Bal Harbour FL hotels. Find hotels in Bal Harbour Florida United States of America. Travel advice suggested by Camelopard. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Florida. Florida myths, folklore, hauntings, monsters, legends and ghosts.
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Sights/Places to See and Attractions in Florida
The romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates; Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; Gatorland; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum; Sanibel Island; Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari); wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; St Petersburg; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; the Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; Pensacola; and Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park, are among the attractions of Florida.
Myths, Scary Stories, Legends, Monsters, Folklore and Ghosts in Florida
The pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the numerous ghosts of the Cassadaga Hotel, Cassadaga, which embraces its phantom guests and usually has a professional psychic on hand (spectres include girls Katlin and Sarah, Gentleman Jack with his trademark cigar and a rather naughty ghost called Arthur); the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the gash-throated phantom of Luc Simone Aury that haunts the area outsde of the Amelia Island Museum of History, formerly the Old Jail where he was hanged, in Fernandina Beach (his attempt at suicide failed and his throat was stitched by a surgeon but the long drop of the gallows caused his wound to open and shower the horrified spectators with blood - Aury couldn't have planned it better if he had tried!); Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; and the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Unusual hauntings of a Victorian guesthouse, Artist House, in Key West (the turret is said to be haunted, both by Anne, the wife of artist and author Robert Eugene "Gene" Otto and by the malevolent spirit of a sailor doll, also called Robert - the "possessed" doll itself is sometimes displayed in the Fort East Martello Museum or at the Old Post Office and Customhouse and is claimed to be the inpiration for the Chucky movies); the thoroughfare popularly called Bloody Bucket Road and the similarly prefixed bridge and woods in Wauchula where, at night, blood appears in the water below the bridge and the sound of crying babies is heard from the woods (a murderous midwife is said to have been haunted by a bucket that supernaturally filled with the blood of her victims, which she tried to pour out at the bridge); spirits of the Agustin Inn in the St Augustine Historic District, including a man in white, who walks through walls and who may also be the ghostly Chiles who "goes bump in the night"; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; and the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; and the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; unexplained phenomena at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (ghostly events are associated with the fact that the hotel was used as a soldiers' hospital during WW2); the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; and the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Welcome to the United States. Nobody can visit all of America but if you have seen the cities of Albuquerque, Honolulu, San Francisco, Sitka, Atlanta, Lake Tahoe, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Anchorage, Fort Lauderdale, Santa Fe, St Louis, New York, Seattle, Skagway, Philadelphia, Juneau, Corpus Christi, New Orleans, Miami, Savannah, Phoenix, Washington DC, Sacramento, Fairbanks, Dallas, San Diego, Detroit, Atlantic City, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Houston, Boston, Las Vegas and Los Angeles you can be regarded as well travelled within the United States. Other world famous USA destinations include Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Florida Keys, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Ozarks, Route 66, Mount Rainier National Park, the Everglades, the Appalachians, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, rodeos, the Adirondacks, Glacier Bay National Park, the California coastline, Niagara Falls, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, the Disney resorts, Yellowstone National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Yosemite National Park, Mount Rushmore, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Okefenokee Swamp and Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park. See as much as you can of the only country in the world that includes territory both in the Arctic and in the tropics. Good luck on your travels.
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