Here in Ohio, we’ve got some pretty odd roadside attractions. From giant objects you can see from the road to unusual backyard museums, here are 14 bizarre roadside attractions in Ohio that will likely make you do a double take.
1. World's largest rocking chair (Austinburg)
Along State Route 45 outside of Country Cousins, a log-furniture company in Austinburg, you'll find the world's largest rocking chair. While it's unknown who built the chair, the big seat has been sitting in Austinburg since the '60s.
2. Cornhenge (Dublin)
Ohio has its own version of Stonehenge, thanks to Dublin's Field of Corn, also known as "Cornhenge." (But I highly doubt foreigners would speculate that we use it as a calendar.)
3. Vasehenge (Zanesville)
What was once the pottery capital of the United States is now home to yet another homage to Stonehenge. This collaborative effort of local artists can be found at the foot of the Y-Bridge.
4. The Temple of Tolerance (Wapakoneta)
Jim Bowsher's home in the small town of Wapakoneta features an impressive museum of artifacts from the America you don't typically read about in history books, and a truly tranquil temple complex in his backyard. The central monument of the temple complex is dedicated to tolerance, and Bowsher continues to add to his unique creation to this day.
5. The Wall of Gum (Greenville)
Customers routinely discard chewed gum and stick it on the side of this Maid-Rite Drive-In in Greenville. Why? We're really not sure...
6. World's largest washboard (Logan)
Columbus Washboard Company in Logan is home to the world's largest washboard (and all kinds of vintage laundry products.) It is located at 14 Gallagher Ave., Logan, OH 43138.
7. Hartman’s Rock Garden (Springfield)
Observe a mixture of history, religion, and Depression-era pop culture via this unique garden, built by Harry "Ben" Hartman between1932 through 1939. The garden can be seen today at the corner of McCain and Russell streets in Springfield.
8. World's largest basket (Newark)
The Longaberger Company Headquarters features the world's largest basket. This seven-story corporate headquarters along State Route 16 in Newark is a novelty piece of architecture you have to see to believe.
9. World's largest basket of apples (Frazeysburg)
(Because the world's largest basket wasn't enough...) You can also find this giant basket of apples at the Longaberger Homestead in Frazeysburg.
10. Healing Chapel (Coolville)
Visit Ohio's (and one of America's) smallest chapels in Coolville. This tiny chapel is 10 ft. by 14 ft. and holds four short pews.
11. Ghost Town (Findlay)
Created by the Galitza family, this unique roadside attraction in Findlay features a replica of an 1880s-era ghost town that was first open to the public in the 1950s. Today, the ghost town has been restored after a period of abandonment and even features arts and crafts vendors and antique and flea market vendors on select dates.
12. World's largest stamp (Cleveland)
Cleveland is home to the world's largest rubber stamp. Known as "The Free Stamp," this large outdoor sculpture in Willard Park has been there since the early '90s.
13. The Troll Hole (Alliance)
In Alliance, you’ll find a truly unique collection on display that will likely take you down memory lane—and transport you to a whole other world. The Troll Hole is a little-known museum and art gallery that features the world’s largest collection of trolls.
14. World's largest pumpkin (Circleville)
The small city of Circleville in Pickaway County is home to the annual Circleville Pumpkin Show and its water tower is depicted as the world's largest pumpkin, (of course.)