August 14, 2020

22 must-see roadside attractions within driving distance of San Antonio

The great outdoors is nice and all, but hikes can get a bit old after a while, especially as temperatures soar.

One way to get out while still spending time in the cool relief of an AC is a road trip. To help with that, we rounded up 22 outdoor roadside attractions in and around San Antonio that can get you out of the house to take in the kookier side of South Texas' cultural offerings.
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Stonehenge II and Easter Island Heads, Ingram, TX
120 Point Theatre Road S., roadsideamerica.com
They may not be the real deal, but these replicas of Stonehenge and the Easter Island Moai Statues in Ingram, Texas, are the next best thing to the storied ancient monuments.
Photo via Instagram /  houstongetaways
Stonehenge II and Easter Island Heads, Ingram, TX
120 Point Theatre Road S., roadsideamerica.com
They may not be the real deal, but these replicas of Stonehenge and the Easter Island Moai Statues in Ingram, Texas, are the next best thing to the storied ancient monuments.
Photo via Instagram / houstongetaways
Marathon, a.k.a. Robo-Cow, Johnson City, TX
Junction of Flat Creek Road and E. US Hwy 290, Johnson City, roadsideamerica.com
This steely steer, crafted by texan artist Bettye Hamblen Turner, looks like a creature straight out of a sci-fi movie. It stoically guards the entrance of the The Preserve at Walnut Springs.
Photo via Instagram /  jonesdan515
Marathon, a.k.a. Robo-Cow, Johnson City, TX
Junction of Flat Creek Road and E. US Hwy 290, Johnson City, roadsideamerica.com
This steely steer, crafted by texan artist Bettye Hamblen Turner, looks like a creature straight out of a sci-fi movie. It stoically guards the entrance of the The Preserve at Walnut Springs.
Photo via Instagram / jonesdan515
Frank's Hog Stand, San Antonio, TX
801 S. Presa, San Antonio, roadsideamerica.com
A remnant of the classic 1920s chain of drive-in Pig Stand restaurants, Frank’s Hog Stand reopened in 2010 and served all-American eats. The restaurant has since closed, but the building remains the last pig standing — even when man has left. 
Photo via Instagram /  jlg_atx
Frank's Hog Stand, San Antonio, TX
801 S. Presa, San Antonio, roadsideamerica.com
A remnant of the classic 1920s chain of drive-in Pig Stand restaurants, Frank’s Hog Stand reopened in 2010 and served all-American eats. The restaurant has since closed, but the building remains the last pig standing — even when man has left.
Photo via Instagram / jlg_atx
Giant Stag Made of Junk, Converse, TX
4203 Loring Park, Converse, roadsideamerica.com
Built from various rusted metal parts — fenders and typewriters included — this Florentino Narcis creation stands 40 feet tall in the midst of a neighborhood in Converse.
Photo via Instagram /  pauseforadventure
Giant Stag Made of Junk, Converse, TX
4203 Loring Park, Converse, roadsideamerica.com
Built from various rusted metal parts — fenders and typewriters included — this Florentino Narcis creation stands 40 feet tall in the midst of a neighborhood in Converse.
Photo via Instagram / pauseforadventure
Fetus Monument, Schulenberg, TX
405 South St., Schulenburg, roadsideamerica.com 
At the entrance of the Knights of Columbus building stands an abstract monument holding three silver fetuses. This catholic fraternity organizes anti-abortion activism and  this creepy statue is apparently part of the organization’s push to create a “culture of life.”  Photo via Instagram /  wondersofbackroads
Fetus Monument, Schulenberg, TX
405 South St., Schulenburg, roadsideamerica.com
At the entrance of the Knights of Columbus building stands an abstract monument holding three silver fetuses. This catholic fraternity organizes anti-abortion activism and this creepy statue is apparently part of the organization’s push to create a “culture of life.”
Photo via Instagram / wondersofbackroads
Junk Yard Dog, San Antonio, TX
1201 Somerset Road, San Antonio, roadsideamerica.com
This canny canine is made by the same artist as the giant cowboy boots which sit outside of North Star Mall. Bob "Daddy-O" Wade, who passed away in late 2019, built the pup out of cars in his junk yard: a 1966 Plymouth Fury, a Volkswagen Beetle and the hood of a Cadillac.
Photo via Instagram /  richardjgarciacpa
Junk Yard Dog, San Antonio, TX
1201 Somerset Road, San Antonio, roadsideamerica.com
This canny canine is made by the same artist as the giant cowboy boots which sit outside of North Star Mall. Bob "Daddy-O" Wade, who passed away in late 2019, built the pup out of cars in his junk yard: a 1966 Plymouth Fury, a Volkswagen Beetle and the hood of a Cadillac.
Photo via Instagram / richardjgarciacpa
World’s Largest Strawberry, Poteet, TX
530 Avenue H, Poteet, roadsideamerica.com
The strawberries in Poteet are anything but petite, including the 7-foot tall statue of a strawberry located in front of the town’s fire station. Though Poteet’s iconic annual Strawberry festival was canceled this year due to the pandemic, the burg pays homage to its trademark crop year round with statues and artwork. 
Photo via Instagram /  laurenturek
World’s Largest Strawberry, Poteet, TX
530 Avenue H, Poteet, roadsideamerica.com
The strawberries in Poteet are anything but petite, including the 7-foot tall statue of a strawberry located in front of the town’s fire station. Though Poteet’s iconic annual Strawberry festival was canceled this year due to the pandemic, the burg pays homage to its trademark crop year round with statues and artwork.
Photo via Instagram / laurenturek
Strawberry Water Tower, Poteet, TX
Junction of Betty Louise Drive and Pecan St., Poteet, roadsideamerica.com
A towering 130-foot strawberry can be seen along Highway 16 as cars approach Poteet, giving a berry sweet welcome to all passerbys. 
Photo via Instagram /  ahoycharlie
Strawberry Water Tower, Poteet, TX
Junction of Betty Louise Drive and Pecan St., Poteet, roadsideamerica.com
A towering 130-foot strawberry can be seen along Highway 16 as cars approach Poteet, giving a berry sweet welcome to all passerbys.
Photo via Instagram / ahoycharlie
Watermelon Water Tower, Luling, TX
1798 E Pierce St., Luling, roadsideamerica.com
Along Highway 183, another high-flying fruit can be spotted in the sky. This 154-foot tower contains some of the water that helps grow Luling’s 50 pound watermelons.
Photo via Instagram /  insearchofquirk
Watermelon Water Tower, Luling, TX
1798 E Pierce St., Luling, roadsideamerica.com
Along Highway 183, another high-flying fruit can be spotted in the sky. This 154-foot tower contains some of the water that helps grow Luling’s 50 pound watermelons.
Photo via Instagram / insearchofquirk
Smitty: World's Largest Gingerbread Man, Smithville, TX
Junction of 1st St. and Main St., Smithville, roadsideamerica.com
From the world’s largest gingerbread mold came Smitty, the world's largest gingerbread man, who towers at 20 feet. The actual cookie, which earned a Guinness World Record, was eaten by the town residents but a replica stands to commemorate the occasion. 
Photo via WIkimedia Commons /  Larry D. Moore
Smitty: World's Largest Gingerbread Man, Smithville, TX
Junction of 1st St. and Main St., Smithville, roadsideamerica.com
From the world’s largest gingerbread mold came Smitty, the world's largest gingerbread man, who towers at 20 feet. The actual cookie, which earned a Guinness World Record, was eaten by the town residents but a replica stands to commemorate the occasion.
Photo via WIkimedia Commons / Larry D. Moore