Most of the old attractions from Florida's first tourism heyday (B.D. —Before Disney) are gone forever. Still, some have survived all around the state. We visited a few on our trip from Orlando west to Weeki Wachee but couldn't get to everything on the list. Here are the didn't-get-to's — and yes, the ones involving animal entertainment were left off on purpose. We've also included a few sites that aren't from that early era, but certainly capture its spirit.
—Gas Station Dinosaur, Spring Hill: Just south of Weeki Wachee on Route 19, this giant critter was built for Harold's Garage, a Sinclair Oil service station. The dinosaur is 100 feet long, 30 feet wide and 34 feet high; you can pull in for car repairs, though the gas pumps are gone.
—Pink Dinosaur, Spring Hill: Also on Route 19, this one is a bit smaller, 22 feet tall and 58 feet long, but come on, it's PINK. Built in 1962 for the Foxbower Wildlife Museum that stood behind it.
—Dinosaur World, Plant City (dinosaurworld.com): No, it's not old, but many of the old dinosaur attractions are gone, and this one is gargantuan good fun. More than 150 statues frozen in time on 12 acres.
—Florida Southern College, Lakeland (flsouthern.edu): Frank Lloyd Wright came here in 1938 to create a "great educational temple." He designed 18 buildings, although only 12 were built. Guided tours, or DIY.
—Silvermoon Drive-In, Lakeland (silvermoondrivein.com): Opened in 1948 and still showing first-run movies; get there early for the limited old-fashioned, hang-in-your-car speakers. Weekends, there's a swap meet/flea market.
—Water Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, Polk City (waterski halloffame.com): Central Florida's Polk County is known as the water ski capital of the world; having 554 lakes and year-round warm weather helps. Along with the famous waterskiing shows at Cypress Gardens. Anyway, the history, the skis, the ropes — all here.
—Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven (legolandfloridaresort.com): Alas, the venerable gardens have closed, and Legoland is preparing to debut in its place this October. More than 50 rides, attractions and interactive shows will make it the biggest Legoland park in the chain.
—Webb's Citrus Candy, Davenport (citruscandy.com): family business since 1932. Although citrus is in the name, Webb's specialty is Goat's Milk Fudge.
—Tiger Town, Lakeland (detroit.tigers.mlb.com/spring _training/home.jsp?c_iddet): The Detroit Tigers have been coming to Lakeland every spring for 75 years, and have been playing at Joker Marchant Stadium for the last 46. The Tiger Town complex was built on the site of a World War II-era flight school; several hangars remain, though the runway behind the outfield was recently removed.