Crystal River, Florida: Big Gorilla: Sit in his Hand

A snarling 12-foot-tall gorilla extends a hand as a convenient seat.

GS Auto Towing and Wrecker Service

2021 US-19, Crystal River, FL
GS Auto Towing and Wrecker Service. On the west side of US-19/N. Suncoast Blvd, between 22nd and 19th Sts, just north of the Crystal River Mall. Set back from the road just a little.
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Big Gorilla.

Big Gorilla

So big you can sit in his hand. He is worth the drive to see his smile! In 2022 he looks brand new.

[Rod Bon, 02/25/2022]

The gorilla was restored to like-new condition in 2021.

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]

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