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The South has no shortage of bizarre roadside attractions. In case you’re looking to make a pitstop at the “world’s largest random object,” experience an alligator petting zoo, or an underwater mermaid show, we are sharing a few weird and wonderful stops (in alphabetical order) that guarantee to make your road trip a lot more interesting. 

Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo

Location: Hot Springs, AR
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Founded in 1902, The Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo is one of Hot Springs’ oldest attractions. The petting area features many exotic animals, including emus, pygmy goats, and sheep. Other entertaining opportunities include feeding baby alligators with meat on a stick, witnessing live alligator feeding shows, and catching a glimpse of the famous “merman” at the property’s small museum.

Alligators sunbathing
Attend an alligator feeding and lay eyes on a merman skeleton at The Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo. Image: Facebook

Goats On The Roof

Location: Tiger, GA
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Arguably Rabun County’s most attention-grabbing attraction, Goats On The Roof features 14 goats grazing on a sod-covered building. Rumored to be descendants of aliens, the goats are always eager for attention and snacks from visitors. Goats On The Roof also boasts a playground, a food truck, gem mining, a gift store, and an assorted selection of delicious baked goods.

goats standing on the roof
Once you visit Goats On The Roof, we have a feeling you’ll be baaaack soon. Image: Facebook

The Kentwood Historical and Cultural Arts Museum

Location: Kentwood, LA
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The Kentwood Historical and Cultural Arts Museum honors Britney Spears, who put the tiny Louisiana town on the map. The “unofficial Britney Spears museum” features iconic memorabilia, including the angel wings she wore on her Femme Fatale tour, life-size Britney cutouts, and the museum’s main attraction: her exact childhood bedroom where she was famously photographed by Rolling Stone in 1999.

The Gaffney Peachoid

Location: Gaffney, SC
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Nicknamed the “Peach Capital of South Carolina,” Gaffney is home to a mammoth 135-foot water tower shaped like the signature stone fruit. Painted to look like a perfectly plump, ready-to-eat peach, the landmark is often the butt of a few jokes, pun intended.


peach shaped water tower
The Gaffney Peachoid is one of the most recognizable water towers in the nation. Image: Discover South Carolina

Souvenir City

Location: Gulf Shores, AL
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A Gulf Shores landmark since 1956, Souvenir City boasts thousands of trinkets and mementos. Upon arrival, a supersized shark entrance greets guests, beckoning them into a building full of air-brushed t-shirts, hermit crabs, gator heads, assorted fudge, and more.

Souvenir City building with a giant shark mouth at the entrance
A family-owned business since 1956, Souvenir City is a can’t-miss stop. Image: Lynn Jordan Photography

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

Location: Wilson, NC
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Farm machinery repairman Vollis Simpson began making massive kinetic sculptures at his family farm in Wilson County. Fondly referred to as whirligigs, the 20- to 50-foot-tall moving structures are adorned with road signs, bicycles, steel rods, and various other recyclable materials. After Simpson died in 2013, thirty whirligigs were transported from the farm to nearby Wilson, where Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park opened in 2017.

wind-powered sculptures
Visit Wilson’s most fascinating cultural asset. Image: Facebook

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Location: Spring Hill, FL
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Experience one of Florida’s most well-known roadside attractions — the mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. The underwater performers perform three 45-minute shows per day in a 400-seat auditorium. The performances feature choreography from the past six decades, including eating and drinking underwater.

mermaid performer in the water holding an air hose
For over 70 years, the mermaids of  Weeki Wachee Springs have captured the imaginations of locals and tourists alike. Image: Facebook

World’s Largest Chest of Drawers

Location: High Point, NC
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Known as the “furniture capital of the world,” High Point, NC, has a giant furniture statue to prove it. The town’s chamber of commerce commissioned the gargantuan chest of drawers in 1926 to honor the town’s bustling industry. The 38-foot-tall chest also features two large socks hanging from the drawers as a nod to the area’s hosiery industry.

giant chest of drawers with colorful socks hanging out
The Goddard-Townsend block front chest stands nearly forty feet high. Image: Facebook

The next time you are on a road trip, check out these offbeat tourist attractions in the South.


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Anne Henley is Blueprint.Inc's Content Marketing Assistant. She is a University of Georgia graduate, (Go Dawgs!) and is always on the hunt for her new favorite restaurant.