Bowman, South Carolina: UFO Welcome Center

Jody Pendarvis has spent years building a huge double-decker wooden flying saucer beside his trailer.

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UFO Welcome Center

Very sketchy area. Worth the stop and laugh.

[Lisa B and John S, 01/01/2013]

Aluminum foil hats.

UFO Welcome Center

We made sure to stop by today to see the progress made on the ship. The elements have taken their toll in the Welcome Center, but we were greeted by Jody with a friendly honk as he departed in the colorful truck. We went into convenience store next door to find souvenirs, but no luck. Not to be disappointed, we made our own: tin foil hats. We posed as you can see.

[Drumbabe, 05/29/2012]

UFO Welcome Center.

UFO Welcome Center

We just stopped by, and it looks like it is in slightly better shape than it had been. Dirt parking lot of store next door affords viewing from a safe distance. Look for his colorful hand (spray) painted truck in back. He's definitely an individual!

[Kitsa, 05/22/2012]

UFO Welcome Center.

UFO Welcome Center

We just went. Jody wasn't home, and to be honest, I'm not sure I would've felt safe going in the UFO. It's really falling apart. The bottom is surrounded by parts that have fallen off the thing, and a strong smell of mildew pervaded. The paint is worn off what's left of the fence, and the trailer is looking a bit ramshackle.

[Matthew, 09/08/2011]

That sounds like the place we visited in 2010. It is "Enter at your own risk," and conditions may change over time. In the company of owner Jody, we braved the top-o-saucer pod view.

UFO Welcome Center

Took my two kids to this on Saturday. It's just hilarious. Yes, it's in pretty rag-tag shape, but worth taking someone for the first time. Did not see Jody P.

[J. Young, 07/24/2010]

UFO Welcome Center

Address:
4004 Homestead Rd, Bowman, SC
Directions:
Jody almost never answers his phone, or returns messages, but he's usually around from 10 AM to noon during the summer months. Look for his spotted pickup truck, then walk around to the trailer back door and knock politely. I-95 exit 82. Drive west nine miles into Bowman. At the United gas station turn right onto Elm St./County Rd S-38-36. UFO ahead on left.
Hours:
Call ahead (Call to verify)
Phone:
803-829-2311
Admission:
$20.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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