Florida Tales

We know many of you are limiting travel during these uncertain times.  Although we continue to feature trips and places to visit, we are not encouraging you to visit them until it is safe.  We want to support Florida's attractions and businesses during this situation, and hope you will plan to visit them when things get better.  In the meantime, enjoy them virtually from the comfort of your home. 

Florida tales are stories submitted to our website by visitors or written by us.   Most are written by the website author, but some are from people who yearned to tell us stories from their lives in Florida.

Enjoy these stories about life in Florida.

Mathers Bridge Restaurant
Memories of a favorite Merritt Island waterfront treasure that was demolished in 1992

Old Wabasso Bridge
Finds a new home at Walt Disney World

Florida Black Football Pioneers
It wasn't until the late 1960s that major Florida colleges began to allow black athletes on their teams. Here are some of the first.

The Galloping Ghost of Indian Lake Estates
The most famous American athlete of his time chose to live in this unsuccessful development in the middle of nowhere.

Frank Lloyd Wright Child of the Sun.
The largest single collection of the great architects' buildings is on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

Kapok Tree
This unusual restaurant in Clearwater was one of the most popular destinations in Florida. It operated from 1958 to 1991.

Doc Webb and Webb's City
This St. Petersburg store was like a Walmart before there was a Walmart. It was also a popular tourist attraction from 1925-1979.

Christo and the Surrounded Islands
A floating work of art on Miami's Biscayne Bay may have been a turning point in the city's turbulent history.

Florida Snakes Are Usually Harmless. Usually.
If you are going to travel or live in Florida it is useful to know which snakes are okay and which ones to be afraid of.

A Land Remembered
Patrick Smith wrote this classic historical novel about three generations of a Florida pioneer family. 

Hitler's Yacht
Built in 1938 as Ostwind, she ended up in a Jacksonville boat yard and was scrapped in a watery grave off Miami Beach.

What Is A Florida Cracker?
Be careful who you call a cracker. Some Floridians might hate it, but in some parts of Florida it's a badge of honor.

The Mount Dora Unity Archway
The children of Mount Dora got together and created a monument to a beloved woman citizen of the city.

The Galvanized Yankee From Florida
The story of a captured Confederate soldier who was released and served with the Union fighting Indians.

Lewis Plantation and Turpentine Still
This old tourist attraction did okay for a while. It was not in good taste for the changing times, and finally had to close its doors.

Jackie Gleason's Grave
The great entertainer and actor rests peacefully in Doral, Florida.  His epitaph demonstrates his sense of humor.

Do you have a story about something that happened in Florida? This is where you can write about it. 

We don't have time to do a lot of editing and spell checking , but if your story is accepted you will be notified. If it is not accepted, you will not hear a word from us. We do not send rejection letters.  We also don't pay for stories.

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Florida Tales From our Site Vistiors

Click on the Florida article of your interest to see what other visitors to this page have written.

My Life in the Everglades 
My family has lived in the Florida Everglades for generations. When I was born, my destiny was pretty much the same as everyone in my family who had come …

Brevard Good Ole Boys 
Viera is a sprawling Brevard County planned development located between Rockledge and Melbourne on both sides of I-95. Thousands of people live in the …

Brevard Hotel 
This postcard shows the Brevard Hotel on the Indian River in Cocoa, Florida about 1940. It was torn down in 1999 and replaced by a modern high rise …

Chalet Suzanne 
When I first moved to Florida, my job as a civil engineer took me all over the state. When I was down in the Lake Wales area, a special treat was to have …

Mama Sagy's Pleasant View Inn 
In 1968 I was working on the foundation exploration for the new nuclear power plant. It was being built on Hutchinson Island about halfway between Fort …

The Day I Chased Away The Highwaymen 
I went to school to become a civil engineer. There were no art appreciation courses for engineers back in the days I attended the University of Florida. …

Tales of Old Tampa Stadium 
A high school friend of mine, Bill Rademacher, died on April 2, 2018. His death brought back memories of the original Tampa Stadium. I graduated from …

Frances Langford's Outrigger Resort 
In 1969 I was working on the foundation investigation for the future St Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island. I stayed in nearby Fort Pierce …

Frederick Delius House, Jacksonville University 
Some 40 miles south of Jacksonville along SR-13 on the St Johns River is a plaque marking the location of Solano Grove, the home of composer Frederick …

The Old Wabasso Bridge Finds a New Home at Walt Disney World 
To read the full article about the bridge, go to Old Wabasso Bridge This page is for people who would like to comment about their experiences …

Fort Ogden, Arcadia and Ziba King The Florida Cattle Baron 
When Ziba King died in 1901 he reportedly owned 50,000 head of cattle worth $500,000. This represented 10 percent of all the cattle in Florida. He was …

Quiet Nature Spot Near Howey In The Hills, Florida 
Sometimes I find neat little places away from the hectic hustle and bustle of urban Florida. These are places where I like to relax and just enjoy the …

Flavet Villages at the University of Florida 
I attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida from 1963 until graduation in 1966. It probably would have been too expensive for me to …

Kanapaha Botanical Garden, Gainesville, Florida  
I had seen photos of giant water lily pads in a brochure for the 62 acre Kanapaha Botanical Garden many times. I was especially anxious to see them in …

Lake Apopka Loop Trail 
Not long ago I took a nice day trip to Magnolia Park on County Road 437 south of Apopka. The park straddles the highway; on the west side it fronts on …

Silver Springs: Florida Tourist Attraction Closes 
Sunday, September 15, 2013 was the last day of operation for Silver Springs as a private entity. Starting on October 1, 2013 it will be operated as a …

La Chua Trail, Paynes Prairie, Gainesville, FL 
Located on the north side of the prairie, not at the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park main entrance on 441 in Micanopy. Pets are not allowed. Open 7 …

Mathers Bridge Restaurant Merritt Island Florida 
You can read the article about the Mathers Bridge Restaurant on our site at MATHERS BRIDGE RESTAURANT The article includes memories that other …

Nalcrest Florida and The Former Fedhaven Florida 
A stretch of Florida State Road 60 runs 45 lonely miles between Lake Wales and Yeehaw Junction. Lots of cattle land on both sides of the road, and few …

Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church
Mount Dora, Florida
This old church was built in 1896 and is on Old US-441 south of Mount Dora right behind a Circle K convenience store. Thousands of motorists go by every …

Vernon, Florida. The Movie. 
Vernon is a small town in the Florida panhandle not too far south of the Alabama border. Larger towns in that part of Florida are DeFuniak Springs and …

Eglin Air Force Base: Florida Family History 
Genealogy and family history have always interested me. It wasn't until a few years ago that I realized my family has a link with Eglin Air Force Base …

Mount Plymouth, Florida. Al Capone Loved It. 
I recently drove from Mount Dora, Florida to nearby Mount Plymouth to see what changes have taken place since I last visited more than thirty years ago. …

Theatre of the Sea: A Florida Keys Landmark 
No visit to the Florida Keys was complete without stopping at THEATRE OF THE SEA. Billed as "The World's Second Oldest Marine Life Park", this attraction …

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Gamble Plantation Ellenton Florida 
The Gamble Plantation is mentioned in the Heritage section of your website, but I also consider it to be a significant tourist attraction. After the …

The Bee Line Ferry From Bradenton To St Pete 
Do any of you oldtimers remember when the Bee Line Ferry crossed Tampa Bay from Bradenton to St Petersburg? In the old days before the first Sunshine …

Before "Jaws" There Was Gatorland! 
Before Mickey Mouse came to Orlando, the only tourist attraction around to entertain our company was GATORLAND. Walking through the immense open jaws …

Boulogne, Florida
The Town That Lived On Speeders
Somewhere just south of the St. Mary's River and the Florida-Georgia border there was a sleepy little wide spot in the road named Boulogne. Rhymes with …

Welaka, Florida 
Welaka is on the east bank of the St. Johns River about halfway between Palatka and Deland. It is not on the main highway, so you have to work a bit to …

Fort Lauderdale
Pier 66 Where Are You?
This page is for you to share your memories of Pier 66. You can visit our page on the history of Pier 66 for more information. Pier 66 Remembered …

Old Venus, A Florida Ghost Town 
Take US-27 north out of Moore Haven and it won't be many miles before you come to Palmdale, a sign on the road, and a little bit further is the road that …

Lake Wales and Small Town Hotels 
Bok Tower Gardens is near Lake Wales, a great little place to visit after your communion with the serenity of Bok Tower. The 1920's were boom times …

Yeehaw Junction 

Homosassa: Lost In Time 
Weeki Wachee is a fun place to visit. After you have enjoyed this classic attraction, you might run up US-19 to Homosassa and take a look at the real …

The Darker Side of Jim Crow Florida 
Gus was one of the best men I ever knew. He worked for me on one of the soil testing drill rigs that I ran out of Tampa shortly after I graduated from …

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