Vintage Sarasota: Floridaland

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

By Chelsey Lucas 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.

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