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Tampa, Florida

Ulele Fairyland Figures

These former theme park figures have a new lease on life outside a water plant-turned-restaurant.
Tampa, Florida

Parque Amigos de Jose Marti

A tiny, unassuming park in Tampa that belongs to the Republic of Cuba.
Tampa, Florida

Odyssey 2001 'Spaceship'

The strip club's VIP lounge is actually a rare repurposed Futuro House.
Homestead, Florida

Robert Is Here

The sign that drew attention to a young boy's cucumber stand is now the name of his fruit superstore.
Orlando, Florida

The Holy Land Experience

A mega theme park-wax museum mélange containing all things biblical.
Stuart, Florida

Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge

In a time before lifeguards, this house was a sanctuary for the shipwrecked.
Tampa, Florida

Grindhouse Video

This video store is a horror buff's dream.
Gainesville, Florida

'Some Were Quite Blind'

Four metal statues of massive animal penises stand outside the university's Animal Sciences building.
Sanibel, Florida

Pistol Shrimp of Ding Darling

Just below the surface, shrimp are producing temperatures hotter than the sun.
Gibsonton, Florida

Gibsonton, Florida

The snowbirds here are circus sideshow performers.
Naples, Florida

Clam Pass Beach

A hidden beach at the end of a tunnel of mangrove trees.
North Port, Florida

Warm Mineral Springs

This ancient sinkhole-turned-healing-pool is a treasure trove of archeological discoveries and may even be the Fountain of Youth.