This summer, millions of visitors will come to Florida to visit our world-famous beaches and attractions. But did you know that central Florida has been a tourist hotspot since long before Disney opened in 1971?
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Magnificent Singing Tower at Bok Tower Gardens in 1938. The tower and carillon, which consists of sixty bells, has been drawing visitors since the gardens opened in 1939.
This 1951 ad for Silver Springs features an article on “The Legend of the Bridal Chamber,” a spooky story meant to attract visitors.
Brochure for Weeki Wachee from the 1950s. The attraction was best known for its “underwater mermaid” performers.
The Senator Cypress, located at Seminole Big Tree Park. Former president and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge are shown dedicating the tree in this postcard. The Senator was said to be over 3,500 years old before it was burned down in 2012.
This 1958 pamphlet, advertising Florida Tourism, features an introduction from then-governor LeRoy Collins. The brochure includes information on the Florida Caverns State Park, The Gasparilla Festival, Bok Tower, and the Ringling Museum of Art.
This 1950 brochure for Florida Circle Tours advertises a nine-day coach tour of Florida. Visitors would see many of the state’s famous locations, including Silver Springs, St. Augustine, and the Everglades.
This 1924 postcard shows the Angebilt Hotel, located on North Orange Avenue. Click on the picture to see how the building’s use has changed over the years.