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 Front Cover
 Florida flame vine
 Title Page
 Foreword
 Azalea Ravine Gardens
 Dupree Gardens
 Eagle's Nest, Belleair
 Florida Caverns, state park
 Florida Cypress Gardens
 Fort San Marco
 Fountain of Youth
 Highlands Hammock State Park
 Hillsborough River State Park
 Lost Lake and Caverns
 Marine Studios
 Scenic Florida map
 McKee Jungle Gardens
 Mountain Lake Singing Tower
 Oldest House
 Oriental Gardens
 Ringling Art Museum
 Sanlando Springs Tropical Park
 Silver Springs
 St. Augustine Alligator and Ostrich...
 Turner's Sunken Gardens
 Wakulla Springs
 Back Cover














Title: Scenic Florida
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Title: Scenic Florida
Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida -- Dept. of Agriculture
Publisher: The Dept.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: [1937?]
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Subject: Description and travel -- Pictorial works -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Florida flame vine
        Page 1
    Title Page
        Page 2
    Foreword
        Page 3
    Azalea Ravine Gardens
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Dupree Gardens
        Page 6
    Eagle's Nest, Belleair
        Page 7
    Florida Caverns, state park
        Page 8
    Florida Cypress Gardens
        Page 9
    Fort San Marco
        Page 10
        Page 11
    Fountain of Youth
        Page 12
    Highlands Hammock State Park
        Page 13
    Hillsborough River State Park
        Page 14
        Page 15
    Lost Lake and Caverns
        Page 16
    Marine Studios
        Page 17
        Page 18
    Scenic Florida map
        Page 19
    McKee Jungle Gardens
        Page 20
    Mountain Lake Singing Tower
        Page 21
        Page 22
    Oldest House
        Page 23
        Page 24
    Oriental Gardens
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
    Ringling Art Museum
        Page 28
    Sanlando Springs Tropical Park
        Page 29
    Silver Springs
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
    St. Augustine Alligator and Ostrich Farm
        Page 33
    Turner's Sunken Gardens
        Page 34
    Wakulla Springs
        Page 35
        Page 36
    Back Cover
        Back Cover
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Issued by the
FLORIDA STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Nathan Mayo, Commissioner
Tallahassee, Florida


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FOREWORD

This booklet portrays for you some of the more outstanding beauty
spots of Florida, a state which is full of beauty from the northern
border down to the tip of the southernmost outlying keys and from
the Gulf of Mexico across to the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Every scene
in this book is from an act ial photograph.
When you travel through Florida and see its natural attractions,
sometimes aided by the crait of man, you will be convinced that these
illustrations, however beautiful they may be, can only faintly reveal
the marvels of this semi-tropic paradise.
We cordially invite you to come and see for yourselves all that we
who reside here enjoy throughout the year. All seasons of the year
are excellent in Florida and the time of brightest blossoms, when the
air is laden with the scent of orange blossoms and myriad fragrant
flowers, is when most of the land is covered with ice and snow.
The reader will please understand that the scenes herein are all
in some way commercialized and the owners paid for the kodachromes
and the four-color process plates.
If any community has attractions that are not included it is because
they do not come under this commercial classification.
There are many other entrancing scenes which are not privately
owned and are not represented in this publication.
Other illustrated literature can be had from the State Department
of Agriculture.
















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Palatka, Florida

Here a great natural ravine, cutting down through the heights
overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, has been transformed into a
place of marvelous beauty by the planting of hundreds of thousands
of azaleas of every hue, together with many varieties of palms and
other trees and shrubbery. Miles of good road, winding through this
splendid setting, afford access by motor, while foot-paths carry the vis-
itor to every lovely nook and cranny, beside murmuring streams and
by the splashing of a rustic water-wheel. In the Court of States are
the flags of many commonwealths whose citizens have come to enjoy
this wonderful spot and who have carried back to their homes bright
memories of its charms.

DUPREE GARDENS
Near Tampa, Florida

Thousands of snowy gardenias line the many trails in Dupree
Gardens. Formerly a private estate, Dupree Gardens just north of
Tampa has been called "The Blossom Center of Florida." In the 25
acres that comprise the main gardens are more than ten thousand
azaleas, thousands of gardenias, camellia japonicas, rose gardens,
great beds of spring flowers and many other varieties of gorgeous
blooms. There are winding walks and waterways, bubbling springs;
and soft music from singing bird houses follows you as you stroll
through the gardens. There are electric boat trips and a rustic
dining lodge.

EAGLE'S NEST GARDENS
At Belleair, Clearwater, Florida

These beautiful gardens take their name from the permanent nest
of a great pair of eagles in a tall tree overlooking the bay. Trees
and blossoms in profusion delight the senses in this combination of
an old English garden with the flowers, pools, gateways, and shrines
of the Orient.

FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK
Near Marianna, Florida

An area of surprising limestone caves with beautiful and unique
formations. Natural rock gardens and rock escarpments are surface
attractions. Blue Hole Spring and the natural bridge over the Chipola
River are added features.


































































































































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FLORIDA CYPRESS GARDENS
Near Winter Haven, Florida

In the heart of Florida's central hill and lake region, on the shores
of a great fresh-water lake, is this garden which neither words nor
pictures can adequately describe. Here plants from the world's tropic
forests, mountains and deserts flourish as luxuriantly as in their native
soil. Spreading live-oaks, with their drapes of gray Spanish moss,
form a fitting background for masses of many-hued azaleas, camellia
japonicas and countless other flowers and shrubs. Towering cypress
trees are covered with huge leaved jungle creepers. Gardenia time
brings thousands to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of these famous
flowers. Winding lagoons, bridged by rustic arches, carry quiet elec-
tric boats on cruises through scenes of entrancing beauty.


FORT SAN MARCO
St. Augustine. Florida

This great castle, built of the native coquina rock, is a lasting monu-
ment of the romantic days of Spanish colonization and the finest ex-
ample of medieval European fortification in the United States. Its
mighty walls, with their towers and embrasures, are surrounded by
a deep moat. There is the traditional drawbridge, with its out-works.
Vaulted chambers, which once echoed to the revelry of steel-clad
soldiery, and deep, dark dungeons which knew the groans of un-
fortunate prisoners, whisper to the visitor tales of the long-ago. This
fortress overlooks the waters of Matanzas Bay and guarded the inlet
through which hostile ships might pass to attack the town of St. Au-
gustine, the oldest city in the United States. No trip to Florida is com-
plete without a visit to this ancient stronghold.


FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
St. Augustine, Florida

Near where Ponce de Leon, discoverer of Florida, first landed, is
this legendary spring, the waters of which were supposed to restore
the lost charm and vigor of youth. The discoverer was said to be
seeking such a fountain and perhaps he drank from it and bathed
his aging limbs in the hope that the strength and exuberance of his
young days in old Spain would come back to him. Such is the legend,
and modern visitors throng to drink of these same storied waters and
to enjoy the charms of the beautiful grounds surrounding the foun-
tain. Here are many objects of interest, also, including an ancient
Indian burial ground, where the bones of the long-departed aborigines
lie uncovered but otherwise undisturbed.



































































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St. Augustine, Florida




































































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Near Sebring, Florida
Fine paved roads and winding paths carry visitors through hun-
dreds of acres of primitive jungle growth. Elevated boardwalks
permit one to penetrate even the forbidding cypress swamp in perfect
safety. Gnarled oaks and stately palms dominate the profusion of
native flora. Wild life abounds. Picnicking facilities are provided
and nature guide service is available.

HILLSBOROUGH RIVER STATE PARK
Near Tampa, Florida
Another natural wonderland made accessible to the public. The
tropical Hillsborough River forms the setting for a popular picnicking
and camping area. Excellent provisions for boating, swimming and
fishing have been made. Nature guide service is available.

LOST LAKE AND CAVERNS
South Miami, Florida

Here a crystal lake harbors countless wild waterfowl and reflects
the surrounding palms and tropic shrubbery. Above the lake a Bo-
tanical Garden of unusual variety is planted, while rock caverns
offer their glittering natural architectural charms. The wild ducks
have become so accustomed to man that they fly upon the shoulders
of the keepers and eat from their very hands. They have learned to
respond to the horn-call of feeding time and present a pretty spectacle
as they fly by hundreds from every side. The keepers cause them to
give an interesting exhibition as they swarm around seeking the corn
from coat pockets and mounting a series of platforms. This spot is
easily accessible by a fine paved road.

MARINE STUDIOS
Marineland, Florida

These are the world's only oceanariums and only specially design-
ed professional under-water motion picture studios. Totally different
from the usual type of aquarium, marine life here is not segregated
by species, but placed together as it exists in the open sea. Visitors
may observe and photograph the colorful and amazing under-sea
world under conditions duplicated nowhere else. Porpoises, rays,
sharks, great sea-turtles, eels, jewfish, and thousands of other speci-
mens carry on a deep-sea drama before the 200 portholes which have
been placed at strategic levels in the sides and bottoms of the oceana-
riums. This marvelous sight is to be seen 18 miles south of St. Au-
gustine, and 35 miles north of Daytona Beach on the Ocean Shore
Boulevard. Besides being a scientific and motion picture center,
Marineland offers complete recreational facilities for everyone.











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McKEE JUNGLE GARDENS
Near Vero Beach, Florida

Cool, winding pathways beckon one into one of the most enchant-
ing gardens in the world. The primitive jungle beauty has been re-
tained, amplified by harmonious landscaping and planting. Rare
tropical plants from all parts of the world have been added to the
native growth, making a vast botanical paradise. Crystal lagoons
reflect the towering foliage, while hundreds of apes and monkeys
swing through the trees and creeping vines and other wild life from
many lands is to be found. Here, in perfect safety and with a minimum
of physical effort, may be seen eighty acres of tropic jungle that have
been likened to a bit of equatorial Africa. It is located right on the
principal highway along the east coast of Florida, three miles south
of Vero Beach.

MOUNTAIN LAKE SANCTUARY AND SINGING TOWER
Near Lake Wales, Florida

On what is said to be the highest spot in Florida, Edward W. Bok
caused to be erected one of the most beautiful towers in the world
and placed in it a carillon of 71 bells, weighing 123,264 pounds. It is
the finest and largest carillon ever cast and its mellow tones are heard
in concerts several times a week, from December 15th to April 15th,
each year. This tower, a memorial to the builder's grandparents,
was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge on February 1, 1929.
The tower is surrounded by beautiful trees and shrubs, forming a bird
sanctuary whose feathery inhabitants blend their own songs of joy
with the melody of the bells. A visit to this place will linger ever in
your memory. It is near the city of Lake Wales and motor cars may
approach to the very foot of the eminence on which the tower is built.

OLDEST HOUSE IN THE UNITED STATES
St. Augustine, Florida

In giving this title we do not, of course, include the remains of
houses built by the primitive inhabitants of America. This is said to
be the oldest remaining residence built by white colonists and it dates
back to the early days of the Spanish occupation. It has housed
families during the passing of centuries and under the flags of four
nations. This building has been restored by the St. Augustine His-
torical Society and it contains many interesting relics of different
periods of American history. It faces on one of the narrow old Spanish
streets of this ancient city and back of it is an old, high-walled garden.
It is just across the street from the Franciscan Monastery of Spanish
days and a visit to this spot will really carry you back to the days when
this land was the "New World" to the people of Europe.



































































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ORIENTAL GARDENS
Jacksonville, Florida

Within the city limits of Jacksonville lies an eighteen acre private
estate where a sunken garden has been developed, with several small
lakes, crystal-clear streams, bridges, fountains, cascades, water-wheel,
Oriental arches and stone lanterns, summer-houses and numerous
other ornaments which, together with the Asiatic plantings, partially
shaded by tall cypress and other stately trees, create an atmosphere
of Oriental beauty unsurpassed. Countless varieties of flowers, in-
cluding hydrangeas, azaleas, mimosas, oleanders, camellia japonicas,
and bougainvilleas are to be seen. Numerous objects of Oriental art
are on display. These gardens are south of the St. Johns River and are
just off the principal highway leading down the east coast of Florida.


RINGLING ART MUSEUM
Sarasota, Florida

The late John Ringling gathered here a great collection of paint-
ings, statuary and other objects of art, housing them in a beautifully
appropriate building whose wings encompass a sunken garden of
marvelous charm. The ordinary visitor will, in his way, enjoy a tour
through this place quite as much as the student of art. Mr. Ringling,
in his last will and testament, left this art museum to the State of
Florida, so that all generations to come might enjoy the fruits of his
efforts as a collector of the rare and the beautiful. You cannot afford
to miss a trip to this quiet and lovely spot.


SANLANDO SPRINGS
Near Orlando, Florida

Located between Orlando and Sanford, on the old highway, this
is indeed a pleasant spot and a delightful place to swim and dive in
crystal water of even and agreeable temperature. These springs have
been patronized by the residents of central Florida, as well as by
thousands of visitors from other states and countries, for many years.
Situated amid most charming scenes of natural and landscaped
beauty, Sanlando Springs continue to be a favored playground for
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SILVER SPRINGS
Near Ocala, Florida
Mighty springs of crystal-clear water gush up through the bottom
of a great rock bowl, garnished with under-water vegetation of end-
less variety and inhabited by turtles great and small and by fish of
many tribes and sizes. This tremendous rock bowl reaches to great
depths, but every part can be clearly seen through the glass bottoms
of quiet, electrically driven boats. It is truly an under-water fairy-
land. Around this basin is a beautifully landscaped park, with many
things of interest for the visitor. Tame deer wander about and love
to be petted. From this basin the waters flow away down the Silver
River, whose pellucid waters wind through a primitive jungle. Along
the banks may be seen sleeping 'Gators, while monkeys swing through
the trees. Silver Springs is only a short distance from Ocala, on an
excellent highway.


ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR AND OSTRICH FARM
St. Augustine, Florida
On Anastasia Island, just across the Bridge of Lions from St. Au-
gustine, is the largest collection of saurians in the world. Alligators
of all sizes and ages, confined in a setting of natural beauty, neathh
the spreading limbs of mighty moss-draped live-oaks, offer to the
visitor a most interesting time. This farm is right on Route 140. Some
of these alligators are of tremendous size and hoary with years,
others range on down to tiny babies no longer than your hand. To
see the attendants handle these reptiles is quite an experience. You
will also see a herd of stately ostriches stalking up and down their
fenced run-ways and seeming quite as interested in the visitors as
the latter are in them.


TURNER'S SUNKEN GARDENS
St. Petersburg, Florida
Within the city limits of St. Petersburg and within eighteen blocks
of the center of the city lies one of Florida's most beautiful spots,
Turner's Sunken Gardens. These gardens cover six acres of ground
and are magnificently landscaped. Stately royal palms grow in
profusion amid other trees and shrubs of many kinds, while azaleas,
gardenias, bougainvilleas and countless other flowering plants
abound. This used to be the site of a papaya plantation and many of
these tropic trees, with their hanging clusters of fruit, now grow
throughout the gardens. This is a quiet and restful spot and its exotic
charm endears it to all who behold.


































































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WAKULLA SPRINGS
Near Tallahassee, Florida

Twenty miles south of the old capital city of Florida, Tallahassee,
lies the world's deepest and mightiest spring. Fossil bones of great
mammoths and other prehistoric beasts have been lifted from its depths
and may be seen in the State Geological Museum at Tallahassee. The
springs are surrounded by a setting of natural beauty which has been
enhanced by the art of man. It is easily accessible by road and is
just off one of the state's main highways. The crystal waters of this
tremendous spring flow away as a considerable river and in their
depths may be seen fishes and turtles of every kind, as well as lovely
under-water plants and flowers. All of these wonders may be seen
through glass-bottomed boats which maneuver over all the surface
of the springs and down the crystal river. This is truly one of Florida's
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