Tampa Area FL hotels. Reservations for hotels in Tampa Area Florida USA. Florida scary or weird stories, monsters, myths, legends, folklore, hauntings and ghosts. Wildlife, state and national forests and parks, attractions and/or sights of Florida. Camelopard's wisdom for travellers.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Tampa Area Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, the Mandarin Oriental Macau, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, the Imperial Hotel in Delhi, the Arena Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro and the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Scary Stories, Legends, Monsters, Folklore, Myths and Ghosts in Florida
Sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; 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); strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; and 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), 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 Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; and the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
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 Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; and the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
Spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; 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; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; 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); Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; and the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Attractions and Sights/Places to See in Florida
The Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; Sanibel Island; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; St Petersburg; Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park; wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; the romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates; Pensacola; Gatorland; the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum; Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; and Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari), are among the attractions of Florida.
The USA has always welcomed friendly travellers from all over the world. How well can you know the USA? Try visiting Fairbanks, New Orleans, Boston, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Corpus Christi, Philadelphia, Savannah, Detroit, Lake Tahoe, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Sitka, Seattle, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Kansas City, Anchorage, Houston, Juneau, Albuquerque, San Francisco, Atlantic City, San Diego, Chicago, Miami, Honolulu, Skagway, Dallas, Santa Fe, Washington DC, Fort Lauderdale, St Louis, Salt Lake City and New York. Nobody can see every part of the United States of America but those cities are probably the ones that nearly everybody on earth has heard of. The beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Niagara Falls, the Everglades, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount Rushmore, Yosemite National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, the Adirondacks, the Disney resorts, Route 66, the Ozarks, rodeos, the Florida Keys, the Appalachians, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Bryce Canyon, the Okefenokee Swamp, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the California coastline, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Grand Canyon, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta and Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa are also iconic sights and destinations. Whether you travel America for business or pleasure, enjoy your journey.
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