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Mina Edison's Moonlight Garden. (Wikimedia Commons)
Fort Myers, Florida

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

One-time winter retreats of prolific inventor Thomas Edison and his friend Henry Ford.
26.6347, -81.8806
Unusual formations of coquina rock at The Rocks beach.
Palm Coast, Florida

The Rocks - Washington Oaks State Park

A secret, rocky playground hidden amongst the plain white beaches of the Florida coast.
29.6331, -81.2075
Williston, Florida

Devil's Den

The scuba diving training facility was named for the steam that rises from the cave's chimney.
29.4078, -82.4762
Ruins of the Bulow Plantation
Flagler Beach, Florida

Bulow Plantation Ruins

The ruins of this ante-bellum sugar plantation are the end result of a Seminole attack during the Florida Wars of 1836.
29.4351, -81.1423
Ponce Inlet Light
Ponce Inlet, Florida

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse

The third tallest lighthouse in America once guided author Stephen Crane to safety.
29.0806, -80.9281
Cruger-dePeyster Sugar Mill Ruins
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Cruger-dePeyster Sugar Mill Ruins

Despite being made of a seashell mortar, the crumbling remains of this historic Florida mill are still standing.
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Windover Archeological Site
Titusville, Florida

Windover Archeological Site

A swamp that was the site of prehistoric water burials also managed to preserve its corpses for millennia.
28.5386, -80.8433
Lake Helen, Florida

Cassadaga

Town of spiritualists and mediums in Florida.
28.9652, -81.2361
View from the base of the Senator
Longwood, Florida

The Senator

The culprit who accidentally lit this 3,500-year-old tree on fire stated "I can't believe I burned down a tree older than Jesus."
28.7208, -81.3313
View of the Soutwest side of Monkey Island on Homosassa River.
Homosassa, Florida

Monkey Island of Homosassa

In Florida, these naughty monkeys live on their own mini-monkey Alcatraz.
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Outside view.
Sarasota, Florida

The Last Defense of Fort Juan Ortiz

A lone gunner's station is all that remains of a replica Spanish Fort in Florida.
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Sarasota, Florida

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

A Circus legend leaves an unexpected endowment.
27.3824, -82.5620
The Clearwater Virgin before she was beheaded
Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater Virgin Mary

This glass-stain Mary attracted thousands of pilgrims until her head was shattered by a vandal with a slingshot.
27.9691, -82.7290
Whimzeyland
Safety Harbor, Florida

Whimzeyland

This home is decked out like a psychedelic explosion of colors and bowling balls.
27.9922, -82.7009
Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida

Salvador Dalí Museum

Florida might be at its most surreal in this museum devoted to the famed Spanish artist.
27.7660, -82.6314
Grand staircase
Tampa, Florida

Hindu Temple of Florida

A gleaming white tower in ornate Indian style soars above the low-slung bungalows of north Tampa.
28.0442, -82.5362
Gibsonton, Florida. (Creative Commons)
Gibsonton, Florida

Gibsonton, Florida

The snowbirds here are circus sideshow performers.
27.8536, -82.3826
Airstream Ranch
Seffner, Florida

Airstream Ranch

An octet of classic chrome trailers speared into the ground act as a tribute to the silver bullets of the open road.
28.0095, -82.2846
A circa 1971 advertisement for Shawnee Airlines, describing their flights into Walt Disney World.
Orlando, Florida

"Singing Runway" at the Abandoned Disney World Airport

The only runway directly into the magic kingdom has been closed since 1972, but it still sings to you if you drive fast enough.
28.3987, -81.5710
Splendid China, Orlando
Kissimmee, Florida

Splendid China

Once featuring over 60 miniature replicas of famous Chinese locations, the Splendid China theme park was completely abandoned and is now mostly rubble.
28.3376, -81.6057
Celebration, Florida

Mickey Pylon

Electrical pylon in the shape of Disney's beloved mouse.
28.3038, -81.5742
Bok Tower
Lake Wales, Florida

Bok Tower Gardens

Possibly the most beautiful carillon in the world, set atop Iron Mountain in Florida.
27.9157, -81.5660
Lake Wales, Florida

Spook Hill

A haunted hill that supposedly defied gravity.
27.9086, -81.5812
Crypts and headstones, 01JUL17.
Savannah, Georgia

Colonial Park Cemetery

One of Savannah's oldest and most haunted cemeteries, featuring graves desecrated by Sherman's Union Army.
32.0762, -81.0906