What do you get when you mix a spider with a beetle? A giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider, of course!
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!)
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:
Photos of the Volkswagen spider in 2008:
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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Looking for more roadside attractions in Iowa? Check out the giant rotating ear of corn in Coon Rapids.