25 essential road trips from Tampa everyone should do at least once

Here are a few road trip-worthy destinations, many of which are less than a couple hours away from Tampa. So, fill up…

By CL Staff

 Silver Springs 
    Estimated time:  1 hour 45 minutes     
    In the spring of 1938, a colony of rhesus macaque monkeys was established at Silver Springs State Park, in the greater Ocala area. Since then, more than 1000 have been reported, and if you’re lucky enough you’ll see these wild monkeys. Silver Springs also still offers the tourist-favorite glass bottom boat rides too. 
    Photo via silversprings.com
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Fearing nuclear war, rich Florida families once built the country's largest private bomb shelter

One of the biggest secrets in Central Florida is just 6-feet below an orange grove on the outskirts of Mount Dora. In…

By CL Staff

One of the private family rooms.
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Remembering St. Pete's Webb's City, the 'World's Most Unusual Drug Store'

Billed as the "World's Most Unusual Drug Store," Webb's City opened to the public in 1925 by James Earl "Doc" Webb as…

By CL Staff

View of Webb's City and business section - Saint Petersburg, Florida, 1973
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Remembering the legendary Kapok Tree Inn, Florida's most insane restaurant

During it's heyday, from the 60s through the 80s, the Kapok Tree Inn in Clearwater was one of the most over-the-top restaurants…

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The Florida room at the Kapok Tree Inn.
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These vintage photos show how much Clearwater has changed in the last 100 years

Even before Dr. Beach's annual rankings, the Church of Scientology, and even the railroad, Clearwater has pretty much always been a major…

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Beauty contest winners - Clearwater Beach, Florida, 1930.
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These vintage photos show the ‘Peculiar Paradise’ of Florida in the early 1980s

While working for National Geographic Magazine, photographer Nathan Benn returned to his home state of Florida in 1981, an era that saw rapid construction…

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Tourists to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida posing with a pretend astronaut in an Apollo spacesuit. Administered by NASA, KSC is a major tourist attraction for tourists to the Orlando area. Two million people visited in 1981, making KSC the fourth most popular destination for Florida tourism. 1981.
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Let's remember some 'very good boys' from Florida's past

The following collection of "very good boys" comes from the State Archives of Florida, and gives us a snapshot of our long…

By CL Staff

Dog barking into the telephone. Published 1957.
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