From a giant crash test dummy to an acorn gazebo, we’ve compiled our favorites among Maryland’s giants.
When passing through Kansas, I once followed the signs to visit the “world’s largest prairie dog.” It was kitschy and tacky and somewhat of a disappointment, but it certainly lives on in my memory! So in case you’re feeling adventurous, here are some of Maryland’s giants. Are they worth stopping for? You tell us!
Giant SpongeBob Squarepants
Bowles Farms, 22880 Budds Creek Rd, Clements, MD
Bowles Farms calls itself the “home of southern Maryland’s largest cornfield maze & pumpkin patch.” But do you know what else it’s home to? Yep. One of the world’s largest SpongeBobs.
Giant Crash Test Dummy
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, 6601 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD
Standing at 34 feet tall, this massive crash test dummy welcomes visitors to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration headquarters with a seatbelt reminder. But should you stop for a photo-op? The MMVA hopes you will! Why else would they have spent $63,000 to make it? They want to spread awareness about seatbelt safety.
Giant Scrap Sculptures
Lawyer’s Winterbrook Farm, 13001 Creagerstown Rd, Thurmont, MD
- Lawyer’s Winterbrook Farm is yet another corn maze and pumpkin patch, frequently visited in autumn months. Its giant robots are made out of cars and are used as targets by the farm’s pumpkin cannons.
Giant “Jaws” Shark
Frontier Town, 8430 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Berlin, MD
Located just outside the ice cream shop at Frontier Town, this giant shark is said to be “Bruce” — one of the props used in the 1975 movie “Jaws.”
Giant Acorn Gazebo
Acorn Park, 8060 Newell St., Silver Spring, MD
This acorn-shaped gazebo has some history. It was built in 1842! Rumor has it that people get married there from time to time.
The Awakening Sculpture
137 National Plz, National Harbor, MD
No list of Maryland giants would be complete without The Awakening, a 72-foot statue of a giant trying to break free from the earth. But don’t be fooled; it’s actually just five separate pieces arranged to look like a giant entrapped in the ground. I’ve gotta say — this one’s epic.
Did we miss some of your favorite Maryland giants? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!