If you ask us, not only is everything bigger in Texas, but it’s also better. And that goes for the state’s unique roadside attractions as well. All across Texas, there are some wacky, one-of-a-kind roadside attractions that you need to see to believe.
Now is the perfect time to hit the road in the safety of your car or in an RV for fun day trip or an adventurous vacation. So, grab the keys and get ready to check out some of the best Texas roadside attractions the state has to offer.
Check out our picks for the best roadside attractions in Texas below.
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List of Texas Roadside Attractions Within 6 hours of San Antonio
1. Stonehenge II
“In ancient times, Hundreds of years before the dawn of history, Lived a strange race of people, the Druids. No one knows who they were or what they were doing, But their legacy remains…Hewn into the living rock, of Stonehenge.”
Sorry, we couldn’t resist the Spinal Tap reference. But did you know Texas has its own Stonehenge replica in Odessa? Stonehenge II is about 2/3 the size of the original, and it’s certainly a sight to behold. One of our top choices on the Texas Roadside Attractions Map!
Where: 120 Point Theatre Rd S, Ingram, TX 78025
Driving time from San Antonio: 1 hr. & 31 mins.
2. The Munster Mansion
Classic TV lovers will certainly remember The Munsters. The popular 1960s sitcom followed the adventures of a working-class family of monsters. The home they lived in was iconic, a Victorian-style mansion, and now it has been recreated by Sandra and Charles McKee in Waxahachie, TX. This “living work” is always evolving as new details are added to make it as close to the TV show original as possible. Visit their website to learn more about this cool Texas roadside attraction.
Where: 3636 FM813, Waxahachie, TX 75165, United States
Driving time from San Antonio: 4 hrs. & 12 mins.
3. Beer Can House
According to local legend, Houston resident John Milkovisch was somewhat of a hoarder and never wanted to throw anything away. Milkovisch was also quite a drinker and over time filled his attic and garage with empty beer cans. In 1968, he had the idea to begin covering his house with empty cans, but Milkovisch didn’t stop there. Over 18 years, Milkovisch decorated his entire home with recycled beer cans. Soon, the lawn and concrete sidewalk were inlaid with beer bottle glass, the spaces in his fence posts were filled with marbles, and the cans’ pull-tabs became clinking curtains for the front porch.”
The Beer Can House is temporarily closed for tours, but you can still see a pretty good view of this attraction from the street outside.
Where: 222 Malone St, Houston, TX 77007
Driving time from San Antonio: 5 hrs. & 5 mins.
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Visiting Texas state’s impressive natural-heritage attraction, cavern-explorers pass through winding corridors 180 ft underground, admiring nature-built formations.
Departure time: Every 10-40 minutes
Tour duration: around 60 minutes
Walking distance: 3/4 mile
Comfortable walking shoes which provide good traction on steep, wet surfaces recommended
Strollers are not recommended due to the restrictive bends of the natural cavern passages and four sections of stairs (the longest flight consists of 35 steps up) as well as the strenuous nature of the actual tour
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List of Texas Roadside Attractions Within 6 hours of San Antonio – Continued
4. Paisano Pete
Beep! Beep! This giant roadrunner is named Paisano Pete, and he’s one of Texas’ many weird roadside attractions. At 11 feet tall and 22 feet long, Paisano Pete was the world’s largest roadrunner at the time he was built, but he’s since lost that title to another massive roadrunner in New Mexico. But Pete is still a treat to see in person, and if you visit him during the holidays, he may even be dressed up like Santa Claus!
Where: East Dickinson Boulevard & North Main Street, Fort Stockton, TX 79735
Driving time from San Antonio: 5 hrs. & 24 mins.
5. Sulphur Spring’s Glass-Walled Public Toilets
A see-through public toilet in the middle of the town square? Yep, that’s what you’ll find in the middle of the small town of Sulphur Springs. But don’t worry — they’re only see-through from the inside. From the outside, the bathrooms are a big 4-walled mirror, but if you’re on the inside, you can see everything going on outside while you go about your business.
Where: Sulphur Springs
Driving time from San Antonio: ~ 5 hrs. & 25 mins.
6. The Woofus
This mythological beast at Fair Park blends the most iconic animals of Texas livestock and has a sheep’s head, the mane and neck of a horse, a pig body, a turkey tail, wings of a duck, and finally, a pair of Texas longhorns.
Where: 1403 Washington St, Dallas, TX 75210, United States
Driving time from San Antonio: 5 hrs. & 58 mins.
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Roadside Attractions in Texas – More Than 6 Hours From San Antonio
7. Texas Eiffel Tower (w/ Cowboy Hat)
Why fly halfway across the world to see the Eiffel Tower when you can just make a road trip down to Paris, Texas to see a much smaller replica? AT roughly 70 feet tall, the Texas Eiffel Tower is about 1/10 the size of the real deal, but what our tower lacks in size it makes up for in style with its awesome red cowboy hat.
Where: 2025 S Collegiate Dr, Paris, TX 75460
Driving time from San Antonio: 6 hrs. & 36 mins.
8. Leaning Water Tower of Britten
Often called the Leaning Tower of Texas, this once-functioning water tower was purchased by Ralph Britten and moved it to the tiny town of Groom (about 40 miles from Amarillo) as a marketing tactic to draw drivers to his truck stop and tourist information center. The truck stop has been boarded up and closed down for years now, but this leaning tower still remains.
Where: Groom, TX 79039, United States
Driving time from San Antonio: 7 hrs. & 40 mins.
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Roadside Attractions in Texas – More Than 6 Hours From San Antonio – Continued
9. Cadillac Ranch
This unique art installation is made up of 10 Cadillacs that are standing upright while partially buried in the ground. The cars are covered in graffiti and make for a truly remarkable sight that attracts visitors from all across the world.
Where: 13651 I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124, United States
Driving time from San Antonio: 7 hrs. & 54 mins.
10. Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa is a replica of the sort of real Prada store one would find in the world’s biggest and most luxurious shopping districts. But what makes this stand out is it’s located basically in the middle of nowhere outside the town of Valentine, which has a population of 132 people. No, the store isn’t real; it’s an art installation that has become one of the most popular Texas roadside attractions in recent years. Even Beyoncé has taken a photo in front of it!
Where: 14880 US-90, Valentine, TX 79854, United States
Driving time from San Antonio: 7 hrs. & 58 mins.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was first published on HoustonOnTheCheap.com and this article has been modified for the San Antonio audience.
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