodaway 40 of 51
    Rhode Island: Nibbles Woodaway

    The largest man made bug, Nibbles Woodaway, could definitely squash you before you squash him.
    Find out more at Mass Live.

  • South Carolina: World’s Largest Fire Hydrant 41 of 51
    South Carolina: World's Largest Fire Hydrant

    I'd never want to meet the big dog that uses the World's Largest Fire Hydrant.
    Find out more at ABC News.

  • South Dakota: Porter Sculpture Park 42 of 51
    South Dakota: Porter Sculpture Park

    Pull over to walk around the magnificent sculptures at the park. See metal sculptures of dinosaurs, fish, and more.
    Find out more at Porter Sculpture Park.

  • Tennessee: Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum 43 of 51
    Tennessee: Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum

    Take a rest from driving at the Salt and Pepper Museum and learn about history in a whole new way, through 20,000 salt and pepper shakers from all over the world.
    Find out more at The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum.

  • Texas: Cadillac Ranch 44 of 51
    Texas: Cadillac Ranch

    Leave your mark on these graffiti covered classics making their mark in the sand.
    Find out more at Texas Twisted.

  • Utah: Hole N The Rock 45 of 51
    Utah: Hole N The Rock

    Would you want to live inside a rock? See how this family made a very roomy 5,000 square foot home for themselves, complete with chimney.
    Find out more at The Hole in the Rock.

  • Vermont: Queen Connie 46 of 51
    Vermont: Queen Connie

    When you're cruising down Route 7 take a peek at Queen Connie the Gorilla holding up a Beetle. Why? Why not!
    Find out more at Huffington Post.

  • Virginia: Foamhenge 47 of 51
    Virginia: Foamhenge

    You don't need to book a flight across the Atlantic when you can visit an exact replica of Stonehenge made from foam.
    Find out more at Roadside America.

  • Washington: Fremont Troll 48 of 51
    Washington: Fremont Troll

    On your trip to Seattle, don't take a bridge for granted, there may be a troll hiding below.
    Find out more at Roadside America.

  • West Virginia: Giants 49 of 51
    West Virginia: Giants

    Keep your eye out for some West Virginia summertime party goers (or should I say, giants) that stand at 20 feet tall.
    Find out more at The Times.

  • Wisconsin: World’s Largest 6-Pack of Beer 50 of 51
    Wisconsin: World's Largest 6-Pack of Beer

    Sit down and enjoy 688,200 gallons of beer at the World's Largest 6-Pack of Beer.
    Find out more at Slashfood.

  • Wyoming: Fossil Cabin 51 of 51
    Wyoming: Fossil Cabin

    Take a step inside a cabin made entirely of dinosaur bones, the oldest cabin around that's for sure.
    Find out more at Medicine Bow.

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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