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

By: Gary McKechnie

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The fourth and final bracket in the ‘Seven Wonders of Old Florida’ March Madness competition created by Old Florida’s Rick Kilby and myself included nominations from our facebook friends. We selected the Top 64, and then divided them into brackets – Flamingo, Palm, Seminole, and Sunshine.

Here are the contestants from the SUNSHINE 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.

Cypress Gardens (One of Florida’s first tourist attractions; now Legoland). MAP

Deering Estate (The classic mansion and gardens created by Charles Deering) MAP

Gatorland (The classic Old Florida attraction, here since 1949). MAP

Stiltsville (Wonderful homes sitting above Biscayne Bay). MAP

Ichetucknee River (A soothing experience, drifting with the current for miles and miles) MAP

St. George Island (A barrier island south of Apalachicola) MAP

Ronnie’s Restaurant (Closed now, a New York-style restaurant/deli in Orlando)

Cracker Cabins (Found throughout the state, the original homes of pioneers)

Hotel Ormond (Opened in 1888, was a grand resort in Ormond Beach between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway)

Daytona International Speedway (The Birthplace of Speed and one of the most popular sports venues in America) MAP

Belleview Biltmore (Closed now, a classic resort in Clearwater; in danger of being razed) MAP

Tom Gaskin’s Cypress Knee Museum (Closed now, the craftsman created art from cypress knees)

Sarasota Jungle Gardens (A classic Old Florida attraction, opened in 1939) MAP

Breakers Hotel (This Palm Beach legend is one of America’s grandest resorts) MAP

St. Augustine (America’s oldest continuously occupied European settlement) MAP

Suwannee River (Thanks to Stephen Foster, this north Florida river was immortalized in song) MAP

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