#8 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out.

caseythegiantrobot600The 40-foot-tall statue of a toy robot originally was built to stand guard outside an F.A.O. Schwartz toy store. When the store shut down, the metal giant was moved to the Hudgens Center for the Arts, where it now welcomes visitors to the Children’s Arts Museum.

Links: Gwinnett Council for the Arts, YouTube, List of Recalled Toys,

How to get there: Take I-85 to Exit 108 (Sugarloaf Parkway), turn left on Satellite Boulevard, then right into the Hudgens Center for the Arts

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Joe Earle

Joe Earle

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