Since 1953, Roadside America has been one of the most iconic roadside attractions in the country. Spanning 6,000 square feet and depicting over 200 years of American history, stepping through the doors of Roadside America is like stepping back through time. Coined "the world's greatest indoor miniature village", Roadside America is a completed piece of artwork created by one man over his entire lifetime. Since his passing in 1963, the miniature village at Roadside America has been primarily a preservation project - upgrading and restoring the miniature world where necessary while still maintaining the classic and nostalgic nature of the display.
Adding movement to this massive work of art are various model railroads and trolley lines, flowing waterways and waterfalls, and small interactive animations visitors can bring to life with the press of a button. As you travel the perimeter of the exhibit, you'll find information plaques allowing you to read all about the many sights the display has to offer. The village contains over 300 handcrafted buildings. Although you'd never realize it from their design, each building is constructed from raw household materials - scrap wood, overturned game boards, etc..
Of course, no visit to Roadside America would be complete without viewing our night time pageant. This five minute show demonstrates nightfall over the miniature world. The overhead lights come down, the moon and stars come out, and street lamps replace house lights as the village's tiny inhabitants go to sleep. The night pageant runs approximately every 30 minutes or based on visitor demand.
We urge all of our visitors to take their time and explore every inch of the display, as the attention to detail is simply phenomenal. No matter how many times you visit, you'll always be able to spot something new!