The Aquatarium!

Before Disney World opened in 1971, the most popular tourist attraction in south Florida had to have been the Aquatarium in St. Petersburg. A cross between a massive aquarium and Sea World, the 17-acre Aquatarium was housed in a 160-foot-tall glass dome. It overlooked the Gulf of Mexico and boasted sea lions, porpoises and whales. First open in 1964, it did great business until Disney, but stayed open until the late ‘70s, even after bringing in sharks after Jaws was a massive movie hit. The 17-acre dome was torn down, the fish moved, and condos were built in its place. Condos.

Excellent amateur photo from somebody’s Flickr

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Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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