Smaller theme parks avoid extinction by catering to locals

Posted Monday, February 12, 2007 9:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

When it comes to theme parks, it's almost impossible not to think about Busch Gardens, Disney or even Universal. But before the major parks took over, the thousands of tourists Florida would welcome from the very start of the automobile age depended more on what would best be described as roadside attractions -- places like the original Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven and Weeki Wachee Springs near Brooksville.

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