Florida's Lost Tourist Attractions
Florida's Lost Tourist Attractions
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Once upon a time, before the giant mouse ate Orlando and Interstate Highways were built to cattle chute the tourists directly into International Drive, there was another Florida.

It was somewhen between Henry Ford's mass production of the Model-T, which made automobile touring a commonplace, and Walt Disney's mass production of the tourist experience, which made the road trip a mere way to get there, instead of the there itself. It was the age of the roadside attraction.

Tourist attractions have a way of springing up on the Florida roadside like wildflowers -- or litter: bright, shiny and full of hope to begin with, only to wither and die when they just can't quite sustain the magic. You will find no historical marker to mark their passing, no footnote in the history book, only the occasional exotic plant, or shopping center, or oddly named road. Memory soon dims and they are forgotten, lingering only as a trace of a reminiscence. Until now.

Attractions now featured:

If you don't see it above, try The Master List of Forgotten Attractions or Why don't you list... on attractions that are still open.

Florida Attractions Timeline.

Never Never Lands: proposed parks that were never opened.

Recommended Reading

Florida Poster Gallery

Other Lost Florida Attractions Sites

Looking for information on currently operating theme parks? See Theme Park City.

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