Crystal River, Florida: Big Gorilla Statue

A snarling 12-foot-tall gorilla extends a paw as a convenient seat -- in front of a mysterious, unidentified building.

1960 US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL
On the southbound side of US Hwy 19/N. Suncoast Blvd, between 22nd and 19th Sts, just north of the Crystal River Mall. Set back from the road just a little, in front of a little empty building.
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Gorilla at night.

Big Gorilla Statue

This unique attraction was definitely worth the stop!

[Yvette Pryor, 06/03/2021]

Skunk Ape.

Big Gorilla Statue

The property that the gorilla resides in is for sale, but is still accessible. He has been vandalized with paint but overall okay. He is directly off Highway 19.

[EC, 08/23/2020]

Skunk Ape.

Big Gorilla Statue - Skunk Ape

This was supposed to represent a Florida Skunk Ape. Behind it was a roadside attraction and store named Hornblowers. It sold taxidermied animals, snake skins, etc. It had a two-headed calf on display that was featured in the attraction's flyer.

[CaptnTom, 08/26/2017]

Kissing the gorilla.

Big Gorilla Statue

This giant gorilla stands along Hwy 19 asking passersby for food, money, or maybe just offering a lending hand as a seat. On the other hand, maybe he is just trying to cop a feel. I do know one thing for sure: he is heavy duty! After numerous posing positions, and his arm still being attached (thank goodness!), we gave him a kiss and were on our way.

Unfortunately, someone felt the need to paint the gorilla's toes -- one foot has yellow while the other is a deep red color. There's also some yellow paint on his body and face. But no worries, Gorilla: you're still perfect, with some killer teeth, and that's why we love you.

[Cheryl Ann Rondinelli, 04/23/2014]

Gorilla statue.

The Crystal River Gorilla

A sturdy 12-foot-tall gorilla, certainly worth a pull-over and quick pic. The adjacent sign is gone, so there is no evidence as to what business needed this mascot to greet its customers (The little yellow building behind it looks more like a private residence than the former home of any commerce). This Kong is in good company -- you'll see at least two dinosaurs and a giant shark along the road as you drive south.

[Charlie Mitchell, 12/27/2012]

Its outstretched paw seems built for a sit-in-me photo-op, King Kong style.

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