Have you ever been watching a movie and spotted a place you recognize? If you’re from the Sunshine State, chances are you have. Beautiful Florida is perfect for filming, and in fact it was just barely edged out by California as the home of Hollywood. They probably look a bit different now, but see if you can recognize any of these places in Florida from the movies they starred in.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Micanopy - Doc Hollywood
Micanopy (near Gainesville) was transformed into the fictional town of Grady, South Carolina, for the 1991 film Doc Holiday, starring Michael J. Fox.
2. Clearwater Marine Aquarium - Dolphin Tale
The number of annual visitors to this aquarium has tripled since Winter, seen here, starred in the popular Dolphin Tale movies. She was fitted with a prosthetic tail after being caught in a crab trap and brought to the aquarium for rehabilitation.
3. Lakeland and Lutz (north of Tampa) - Edward Scissorhands
Long before Twilight, this 1990 gem with Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder told the story of a blossoming romance between an average girl and an unreasonably handsome outcast. The intentionally nondescript suburbs featured in this Tim Burton classic are actually real locations in Lutz, Lakeland and the Tampa Bay area.
3. Sanford - My Girl
For many '90s kids, My Girl is the ultimate tearjerker. It's set in Pennsylvania but filmed in Sanford, Bartow, Ocoee, Mirror Lake and Plant City.
4. The Seven Mile Bridge - True Lies
The epic bridge escape in this 1994 blockbuster with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis was filmed at the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys.
5. Miami Beach - Scarface
The 1983 classic Scarface, starring Al Pacino, features many locations in historic Miami Beach. Fans of the film will remember this building in the Art Deco District as the setting of the infamous chainsaw scene.
6. St. Petersburg - Cocoon
Ron Howard's touching 1985 science fiction film was shot in and around St. Petersburg.
7. Miracle Mile, Coral Gables - Midnight Cowboy
This 1969 Academy Award-winning drama concludes with a bus trip down Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.
8. Kennedy space Center - Transformers: Dark of the Moon
When the Autobots are exiled and prepare to board the Xantium, the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island takes center stage.
9. Grande Oaks Golf Club - Caddyshack
This cult classic is a favorite of golf fans and comedy fans alike. Scenes on the course were filmed at the Rolling Hills Golf Club in Davie (currently Grande Oaks Golf Club), and the dinner scene was shot at the Boca Raton Hotel and Club.
10. The Streets of Miami - 2 Fast 2 Furious
The second installment in the action franchise (now on number 7) was shot all over South Florida, featuring scenes in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Hollywood (Florida), and even Sylvester Stalone's private mansion in Miami
11. Huguenot Memorial Park and Camp Blanding - G.I. Jane
The 1997 drama G.I. Jane, starring Demi Moore, was filmed in Florida's Duval and Clay counties. Huguenot Memorial Park served as the location for some of the SEAL training, and Camp Blanding was used for the barracks.
12. Tampa - Magic Mike
This 2012 flick starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey tells the tale of a young male stripper in Tampa. Ybor City, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs and Tierra Verde can also be seen in the film.
13. Fort Lauderdale - Cape Fear (1991)
This terrifying tale of revenge was set in North Carolina, but its most memorable scenes were shot in Florida. Locations include Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades and Hollywood.
14. Pro Player Stadium (now New Miami Stadium) and Villa Vizcaya - Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
This goofy comedy that launched Jim Carrey to superstar status was set and filmed in Miami, FL. It features the Pro Player Stadium (home of the Miami Dolphins) and Villa Vizcaya, a 1916 mansion-turned-museum in Miami.
15. Stetson University and Florida Southern College - The Waterboy
This outrageous Adam Sandler production may be set in Louisiana, but Floridians can spot EverBank Field in Jacksonville, the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Spec Martin Stadium and the Stetson University campus in DeLand and Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
Do you know of any other filming locations in Florida? Please share them with us!