Shalimar FL hotels. Find accommodation / hotels in Shalimar Florida USA. Myths, legends, fearsome critters, ghosts, folklore, monsters, hauntings and eerie tales of Florida. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Florida. Hints and tips for holidaymakers or business travellers.
We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Shalimar Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Savoy Hotel in London, the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Grand Hyatt Macau, Claridge's in London and the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi. are internationally renowned hotels.
Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Florida
Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari); the Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; Gatorland; the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; Pensacola; Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; Sanibel Island; St Petersburg; and the romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates, are among the attractions of Florida.
Legends, Myths, Scary Stories, Folklore, Ghosts and Monsters in Florida
The ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; 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 ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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 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); the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; and 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", are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; and the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River, 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; 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 White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; 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 spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; and ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
So you want to see America. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Chicago, Skagway, Phoenix, Seattle, Dallas, Washington DC, Santa Fe, New Orleans, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City, Houston, Savannah, Atlanta, Detroit, Boston, Kansas City, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, San Diego, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Corpus Christi, Fairbanks, Salt Lake City, St Louis, New York, Indianapolis, Sitka, Anchorage, Sacramento, San Francisco, Juneau and Miami. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Niagara Falls, Route 66, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Grand Canyon, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Yosemite National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the California coastline, the Adirondacks, Glacier Bay National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Mount Rushmore, the Disney resorts, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Bryce Canyon, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Everglades, the wild west town of Tombstone, Yellowstone National Park, the Ozarks, the Florida Keys, rodeos, the Appalachians and Mount Rainier National Park are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Travel safely and happily.
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