BY  Mike Miller Updated May 27, 2023

The rapid population growth and unchecked development of the past half century have left us long time Floridians bewildered and saddened for the Florida we have lost. 

14 Linden 2011Linden, Florida

It is still the Sunshine State with beautiful beaches, the theme parks of Orlando, and the natural beauty of our wonderful state park system as well as Everglades National Park. 

But our state has changed and seems to be changing faster every year. 

We remember the way it was and wish it were still the same.  We know that can never be, so I created this website to help you find the places that still have that “Old Florida” feeling. 

You just have to know how to get off the beaten path and enjoy the quiet places that still exist.

Recent Articles

  1. Exploring the Serenity of Ravine Gardens State Park

    Jun 06, 23 10:37 AM

    Ravine Gardens Column
    Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka is one of the most unusual parks in Florida.

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  2. Green Cove Springs, Florida: Beautiful Town on St Johns River

    Jun 06, 23 10:35 AM

    Green Cove Street View
    Green Cove Springs, Florida is on the St. Johns River and was once home to World War Two's mothball fleet.

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  3. Penney Farms, Florida: The Visionary Plan of J.C. Penney

    Jun 06, 23 10:32 AM

    James Cash Penney
    Penney Farms is located between Green Cove Springs and Starke on SR-16. It was developed by department store tycoon J. C. Penny.

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  4. Florida's Celestial Railroad: Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Juno

    Jun 05, 23 08:45 AM

    Florida's Celestial Railroad operated for a short time in the 1890s. It connected Jupiter Inlet to Lake Worth

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  5. Old Florida Orlando Area Churches of the Carpenter Gothic Style

    Jun 05, 23 08:43 AM

    These Old Florida Orlando area churches are among 40 Carpenter Gothic churches in Florida

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  6. 10 Tiny Florida Towns: Population Less than 1,000

    Jun 05, 23 08:38 AM

    Fast growing Florida still has many tiny towns that enjoy the Old Florida feeling. Here are 10 of them.

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  7. Boca Raton, Florida - Historic Resort and Elegant City

    Jun 04, 23 09:53 AM

    Boca Raton Resort Tower
    Boca Raton, Florida is a town that was built around the Boca Raton Resort and Club designed by Addison Mizner.

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  8. Deerfield Beach, Florida. Wonderful Pier and Boardwalk

    Jun 04, 23 09:46 AM

    Deerfield Beach Promenade
    Deerfield Beach, Florida is on the coast between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

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  9. Princess Place Preserve - Peaceful Place for Royalty and You

    Jun 04, 23 09:28 AM

    Princess Lodge and Tree
    Princess Place Preserve is a 1500 acre pristine park north of Palm Coast. Its lodge is the oldest standing structure in Flagler County.

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  10. Ormond Beach, Florida: Birthplace of Racing on the Beach

    Jun 03, 23 09:46 AM

    Hotel Ormond
    Ormond Beach, Florida is the quiet neighbor to the north of busy Daytona Beach.

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  11. Flagler Beach: The Way Florida Used To Be

    Jun 03, 23 09:32 AM

    20130601 Flagler Beach Pier Postcard
    Flagler Beach is a small town on the ocean between St. Augustine Beach and Ormond Beach. It has a very long sandy beach with no high rises.

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  12. Mandarin, Florida. History and Beauty on the St Johns River

    Jun 03, 23 09:20 AM

    Mandarin Cow Vintage Postcard
    Mandarin, Florida home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

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  13. Jackie's BrickHouse Eatery: Monticello, Florida Favorite

    Jun 02, 23 10:47 AM

    When we are traveling in Florida we like to find nice local restaurants to eat in. We like to go where the locals go. Brick House Eatery is one such restaurant.

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  14. Monticello, Florida: Named For Jefferson's Virginia Home

    Jun 02, 23 10:37 AM

    Jefferson County Courthouse
    Monticello Florida is a lovely small north central Florida town 20 miles east of Tallahassee.

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  15. Florida Back Roads Travel Site Map

    Jun 02, 23 10:33 AM

    Robert Frost Fork in the Road
    Florida Back Roads Travel site map shows all of the website pages so you can find your way around.

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  16. Florida Road Trip: Old Towns on the Forgotten Coast

    Jun 02, 23 09:43 AM

    Forgotten Coast US-98 Map
    Old Florida towns on the Forgotten Coast have history and great seafood.

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  17. Leesburg, Florida. Historic Citrus Town on Chain of Lakes

    Jun 01, 23 12:15 PM

    Leesburg Mote Morris House
    Leesburg, Florida is located in central Florida on the Harris Chain of Lakes. It has a population of about 16,000.

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  18. Sea Turtles on Florida Beaches: It's Nesting Season

    Jun 01, 23 11:23 AM

    Florida Beach Sea Turtle
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  19. Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. Beautiful Beach and River City

    Jun 01, 23 11:13 AM

    Indian Harbour Beach N to Mathers
    Indian Harbour Beach, Florida is on the barrier island between the Banana River and the Atlantic Ocean.

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  20. Fiesta of Five Flags Celebrates Pensacola's History

    Jun 01, 23 10:53 AM

    Pensacola is known as the “City of Five Flags”, founded in 1559 by a Spanish Conquistador, Don Tristan de Luna.

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