What’s a vacation without a roadside attraction sighting or two? My family has become accustomed to me seeking out these fun and quirky attractions when we travel. Sadly, I’m the one who seems to derive the most amount of pleasure from these stops. My kids compare the experience as something more akin to torture. I really don’t know how they became so dramatic. My hope is that when they are older they will look back on all the stupid attractions this mom used to drag them too in fondness.
On a recent trip to Florida, I used my Roadside America app on my iPhone to seek out an attraction when we were just south of Melbourne at a beach near Sebastian Inlet. My son had invited his girlfriend to join us on this trip and it was her first roadside attraction. I wish I could report that she loved the experience, but her reaction was similar to my 20-year old son who didn’t bother to exit the vehicle and may have muttered something about it being lame. I may have encouraged, umm…forced… her to pose with me for a photo. I won’t horrify her by posting that photo here for all to see. I’m sure it’s an experience she doesn’t want to repeat. Could it be the age?
Thankfully my husband enjoys roadside attractions. Not as much as I do, but he seems to humor me.
Anyhoo, back to the Giant Orange.
This giant orange roadside attraction was built in 1967 of steel and concrete. Fifteen feet in diameter, the Chamber of Commerce originally served tourists orange juice out of it. Restored by the Melbourne Rotary Club, the orange shaped building is located on property owned by the Disabled American Veterans and now bears a sign stating such.
And if you’re wondering, no this isn’t the largest orange in Florida. But I’ve seen the one that holds that title on a previous trip. If I remember correctly, my kids’ didn’t mind that one so much.
Where to find the Giant Orange of Melbourne.
It’s located on Route 1, part of the Dixie Highway, just north of the light with CVS. For GPS directions use this address: 2265 N. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, Florida 32935. The orange sits right along the road, you really can’t miss it.
Ample parking is available.
Have you seen the Giant Orange roadside attraction of Melbourne? Do you torture your children by forcing them to visit roadside attractions? Do tell…