Giant Spider made from a Volkswagen Beetle car - a roadside attraction in Avoca, Iowa.

Giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider in Avoca, Iowa

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What do you get when you mix a spider with a beetle? A giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider, of course!

Giant Volkswagen beetle spider in Avoca, Iowa. |Iowa Roadside Attractions.

I’m not sure this car/arachnid hybrid is quite what you normally think of when you think Volkswagen bug…but, this Iowa roadside attraction stands heads and shoulders… and eight giant legs… above the rest!

This giant VW beetle spider in Avoca, Iowa is made from a vintage Volkswagen beetle car (VW bug) sitting on top of eight long, thin, spider legs! I first visited the Volkswagen spider car on my 2008 Labor Day Mount Rushmore road trip and couldn’t believe my eyes! (So it’s a good thing I don’t have twelve eyes, like many spiders do, myself!)

Giant Volkswagen beetle spider in Avoca, Iowa. |Iowa Roadside Attractions.

I loved the Iowa roadside attraction so much I visited it again 11 years later on a western road trip from Chicago.

I guess this giant VW bug spider sculpture isn’t a roadside attraction to see if you have arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) OR vehophobia (the fear of driving). Just please make sure you stay away if you have BOTH! Luckily for me, I love to drive (at least, I love to drive on road trips) and I don’t mind a spider or two (does anyone really love spiders?). So for most of the rest of us, the VW spider bug is a fun, quick detour when looking for attractions along I-80 in Iowa… it’s only about a mile and a half south.

Photos of the VW beetle spider in 2019:

Giant Volkswagen beetle spider in Avoca, Iowa. |Iowa Roadside Attractions.
Giant Volkswagen beetle spider in Avoca, Iowa. |Iowa Roadside Attractions.
Giant Volkswagen beetle spider in Avoca, Iowa. |Iowa Roadside Attractions.
Giant Volkswagen beetle spider in Avoca, Iowa. |Iowa Roadside Attractions.
Giant Volkswagen beetle spider in Avoca, Iowa. |Iowa Roadside Attractions.

Photos of the Volkswagen spider in 2008:

Giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider in Avoca, Iowa. Giant Spider made from a Volkswagen Beetle car - a roadside attraction in Avoca, Iowa.
Giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider in Avoca, Iowa. Giant Spider made from a Volkswagen Beetle car - a roadside attraction in Avoca, Iowa.

Volkswagen Beetle Spider

Location: 649 S Chestnut St, Avoca, Iowa 51521
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Visible at all hours.
Date: September 2008, August 2019

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Giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider in Avoca, Iowa. Giant Spider made from a Volkswagen Beetle car – a roadside attraction in Avoca, Iowa.

Looking for more roadside attractions in Iowa? Check out the giant rotating ear of corn in Coon Rapids.

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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