Show Us Your Favorite Roadside "Big Thing"

South of the Border has (or had, when I was a kid) world-class fireworks for sale - DEFINITELY something worth shopping for!!

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Ahhh how could i forget about that. They were everywhere!!

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The BEST anywhere!!

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Mexico doesn’t have such a tradition for “roadside big things” but oddly enough most that I can think of are in the city of Pachuca. It’s not a particularly touristy place so I think a lot of these are attempts at driving up interest.

I was unable to find pictures of it but a local specialty is “pastes”, the Mexican-ized version of the Cornish pasty, brought over by miners a couple centuries ago. A paste chain has a maybe 10-meter tall inflatable effigy of their miner mascot which they sometimes pop up outside their shops.

My favorites though are these guys (I mean to write an entry on them but I unfortunately don’t have the right pictures for it):


Photos from here.

They’re located right on the median strip of the main highway connecting Pachuca and Mexico City and in front of the local Children’s Museum, which has an outdoor “Dinopark”. As far as I know neither Pachuca nor its state of Hidalgo have a particularly strong paleontology record so they’re there basically just to promote the local Children’s Museum and its outdoor “Dinopark”, both across the road from the dinos.

Can anyone think of any other place with “realistic” (in a Jurassic Park way, no feathers and all) dinosaurs in the middle of the road?

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Roadside America, Shartlesville PA. The Big Little Thing, this miniature village fills an entire skating rink and was the lifetime work of one man. It has towns, suburbs, urban housing, Native American villages, stores, churches, circuses, trains running throughout, sunsets, warmly-lit houses, twinkling street lights, and Kate Smith singing 'God Bless America". What else could you ask for?

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I would love to know how many hours went into this. I wouldn’t have the hand-steadiness to build one house lol

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CherryPie
World’s Largest Cherry Pie - Charlevoix, Michigan

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Large Pickle Barrel shaped home in Grand Marais, Michigan

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Large hot dog in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

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I’m certain I’ve mentioned this before in another thread, but I love the Flanders Duck on Long Island.


Much cuter than most oversized road attractions I think! :duck:

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We can never see too much Flanders Duck.


4995 Co Rd V, DeForest, WI 53532

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Don’t know how I could have overlooked as an Angeleno, but Randy’s Donuts and FREE THE TAIL-O-THE-PUP!

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My parents would always stop here on the way to Delaware from Florida to visit my grandma, back in the 70s and 80s there was a restaurant we all loved, it was dark and atmospheric and me and my sister would get Shirley Temples with the drink umbrellas, sooo sophisticated Hahahaha I ALWAYS got a pair of Mexican Jumping Beans in the gift shop! I think somewhere in my parents house there is an original unused bumper sticker and I know my dad had a 70s style ringer t-shirt which I wore as a nightgown back then, long gone. This place also sold fireworks that were unobtainable (illegal!) in Florida and probably everywhere else, the real loud, dangerous stuff that could easily maim or kill you! My dad was known for his 4th of July fireworks courtesy of smuggling them across quite a few borders and back to Florida!!! Kitsch & GUNPOWDER at its finest!!!

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LMAO you aren’t lying! :rofl::joy:

Yes!!! My dad, who is still a big kid at 78, always stocked up there. Those fireworks were a no go i.e. illegal in Florida but my dad still smuggled them south of a few borders, after several heading north to Delaware. It’s a miracle nobody was ever severely injured or deafened but we had some helluva good 4th of July parties! This was back in the 70s and 80s before everyone got so uptight, it’s a miracle how kids managed to survive those times lol

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I love roadside attractions, big, small and the wackier the better. Great discussion! :+1:t2::+1:t2:

I am pretty sure that’s a typo and it should be oversized. I was puzzled myself until I opened the link.

I remember those beans! They also had lots of cheap magic tricks and the kind of joke items you’d find in the backs of comic books - squeeze-bulb jumping animals, fake vomit, etc. I wish I remembered the food there, this was so long ago!

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Yes! We got amazing stuff; huge sparklers you could impale on your lawn, Roman candles, bottle rockets, Catherine wheels, regular and colored sparklers, black cats - tons of fun and no injuries! This was in North Miami Beach…

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