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Pinellas Park, Florida

Replica Fardier de Cugnot

The only known working replica of the world's first self-propelled vehicle.
Lakeland, Florida

'Child of the Sun' Campus

A Florida college boasts the world's largest single-site collection of structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Clermont, Florida

Presidents Hall of Fame

Former wax museum from the 1960s, home to many wax U.S. Presidents and the famous White House miniature.
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.
Key West, Florida

Captain Tony's Saloon

Florida's oldest bar was once a morgue, complete with a hanging tree and gravestones.
Key West, Florida

Key West Cemetery

The island residents are known for taking their quirky sense of humor with them to the grave.
Tampa, Florida

Ulele Fairyland Figures

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

'Wall South' Vietnam Memorial

Florida’s half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Wall.
Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Interchange Spiral

Must form and function forever remain at odds? Not if the Florida Department of Transportation has its way.
Vernon, Florida

Vernon, Florida

For a time this small Florida town of less than 1,000 residents was the national leader in dismemberment.
Monticello, Florida

Johnny Donutseed Statue

This 15-foot former Johnny Appleseed has given up his apples for donuts and coffee.
St. Augustine, Florida

Castle Otttis

Two men built this castle on the Florida coast as an artistic “landscape sculpture.”
Quincy, Florida

The Town of Coca-Cola Millionaires

How Quincy, Florida became the richest town per capita due to one man's shrewd business acumen and taste for fizzy drinks.
DeLand, Florida

Hontoon Island Owl Totem

The only ancient owl carving found east of the Mississippi.
St. Augustine, Florida

Sir Winston Churchill's Lion 'Rota'

A lion given to the prime minister somehow got stuffed and sent to Florida.
Daytona Beach, Florida

Brownie the Town Dog's Grave

Owned by no one but beloved by all, Brownie was a good dog.
Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola Graffiti Bridge

A local landmark with generations of spraypainted messages, and more being added each day.
Sarasota, Florida

Pinecraft

This Florida resort community is where the Amish come to have fun in the sun.
Tampa, Florida

Two-Headed Gator of Seminole Heights

"Bite or Smite" became the unlikely mascot of a Tampa suburb.
Tarpon Springs, Florida

Spongeorama Sponge Factory

A small museum lets visitors soak up the history of the "sponge capital of the world."
Sanibel, Florida

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

In a city crazy for seashells this museum educates and amazes visitors using the wonder of cast-off exoskeletons.
St. Augustine, Florida

Treasury Street

St. Augustine's record-setting narrow street was designed to protect against pirates.
Ponce Inlet, Florida

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse

The third tallest lighthouse in America once guided author Stephen Crane to safety.
St. Augustine, Florida

Sacred Cat Rug

Possibly the world's oldest rug, this Egyptian relic is woven entirely from ancient cat hair and once carried a mummified human foot.