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

By: Gary McKechnie

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

Here are the contestants from the SEMINOLE 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.

• Six Gun Territory (Closed now, was a Wild West theme park in Ocala)

• Everglades National Park (The winner in the Seven Wonders contest, a national treasure) MAP

• Florida Caverns State Park (Beneath the town of Marianna) MAP

• Vinoy Hotel (A classic Spanish-Mediterranean resort on St. Pete waterfront) MAP

• Wakulla Springs (Florida’s largest natural spring, with a lodge resort on its banks) MAP

• Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House (The home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, now a state park) MAP

• Tampa Bay Hotel (The exotic, historic resort in downtown Tampa built in 1888. Now the University of Tampa) MAP

• Coral Castle (A mysterious coral rock creation built by one man) MAP

• Branch Ranch (Closed now, this renowned Old Florida restaurant was near Plant City)

• Vizcaya (The estate home of James Deering on the banks of Biscayne Bay) MAP

• Rainbow Springs (Began as a tourist attraction featuring glass-bottom boats, now a state park) MAP

• Spook Hill (A quirky little geological fun near Lake Wales) MAP

• Howey Mansion (The former estate of William Howey at Howey-in-the-Hills) MAP

• St. Johns River (The famed waterway was Florida’s first highway) MAP

• Columbia Restaurant (Florida’s oldest restaurant. Several locations. The original is still open in Ybor City) MAP

• Sanlando Springs (A natural spring open to the public, it’s been absorbed by a condo complex) MAP

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