Meanwhile, my love of things Old Florida means I am always intrigued by surviving vintage roadside attractions.
So when I visited St. Augustine this June, I needed to check out the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. The historic marker out front confirmed the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is one of the oldest of the old-time attractions – it was founded in 1893! It’s a federally recognized historic district unto itself –the one- acre St. Augustine Alligator Farm Historic District.
In keeping with its colorful past, it hypes a new adventure (zipline over the crocodiles!) and sells all sorts of Floridiana (exit through the gift shop!)
If I hadn’t had a free pass as a travel writer, I’m not sure I would have sprung for the hefty $22.95 admission.
But I’m so glad I did.