Take A Road Trip To Lorida, Florida And Other Wild Destinations
A drive through some of Florida’s oddest-sounding towns, including Lorida, Lulu, and Christmas
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What do Beverly Hills, Christmas, Lulu, New York, Mayo, and Picnic all have in common? They’re all towns in Florida!
Every state has some weird town names (Peculiar, Missouri anyone?), but Florida seems to have an extra dose.
The Sunshine has food names like Lone Cabbage, Mayo, Picnic, Spuds, and Two Egg. There are comfy names like Couch, Fluffy Landing, and Niceville. There are animal names like Dogtown, Possum Bluff, Rattlesnake Bend, and Roach Branch. There are city names like Bagdad, Beverly Hills, and New York. And there are the real head-scratchers like Floridatown and Lorida. Here are six of the weirdest and most fun-sounding towns in Florida.
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About 30 minutes from Orlando and Cape Canaveral (and en route from one to the other), the town of Christmas, Fla., is known for one thing: it’s post office! Each year more than 20,000 pieces of mail are dropped off at the USPS for a Christmas postmark. Make a pit stop on your winter vacation to add a little holiday cheer to your Christmas cards!
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About 30 minutes from Orlando and Cape Canaveral, Lone Cabbage, Fla., is home to Lone Cabbage Fish Camp, which serves a menu full of Florida delicacies like alligator, frog legs, turtle, and catfish. While you’re there, catch an airboat ride down the Saint Johns River to see a host of wildlife, including everything from alligators to cows.
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Loirda, Florida (pronounced Lor-ee-da) sits on the banks of Lake Istokpoga, a haven for fishing and boating. The town was originally named Istokpoga, but the U.S. post office made the town reconsider because another post office already had a similar name. So in 1937, Mary Stokes, the postmaster of Istokpoga, chopped off the F and christened the town Lorida. Spend the day on an airboat tour of the lake, where you’re sure to see some alligators sunning themselves.
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In 1891, a post office was established and postmaster Walter Gillen named it after his girlfriend, Lulu. Walter and Lulu didn’t last, but the name has. Lulu, Fla., is now a ghost town with an abandoned school house, a general store, and, of course, the post office. Drive about an hour from Jacksonville or Gainesville for a peek into life in the early-1900s.
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You might think Upthegrove Beach, Fla., sits on the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico, but you’d be wrong. It’s actually on the banks of America’s eighth largest freshwater lake, Lake Okeechobee, which covers 730 square miles and is home to several quaint Old Florida communities. Spend the day driving around the Big O for a look at Florida’s agriculture, wildlife, and natural beauty.
About an hour from Tampa Bay and under two hours from Orlando is one of Florida’s oddest attractions. The town of Weeki Wachee was formed for one reason: to promote the mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs. Created in 1947, the mermaid show has costumed swimmers performing several times a day in a tank of freshwater fed by the Weeki Wachee River.
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