These fun and quirky Texas roadside attractions are worth the stop on your next road trip!
It’s the year of road trips! The world is a bit crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun and create amazing memories with the family.
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I don’t know about you, but my family LOVES to travel. But spending hours on end in the car can be tiresome and boring. So before every road trip, no matter the length, I always research fun places and attractions for us to stop. It’s the perfect excuse to get out of the car and stretch our legs.
20+ Best Texas Roadside Attractions
Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo
Bring a can of spray paint become a vandal – legally! This art installation was created in 1974. It consists of 10 Cadillacs that are buried nose down in the ground.
This Hill Country concrete sculpture pays homage to the original Stonehenge monument in England.
Glass Bathrooms, Sulphur Springs
Talk about a room with a view! In the cute downtown of Sulphur Springs, sits 2 glass bathrooms. It gives you a panoramic view. The glass buildings are transparent from the inside, but no one can see in from the outside.
This west Texas art installation was created in 2005 and sit in the middle of nowhere! This is an Instagram worthy spot when driving out west.
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World’s Largest Spur, Lampasas
This 10,000 pound spur that is made out of steel, copper and iron and is 35 feet high.
Eiffel Tower, Paris
You don’t have to leave Texas to visit the Eiffel Tower! It’s a tenth of the height of the one in France. But of course in true Texas fashion, it has a red cowboy on the top.
Cathedral of Junk, Austin
A pile of junk turned into a gigantic sculpture. It’s located in the backyard of the artist in downtown Austin. It’s a living sculpture and is currently changing and getting updated.
Largest Rocking Chair, Lipan
This wooded rocker is 25 ft high and makes you feel tiny. You can also take a photo by the chair, have a bathroom break and grab some BBQ at Natty Flats.
Futuro House, Royse City
This sci-fi inspired Futuro House is a 1960’s moveable ski chalets. This is one of only 60 prefabricated homes of its kind that was produced.
World’s Largest Teapot, Navasota
Pull off on the frontage road to get a look at this novelty.
North Star Mall Cowboy Boots, San Antonio
These 35-foot-tall cowboy boots have stood in front of the mall for the last 40 years and are classic roadside attractions. They may claim to be the world’s largest cowboy boots, but in reality, that’s not true. But hey, it still makes for a great photo opportunity!
Paisano Pete, Fort Stockton
Paisano Pete is the second-largest roadrunner, standing at 11-feet tall. This is a must-see when driving through west Texas.
World’s Largest Shovel, Creedmore
This 40-foot spade was built with recycled materials and is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the designated World’s Largest Garden Spade. You can find this when traveling along the backroads from Austin to Lockhart.
Beer Can House, Houston
This famous roadside attraction is a house that is covered with more than 50,000 flattened beer cans and beer-related items. This quirky house is a sight to be seen!
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Oatmeal Canister Water Tower, Oatmeal
Located near Burnet, stop by over Labor Day weekend for the Oatmeal Festival. It’s a fun and unique stop in the Texas Hill Country.
Brick Chess Knight, Gainesville
Located off of I-35, this is an easy stop when heading into Oklahoma. It’s a fun photo opportunity for the chess-loving people in your car.
Regency Bridge, San Saba
This is the last suspension bridge in Texas that allows vehicles. Located 20 miles from San Saba, making the drive across the bridge is a fun experience.
Old Jarrell Gas Station, Jarrell
Located between Temple and Georgetown, this gas station is a must-see! Stretch your legs, grab some photos and shop at the antique store. You can find everything from vintage signs and plenty of unique souvenirs.
Worlds’ Largest Gingerbread Man, Smithville
Known as Smitty, you can find him next to the Smithville railroad depot. The town baked a 20-foot tall gingerbread cookie and then used the baking sheet to create the art installation.
Big Texas Steak Ranch, Amarillo
There are plenty of roadside attractions in Amarillo, so I had to mention this famous steak restaurant. It’s been popular since the 1960s and is known for its 72 oz steak challenge. Guests can try eating a 72 oz steak, plus all the fixings in under an hour, then the meal is on the house. If not, it will cost you $72.
Giant Sam Houston, Huntsville
You can wave at the 77-foot statue while cruising down I-45 or you can make a stop and take a look around the visitor center for an up-close view.
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