Lost Florida Tourist Attractions
Gone But Not Forgotten

Lost Florida tourist attractions are gone but not forgotten. Florida's historical landscape is dotted with tourist attractions that didn't make it.

For every existing Florida tourist attraction, there seems to be two or three more that didn't survive. These long gone attractions are dreams that didn't work out.

People invested their money and worked hard to make their attraction succeed. Their payrolls were important to the communities they were located in. These lost attractions are part of our Florida heritage.

In the years after World War Two and up into the 1960's, there were no interstate highways in Florida and no Turnpike.  The main north-south routes were US-1, US-27, US-301, US-441, and US-41.

A lot of these roads converged near Ocala, and then fanned out to head southwest toward Tampa and Sarasota or southeast toward Lake Okeechobee and Miami beyond.

Many of these lost Florida tourist attractions were on these old highways, typical Florida backroads.

Others came later, trying to feed off the frenzy surrounding Walt Disney World and the other major theme parks. Many of them didn't make it either.

When you are wandering around Florida's back roads, it is fun to ask the locals where the lost attraction was and go visit the site and see what's there now.

Here are the ones I know about. I'm sure there are many more, but this is a start.

NORTHWEST

BLOUNTSTOWN
Western Daze Putt-Around

FORT WALTON BEACH
Funway Amusement Park

PANAMA CITY BEACH
Castle Dracula
Jungleland Zoo
Long Beach Deer Ranch

Magic World
Miracle Strip Amusement Park
The Ocean Opry
Petticoat Junction/Old Laredo
Snake-a-Torium
Toombstone Territory
Top O' the Strip Observation Tower



NORTH CENTRAL

BUSHNELL
Rainforest Art Garden and
Dinosaur Jungle

CHIEFLAND
Dogland

DUNELLON
Rainbow Springs (Now a Florida
State Park)

GAINESVILLE
Fred Bear Museum

LAWTEY
Florida Reptile Land

MCINTOSH
Bird Island Cruise

TALLAHASSEE
Garden of Mystery

WAKULLA SPRINGS
Wakulla Springs (now Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park)



NORTHEAST

BUNNELL
Marco Polo Park

FERNANDINA BEACH
Peppermint Land

JACKSONVILLE
Dixieland Park
Florida Ostrich Farm
Griffen Amusement Park
Oriental Gardens
Riverview Amusement Park

ORMOND BEACH
Parrot Paradise

PALM COAST
Animal Land

ST. AUGUSTINE
Casper's Ostrich & Alligator Farm
Cross and Sword
Gator Land (not the one in Kissimmee)
Mystery House
Tragedy In The US Museum


CENTRAL EAST

DAYTONA BEACH
Atomic Tunnel
Forest Amusement Park
Klassix Auto Museum
Jungle Gardens
Sea Zoo

PALM BAY
Indian Springs Museum


PORT ORANGE
Bongoland

VERO BEACH
McKee Jungle Gardens(Part of it is now a park)

TITUSVILLE
Tropical Wonderland (AKA Tarzan's Jungleland or Florida Wonderland)
Marine Life Park


CENTRAL

DUNDEE
USA of Yesterday Americana-Museum

HAINES CITY
Boardwalk & Baseball
Circus World
House of Mystery

KISSIMMEE
Haunted Mansion (not the one at Walt Disney World)
Indian World Museum and Trading Post
Jungleland Zoo
Splendid China

LAKE BUENA VISTA
Discovery Island
River Country

LAKE WALES
Black Hills Passion Play
Masterpiece Gardens
St. Anne Shrine, Grotto of Lourdes

LONGWOOD
Sanlando Springs

OCALA
Birds of Prey
Black's Haunted House
Ocala Caverns

ORLANDO
Florida Festival
Guinness World Records Experience
Hard Rock Vault
King Henry's Feast
Mystery Fun House
Stars Hall Of Fame
Terror on Church Street
Skull Kingdom
Wings and Wheels Museum

PALMDALE
Cypress Knee Museum

SILVER SPRINGS
Carriage Cavalcade
Early American Museum
Paradise Park
Prince of Peace Memorial
Ross Allen's Reptile Institute
Tommy Bartlett's International Deer Ranch
Six Gun Territory

WINTER HAVEN
Cypress Gardens
Jungleland
Weapons of the World



CENTRAL WEST

BROOKSVILLE
Fort Dodge
Lewis Plantation

CLEARWATER
Kapok Tree Inn

CLEARWATER BEACH
Sea-Orama

DUNEDIN Hobby House Museum & Eden Gardens

HERNANDO
Ted Williams Museum and Hitters
Hall of Fame

HOMOSASSA
Homosassa Springs(Now a state park)

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Tiki Gardens

LAND O' LAKES
Dupree Gardens

OSPREY
Floridaland

RUSKIN
Voice in the Wind

SARASOTA
Circus Hall Of Fame
Museum of the Cross
Sunshine Springs & Gardens
Texas Jim's Sarasota Reptile Farm and Zoo

SPRING HILL
Foxbower Wildlife Exhibit (AKA Dinosaur Wildlife)

ST. PETERSBURG
Caswell Orchid Gardens
Criswell's Money Museum
Florida Wild Animal & Reptile Ranch
Fountain of Youth
Gresh Wood Parade
HMS Bounty
Moses Tabernacle In The Wilderness
St. Petersburg Alligator Farm
Sunken Gardens (Operated now as a city botanical park)
The Peacock Farm
Webb's City

ST. PETERSBURG BEACH
Aquatarium
Shark World
Tussaud's London Wax Museum

TAMPA
Fairyland Park
Fun Forest
Rattlesnake Farm
Supertest Amusement Park
Treasureland


SOUTHWEST

CAPE CORAL
Cape Coral Gardens
Waltzing Waters Aquarama

FORT MYERS
Fantasy Isles
Florida Marine Museum
Fort Myers Tropical Gardens
Honey Bee Observatory

NAPLES
Collier Automobile Museum
The Teddy Bear Museum of Naples

SAN CARLOS PARK
Rainbow Palace Waltzing Waters



SOUTHEAST

BOCA RATON
Africa U.S.A.
Ancient America
International Museum of Cartoon Art

BOYNTON BEACH
Waite Bird Farm
Lewis Bird Farm

DANIA
Chimp Farm
Pirates World
Wyldewood Bird Farm

DANIA BEACH
Graves Museum of Archaeology

DAVIE
Pioneer City

FORT LAUDERDALE
Atlantis the Water Kingdom (6 Flags Atlantis)
New River Tunnel Radio Station
Ocean World

HOLLYWOOD
Six Flags Atlantis

HOMESTEAD
Orchid Jungle

HYPOLUXO
James Melton Autorama

KEY BISCAYNE
Crandon Park Zoo

KEY WEST
Ripley's Odditorium

LAKE WORTH
Alligator & Ostrich Farm
Lake Worth Aquarium

LANTANA
Ostrich and Alligator Farm and Zoo

MIAMI
Bryce's Kiddie Park
Coppinger's Pirate's Cove
Donnin's Arms Museum
Famous Trees
Funland Park
Lost Lake
Miami Aquarium & Marine Museum
Miami Marine Stadium
Miami Rare Bird Farm
Miami Serpentarium
Miami Wax Museum
Musa Isle Indian Village
North Miami Zoo Garden
Parrot Jungle
Planet Ocean
Policemen's Park
Tropical Hobbyland

MIAMI BEACH
Fun Fair

NORTH MIAMI
Anirama
Aquafair
Holbrook Antique Arms & Gun Museum

NORTH MIAMI BEACH
Old West Kiddie Park

POMPANO BEACH
Storyland
World of Miniature Horses

RIVIERA BEACH
Bazaar Trylon Observation Tower

SUNRISE
The Upside-Down House

WEST PALM BEACH
Alligator Joe's

Do You Know Something About A Lost Florida Tourist Attraction?

If you know something about a Lost Attraction that hasn't been written about yet on this website, give us a 300 word essay and we will turn it into a permanent webpage with you listed as author. You are also welcome to submit comments of any word length about those attractions that have already been written about.

[ ? ]

Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional)[ ? ]

 

Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

 submission guidelines.


(You can preview and edit on the next page)

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Lewis Plantation and Turpentine Still 
Lewis Plantation was an old time Florida tourist attraction that defied all probabilities of succeeding. It was on U.S. 41 about two miles south of Brooksville. …

Cypress Knee Museum 
OLDE FLORIDA CYPRESS KNEE MUSEUM: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Back in the early 80’s while heading home from the east …

Tunnel Radio Station in Fort Lauderdale US1 Tunnel 
In 1976 I wanted to buy my own radio station but could not afford the high prices, so I created my own. I found that inside the New River Tunnel (now called …

Cypress Gardens Florida 
I hear Legoland kept some of the best parts, particularly the botanical gardens. I don't know. Maybe if I have kids and start bringing in more money …

Kapok Tree Inn, Davie FL 
Kapok Tree Inn was located in Davie FL between Flamingo and 130th Ave. My mother who is now 96 took me and my daughter and son in the 1970's. We loved …

The Tragic Death of River Country 
Ah River Country! It was the water park I always longed to go to. It had the neatest looking water slides I'd ever seen. It was Walt Disney World's …

Dupree Gardens in Land o' Lakes 
Living in Land o’ Lakes my whole life, I thought I knew almost everything about it. However, the other night, I stumbled across something that excited …

Fantasy Isles, Fort Myers, Florida 
My story.... I was one of the artists from Ringling College of Art and Design who worked on the Fantasy Isles project. My job was to do the artwork …

Pirates' World, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 
Pirates' World was a small theme park located on Sheridan St in Dania east of US 1 south of Ft. Lauderdale. While I do not recall a lot of details …

Pioneer City, Davie, Florida 
I grew up in Davie, Florida, in the 1960s when there were only about 2,000 or 3,000 people in residence there. There were several orange groves that we …

River Country. Lost Florida Tourist Attraction 
Disney's River Country was a water park with a Tom Sawyer 'swimming hole' theme that pre-dated Wet 'n Wild by one year. I remember they served 'Sasparilla" …

Rainbow Springs: Rescued Lost Florida Attraction 
Rainbow Springs is just north of Dunnellon, Florida, and at one time it was quite a popular tourist attraction. It was not as big as Silver Springs further …

Walt Disney World Florida River County Adventure 
MY PRIVATE NIGHT AT RIVER COUNTRY WITH MY LIFEGUARD BOYFRIEND In 1978 I was seventeen years old and was dating a lifeguard who worked at the Polynesian …

Florida Sea Life Aquarium, Dania Beach, Florida 
Hello Mike, Here is an exhibit that was located on Dania Beach during the early 50's. It was developed by Ed Noyes and his twin sons Eddie and Charlie. …

Mario Andretti's Grand Prix International 
Does anyone remember Mario Andretti's Grand Prix International miniature race car course? I was there on March 23, 1979. You drove mini grand …

Dania Chimpanzee Farm 
Sixty-three years ago, 1949, I started working at the "Chimp Farm" as a guide for the tourists explaining the origins and habits of the various chimps, …

Blacks Haunted House...And A Very Scared Family! 
As a family we always went on yearly vacations all over Florida. So in my 50 years I have seen and worked at a lot of attractions. But Blacks Haunted House …

Tropical Wonderland... 
While I missed actually being able to go to this park while it was open, I live around the corner from where it used to be. Before the property was... …

Lost Florida Attractions: Visitor Comments Before 12-2-12 
Hi, I found your site while looking for more information on the Aquatarium. I have posted some photos from 1970 at: http://vintagevacationphotos.com/vacation.cfm?v …

Mystery Fun House in Orlando 
Orlando was an exciting place to be in the early years after Walt Disney World opened in 1971. Other big projects were in the wind, including Florida …

Floridaland Tried To Be All Things To All Tourists 
My grandparents moved from Indiana to Osprey, near Venice, in 1960. A few years later - in 1964 - Floridaland opened as one of the unusual tourist attractions …

Six Gun Territory Was Here Before Walt Disney World 
Six Gun Territory in Ocala, Florida, was a very popular attraction in the days before Walt Disney World. This western themed Florida tourist attraction …

Musa Isle Indian Village In Miami, Florida 
Old timers in Miami tell me that the Everglades essentially began right about where 27th Avenue is today. Everything west was The Swamp, and land was …

Marco Polo Park 
Shortly before Walt Disney World opened in October 1971, I began to notice construction of a new theme park on the west side of I-95 north of Ormond and …

Click here to write your own.

Splendid China Is Gone 
Only the fence and wall were still standing, it's been demolished. We broke off some tiles from the wall portion. There was a 24 hour security guard …

Funland Park Miami  
I was recently going through some of my in-laws photo albums of their time with the circus and different carnivals and came across this picture. It …

Tropical Hobbyland 
I don't know much about Tropical Hobbyland in Miami, but I clipped this photo from the Facebook page "Miami, See It Like A Native". The other color …

Marine Life Park, Titusville Fla. 
A short lived park across the street on US1 from Tropical Wonderland. They had porpoise shows, a manatee you could pet along with rays and a sea turtle. …

Xanadu - Home of the future 
I just wanted to add Xanadu, home of the future to your lost attraction list. I think it was in the Kissimmee area. Here is more info. Xanadu was …

Click here to write your own.


Return From Lost Florida Tourist Attractions
To Florida Backroads Travel Home



Email

First Name




Enjoy our free monthly ezine with news of day trips, towns, inns, festivals, food, history and more.