Andy & Opie Statue (Andy Griffith and Ron Howard) Statue
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina (408 Ashe Ave.)
When to visit: Anytime during daylight hours
Time needed: 10 minutes
The late actor Andy Griffith will always be Ben Matlock to me (cool discovery of the day: Matlock was once on the Simpsons!) But Griffith was probably better-known for his role in The Andy Griffith Show, the classic black-and-white program with the whistling theme song.
Another character on the show was little Opie, played by a young Ron Howard. Both Andy and Opie have been honored with a statue in Pullen Park in Raleigh, North Carolina.
It’s a lifesize statue that depicts Sheriff Andy looking down at the young boy and holding his hand. Both are holding fishing rods. The statues are located along the sidewalk near the carousel. Feel free to walk right up to them and take photos with Andy and Opie.
Side note: There’s another Andy Griffith statue in the actor’s hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina, which also holds a festival in celebration of his legacy.