Oviedo FL hotels. Find accommodation / hotels in Oviedo Florida USA. Florida attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks. Warnings, anecdotes and travel advice from Camelopard.com. Weird tales, monsters, ghosts, hauntings, scary stories, legends, folklore and myths of Florida.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Oviedo Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, the Savoy Hotel in London, the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip in Macau, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. are internationally renowned hotels.
National Forests, Nature Reserves, State Forests, State Parks, National Parks and Refuges in Florida
J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; the 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; 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; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; and Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
Legends, Monsters, Ghosts, Scary Stories, Myths and Folklore in Florida
The phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; 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 phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; 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 maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; and the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; 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); 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 Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; and the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; 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); sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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); and the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
You cannot claim to have seen the world unless you have travelled in the USA. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Dallas, Detroit, Anchorage, St Louis, Chicago, Fairbanks, Savannah, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC, Boston, Lake Tahoe, Atlanta, Albuquerque, Sacramento, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Juneau, Miami, Skagway, Sitka, Atlantic City, Seattle, New Orleans, Corpus Christi, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Phoenix, Las Vegas, New York, Santa Fe, Honolulu and Kansas City are among the most famous cities in the USA. Other American mainland sites that should not be missed if a visitor to America, or an American for that matter, is to be regarded as well travelled, include The Florida Keys, rodeos, the California coastline, the Everglades, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Appalachians, Niagara Falls, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Ozarks, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Route 66, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Disney resorts, Yellowstone National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Mount Rushmore, Yosemite National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Adirondacks, Glacier Bay National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount Rainier National Park, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon.
The United States of America are so enormous that even most Americans cannot "know" all of their own country. Even visiting every state would be a major undertaking. It is possible, however, to visit the iconic places known all over the world, especially through Hollywood movies. We hope that you found today's Camelopard tip useful.
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