Roadside Attraction

How Do Weeki Wachee’s Mermaids Stay Underwater So Long?

The famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs are the epitome of grace and elegance. They make what they do underwater look effortless. Surprisingly, the secrets behind their daily aquatic ballets haven't changed much since the classic Florida roadside...

The Story Behind This Beachside Castle

Look carefully the next time you’re traveling up A1A north of St. Augustine and you might notice a piece of roadside architecture that’s a little out of place for the beaches of Florida. Poking above the trees is a series of large turrets that belong...

The Colorful Past of Yeehaw Junction’s Desert Inn

Get off Florida’s Turnpike at Exit 193 and you’ll see the remnants of a faded out billboard that once welcomed travelers to Yeehaw Junction. Just a few years ago, the sign was vibrant with colorful depictions of a beach, a Space Shuttle and a smiling...

Weeki Wachee’s Mermaids Put On a Great Show

Ever since I was a kid and saw Darryl Hannah don a fish tail in the 1984 film Splash, I've been intrigued by mermaids. I'm not the only one. The mythological sea creatures have been a part of folklore in cultures around the world for centuries. Sail...

Why Gatorland Remains a Florida Classsic

I'm ashamed to admit that I've lived in Florida nearly 20 years and never set foot in one of the state's original roadside attractions - until a few days ago. My wife and I decided to take advantage of the Florida resident discount at Gatorland Su...

The Story Behind Sanford’s MTV Moonman

Almost directly beneath the Interstate 4 on-ramp from Highway 17 at the St. Johns River sits a curious roadside attraction. A giant replica of an MTV Moonman is safely locked inside the lot at Acme Industrial Surplus in Sanford. But if you're trav...

Betsy the Giant Lobster is the Perfect Photo-Op

Say hello to Betsy, probably the biggest lobster you've ever seen. Standing 30-feet tall and stretching 40-feet from head to tail, Betsy has been greeting visitors to the Florida Keys since the 1980s. The 12-legged crustacean sits in front of the ...

Where to Find the World’s Smallest Police Station

One of the most famous tourist spots in the Florida Panhandle is an old-fashioned telephone booth in Carrabelle. The story goes that in 1963, police officers were having a problem keeping the phones answered while trying to catch speeders on the tow...