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Old 09-14-2014, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I've never been there. Don't they have some kind of "mermaid show" where pretty girls swim around underwater and wave at the audience watching the "show" through big plate glass windows?

How about Silver Springs, Florida? Went there as a kid with my family. We all thought we were ripped off. Silver Springs is nothing but a lake with catfish swimming around in it. You pay to get into a "glass-bottom boat" and you can see catfish swimming around. The "Captain" of the boat throws fish food into the lake to attract the catfish. That's it ... I swear. I would think a bathing beauty in a swimsuit filling her lungs with air from a hose is at least a little more interesting than catfish.

Florida must be epicenter of roadside attractions!
I looked online to see if they're even open anymore and I guess they are. When I was a kid, my grandparents lived in Tampa Bay, so we got to visit Weeki Watchee and the mermaids. As much as it was nice to see pretty girls swimming around in a pool, I couldn't help but be bored to tears and even a little horrified that such a show exists and people pay money to see it.
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Old 09-14-2014, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland
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Gatorland
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Old 09-14-2014, 09:44 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Miami had it's share of roadside attractions;

Monkey Jungle - "where the humans are caged and the monkeys run free!" Actually you walked through paths that were enclosed by wire net fencing and various types of monkeys like chimps and rhesus monkeys climbed around bored and would shock the audience by masturbating in public. If hostile they would fling their own feces at visitors!

Orchid Jungle - basically a garden with a lot of orchids. The bonus was every lady visitor received an orchid corsage to take home.

Parrot Jungle - lots of different kinds of mostly caged parrots and tropical birds in a garden setting. The tacky part was there was a daily "show" where the parrots would perform a few humorous (?) tricks.
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:23 AM
 
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I looked online to see if they're even open anymore and I guess they are. When I was a kid, my grandparents lived in Tampa Bay, so we got to visit Weeki Watchee and the mermaids. As much as it was nice to see pretty girls swimming around in a pool, I couldn't help but be bored to tears and even a little horrified that such a show exists and people pay money to see it.
There are still many remnants of "Old Florida."

Most came up back in the 50's when the country saw some prosperity and people began to take vacations. This was before the Interstates went in. The main roads through Florida at the time were US-1, US 27, US 90, US 19, US 301, US 41, and US 70. As people began to arrive, roadside attractions and motels popped up, which lured even more people in. Places like Weeki Watchee, the Citrus Tower, Dinosaur World, Monument of States, Fountain of Youth, several places touting the "Largest Gator," any number of grove stands with added attractions, etc. all still exist, although I don't know how some of them are holding on.
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Old 09-15-2014, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Alaska as a whole.
Tacky??? Alaska?? Or do you mean it's expensive??
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:15 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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Alaska as a whole.
Elaborate please. It's really annoying when someone throws a one liner like that without further info. What is it about Alaska that you find tacky?
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Elaborate please. It's really annoying when someone throws a one liner like that without further info. What is it about Alaska that you find tacky?
The question begged for a one-line question.

I agree that much of Alaska IS tacky. (been to Fairbanks, Circle, Denali NP, Anchorage, Girdwood, Homer, Kachemak Bay, Whittier and many points between)
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:40 AM
 
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The question begged for a one-line question.

I agree that much of Alaska IS tacky. (been to Fairbanks, Circle, Denali NP, Anchorage, Girdwood, Homer, Kachemak Bay, Whittier and many points between)
You still haven't answered the question we have posed to that initial OP. WHY is it considered tacky? How can you say that a national park is tacky?
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Las Vegas, tacky tacky tacky and nasty nasty nasty.

Feel bad I spent more than a day there, will never go back
Amen! I avoid Vegas like the plague. I can understand why people who have never been there want to go, but in my opinion, it is absolutely the last place in the world I would ever go a second time.
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Niagra Falls has got to be up there somewhere.
I'd say it's right near the top. The falls themselves are beautiful. They don't need the tackiness of the city (on the Canadian side, especially).
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