A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions

A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions

by Doug Alderson


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Mermaids still perform in the clear waters of Weeki Wachee Springs as they have for decades. The Bok Towers carillon bells, installed in 1929, continue to echo across Iron Mountain near Lake Wales. Monstrous reptiles are ever abundant at Gatorland, Gatorama and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Dolphins continue to leap at Marineland. St. Petersburgs Sunken Gardens is fully restored to its former grandeur, complete with flamingos. You can still drive through a pride of lions at southeast Florida's Lion Country Safari. And nothing speaks of Old Florida like the giant concrete statues at Goofy Golf in Panama City Beach. Many of Florida's classic attractions still exist—and even thrive—in the shadow of mega-theme parks and interstate highways.

A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions takes you to these places and more on an unforgettable journey across the Sunshine State. Discover what Florida's golden age of tourism was, and still is, all about— magical, beautiful and fun!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561648191
Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 1,137,962
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Doug Alderson is a Florida naturalist and writer. He has published many articles in magazines such as Wildlife Conservation, Sierra, and Florida Wildlife, and has written a number of books on natural travel in Florida. This time he writes about not-quite-natural Florida, but maybe more so than the Worlds overtaking it. He has also written for Pineapple Press: The Ghost Orchid Ghost and The Great Florida Seminole Trail.

Table of Contents

  • A Florida Witches’ Brew
  • Part I – Florida Tourism through the Ages
  • One: Early Tourists and Healing Waters
  • Two: Beaches, Highways and a Golden Age
  • Three: History and Nature for All
  • Four: Other Lands and Worlds
  • Five: Gone Forever
  • Part II – Old Florida Attractions You Can Visit
  • Six: Florida to the Rescue
  • Homosassa Springs
  • Weeki Wachee Springs
  • Rainbow Springs
  • De Leon Springs
  • Silver Springs
  • Wakulla Springs
  • Seven: The Mysterious Alligator Keeps on Giving
  • Gatorland
  • Jungle Adventures
  • Everglades Attractions
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
  • Gatorama
  • Eight: Bok’s Tower Still Sings
  • Nine: Mixing Old and New at LEGOLAND
  • Ten: The Many Lives of Marineland
  • Eleven: Solomon’s Castle in the Swamp
  • Twelve: Other Survivors
    • Sunken Gardens
    • Sarasota Jungle Gardens
    • Everglades Wonder Gardens
    • Maclay Gardens
    • McKee Jungle Gardens
    • Goofy Golf
    • Yearling Restaurant
    • Angel’s Diner
    • Lion Country Safari
    • Parrot Jungle
    • Monkey Jungle
    • Thirteen: Florida Oddities Ever Popular
    • Robbie’s Tarpon Feeding
    • Manatee Watching
    • Bioluminescent Tours
    • Ghost Tours
    • Spook Hill
    • Skunk Ape Research Headquarters
    • Coral Castle

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