Kitschiest Roadside Attractions in America
Skunk-Ape Research Center, Ochopee, FL
Conspiracy theorists are welcome at the world’s only
skunk-ape research center, dedicated to the Everglades’ version of Bigfoot.
Reportedly measuring six feet tall, these elusive bipeds reek of rotten eggs.
Owner Dave Shealy, who has studied the creatures nearly his entire life, sells
DVDs, camouflage hats, and tracking guides. While Shealy says the government
prohibits him from leading tours in the surrounding Big Cypress National
Preserve, he will point visitors to the general vicinity of the skunk-ape
habitat. Don’t miss annual traditions such as Skunktoberfest and the Miss Skunk
Ape contest, where women compete to answer questions from Shealy’s guide. This
year’s prize was a six-foot-long banana. —Jessica Su