Florida tourist attractions are just about everywhere you travel in the state.  

Nobody knows for sure how many of these attractions exist in the State of Florida.

I would guess at least one thousand, maybe more.

The early tourist attractions were located close to the main highways, and survived by snagging vacationing northern tourists on their way around the Sunshine State.

Florida Tourist Attractions Coral CastleCoral Castle, A Monument To Romantic Love

They also had a steady flow of Florida families that carried them through the slow season in the summer months when school was out.

There is no way anyone could see all of these Florida tourist attractions in a lifetime. In my long life in Florida, many tourist attractions have thrived, faded and disappeared.

Many of these lost attractions were gone before I could see them even once or twice.

Ever heard of Circus World, Splendid China, Masterpiece Theater, Rainbow Springs, Marco Polo Park and Six Gun Territory?

They were all famous Florida tourist attractions in their heyday, and now they are all gone. They were once one of the Florida things to do when visiting the state.

The coming of the Interstate Highways, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios was just too much for many of these old Florida tourist attractions to survive.

My Favorite Florida Tourist Attractions

My favorite Florida attractions include small amusement parks, zoos, museums, state parks and oddities. I've also thrown in a few of the big ones like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Seaworld for good measure.

Florida Tourist Attractions Weeki Wachee SpringsMermaids at Weeki Wachee Sprngs, Florida

Visitor Comments

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Fountain of Youth 
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Historic Haile Homestead's Talking Walls 
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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 …

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum in Pass-a-Grille 
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Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park 
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Silver Springs: Florida Tourist Attraction Closes 
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The Secret of Spook Hill, Lake Wales, Florida 
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Florida's Coral Castle: An Engineering Enigma 
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Hontoon Island and Blue Heron River Tours 
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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 …

Al's Family Farms Citrus Packinghouse and Wet-Line Tour 
My name is Pauline, and I have worked at Al's Family Farms Citrus Packinghouse in Fort Pierce, Florida for several years. One of the things I kept hearing …

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 …

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 …

Fruit and Spice Park Is A Fun Little Place To Visit 
I'm glad you introduced me to this park. I enjoy the tranquility of the grounds, but I also learn something new every time I visit. Being new to Florida, …

Robert Leathers And The Brevard Zoo 
Robert Leathers is an architect who specializes in helping communities get together and build playgrounds, parks and other venues. He has worked with …

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