Yep, Arkansas is probably the most unique state in the United States, and we’ve got our fair share of oddities. Below you’ll find a list of the most bizarre roadside attractions in the natural state. From monsters to ravens to mermen, you’ll want to stop off the road and visit every one of these bizarrely appealing places.
1. Snake World (Berryville)
If you want to learn more about snakes and see several species that would never turn up in your yard, you’ve got to try Snake World. Dale Ertel loves snakes, knows all about them, and has opened his collection for all the world to see. You’ll find Snake World at 3380 Hwy 62 West in Berryville.
2. Boggy Creek Monster (Fouke)
You’ll want to stop and visit the delightfully weird Monster Mart, which honors the mythical Boggy Creek (or Fouke) Monster. While you’re there, make sure you get a photo as the monster. Nothing says bizarre roadside attraction quite like your face on a monster. You’ll find this fella at 104 Highway 71 in Fouke.
3. Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum (Hot Springs)
You don’t have to go across the country to find an awesome wax museum. You can drive down to Hot Springs to enjoy the delightful weirdness of waxen presidents, religious figures, and movie stars. To find Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum, go to 250 Central Avenue in Hot Springs.
4. The Merman of Arkansas Alligator Farm (Hot Springs)
The alligator farm is pretty awesome and unique on its own, but the merman there is the most bizarre part. He has lived at the alligator farm for over one hundred years. You’ll find this creepy little guy at 847 Whittington Avenue in Hot Springs.
5. Christ of the Ozarks (Eureka Springs)
If you’re up near Eureka Springs, be sure to stop and give the Christ of the Ozarks a high five. It was built in 1966, and it’s sixty six feet tall. You’ll find this monument on top of Magnetic Mountain at 937 Passion Play Road in Eureka Springs.
6. Gaudy Goddess of Feminine Cosmic Energy (Eureka Springs)
While you’re up in Eureka Springs, do stop by and see this lovely lady too. She overlooks Basin Spring Park and pretty much has the coolest names ever. She’s called Aza, which is short for “Adora Zerlina Astra,” but she’s best known as the Gaudy Goddess of Feminine Cosmic Energy. The gaudy goddess is further evidence that Eureka Springs is the quirkiest city in the state. You’ll find this lady at 2 Spring Street.
7. Johnny Cash’s Boyhood home (Dyess)
You may recognize this house from the movie
Walk the Line. Johnny Cash’s father was given the house and twenty acres of bottomland with no down payment in 1935. Today you can go and take a photo with the house where the Man in Black used to live. You’ll find this house at 110 Center Drive in Dyess.
8. Tiny Town Trains (Hot Springs)
No, you’re not looking at oddly shaped people near oddly sized cars. You’re looking at tiny people around a tiny table. You can find these guys, many more tiny figures, and tiny trains you can run yourself at a place called Tiny Town Trains at 374 Whittington Avenue in Hot Springs.
9. Big Raven Statue (Ravenden)
Have you been looking your whole life for a creepy giant raven statue with beady red eyes? Well, the appropriately named town of Ravenden has fulfilled your heart’s desire and built one. Words on the statue will remind you that the raven “has a reputation for divine or magical powers.” The tiny town is pretty magical too, as the first two incarnations of this statue were torched. The people of Ravenden offered a stalwart “nevermore” and had a new statue built, this time out of cement and covered in flame retardant paint.
10. The Beatles Statue (Walnut Ridge)
One town is keeping Beatlemania alive, and it’s right here in Arkansas. The town of Walnut Ridge has a sculpture honoring the famous image of the Beatles on Abbey Road. The sculpture is the perfect place for a photo op with your favorite Beatle's silhouette.
There’s also a Beatles at the Ridge festival, held every year in September. You’ll find the statue in Beatles Park at Southwest 2nd Street in Walnut Ridge.