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January 28, 2016 Slideshows » Arts

The 25 Weirdest Attractions in the San Antonio Area 

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San Antonio and its surrounding areas have accrued a fair share of weird and wonderful destinations, ranging from the largest boots in the world to a perfect replica of Stonehenge. Here are a few of our favorite oddities.
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Stonehenge II
Point Theatre Rd. S., (830) 367-5120,
Located in Ingram, Texas on the campus of Hill Country Arts Foundation, Stonehenge II is an exact replica of the original prehistoric Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England. History lovers should also check out the fabricated Moai, or Easter Island statues, situated at HCAF. An added incentive to visit this amusing art project? It provides a wacky backdrop for plays and musicals, art shows and workshops year-round.

Photo via Facebook (Stonehenge II)
Texas Snake Farm
5640 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd., (830) 608-9270,
This creepy, crawly roadside attraction off the highway in New Braunfels stars slithery snakes galore. However, those of a more squeamish demeanor can skip ahead to the petting zoo and interactive shows.

Photo via Instagram (snakefarmtexas)
Donkey Lady Bridge
Applewhite Rd.,
Locals purport that a terrifying spirit known as the Donkey Lady haunts a bridge nestled in the woods south of town. Legend holds that if you park on the bridge, shut off your headlights and wait, you will almost certainly encounter something beyond this world.

Photo via Instagram (onelovephotogsatx)
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd. (830) 438-7400,
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a 400-acre safari park on the northern outskirts of San Antonio, near New Braunfels, Texas. The interesting part of this destination? You can observe over 500 exotic animals from the comfort of your own ride as you meander through the ranch.

Photo via Instagram (the_football_widow)
The Amazing Mirror Maze
217 Alamo Plaza, (210) 224-2288,
The Amazing Mirror Maze is a quirky downtown destination, showcasing thousands of mirrors that loop through endless circles, surprising corners and dead ends. While the mirror maze errs towards a touristy disposition, it's worth stumbling through at least once.

Photo via Instagram (amazingmirrormaze)
San Antonio Ghost Tours
Multiple destinations
With its foundation dating back to 1718, San Antonio is one of the oldest cities in America — and, appropriately home to a great variety of historical presences from beyond the grave. Tours groups such as Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours and Alamo City Ghost Tours investigate San Anto's most paranormal locales, an excellent 'weird attraction' for anyone with spooky inclinations.

Photo via Facebook (Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours)
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
318 E. Houston St., (210) 247-4000,
The Buckhorn Saloon opened in 1881 with one enticing promise: "Bring in your deer antlers and you can trade them for a shot of whiskey or a beer." Now Buckhorn's is peopled by an overwhelming collection of animals and oddities, such as a stuffed snake spanning six feet and the longest Texas Longhorn.

Photo via Instagram (sandymerih)
The World's Biggest Cowboy Boots
7400 San Pedro Ave.
Sitting right outside the bustlin' North Star Mall are the World's Biggest Cowboy Boots, a familiar oddity for San Anto shoppers.

Photo via Instagram (marksantaines)
The Treue der Union Monument
High St.
Possessing a German title, the Reue Der Union Monument ("Loyalty to the Union") in Comfort, Texas honors the mass-grave burial site of thirty-four German Texans whom resisted Confederate governance and died at the 1862 Nueces Massacre. Almost lost in history, the obscure act of violent marked the general end to overt German Unionism in Texas for the remainder of the war.

Photo via Facebook (The Lion of Texas A Conversation with Sam Houston)
The Luxury
103 E Jones Ave., (210) 354-2274,
A popular beer garden near the quiet stretch of the River Walk's Museum Reach, the Luxury is an offbeat counter-serve kitchen and bar. The coolest part? The relatively affordable craft beer joint has awesome plastic dinosaurs that serve as tabletop markers for waitstaff.

Photo via Instagram (myisha_bham)
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The Magic Lantern Castle Museum
1419 Austin Hwy., (210) 805-0011,
This museum is ideal for really niche enthusiasts dedicated to the history of the Magic Lantern, the earliest form of slide projector. Tours by appointment only.

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The Big T. Roadhouse
11781 FM 1346,
The Big T. Roadhouse just outside of Alamo City in Adkins, Texas hosts a wacko event on Sundays called Chicken Shit Bingo, during which winning numbers are determined by a sporadically pooping chicken.

Photo via Instagram (songsbury)
Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum
239 Abiso Ave., (210) 824-7791,
Retired plummer Barney Smith opened up an exhibition of his hobby back in 1992 — the art of emblazoned and adorned toilet seats, that is. But, be sure to give Barney a ring before stopping by to check out the commodes, as the museum doubles as his home.

Photo via Instagram (designbyproxy)
The Ghost Tracks
Corner of Shane and Villamain Rd.
A beloved spot for teenagers looking for trouble, the legend of the Ghost Tracks (a.k.a. Gravity Bridge) centers upon benevolent ghost children killed during a train collision whom push vehicles over the tracks to save strangers from their fate.

Photo via Instagram (billzombie)
Frontier Times Museum: Two-Headed Things
510 13th St., (830) 796-3864,
Yet another strange attraction barring the faint of heart, the collection of two-headed things housed in Bandera's Frontier Times Museum features a taxidermied four-eyed sheep and a shrunken head.

Photo via Facebook (Frontier Times Museum)
San Antonio Western Shooting
13250 Pleasanton Rd., 210-213-9812,
The perfect place to release your inner rebel cowboy, San Antonio Western Shooting offers visitors an opportunity to shoot replica firearms from the Old West. Shoot real guns using real ammunition in a unique, family-friendly Western setting. But, appointments only please.

Photo via Instagram (dreamy30)
The Chinese Graveyard
10359-10445 S. Zarzamora
Another eerie attraction good for a scare. Some say you can see the spirits of the graveyard floating above the supposedly haunted Chinese Graveyard on misty nights.

Photo via Instagram (kylaalarkin)
Cascade Caverns
226 Cascade Caverns Rd., 830-755-8080,
Just three miles south of Boerne, Texas, Cascade Caverns consists of all the trappings of an enjoying caving experience, as the destination focuses on a very special limestone solutional cave that features a gigantic waterfall hidden in its rocky interior. Guarding the attraction is a Tyrannosaurus Rex used during the making of Father Hood, a 1993 comedy starring Patrick Swayze.

Photo via Instagram (mandossun)
The Cove
606 W Cypress St., (210) 227-2683,
A kid-friendly joint loved by many, many San Antonio locals with a taste for organic American fare, the Cove is a restaurant and bar that doubles as a car wash and laundromat. Odd stuff when you think about it. Kick back with a fish taco and a beer while you tidy up your ride and finally tackle that growing pile of dirty clothes.

Photo via Instagram (alyssacvillegas)
The Midget Mansion
6211 W. IH-10
The Gillespie Mansion in San Antonio, Texas is better known as the “Midget Mansion,” so named because it was constructed with low-hanging fixtures and low ceilings, the tenants were reputed to be a family of little people. Story has it that the father allegedly went mad one day, murdering his entire family and then himself for reasons unknown. Rumors of shadowy figures and disembodied noises emanating from the location were prevalent for years, but the location is now the site of luxury condominiums.

Photo via Flickr (Chester Paul Sgroi)
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Old Time Wooden Nickel Company’s Museum
345 Old Austin Rd., (210) 822-0552,
Did you know that San Antonio is home to one of the oldest manufacturers of custom printed wooden nickels in the United States? Neither did we, but there's a totally museum committed to raising public awareness about the long history of Wooden Nickels in Alamo City.

Photo via Facebook (Old Time Wooden Nickel Co.)
Louis Tussaud's Plaza Wax Museum
301 Alamo Plaza, (210) 224-9299,
Yeah, it's a tourist trap in many ways, but wax museums are just freaky places in general.

Photo via Facebook (Jay Mtz)
Texas-Shaped Swimming Pool
2114 Sidney Baker St., 1 (877) 859-5095,
Do you really, really love Texas? Book a room and take a jump into Kerrville's very own Texas-shaped pool, a feature at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kerrville.

Photo via Facebook (Kerrville Convention & Visitors Bureau)
"King of the Parc"
4203 Loring Park, 210-310-2550
A giant stag made of junk parts — rusted fenders, license plates, typewriters — stands as a centerpiece of a housing development named "The Parc at Escondido." The heroically posed stag was created by Mexico City sculptor Florentino Narcis, and remains a randomly cool photo opportunity outside of San Anto in Converse, Texas.

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Big Peanut for The Peanut King
1420 3rd St.
Outside of the Wilson County courthouse in Floresville, Texas — approximately forty-five minutes from San Anto — is one of the oldest big civic peanuts in America. This particular peanut honors Joe T. Sheehy, "The Peanut King," who experimented with peanut farming and introduced peanuts as a viable crop to Wilson County in 1916.

Photo via Facebook (Rita Hernandez)
Stonehenge II
Point Theatre Rd. S., (830) 367-5120,
Located in Ingram, Texas on the campus of Hill Country Arts Foundation, Stonehenge II is an exact replica of the original prehistoric Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England. History lovers should also check out the fabricated Moai, or Easter Island statues, situated at HCAF. An added incentive to visit this amusing art project? It provides a wacky backdrop for plays and musicals, art shows and workshops year-round.

Photo via Facebook (Stonehenge II)

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