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Vintage Sarasota: Floridaland

By: Chelsey Lucas

This week's Vintage Sarasota photo: Floridaland, which opened in Osprey in 1964.

November 6, 2013


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Floridaland (ca 1960). A hodgepodge of native Florida attractions and Old Western allure, Floridaland opened in Osprey in 1964. Visitors could be entertained by shootouts in the street, can-can dancers, petting zoos, and–the only true-to-Florida aspect–a porpoise show. Not entirely exemplary of Florida life, Floridaland did its best on low budget to provide a fun, amusing roadside attraction. – Chelsey Lucas

Photo courtesy of the Sarasota County Department of Historical Resources.