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Updated: 07/09/2014 08:00:01AM

Florida’s roadside attractions

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SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Everglades Wonder Gardens, created in 1936, remains one of the most iconic old-Florida, roadside attractions.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Visitors can spend a lot of time watching alligators swim at Everglades Wonder Gardens.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

This peacock walks around, greeting guests at the Everglades Wonder Gardens.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

There are more than alligators and flamingos at the Everglades Wonder Gardens. There's also a butterfly garden, where this Monarch butterfly perches on a flower.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Be sure to spend time admiring the flowers and landscaping at the Everglades Wonder Gardens.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Two Florida alligators swim side-by-side.

SUN PHOTO BY CHRISTY FEINBERG

Don't worry. Guests are safely separated from the alligators at the Everglades Wonder Gardens.

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Florida alligators are most active when the temperatures are between 82 and 92 degrees, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Before Cinderella’s castle opened, before Lebron took his talents to South Beach, and before sunburned bodies zipped down water slides, Florida offered different forms of entertainment for tourists.

Quirky roadside attractions lured travelers off U.S. 41. These places gave motorists a chance to stretch their legs, grab a bite to eat and experience sometimes strange things they wouldn’t normally see in Iowa, Ohio, Massachusetts, etc.

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