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Space Shuttle External Fuel Tank | Photo © 2015 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Space Shuttle External Fuel Tank

  The fuel pod has been deemed too large to be transported through the road system Sitting out near the docks of Green Cove Springs is a full-scale model of one of the Space Shuttle’s external...

Chekika | Photo © 2009 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Chekika

The campground of Lake Chekika Chekika was first purchased by Samuel Grossman back in 1917 where he attempted to grow tomatoes and then tried drilling for oil on the site. While drilling for oil, the...

Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower | Photo © 2017 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower

  Undated photograph of the bat house The Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower, also known as the Perky Bat Tower, was built in 1929 by Richter Clyde Perky, a real estate developer from Denver who owned a fishing...

Xanadu | Photo © 2004 Nolan Pelletier

Xanadu: Home of the Future

Photo Credit: William Ackel, 1994 The Xanadu house was one of a series of experimental homes marketed as the “home of the future” built to showcase examples of computers and automation in...

Big Bend Jai Alai Fronton | Photo © 2012 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Big Bend Jai Alai Fronton

  A poster for the last season at Big Bend Jai Alai Big Bend Jai Alai is a relic of what is now considered a rather obscure sport, was once the fastest spectator sport in the world. Jai alai started...

Port Malabar Bowling Center | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Port Malabar Bowling Center

Originally known as Port Malabar Lanes, the 24 lane bowling alley opened in 1972 at 2170 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay, Florida. At the time, it was Palm Bay’s only bowling center until the...

Tom Gaskins Cypress Knee Museum | Photo © 2013 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Tom Gaskins Cypress Knee Museum

In 1930, Tom Gaskins moved his family from Arcadia to Palmdale, living on land acquired from Lykes Bros., a citrus, sugar and ranching company. There, he became fascinated with the...

Jungleland Zoo | Photo © 2018 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Jungleland Zoo

  Photo Credit: Mykl Roventine, circa 1990s – Alligatorland Zoo was renamed to Jungleland Zoo in 1995, with many of the original remaining including the giant gator statue. Irlo Bronson...

Dania Beach Hurricane & Boomers! Park | Photo © 2016 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Dania Beach Hurricane & Boomers! Park

A small house once part of the mini-golf course The Dania Beach Hurricane is a wooden roller coaster at Boomers! in Dania Beach, Florida. It was designed by Jules Ross and the Stand Company and was...

Bongoland | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Bongoland

In 1804, Patrick Dean arrived in the Port Orange area from the Bahamas and established a plantation to grow cotton, rice, and sugar cane which were cultivated by slaves. He was apparently killed by a...

Disney's Discovery Island | Photo © 2018, www.standardstealth.com

Disney’s Discovery Island

Raz Island Located in the middle of Bay Lake, there is an island known today as Discovery Island, which is owned by Walt Disney World. The island though has a long history going as far as the early...

Miami Marine Stadium | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Miami Marine Stadium

Hilario Candela stands alongside the Marine Stadium during its construction, 1963. Spillis Candela DMJM Archives Designed by architect Hilario Candela, a 28-year-old recent immigrant from Cuba, the...

Splendid China | Photo © 2015 Robin Hanson

Splendid China

The idea for Splendid China here in Florida was that of Josephine Chen, a Taiwanese-American school teacher and real estate developer. The thought was the park would be a great means for cultural...

Everglades Gatorland | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Everglades Gatorland

A postcard from the 1960s, which shows how the place looks in it’s heyday. Everglades Gatorland, not to be confused with Gatorland in Orlando, was a small attraction located just within the...

Disney's River Country | Photo © 2018 Tosh

Disney’s River Country

Opening on June 20, 1976, River Country was the first water park built by the Walt Disney Company. Located on the shore of Bay Lake, the park featured a rustic wilderness theme that went along with...

All-Florida Chautauqua Amphitheater | Photo by William Powell

All-Florida Chautauqua Amphitheater

The remains of the All-Florida Chautauqua Amphitheater. Photo Courtesy of William Powell Chautauqua was an adult education and social movement in the United States that was most popular during the...

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