Gulf Coast Visitor Center Everglades FL hotels. Search for hotels in Gulf Coast Visitor Center Everglades Florida USA. Florida hauntings, monsters, myths, ghosts, legends and folklore. Travel advice suggested by Camelopard. Wildlife, state and national forests and parks, attractions and/or sights of Florida.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Gulf Coast Visitor Center Everglades Florida hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Renaissance Suzhou Hotel in Suzhou China, the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the Polana Hotel in Maputo, Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech), the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, the Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro and Claridge's in London. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
State Forests, National Parks, National Forests, State Parks, Nature Reserves and Refuges in Florida
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; the 220 square mile Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at Cape Canaveral, where you may see grazing manatees and sea turtles as well as space launches; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Legends, Scary Stories, Myths, Monsters, Folklore and Ghosts in Florida
The Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; 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 Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; and the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; 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); strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; 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!); and the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
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"; 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 Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; 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); and the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola, are more weird folklore associated with 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; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; 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 White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; and sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Some people say that they have no desire to visit America because they have seen so much of it on TV and in the movies. However, there is no substitute for the real thing. Be as familiar with famous places as you might like to be with famous people. Lake Tahoe, Fairbanks, Phoenix, Anchorage, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Atlantic City, Detroit, Sitka, St Louis, Miami, Dallas, Boston, Santa Fe, Philadelphia, Honolulu, New York, Juneau, Skagway, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Corpus Christi, Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, Savannah, San Diego and Kansas City. If you have seen those cities, you have at least seen the most famous ones in the USA. Visiting all fifty states is something that even most Americans cannot manage but it is possible to visit those cities, as well as other iconic destinations such as Yosemite National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Everglades, Mount Rainier National Park, rodeos, Niagara Falls, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Disney resorts, Glacier Bay National Park, Route 66, Bryce Canyon, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Ozarks, Mount Rushmore, the Adirondacks, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the California coastline, the Appalachians, Yellowstone National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Florida Keys, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta and the Grand Canyon. Casually mentioning places that you have visited can be as impressive as mentioning the names of celebrities that you have met. Happy travelling!
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