20 Weird-Ass St. Louis-Area Roadside Attractions You Must Visit

St. Louis is weird. Proudly weird. But sometimes something stands out as extra weird. And there are all kinds of crazy, oddball, creepy and record-setting spots to visit in (and near) the Lou. These are the places that make you pull over to go check out. They're also the places that you'll point your car toward one weekend afternoon because you just have to go see them with your own eyes. St. Louis: Come for the toasted raviolis, stay for the weird-ass attractions.

St. Louis is weird. Proudly weird. But sometimes something stands out as extra weird. And there are all kinds of crazy, oddball, creepy and record-setting spots to visit in (and near) the Lou.

These are the places that make you pull over to go check out. They're also the places that you'll point your car toward one weekend afternoon because you just have to go see them with your own eyes.

St. Louis: Come for the toasted raviolis, stay for the weird-ass attractions.

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Museum of Transportation
2933 Barrett Station Rd., St. Louis, MO
If you're looking for planes, trains and automobiles, look to the Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood. It's insane how much cool stuff they have there. You'll like it -- but your kids will love it.
Photo courtesy of hobos_adventures / Flickr

Museum of Transportation


2933 Barrett Station Rd., St. Louis, MO
If you're looking for planes, trains and automobiles, look to the Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood. It's insane how much cool stuff they have there. You'll like it -- but your kids will love it.

Photo courtesy of hobos_adventures / Flickr
Giant Vess Soda Bottle
N. 6th St., St. Louis, MO
This bottle has traveled around the St. Louis area for years, finally finding a permanent home right near Interstate 70. You ask why. We ask why not?
Photo courtesy of marykatelasiter / Instagram

Giant Vess Soda Bottle


N. 6th St., St. Louis, MO
This bottle has traveled around the St. Louis area for years, finally finding a permanent home right near Interstate 70. You ask why. We ask why not?

Photo courtesy of marykatelasiter / Instagram
World's Largest Chess Piece
4652 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO
The World Chess Hall of Fame lives right in our own Central West End neighborhood. This world-class attraction is a pilgrimage site for chess addicts, who all stop to take their photo by this, the World's Largest Chess Piece.
Photo courtesy of itsjustclay / Instagram

World's Largest Chess Piece


4652 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO
The World Chess Hall of Fame lives right in our own Central West End neighborhood. This world-class attraction is a pilgrimage site for chess addicts, who all stop to take their photo by this, the World's Largest Chess Piece.

Photo courtesy of itsjustclay / Instagram
World's Largest Catsup Bottle
800 S. Morrison Ave., Collinsville, IL
The World's Largest Catsup Bottle has had many owners, and it has survived through the decades because of their dedication. Check it out just off of I-55 in Collinsville, Illinois.
Photo courtesy of kore_mary / Instagram

World's Largest Catsup Bottle


800 S. Morrison Ave., Collinsville, IL
The World's Largest Catsup Bottle has had many owners, and it has survived through the decades because of their dedication. Check it out just off of I-55 in Collinsville, Illinois.

Photo courtesy of kore_mary / Instagram
World's Largest Amoco Sign
981 S. Skinker Blvd., Skinker, MO
The Amoco brand hasn't been a real player for a decade, but they still rep the World's Largest Amoco Sign at this BP off Skinker in University City.
Photo courtesy of the_fotographer / Instagram

World's Largest Amoco Sign


981 S. Skinker Blvd., Skinker, MO
The Amoco brand hasn't been a real player for a decade, but they still rep the World's Largest Amoco Sign at this BP off Skinker in University City.

Photo courtesy of the_fotographer / Instagram
Big Pink Elephant
2599 Missouri 141, Fenton, MO
Want to have a weird photo shoot? Stop off the highway in Fenton and pose with the big pink elephant. She'll give your selfies a surreal quality.
Photo courtesy of jenmariesboutique / Instagram

Big Pink Elephant


2599 Missouri 141, Fenton, MO
Want to have a weird photo shoot? Stop off the highway in Fenton and pose with the big pink elephant. She'll give your selfies a surreal quality.

Photo courtesy of jenmariesboutique / Instagram
Black Madonna Shrine and Grottoes
100 St Joseph Hill Rd., Pacific, MO
Built by Brother Bronislaus, a Franciscan friar and native of Poland, this special spot is a replica of the Black Madonna of Cz?stochowa site in his Bronislaus' country of birth
Photo courtesy of midnight_river / Instagram

Black Madonna Shrine and Grottoes


100 St Joseph Hill Rd., Pacific, MO
Built by Brother Bronislaus, a Franciscan friar and native of Poland, this special spot is a replica of the Black Madonna of Cz?stochowa site in his Bronislaus' country of birth

Photo courtesy of midnight_river / Instagram
Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum
12 Hancock Ave., St. Louis, MO
Explore the history of the telephone and check out the many different telephone designs over the years. This place is calling you to it. (Get it?)
Photo courtesy of scottgoehring / Instagram

Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum


12 Hancock Ave., St. Louis, MO
Explore the history of the telephone and check out the many different telephone designs over the years. This place is calling you to it. (Get it?)

Photo courtesy of scottgoehring / Instagram
Gateway Geyser
185 W. Trendley Ave, East St Louis, IL
Located in Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis, the Gateway Geyser shoots water 630 feet, the exact same height of the Arch just across the river. It's the Arch's little brother and it would love for you to visit.
Photo courtesy of herrehrenreich / Instagram

Gateway Geyser


185 W. Trendley Ave, East St Louis, IL
Located in Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis, the Gateway Geyser shoots water 630 feet, the exact same height of the Arch just across the river. It's the Arch's little brother and it would love for you to visit.

Photo courtesy of herrehrenreich / Instagram
Rootwad Park
001 O'Fallon St, St. Louis, MO
One of the many creations of the late local genius Bob Cassilly, Rootwad Park is a spot just north of downtown on the Mississippi River where you can hang out, climb the sculptures and catch a nice view of the river.
Photo courtesy of Paul Sableman / Flickr

Rootwad Park


001 O'Fallon St, St. Louis, MO
One of the many creations of the late local genius Bob Cassilly, Rootwad Park is a spot just north of downtown on the Mississippi River where you can hang out, climb the sculptures and catch a nice view of the river.

Photo courtesy of Paul Sableman / Flickr