The Snowman – Butler County’s “Coolest” Roadside Attraction

Visiting the Snowman Butler County's Coolest Roadside Attraction.

If you’re looking for information about The Snowman in Butler County, you’re in the right place.

The Snowman is a one-of-a-kind concession standing 13 feet tall and made of fiberglass.
The Snowman is a one-of-a-kind, 13 foot-tall concession stand made of fiberglass.

The Snowman is a one-of-a-kind, 13 foot-tall concession stand that dispenses delicious frozen treats from his round white belly!

The Snowman is a unique roadside attraction and family-owned business in Butler County.
The Snowman is a unique roadside attraction and family-owned business in Butler County.

The Snowman is believed to have been built as a one-off mobile concession stand in New Mexico in the 1970s, according to owner Brian LaChance.

The Snowman has been a fixture along Route 488 near Portersville since 2013.
The Snowman has been a fixture along Route 488 near Portersville since 2013.

Looking for a way to capitalize on the traffic driving past their property en route to Moraine State Park (which sees nearly 2 million visitors/year), Brian and his wife Debbie purchased the Snowman in Cincinnati in 2013 and set up shop on a plot of land next to their house.

The Snowman sits on a plot of land next to the owner's home and horse pasture.
The Snowman sits on a plot of land next to the owner’s home and horse pasture.

Having experimented with a variety of flavors and concoctions over the past decade, the Snowman currently serves 24 flavors of shave ice, sundaes (the biggest seller), milkshakes, ice cream, and frappuccinos.

The Snowman sells shaved ice, sundaes, milkshakes, and ice cream.
The Snowman sells shave ice, sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream, and frappuccinos.

In the name of “research”, I had a Red Velvet Cake milkshake (which like all Snowman milkshakes features an entire pint of ice cream) and it was delicious!

I tried a Red Velvet Cake milkshake from the Snowman and it was delicious.
I tried a Red Velvet Cake milkshake from the Snowman and it was delicious!

I took my milkshake “to go” as I was off to yet another Butler County destination, but visitors can take advantage of outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi at the Snowman if they choose.

Visitors to the Snowman in Butler County can enjoy outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi.
Visitors to the Snowman in Butler County can enjoy outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi.

Hours and Directions

The Snowman is open weekends in April and then daily from noon until 9 pm through Labor Day.

The Snowman is open weekends in April and then daily from noon until 9 pm through Labor Day.
The Snowman is open weekends in April and then daily from noon until 9 pm through Labor Day.

The Snowman is located along Route 488, just a quarter-mile east of the Portersville exit of I79.

The Snowman is conveniently located near both Moraine State Park to the east and McConnell’s Mill State Park to the west.

The Snowman is conveniently located near both Moraine State Park and McConnell's Mill State Park.
The Snowman is conveniently located near both Moraine State Park and McConnell’s Mill State Park.

For more information, check out the Snowman’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE for the latest hours and menu options.

The Snowman is located just a quarter-mile east of the Portersville exit of I79.
The Snowman is located just a quarter-mile east of the Portersville exit of I79.

Nearby Attractions

The Mars Flying Saucer is a spaceship-themed roadside attraction in the small town of Mars in Butler County.

Visiting the Mars Flying Saucer in Butler County Pennsylvania.
The Mars Flying Saucer in Mars, PA.

Moraine State Park is a 16,725-acre recreational area located about an hour north of Pittsburgh in Butler County.

Crescent Bay Overlook on the South Shore of Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park.
Moraine State Park is named for its hilly deposits of gravel, sand and clay (moraines) that were deposited at the end of the last glacial period (about 12,500 years ago).

McConnell’s Mill State Park, roughly 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, is home to a slew of outstanding hikes, overlooks, waterfalls, and historic structures.

The best things to see and do at McConnell's Mill State Park in Lawrence County Pennsylvania.
Scenes from McConnell’s Mill State Park.

Playthings Etc. is a stealth bomber-shaped toy store along Route 8 in Butler County, billed by the owners as “The World’s Coolest Toy Store!”

Exploring the Stealth Bomber Toy Store in Butler County Pennsylvania
Scenes from Playthings, Etc. in Butler County.

The Maridon Museum in downtown Butler is the only museum in Western Pennsylvania specifically focused on Asian art and culture.

Exploring the Maridon Asian Art Museum in Butler County Pennsylvania
Scenes from the Maridon Museum.

Yellow Dog Village in neighboring Armstrong County is a former mining company town dating back to the early 1900s that now serves as a time capsule and tourist attraction.

Yellow Dog Village is Pennsylvania's Best Ghost Town.
Scenes from Yellow Dog Village.

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