Quirky Attraction: Andy Griffith & Ron Howard (Andy & Opie) Statue

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Andy & Opie Statue (Andy Griffith and Ron Howard) Statue
Location
: Raleigh, North Carolina (408 Ashe Ave.)
When to visit: Anytime during daylight hours
Cost: Free
Time needed: 10 minutes
Website: www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/ParksRec/Articles/Parks/Pullen.html

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.

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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.

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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.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

2 comments on “Quirky Attraction: Andy Griffith & Ron Howard (Andy & Opie) Statue

  1. I never was an Andy Griffith fan, but it has still somehow seeped into the framework of my past. We visited the Mayberry Cafe in Indianapolis recently. I would much prefer tributes and sights depicting I Love Lucy, but there’s something familiar and comforting about this show, too.
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