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Florida Matters: Florida's Roadside Attractions

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Cathy Carter
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WUSF

Long before Florida was known for Mickey Mouse and Disney World, it was a vacation destination defined by its beaches and other attractions that drew on the state's natural beauty. Spots like Silver Springs and Cypress Gardens -- and a variety of places that put the word "gator" in their names.

On this Florida Matters, we take you on a ride through the Tampa Bay area's  weird and wonderful roadside attractions, with stops in the past and present.

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Do you have a favorite snapshot from the past or present of a place you treasure here in the Tampa Bay area or elsewhere in Florida? From Marineland to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we want to see how you enjoy Florida's getaways. 

Share it on facebooktwitter (@wusf )or on instagram (@wusfpublicmedia) with the hashtag #FLAttractions. We'll compile the memories all week long, so join us!

Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.