I love looking at Florida in every decade, but the fun and fashionable ’70s will always hold a special place in my heart. A lot of thigs, from the silly to the serious, were changing in Florida at this time, and a fascinating photographic history was left behind. The following 31 photos show a slice of life in Florida during the 1970s:
Young people standing on a pair of running horses at the Sarasota High School Sailor Circus, 1977.
Crowded beach scene of people and automobiles - Jacksonville, Florida, 1973.
View of people canoeing at Disney World - Orlando, Florida, 1971.
Young people enjoy sand skiing - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 1970.
Unidentified people snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - Key Largo, Florida, 1977.
People observing alligators at an alligator farm - St. Augustine, Florida, 1972.
People examining painting of a weeping icon at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Tarpon Springs, 1970.
People building a sand sculpture on the beach at Siesta Key, Florida, 1976.
People aboard the Buccaneer - Pensacola, Florida, 1971.
People admiring automobile at an antique car show - Ormond Beach, Florida, 1970.
People at the bar of Rosie O'Grady's - Pensacola, Florida, 1971.
People boarding a boat at the Fort Myers boating marina, 1972.
Ron Kovic and Vietnam Veteran protestors at the 1972 Republican National Convention - Miami, Florida, 1972.
View of a pool and people, 1975.
People enjoying a day at the beach by the Cape Florida lighthouse, 1979.
People looking at merchandise offered on the street - Apalachicola, Florida
People looking at merchandise offered on the street - Apalachicola, Florida, 1973.
View of people riding on an elephant at the Circus World theme park in Orlando, Florida, 1977.
People buying strawberries at Plant City's Strawberry festival, 1976.
People gathered for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival boat races - Fernandina Beach, Florida, 1972.
View showing protester holding up a protest sign at a KKK rally on South Monroe Street in Tallahassee, Florida, 1977.
Florida's 37th Governor Askew tells people of bomb threat at his inaugural ball - Tallahassee, Florida, 1971.
Tennis celebrity Bobby Riggs (center) talking with unidentified people - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1977 or 1978.
People grilling food at the Ochlockonee River State Park near Sopchoppy, 1970.
Unidentified people in a hot tub looking over materials from the Miami-Dade Community College Open College, 1979.
People walking over sand dunes at the beach - Pensacola, Florida, 1971.
Shoe shiner talking to people outside barber shop - Tallahassee, Florida, 1971.
People in costume on a float in the Springtime Tallahassee parade, 1978.
View showing members of the Pot People's Party in Flamingo Park during the 1972 GOP Convention - Miami Beach, Florida, 1972.
People dancing at the Portable Folk Festival - White Springs, Florida, 1977.
Estee Lauder with David Field at a party in Palm Beach, 1971.
Famous daredevil Evel Knievel in front of his house in Ft. Lauderdale, sometime in the 1970s.
What did you think of these photos? Do you remember what life was like in Florida in the ’70s? Share your memories and thoughts with us in the comments below!