Pensacola:Blue Angel on a Stick
A Blue Angel jet can be seen soaring over the Florida Welcome Center on Interstate 10. The aircraft on a stick is a Grumman F-9 Cougar which was used by the Blue Angels from 1954 to mid- 1957. So why is this on display in Pensacola? Well, because Pensacola is home to the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron known as the Blue Angels. If you are interested in seeing the Blue Angel on a Stick you can find it at the first rest area on eastbound Interstate 10 just as you cross into Florida from Alabama
Fort Walton Beach:Shark Photo Op
Nothing really much to say about this stop other than it’s a cool place to stop by if your in the area for a cool picture.
Destin: Magnificent Magnolia
Now this was just AMAZING to see. It is a 170-year-old magnolia tree that died in 2014. In order to preserve its history, several local artists carved dozens of beautiful animals and sea life into its trunk and remaining branches. This tree-sculpture has a prominent place at a seaside harbor walk in front of Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.
After 5 months, on July 4, 2016, local chainsaw sculptor John Birch completed the carving of a dead oak tree. He turned it into an amazing piece of art! Birch carved out a little girl in a tree fort, and a little boy leaning back reading a book. If you look closely you can see a Dad peeking out of the tree.
San Augustine: Car Bumper Horse
This amazing Mustang was created by metallurgist, Sean Guerrero. He used only 1950 and 1960 chrome bumpers! Super cool right? This horse weighs over a ton and is about 20 feet long! It really is an amazing sight to see.
St. Augustine: Massacre Anchor
This anchor was pulled from the depths of the Matanza’s Bay. It represents the many people who were slaughtered in 1565.
St. Augustine:Ripley’s World Famous Log House
Here is another amazing piece of Tree Art. This Log house was made by Len Moore and it took him only 4 months to carve the inside and outside. Not bad right?
St. Augustine: Replica of Michelangelo’s David
So this was an interesting piece of art to see! It is one of only 2 exact replicas of Michelangelo’s David. It was made from a solid piece of pure Carrara Marble quarried from Pietra Santa in Tuscany, Italy. It weighs 10 tons and measures 17 ft high exactly like the original. It took the Sollazzini and Sons Studio of Florence , Italy nearly three years (1960-1962) to carve it for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. After the fair, it was acquired by California millionaire Ron Fong and was placed in the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, Calif. for 42 years. In 2007 it moved to St. Augustine. How cool is that! I had heard of the David statue before but I never knew that it is suppose to be King David thinking before the battle with Goliath. I found that to be interesting when I read the plaque.
St. Augustine: Giant Nile Crocodile
The giant Nile crocodile is the creation of Keith Coleman. It is 24 foot long, 8 foot wide. The crocodile is created entirely out of iron and scrap metal. Did you know? That the number-one animal killer in Africa is the giant Nile River crocodile.
St. Augustine: World’s Tallest Cross
This cross was just amazing to see. It is 208 feet tall and is made out of stainless steel. I hear it is gorgeous to see at night because it is illuminated by spotlights. However, we visited during the day and it was just beautiful. The cross was erected in 1965 for the city of St. Augustine’s 400th birthday! (If you would like to see the World’s Largest Crucifix check out our post)
St. Petersburg: Yabor City
I found this to be an interesting historical marker on our way out of St. Petersburg.
Keep on the search for amazing Roadside Attractions!