Punta Gorda FL hotels. Find inns, motels or hotels in Punta Gorda Florida USA. Florida attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks. Camelopard's wisdom for travellers. Monsters, myths, legends, folklore, ghosts and hauntings of Florida.
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Legends, Monsters, Scary Stories, Ghosts, Myths and Folklore in Florida
The Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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); spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; 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 sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; and the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; 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!); mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; and the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom, 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 spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; 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 maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; 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); 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 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 Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
National Forests, State Parks, State Forests, National Parks, Nature Reserves and Refuges in Florida
Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; 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; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; 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 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; and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
The USA is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world, yet has preserved much of its wilderness and beautiful scenery. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Salt Lake City, Kansas City, New York, Honolulu, Washington DC, Juneau, Lake Tahoe, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Santa Fe, Indianapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Anchorage, Sitka, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Detroit, Sacramento, Fairbanks, Skagway, Boston, Miami, St Louis, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Savannah, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, San Diego, Corpus Christi and Atlantic 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 Appalachians, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Adirondacks, Yellowstone National Park, the Everglades, Route 66, the Florida Keys, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the California coastline, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Ozarks, the Okefenokee Swamp, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Bryce Canyon, Glacier Bay National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Disney resorts, Niagara Falls, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Mount Rushmore and rodeos.
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. Happy travelling!
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