Be tourist for a day at weird, local roadside attraction

Since researching local roadside attractions, what we’ve found is that the only real stipulation for the label is immense size. So here you have it, folks, the tallest things to take pictures next to on your next day trip. You may even learn a thing or two about Columbus on your adventure.

King Gambrinus, King of beer

Brewery District

Photo courtesy of tbo

The drunken royalty was hoisted above the entrance of the August Wagner Brewery at 605 S Front Street for many years. August Wagner was a native of Bavaria and chose to use Gambrinus as his mascot because it pays homage to an old Bavarian king. After the brewery closed in the 1970s, the building was demolished but the king was preserved.

Annabelle the Praying Mantis

Chadwick Arboretum

Photo courtesy of OSU

Standing at an intimidating 15′ tall, Annabelle can be found at the corner of Olentangy River Road and Woody Hayes Drive.

Gates of Hell


Photo courtesy of Ohio Exploration

The Gates of Hell is a legendary drainage tunnel beneath High Street in Clintonville. The big graffitied mouth leads to two gates that angle in. It’s said that these gates open up to willing skateboarders who dare ride through the tunnel. Jury’s still out on that one but it’s a neat, creepy spot to check out nonetheless.

Giant cement corn cobs


This field of corn cobs has a duel purpose; pay homage to the farmer who once labored over the land and also remind residents and passersby of Dublin’s rich agricultural history. Plus, everyone’s got a soft spot for a super obscure roadside attraction to make all your social media follows wonder, “Where the hell are you?”

Early Television Museum


This is our only exception to the height rule of roadside attractions. But parents are always looking for ways to get their children to realize how good they have it and what better way to cultivate gratitude than a museum full of ancient TVs? They’ll really appreciate their iPhones once you get back to the van.


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