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Roadside Attractions in Missouri

Explore Missouri roadside attractions and other tourist traps, restaurants, stops, and detours to add to your Missouri road trip itinerary.

World's Largest Fork in Springfield, Missouri

World’s Largest Fork in Springfield, Missouri

As road trippers, we often come to a fork in the road and have to choose which path to take…or, we may come to a giant fork in the road and stop the car to take photos! That’s what I did when I got to this roadside attraction: the World’s Largest Fork in Springfield, Missouri. Located in the parking lot of Springfield’s Noble & Associates...

Giant needle threading a button in Kansas City, Missouri

Giant needle threading a button in Kansas City, Missouri

This next roadside attraction is sew cool! Tucked away on a small side street “park,” a smaller version of the New York icon, this giant needle threading a button in Kansas City, Missouri, was erected in 2002 as a memorial to the garment district’s role in the city’s development. Site: Giant needle threading a button Location: 404 West 8th...

UMR Stonehenge Replica in Rolla, Missouri

UMR Stonehenge Replica in Rolla, Missouri

Dubbed “Stubby Stonehenge” by some, the Stonehenge replica at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) campus is half the size of the ancient original. Work began on this structure in 1982 and the stone — 160 tons of Georgia granite — was acquired in 1983. Each piece was crafted by high pressure water jet...

World's Largest Soccer Ball, a roadside attraction in Kansas City, Missouri.

World’s Largest Soccer Ball in Kansas City, Missouri

The World Cup is going on! I think…unless it’s over… Admittedly, I don’t really follow sports and don’t really care to watch soccer (or football or footie or whatever else you call it). But everyone in this world seems to be going mad for it right now. The last time I willingly watched a soccer game was July 9, 2006. I landed in Paris...

Giant Morel Mushroom, a roadside attraction in Nevada, Missouri.

Giant Morel Mushroom in Nevada, Missouri

Holy shiitake – this next Missouri roadside attraction is definitely a fun guy! (Fun guy — fungi — get it? Get it???) This 30-foot giant morel mushroom lives on the side of the road about 3 miles north of Nevada, Missouri and is the biggest mushroom I’ve ever seen. Is this the world’s largest morel mushroom? Quite possibly. Is it the largest morel...

Maxie: The World's Largest Goose in Sumner, Missouri

Maxie: The World’s Largest Goose in Sumner, Missouri

There are many big birds in this world. From the World’s Largest Pelican in Minnesota to the World’s Largest Mallard Duck in Alberta, Canada to, well, that giant yellow one that lives on Sesame Street. But only one bird holds the title of the World’s Largest Goose: and boy is she a beauty! In Sumner, Missouri, known as the “Wild Goose Capital...

City Museum After Dark in St. Louis, Missouri.

City Museum After Dark (St. Louis, Missouri)

Usually with museums I like to get there early. With the City Museum, it was best to get there LATE. We didn’t even arrive until 9pm, far past when most museums close their doors. But on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 10pm, they drop the lights so you can explore the whole museum in the dark! This flashlight-lit experience is totally cool...

World's Largest Pencil at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

World’s Largest Pencil at the City Museum in St. Louis

On January 18, 2007, the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, became home to yet another marvelous creation: The World’s Largest Pencil! At the equivalent of 1,900,000 regular pencils this giant #2 could take a whole lot of standardized tests. The pencil contains 4,000 lbs of Pennsylvania graphite, has a real erasing rubber eraser, and weighs an astonishing 250...

Skateless Park at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Skateless Park at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Skateless Park is a collection of skateboard ramps inside the City Museum…it’s an indoor skateboard park…but with no skateboards allowed! So, what do you do in there? Run! Jump! Dive! Slide! Play! Really, whatever you want, as long as your feet are planted and no wheels are involved!     Site: Skateless Park at The City Museum Location:...