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.
FORT WALTON BEACH
PANAMA CITY BEACH
LAKE BUENA VISTA
DUNEDIN Hobby House Museum & Eden Gardens
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
LAND O' LAKES
ST. PETERSBURG BEACH
SAN CARLOS PARK
NORTH MIAMI BEACH
WEST PALM BEACH
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