Your summer travel plans likely look different this year, but we’ve got the scoop on 7 wacky roadside attractions in SoCal that will turn a road trip pit stop into a wild good time. Make sure to bookmark these quirky stops and either make a special trip to see them or plan to swing by if they’re on your travel route. Read on for your road trip planner.
Can't make it to Stonehenge? Hop on over to Newport Beach to visit Bunnyhenge featuring 14 giant bunny sculptures seated in a circle located in the enchanted garden in the Civic Center. Even more, there’s plenty of other interesting art work to check-out. You can get out of the car and walk the short trails in this cute park. When done, you are right next to Fashion Island where you can grab a bite to eat!
Avocado Ave. and San Miguel Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Have a roaring good time when you stop to see the Cabazon dinosaurs in Palm Springs. Whether heading further out in the desert or just making it a quirky fun day trip, a Cabazon pit stop is tons of dinosaur fun. View over 50 dinosaurs, stroll through a cool museum and even climb inside the T. Rex. It's dino-tastic! Even more, for a sweet treat check-out the Wafflesaurus Truck open Fri.-Sun. from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. You’ll get out of the house and the kids will love this adventure!
Museum Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $13/adult; $11/child; free for children under 3
50770 Seminole Dr.
Cabazon, CA 92230
If you're heading out on the I-15 from SoCal towards the Las Vegas area, then a stop at EddieWorld is well worth it. You can fuel up and recharge with the lowest gas prices and 18 Tesla super charging stations. There are three fast casual restaurants serving up fare ranging from gourmet burgers and unique fries to salads and sushi. Even more, there’s a bag of candy with your name on it. Stop on by.
36017 Calico Rd.
Yermo, CA 92398
Sunny Jim Cave
Due to social distancing, you’ll have the whole cave to yourself. Enter a bootlegger's tunnel through the historic Cave Store and follow it down through the sandstone cliffs and into the sea cave. The story goes that the creator of The Wizard of Oz inspired the cave's names when he noticed that the opening looks like the Sunny Jim cartoon character. Right now, you get a 20-minute tour and it’s limited to one household up to 6 people. Make your reservation online now!
Cost: $10/adult; $7/youth (ages 3-17)
1325 Coast Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Pirate House Newport Beach
When you’re driving down Marcus Street in Newport Beach, you really can’t miss this quirky gem on the corner of 35th and Marcus. Pirates of the Caribbean figures, a giant rooster and the Statue of Liberty are just a few of the things you’ll see. This is someone’s private residence, so you can’t go inside, but the owners are well aware that the home draws a lot of spectators.
35th St. & Marcus Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Elmers Bottle Tree Ranch
Go out on a limb and visit Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch located along Route 66. It's literally a forest of bottle trees in the California desert. Even more, the best part is the musical sound the bottles make on a windy day. Plan to visit other landmarks along Route 66 to make it a truly curious day trip with the crew.
Route 66 in Barstow
Located in the town of Buellton, you’ll find Ostrichland a unique roadside stop that will engage everyone. Here you can visit with 100+ amazing ostriches and emus. Then, head on to downtown Solvang where this quirky Danish town has bakeries, restaurants and shops with many folks dressed in Danish costumes.
610 E. Highway 246
Solvang, CA 93463
Cost: $5/adult; $2/child; $1 per feed bowl
featured image: Rafael A. via Yelp