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Sights/Places to See and Attractions in Florida
Pensacola; wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum; Gatorland; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park; Sanibel Island; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; the romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates; St Petersburg; the Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari); Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; and the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA, are among the attractions of Florida.
Myths, Legends, Folklore, Scary Stories, Monsters and Ghosts in Florida
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 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!); 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 Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; and sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs, 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; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; 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); and the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; 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 spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; and the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine, 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; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; 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 ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; 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 "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; and the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
You cannot claim to have seen the world unless you have travelled in the USA. 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 Boston, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Sacramento, Albuquerque, Chicago, Savannah, Sitka, Miami, New Orleans, Anchorage, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Lake Tahoe, Seattle, Kansas City, Dallas, Philadelphia, St Louis, Skagway, New York, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Corpus Christi, Fairbanks, Juneau, Atlanta, Atlantic City, San Diego, Detroit, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Houston, Indianapolis and Honolulu. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Route 66, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Okefenokee Swamp, Niagara Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, the Appalachians, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Disney resorts, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon, the Ozarks, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Florida Keys, Yellowstone National Park, the Adirondacks, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Everglades, the California coastline, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, rodeos, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Mount Rushmore and Glacier Bay National Park are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Come back soon for another helpful Camelopard tip.
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