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Volkswagen Beetle Spider

457 S Chestnut St , Avoca, Iowa 51521 USA

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
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“A whole different type of VW bug”

According to Phyllis Bruce, this is a giant spider made of a Volkswagen body near Avoca, Iowa, “is just sitting on this lot for no apparent reason!” Not apparent to YOU, my dear Phyllis, but just wait until sundown… actually, get the heck outta there!

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Reviewed by
Megan Bannister

  • Road Warrior
  • 117 Reviews
  • 83 Helpful
July 28, 2014
Rated 4.0

Definitely worth a stop if you're traveling on I-80 in western Iowa!

According to the book Iowa Curiosities, the spider was constructed by Travis and Angela Campbell across the street from their father Darwin’s home, where it still sits today. Read more: http://bit.ly/1rLkBbd

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
westorts

  • 20 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
September 13, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is a fantastic stop for photos, fun and, if you are so inclined, geocaching ! We are fortunate that the owner and creator, "Doc" stopped by while we were visiting the spider. Cool, creative, and captivating!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
anna.bartolai

  • 2 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
August 27, 2014
Rated 3.0

My friends and I saw this odd piece on the app on our way to CO. We pulled off to check it off. We had to google search for it, since the app did not have the accurate street location. When we found it ee bursted out laughing! The photo is misleading and it was way smaller in person. We had a good laugh and took a few photos.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jana

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 9, 2014

I have lived around this area and never noticed it until today. it isnt so noticable from the highway.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dawn G. Johancsik

  • Road Warrior
  • 51 Reviews
  • 47 Helpful
July 21, 2014
Rated 3.0

Little bit hard to find but fun when we did. Note that this is a residential area and the picture is a bit deceiving. Be mindful of the person's neighbors.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Greenthriftymama

  • 13 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
June 26, 2014

Yep, pretty cool!! :)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
granviper

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 8, 2014

Use this address: 457 S Chestnut St
Avoca, IA 51521-5140
United States

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
julesdance

  • 7 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
May 31, 2014

We also got lost using the Navigate directions. The review above helped us. The address is 457 S Chestnut which is the intersection of W Washington and S Chestnut. Only a minute off of the interstate so if you want to see it for yourself, go for it. There is nothing there beyond the car with spider legs. It's pretty much in someone's yard. I've added a picture of it next to a tree so you can get a good idea of how big it is. A car with stilts...

1 person found this review helpful
  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 19, 2014

Just went!!! Great photo op if you enjoy VW's or just interesting things throughout our country. Glad we made the detour. Well worth the little bit of time in this VWers opinion. =D

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
A. Crews

  • 51 Reviews
  • 80 Helpful
March 29, 2014

Follow Chestnut and just keep going and you will see it across from a newer red car garage. Good photo op.

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Volkswagen Beetle Spider

457 S Chestnut St
Avoca, Iowa
51521 USA

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  • Independent
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  • No Public Restrooms
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