September 24, 2020

These 15 Ohio Roadside Attractions Make For a Real Weird Road Trip

From the "world's largest" basket, drumsticks and horseshoe crab to a field of giant corn cobs and flying saucer houses, Ohio is full of bizarre roadside attractions that make you wonder, "Why?" If you're looking for a road trip full of lasting (and weird) memories, these are the spots you won't want to miss.
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World’s Largest Basket
1500 E. Main St., Newark 
Although The Longaberger Company is no more, its former headquarters building along State Route 16 in Newark still stands. This giant replica of one of the company’s medium market baskets sticks out like a fly on a wedding cake. You can’t miss it. 
Photo via Derek Jensen/Wikipedia

World’s Largest Basket

1500 E. Main St., Newark
Although The Longaberger Company is no more, its former headquarters building along State Route 16 in Newark still stands. This giant replica of one of the company’s medium market baskets sticks out like a fly on a wedding cake. You can’t miss it.
Photo via Derek Jensen/Wikipedia
World’s Largest Rubber Stamp
E. 9th St. and Lakeside Ave., Cleveland
If your road trip takes you to Cleveland, it will be very hard to miss this giant rubber stamp in Willard Park next to City Hall. The stamp marks the word “free,” to honor civil war soldiers and the end of slavery.
Photo via goingwrong/Instagram

World’s Largest Rubber Stamp

E. 9th St. and Lakeside Ave., Cleveland
If your road trip takes you to Cleveland, it will be very hard to miss this giant rubber stamp in Willard Park next to City Hall. The stamp marks the word “free,” to honor civil war soldiers and the end of slavery.
Photo via goingwrong/Instagram
Giant Cuckoo Clock
100 N. Broadway St., Sugarcreek 
The 24-foot giant cuckoo clock built in 1972 is a centerpiece of the “Little Switzerland” of Ohio. Stop by and hear the polka music that occurs every 30 minutes.
Photo via Kreuzfeld/Wikimedia Commons

Giant Cuckoo Clock

100 N. Broadway St., Sugarcreek
The 24-foot giant cuckoo clock built in 1972 is a centerpiece of the “Little Switzerland” of Ohio. Stop by and hear the polka music that occurs every 30 minutes.
Photo via Kreuzfeld/Wikimedia Commons
"Hug Me Jesus"
903 Union Road, Lebanon
After a lightning fire destroyed a giant Jesus statue known as "Touchdown Jesus" that brought national attention to the Solid Rock Church in Monroe in 2010, the church couldn’t go without and replaced the monument in 2012. The giant Lux Mundi statue designed by Tom Tsuchiya, affectionately nicknamed "Hug Me Jesus," is visible from I-75.
Photo via NTT72USA/Wikimedia

"Hug Me Jesus"

903 Union Road, Lebanon
After a lightning fire destroyed a giant Jesus statue known as "Touchdown Jesus" that brought national attention to the Solid Rock Church in Monroe in 2010, the church couldn’t go without and replaced the monument in 2012. The giant Lux Mundi statue designed by Tom Tsuchiya, affectionately nicknamed "Hug Me Jesus," is visible from I-75.
Photo via NTT72USA/Wikimedia
Giant Tomato Soup Can
12772 State Route 110, Napoleon
As the weather starts to cool off, what could be better than a warm bowl of tomato soup. How about a massive can of tomato soup outside Campbell’s production facility near Toledo?
Photo: Screen grab via Google Maps

Giant Tomato Soup Can

12772 State Route 110, Napoleon
As the weather starts to cool off, what could be better than a warm bowl of tomato soup. How about a massive can of tomato soup outside Campbell’s production facility near Toledo?
Photo: Screen grab via Google Maps
Field of Corn
4995 Rings Road, Dublin
On the highway you’re bound to see plenty of cornfields in Ohio, but nothing quite like this public art installation near Columbus that consists of 109 concrete ears of corn. Each is six feet tall and weighs 1,500 pounds.
Photo via Web2jordan/Wikipedia

Field of Corn

4995 Rings Road, Dublin
On the highway you’re bound to see plenty of cornfields in Ohio, but nothing quite like this public art installation near Columbus that consists of 109 concrete ears of corn. Each is six feet tall and weighs 1,500 pounds.
Photo via Web2jordan/Wikipedia
World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab
7592 OH-124, Hillsboro
This massive 67-foot-long crab was created in 1997 for The Columbus Center in Baltimore and now sits on the property of a sportsmen’s lodge along SR-124 in Hillsboro. 
Photo via World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab/Facebook

World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab

7592 OH-124, Hillsboro
This massive 67-foot-long crab was created in 1997 for The Columbus Center in Baltimore and now sits on the property of a sportsmen’s lodge along SR-124 in Hillsboro.
Photo via World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab/Facebook
World’s Largest Drumsticks
David Grohl Alley, Warren
These giant 900-pound commemorative drumsticks were placed in Warren in 2012 to mark the birthplace of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. The sticks are in downtown Warren, south of Courthouse Square in Dave Grohl Alley, appropriately.
Photo via BeautifulWhirld/Facebook

World’s Largest Drumsticks

David Grohl Alley, Warren
These giant 900-pound commemorative drumsticks were placed in Warren in 2012 to mark the birthplace of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. The sticks are in downtown Warren, south of Courthouse Square in Dave Grohl Alley, appropriately.
Photo via BeautifulWhirld/Facebook
Hartman Rock Garden
1905 Russell Ave., Springfield
During the Great Depression, molder Ben Hartman lost his job and started building a stone and concrete fish pond in his yard. The rock garden still stands in Springfield today, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to see replicas of landmarks such as the White House and a large castle.
Photo via Hartman Rock Garden/Facebook

Hartman Rock Garden

1905 Russell Ave., Springfield
During the Great Depression, molder Ben Hartman lost his job and started building a stone and concrete fish pond in his yard. The rock garden still stands in Springfield today, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to see replicas of landmarks such as the White House and a large castle.
Photo via Hartman Rock Garden/Facebook
Home Pizza's Giant Pizza Chef
114 E. Main St., St. Clairsville
A tall, mustached pizza chef welcomes guests to Home Pizza, a restaurant in St. Clairsville.
Photo via Home Pizza Facebook

Home Pizza's Giant Pizza Chef

114 E. Main St., St. Clairsville
A tall, mustached pizza chef welcomes guests to Home Pizza, a restaurant in St. Clairsville.
Photo via Home Pizza Facebook