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Beyond the Theme Parks Exploring Central Florida Beyond the Theme Parks Exploring Central Florida

by Benjamin D. Brotemarkle

This book invites you to visit the number 1 vacation destination in the world and see sights that tens of millions of people miss every year!
Whether you're a central Florida resident or tourist in the Orlando area, this illustrated book takes you to attractions within easy driving distance where you can enjoy and explore a rich real-life heritage more varied and extensive than any theme park: cowboy culture and competition (a century in the making), the London Symphony Orchestra at their official summer home, Zora Neale Hurston's legacy in the oldest incorporated African-American municipality in the United States, a hotbed of antiques and collectibles and the most comprehensive collection of Tiffany glass in the world, a thriving spiritualist community (since 1894), a working Pioneer Florida settlement, the home of American space exploration, the biggest stock car races and motorcycle rallies in the country, and art communities and festivals, architectural marvels, and examples of historic preservation throughout the region.

Beyond the Theme Parks also includes photographs, an easy-to-follow map, a cultural arts calendar, and lists of historic sites and arts organizations with brief descriptions, addresses, and phone numbers. More than a guide, this book offers a rich blend of heritage and history, a delightful primer for newcomers, and a homeowner's manual in which residents can (re)discover the delights of their own backyard.

Benjamin D. Brotemarkle, host and producer of "The Arts Connection" on radio station 90.7 WMFE-FM in Orlando, has won journalism awards for his coverage of central Florida history and culture. His features have been heard around the world on Voice of America radio, around the country on National Public Radio, and throughout the state on Florida public radio.

242pp. 6 X 9. 55 b&w photos, map, notes, bibliography, index.
ISBN 0-8130-1657-6 Cloth, $24.95

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