Learn More About the '7 Wonders of Old Florida:' Palm Bracket

By: Gary McKechnie

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In February, Old Florida’s Rick Kilby and I worked out the details of the ‘Seven Wonders of Old Florida’ March Madness competition. We began by taking nominations from our facebook friends, selected the Top 64, and then divided them into brackets – Flamingo, Palm, Seminole, and Sunshine.

It turns out that some local legends for South Floridians were complete unknowns for folks who grew up in Central Florida. Likewise, there were few nominees from Western Florida between Jacksonville and Pensacola. The end result is that the variety of nominees piqued the curiosity of people throughout Florida.

Here are the contestants from the PALM bracket. Just click the links to access their information and location. We hope this list will lead you to new discoveries as you map out your own Old Florida road trip.

 • Silver Springs (Florida’s first tourist attractions, Ocala) MAP

• Apalachicola (Art and oysters on the Gulf Coast) MAP

• Million Dollar Pier (The focal and social point of Old St. Pete) MAP

• Crandon Park Zoo (A waterfront park on Key Biscayne in Miami) MAP

• Citrus Tower (Once in the heart of the citrus belt in Clermont) MAP

• Stetson House (The hatmaker’s home in DeLand) MAP

• The Yearling Restaurant (Down home dining in the hometown of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Cross Creek) MAP

• Whitehall (Henry Flagler’s 100,00-square-foot mansion in Palm Beach) MAP

• Chalet Suzanne (A European-style resort in Lake Wales) MAP

• Warm Mineral Springs (soothing springs in North Port) MAP

• Seven-Mile Bridge (an engineering landmark in the Florida Keys) MAP

• Ca’ d’Zan (John Ringling’s mansion in Sarasota) MAP

• Ted Peters Smoked Fish (A famous eatery near St. Pete) MAP

• The Senator (A 3,500-year-old cypress tree – burned down in 2012… Longwood) MAP

• The Kapok Tree (A famous restaurant in Clearwater, closed now)

• Stephen Foster Memorial (A quiet park that’s a tribute to the composer in White Springs) MAP

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