Florida Tourist Traps

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    Is that really complimentary?
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    fish food dispenser in Key West
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Florida Tourist Traps

  • T-Shirt Shops

    Key West Tourist Traps

    When going into this shop, ask for the price before you check out. This store attempted to charge me $96 for 3 t-shirts and a shot glass. When we refused to pay, the store employee threatened to call the police; when we agreed to wait he proceeded to yell obscenities (ex:"Get the hell out, F you you a-holes!) to my entire family as we were leaving...

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  • Walt Disney World

    Orlando Tourist Traps

    Unless you have hundreds of dollars to take your family to Cirque du Soliel then there is little here worth seeing. "It's free" they say....well walking is free. There is a Ghiradelli Chocolate shop and you'd think that would be a hit...well for $8.00 I got a sundae and I'm sad to say that it is tasteless and is nothing like the ones in San...

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  • Billy Swamp Safari

    Fort Lauderdale Tourist Traps

    My disappointment was very high when I left Billy Swamp. The place itself is clean and very well maintained but the people are TERRIBLE. They really don’t care about you. No service, no smile at the restaurant and tense relations between staff led me to spend 30 minutes instead of 2 hours. Honestly, driving an hour from Fort Lauderdale to get...

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  • Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District

    Miami Tourist Traps

    but very crowded.....till we had to fight for a spot on the beach. The water look tranquil. Everyone is just interested in lying on the sand with the sunnies, topless, tanning and bay watching. Get a spot nearest to the waters....so that you can only see the sea and no one tanning in front of you. No alternative, just go with the crowd.

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  • Museums

    Saint Augustine Tourist Traps

    Well, why not have a wax musuem in the middle of a historical city.. Makes perfect sense! If you build it, they will come.. Anyway, if this is your thing the museum is located On the Historic plaza: 17 King Street 904.829.9056 It's got 7 themed galleries and 160 famous figures. See if there are coupons available at the Visitor Center... I...

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  • Ybor City

    Tampa Tourist Traps

    As a Tampa native, today's Ybor City is highly disappointing. The robust, vibrant, culturally unique neighborhood where my parents and grandparents grew up (see pic) AND the artistic bohemian community that began Ybor's comeback in the 80s have both been largely replaced by an unexciting collection of bars and "upscale" boutique franchises. It...

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  • Overhyped attractions

    Key West Tourist Traps

    The tourist section of the island is overpriced and overrated in my opinion as most of the shops there all sell the same t-shirts with inane logos about partying and drinking and you will be driven off of the sidewalks by large groups of asian tourists and overweight Northern Floridians that smell of stale beer and sun tan lotion in tacky...

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  • Prices and Spending

    Orlando Tourist Traps

    Be aware of these little booths they seem to have operating everywhere, buy your theme park tickets before you go, seriously it is cheaper on line, in most cases if you print off prices online your local travel agents will match them anyway. These booths try and convince you that they have tickets (Used) that they will sell you for half the price...

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  • Tourist Shops

    Fort Lauderdale Tourist Traps

    Be very careful buying any t-shirts from any place where you can get custom prints for t-shirts. If you like a shirt and take to to the counter to pay, the attendant will instead grab a 'blank' shirt and re-create the print on the shirt you wanted. I actually fell into a double-trap, first buying a t-shirt for my wife and then falling for the...

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  • Bayside Market Place

    Miami Tourist Traps

    I have read the comments on Bayside and I have to say that each year my husband and I book a boatcruise and leave one day prior just so we can spend some time at the Bayside Market place. I wouldn't necessarily call it a tourist trap. It's a great location right across the Holiday Inn which leaves a little to be desired but we stay there anyway...

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  • Ghost Tours

    Saint Augustine Tourist Traps

    Well we just had to do it. It was interesting finding out little bits of odd knowledge about the town but kind of dissapointing IMO. Just walked around pointing out things I mostly found out about on the History channel already. Get some comfortable shoes and prepare to do a bit of walking. I suggest going on the earlier tours because the locals...

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  • Making phone calls

    Tampa Tourist Traps

    When we went to the US for the first time and tried to call Niki's Uncle the payphone swallowed our coins in no time... And that wasn't even a call outside the country... If you come unprepared to the US buy a prepaid card at you can find these in almost any shop in the US or get them from a machine. But beware of the hidden charges these card...

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  • Duval Bars

    Key West Tourist Traps

    I would only use Duval street as a transportation route, but I would not eat at any of the restaraunts there (overpriced and the food is not so good) and too many tacky t-shirt shops. I didnt really see anything special there. If you want to find the good restaraunts go to the streets directly to the south or north of duval street (whitehead and...

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  • Universal Studio's

    Orlando Tourist Traps

    We went to Universal during the Mardi Gra. The parks were over sold by the thousands. Lines were long every where. The parks were so crowed a person could not walk without bumping into the person next to you. The bathrooms had lines out the door. I am disabled and asked if I could get into the bathroom to use the handicap restroom. The line was...

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  • Beach Place

    Fort Lauderdale Tourist Traps

    As life goes sometimes, large corporations take even the smallest of things and take advantage of the unsuspecting. I am from Bulgaria and a student at FIU. My cousin and I parked our bikes in front of CVS at Beach Place and went into the mall for a bite. The bike rack out front was full so we locked them up on the railing by the sidewalk. Later we...

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  • The Versace House

    Miami Tourist Traps

    The Versace House - where Gianni Versace lived (& died), in South Beach, attracts loads of gawkers to take pictures outside the front gates. Just like any other private home one sees from the street, there's nothing more to it, but somehow, it attracts a crowd. It's a nice enough building, but there's nothing more to see. Avoid it.

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  • Sea Critters

    Tampa Tourist Traps

    You don't have to be afraid of being attacked by a shark. Stories they say about Florida and sharks are just rumours. There is a slightly bigger chance to encounter a shark on the ocean side, but again that would really be a coincidence. There has been just one person killed in last 200 years (recorded time). Go and enjoy Florida seas with smiling...

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  • Hemingway

    Key West Tourist Traps

    Well, i mean if you go you might as well see this. It is a pretty house, but its just that, a house! The guide person did say that it is the only house on the island with a basement due to Key West being solid rock underneath. Little bit of info for ya!

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  • Charter Boats

    Fort Lauderdale Tourist Traps

    There are many charter boats that go out into the ocean for deep sea fishing. My son, husband and I took one out and caught 50 pounds of dolfin (the fish). We prepared it that night and was the best fish that we have had in years.

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  • Down Town

    Miami Tourist Traps

    AVOID LIKE PLAGUE the electronics shops on Flagler Street in downtown Miami. Unless you know exactly what you want - and how much the item costs elsewhere - you are going to be subjected to an unbelievable and hostile harrassment from the salespeople in these shops. WORSE, a lot of the equipment sold there is REFURBISHED, with a very limited...

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  • All of it

    Key West Tourist Traps

    Its hotttt! Your tired! You want to walk but ... Oh hey, theres a guy pulling a cart and he can give you a ride ! Dont do it! The pedi cab drivers are a DOLLAR 60 A MINUTE, AND THEY PEDDEL S L O W We were on one for less than 15 mins... 20 bucks--- Its a rip off- Get a scooter! They are fun and they dealers are willing to go down on price---...

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  • Parrot Jungle

    Miami Tourist Traps

    Well Parrot Jungle finally open at it's new location. The new Parrot Jungle is located at Watson Island, on McCarthur Causeway, on the way to Miami Beach. I hope it is better than the old one. So save some time and visit this Miami institution. It is five minutes from Down Town. In the picture, the construction trailer. I will update the picture...

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  • Truman White House

    Key West Tourist Traps

    When we lived in Key West the Truman White House was on the Naval Base. I thought it might be nice to see it now that it is open to the public. So we walked over from the Shipwreck Museum (there's no parking inside the gates). We had about 45 minutes on the parking meter. I realized that the homes that used to be officers quarters for the Navy...

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  • The Miami Museum of Science

    Miami Tourist Traps

    The Miami Museum of Science & Technology: Don't waste your time or money, unless you have some very insistent kids tugging at your pant legs, wanting to see the pitiful selection of birds & tortoises out back. While I was there, they were featuring a dinosaur exhibit ('Make them move!!!'), which consisted of a handful of sheetmetal dinosaurs...

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  • Not so bad

    Key West Tourist Traps

    I really don't like this "tourist trap" section...because it all depends on the person. For example, I see a lot of people writing that the tee shirt shops are tourist traps. True, they are not "quality made", but you know that already. Typically anyone buying these shirts are just doing it for the funny words on them, not because they are looking...

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  • Conch Train

    Key West Tourist Traps

    You will see these colorful open air trains snaking their way along Duval Street and contributing to the congestion on the narrow roads. On board, tourists in bright floral print sit and watch the crowd, which is precisely what they would be doing if they were not on board this train. The conch tour train does provide a lot of information on the...

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  • Mallory Square

    Key West Tourist Traps

    Mallory Square has numerous shops and attractions which you will undoubtedly visit, but this high people traffic translates to high rents. And you know well who pays that rent? Right, you the consumer.

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  • Links to parks.

    http://www.seaworld.co.uk/busch_gardens/gwazi.htmlwww.floridaparks.co.ukTheme parks http://www.disney.co.uk/usa-resorts/waltdisneyworld/II/A/EPCOThttp://www.disney.co.uk/usa-resorts/waltdisneyworld/II/A/2/index.html Ask your travel agent about coach tours to each park. You can also get tickets to five parks and go as often as you like over 21...

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  • Tourist Beware

    There are plenty of shops and activities that are just aimed at tourists. Some of these can be good places to purchase souvenirs, postcards, or have a good time, however some are just a waste of time and money. Most are pretty easy to spot, however. Use common sense. If it looks like a trap, and the locals or respected publications have not...

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  • Busch gardens - kids think they want it

    On our trip to Florida, I thought we'd better take our older school-aged child to a theme park - and I must say right now that theme parks aren't really our thing. Just so you know parents - she enjoyed the natural settings like the everglades and shelling on Sanibel way more. Even though we were there on off season the lineups were tiresome and...

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  • Downtown Key West

    Definate tourist trap. EVERYWHERE there are T-shirt shops, souveneir stalls, art galleries, and bars. It's really nice to go if you want to get things for people to do a little bit of early Christmas shopping.Keep one thing in mind...parking is an absolute bear, so if you are unable to find a place to park, there are optional scooter rental places...

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  • Wet-N-Wild

    What a joke! We waited in line for 2 hours on one particular water ride. The conveyor belt to bring the tubes to the top kept malfunctioning! They should have shut the ride down, and not allow people to stand in line for so long! They could have at least offered free sodas/water for people waiting in line.The Operations Manager admitted that this...

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  • Disney is awesome but full of traps

    One big one is the hotels/resorts. ALL of the hotels have transportation back and forth to the park. Get online and get a hotel from hotels.com or whatever. My resort was $85 a night online. To walk in and get a room is almost unheard of, but it would have cost me $175 a night for 4 people. Don't buy the souvenirs INSIDE Disney, they sell the same...

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  • Avoid the queue before you even get in

    At the entrance to each park there will be a few of the disney characters hanging about. Magic Kingdom was definately the worst for this with lots of people queuing before they have even got into the park proper. Don't get your photos here, go inside the park as there will be other opportunities later. Can you avoid the photo opprotunities...

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  • this is a funny question. it's...

    this is a funny question. it's FLORIDA!!! of course there's tourists traps. that's why you go there. go anyway. check out Gatorland. it really is pretty cool to see hundreds of alligators at feeding time. steve irwin would be proud.

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  • British Pub is the alternative.

    To get away from roller coasters ect relax with a pint. In a British Style Pub.Real beer nice food. An alternative is to walk in a National Park.

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  • Florida Shmorida

    Time Shares If you want discounts to local attractions or hotel stays you can participate in the time share/condo scams. It will take a good hour out of your day but if you schedule it early you can be on your way and make out with some good 2 for 1 tickets.

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  • Airboats and alligators

    Not exactly a trap, but one that you should take with a degree of scepticism....Airboat rides are good, but the Indan Villages and alligator parks along the Tamiami Trail are a bit tourist oriented! Hokum Indian (native American) "daredevils" fighting alligators... Enjoy the show but remember over the fence these guys live in big RV's and aren't...

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  • Speed Traps

    Watch out if you are in a hire car or with some-one else driving, keep to the speed limit as it is very tempting to go a little faster on the long straight roads, we saw a lot of cars getting pulled over and given a ticket.

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  • Hookers

    Prositutes come out after dark and will try to solicit with you if you are a male on your own. They seem like a lady just wanting to have a chat or make out that they like you and would you buy them a drink some where, but don't be fooled into thinking that you are god's gift to women as they are just after your hard earned cash. If you do come...

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  • Hustlers

    You will I expect be approched by someone telling you how they need some money for something or other and tell you a very hard luck story. We were approched a few times and by one young lady who was crying and said she needed money to get the bus home as she was lost and frightened and was very convincing, others will tell you that they have not...

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  • MONEY !!!!!!!!!

    This isn`t really a "tourist trap", but I didn`t realise how expensive visiting all the theme parks are, plus the food & souvenirs !!!!We paid about $52 each for a day`s ticket just to one park.But at least all the rides & attractions are free. Found out it`s much cheaper to pre-purchase a multi-day pass when you book your holiday here in the...

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  • Calling home from the US.....

    Calling home from the US.. There are a few ways to call from the US to your friend and family at home..You can put money in pay-phones, call from your hotel, use your mobile or use a calling card.. You can buy prepaid calling cards at shops, gas stations and newsstands. We us a calling (credit) card it can be used from payphones, private phones...

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  • Mickey and Minnie

    The whole Disney thing has got to be the biggest touist trap in Florida. However, spring for something like the Minnie Mouse I'm holding here. After all these years, this is one (and the only) souvenir I still have.

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  • Plane trip around the coral...

    Plane trip around the coral cays ,not far from Mangrove Island costed a fair few $$$ espeically with the real crap Australian dollar, but i think it was worth it, marvelous coral.

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