Iraan, Texas: Alley Oop LandA playground dedicated to V.T. Hamlin, who lived in Iraan when he created the Alley Oop comic strip.
Alley Oop Museum and Fantasy Land Park
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The playground is a bit worn-out and has possibly one of the most dangerous pieces of playground equipment ever, a dinosaur you can climb on using a very rickety ladder, mounted on a concrete slab. There is a windmill blade, which is enormous and worth seeing.
Agree with others that the real gem here is the museum. Curator Edna Snooks Collett knows just about everything there is to know about the history of the area and has an pretty amazing collection of artifacts, from as far back as millions of years ago. If you are going through the Permian Basin, this is well worth the stop.[sequoyah, 04/25/2013]
This place was a hoot! Take time to get off the I-10 drone and come see this fun little park. The museum is great but the curator, Edna Snooks Collett, is even better! See our review at http://wp.me/pcxXa-UT
Museum is closed Mondays, but open 1 to 5 every other day, except when it's closed for winter between Christmas and March.[LiveWorkDream, 12/30/2011]
Alley Oop "Fantasy Land" is such a cool blast from the past! We stopped there during a day trip for a couple of hours and really enjoyed it. The museum is only open a few hours a week (it's free!), but if you can go inside, it has a lot of really neat exhibits. Outside, there's the dinosaur to climb on for pics; and several other Alley Oop attractions; a huge actual windmill blade; and a place to have a picnic.
Go check it out, especially with family who remembers the comic strip.[Lauren, 08/29/2011]
Kind of a cool stop -- museum wasn't open when we got there, but the gates were open. A good 15 minute stop.[Jordan Balderas, 05/28/2010]
Dinny the Dinosaur lives on! The park is reasonably clean, but other than climbing on the giant dinosaur for a picture, there isn't much to do. The museum was closed when I was there (on a Monday). The wind turbine prop can be seen next to the park. There are a few memorial plaques scattered throughout the park and a small monument to the Gates family.[Jeff K, 04/23/2009]