Conquistadors, celebrities, mobsters, and snowbirds have been flocking to Florida for the past 500 years.
What drew them here? Some were in search of wealth, others just the warmth.
In the early 20th century, entrepreneurs opened many attractions all over Florida to cash in on the influx of visitors.
These tourist attractions were wildly popular in their day. It was not uncommon for parks such as Marineland to have 900,000 visitors or more a year.
But in 1971 the opening of Walt Disney World changed all that.
Ask any kid around the world what they want to see when they visit Florida. Most of those children are going to tell you Disney World.
What else is there to see in Florida anyway?
Well, a lot actually.
Fortunately, a few tourist attractions such as Marineland have survived, allowing a whole new generation to enjoy these first parks.