5 Weird Roadside Attractions in Texas
As one of the largest states in the union, Texas is full of weird and wacky attractions to visit while you’re driving through. Here are five you should check out the next time you’re in the Lone Star State.
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Toilet art museum
A bathroom break is a normal part of any road trip. Combine that tradition with your love of art at Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio. Each toilet seat on display has its own theme, such as Pez dispensers, Amtrak keys, arrowheads, and dog tags. Barney has even decorated toilet seats with pieces of the Berlin Wall and the Challenger spaceship. The museum offers free entry and is open by appointment.
Dalmatian fire hydrant
It’s a known fact that dogs like fire hydrants. The city of Beaumont decided to appeal to all dogs by building a giant, 24-foot fire hydrant colored like a Dalmatian. The fire hydrant has been stationed outside the Fire Museum of Texas since 1999, when Walt Disney donated the hydrant to Beaumont to promote the release of 101 Dalmatians. There’s no link between Beaumont and the movie, so Disney’s reasons for donating it to the city are unknown, making it even weirder.
World’s largest cowboy boots
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including cowboy boots. The world’s largest are stationed outside North Star Mall in San Antonio (where you can presumably buy regular-sized cowboy boots as well).
Cadillac Ranch is like Stonehenge for classic American car lovers. The giant art installation, located in Amarillo along Route 66, features numerous classic Cadillacs covered in graffiti and stuck in the ground nose-down. This unique landmark has been part of the local landscape since the 1970s and promises to stick around for many more decades.
World’s largest teapot
The title of the world’s largest teapot is a contentious issue, with both West Virginia and Texas claiming it. However, the Texas teapot, located in Navasota, is claimed to be larger than its West Virginia counterpart. Whichever is larger, it’s difficult to argue that both are impressive. However, the Navasota teapot doubles as a tea room, so you can quench your thirst while marveling at the sheer size of the teapot.
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