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The Thing, Benson

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  • After the miles, miles and miles of signs we just had to stop. Of course a tourist trap. In driving west we ran into another place very similar in New Mexico but I can't remember the name. It is just ...  more »
  • A tour is gift shop. The thing is a dead 2 headed snake. Best part there's a dairy queen. Peanut buster parfait is REALLY THE THING  more »
  • For those who like kitsch, this is the place. Fill up the tank atvtge gas station and then go inside for souvenirs galore. Fill a bag full of gems and check out the "THING". Once renovations have comp...  more »
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  • This seems to be one of the last remaining kitschy, stupid roadside attractions left. If you and your family are on a road trip that takes you down this stretch of I-10, then do not ignore the billboards and do not skip the thing. It's a great little diversion on a long drive and only costs a dollar or two. You won't regret the cost, or the 10-20 minutes it takes to view the hilariously mundane "museum" exhibits that precede the great reveal of The Thing. Stop in, fill up your tank, use the bathroom, stretch your legs and see The Thing, buy a dairyqueen ice cream cone, and hit the road.
  • I never saw "THE THING" but this place has a wonderful gift shop and the people who work there are super friendly. They great you at the door and even your Dogs are welcome. In fact , Dogs are welcome at all Bowlins locations. How nice!
  • The Thing is not the reason to visit. The super nice staff and amazing gift shop are more than enough to enjoy. They said future upgrades are coming to the museum. Plus... There is Dairy Queen!!
  • Goofy and strange. Don't go out of your way to see "The Thing." But, of course, if you are driving by on I-10, it is NOT out of the way. So why not stop? (Also, there is a Dairy Queen there, making a stop QUITE worthwhile!
  • I absolutely love roadside attractions so I had to stop to see the thing. There are about 1 gazillion signs advertising The Thing before you get there. I was expecting cheesy and that is exactly what I got. Unfortunately they are remodeling so it was a bit of a let down. They still have The Thing on display but it is just shoved in a corner with no signage or way of knowing you are looking at it. Overall an okay stop but I was sad that we didn't get the full roadside experience.
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