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Warm Mineral Springs
Bathers in the springs. The Warm Mineral Springs Motel
Apparently, they are Florida's only warm springs. And they are also apparently the warm springs with the highest mineral content in the world. North Port's Warm Mineral Springs are a popular destination for people from all over the world who believe that the power of the springs improves their health. The operation of the facility was recently taken over by the city of North Port from Sarasota County, who operated it for many years prior.

Although not officialy part of the springs (or even affiliated with the springs), there is a motel on U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail), less than a half mile from the springs, that should not be missed. It is a mid-century modern design, and a rare example of a surviving piece of classic roadside Americana. The motel's prices vary depending on the season.


Myakka State Forest
The entrance to the park off South River Road. Wild boar foraging in the park.
Not to be confused with the larger and better-known Myakka River State Park, which is on S.R. 72 east of Sarasota, Myakka State Forest is in southwest Sarasota County off of South River Road, and most of it is actually within the North Port city limits.

A nature walker's paradise, the forest is home to many different wildlife species, including alligators, white-tailed deer, feral hogs and scrub-jays. It is open from sunrise to sunset. Camping overnight is allowed by permit. All waters in the forest are open to fishing, but fishing license laws still apply.


Movie Set from "The Creature From The Black Lagoon"


Visitors enjoying a gondola tour Life-sized Gill-Man statue
The Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, located just off Tropicaire Boulevard, is a Mecca for cyclists and kayakers. But many forget that it was one of the many Florida filming locations for the 1954 film "The Creature from the Black Lagoon". This actually pre-dated North Port, which was not incorporated until 1959. The land that the film was shot on is now part of the city, in a park that is operated by Sarasota County.

Gondoliers are available (rides cost $11) to give you a guided tour of the set, where you can see the various filming locations and leftover props. You can even grab a selfie at the end of the tour with a life-sized statue of the creature.



The Mobius Strip Skateboard Path



This is a generic image of a mobius strip. We are hoping to soon have a picture of the actual skate path.
Located just north of North Port Boulevard and U.S. 41 there is a skatepark with an interesting feature. Alongside the usual skatepark elements (like the fun box and the quarter pipe), the park has a skating path in a shape that strangely resembles a Mobius strip, but kind of turned on its side. This allows skaters with adequate skating skills to indefinitely skate on the same surface over and over without ever having to stop.

The park is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, and there is no entry fee. One warning, though - if you want to try out the Mobius strip yourself, you will have to sign a waiver.

CORRECTION: We previously reported that Tony Hawk skated the mobius strip here in North Port, Florida. We are not sure that Tony Hawk was ever here. It turns out that a similar feature exists in a skate park in Northport, Alabama, which Tony Hawk may have visited. The similarity in the names of the cities is likely the source of the confusion. We apologize for this error, and we have removed all references to Tony Hawk from this entry.


The Original Rolling Stones "Lips and Tongue" Sculpture
A replica on display at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
This particular attraction is on private property and can only be viewed from the street. The owners don't want their address published, but here is how you get close to the right place: begin at the intersection of Price Blvd and Sumter Blvd. Travel east on Price, and turn left on Salford Blvd. Then take your second left onto Watova Avenue, which will veer to the right after a few blocks and turn into Tripoli Street. Follow Tripoli Street, and keep looking at the houses on your left. The lips aren't always on display, but when they are, you can't miss them.


Area 52 (Roswell of the East)
Approximate location of crash/landing.
A watered-down version of this story barely made it into the National UFO Reporting Center's data (http://www.nuforc.org/webreports/086/S86544.html), but it was big news to locals in January, 2012. The first reports - not just to the police from witnesses but also FROM the police to the public - were that an unidentified object either landed or crashed in a field in an undeveloped part of the city. The federal government cordoned off the area, and sent cargo trucks out under the cover of night for almost three days.

When the "official" report came out, it stated that someone had landed an ultralite aircraft that evening. This is not consistent with eyewitness reports, which stated that the object was much larger than a helicopter and descended vertically rather than on a glide path. Also, an ultralite landing on private property does not explain the federal government's involvement or secretive behavior, nor does it explain why the initial tweets and facebook posts from local law enforcement suddenly dissapeared. UFO enthusiasts can often be found working the field with metal detectors, looking for evidence that they hope the government missed.


Romeo and Poodlette
Poodlette (left) and Romeo (right) from the Playbill
Each Saturday afternoon, visitors to the North Port Community Theater can take in an adaptation of what is arguably Shakespeare's most famous play. This 30 minute annotation of the classic story about young, star-crossed lovers contains some voice over narration, but all of the characters are portrayed by canines that were specifically trained for the purpose.

Most of the play is light-hearted, but some drama does ensue. In particular, the fox terrier that plays Mercutio dies (at the hands of Tybalt, the cocker spaniel) in a performance that never fails to garner the crowd's applause.


Little London (and the Lady Diana Shrine)

The Tea and Crumpets Food Truck in Little London A visitor viewing the photo wall at the Lady Diana Shrine
Located along the banks of "The Little Thames"(which is actually just a tributary of the Myakka River), is a neighborhood made up largely of British expatriates. It is common to find the Union Jack flying next to the Stars and Stripes on flagpoles in this area, which has been dubbed "Little London" by locals. It is the home of all things British in North Port. There is a three-car garage on an otherwise empty lot where tribute British invasion bands play to small but faithful audiences on weekend nights.

Perhaps the most interesting thing to see here is the shrine to Lady Diana (expect to be sternly corrected if you insist on referring to her as a Princess, a title she reliquished upon her divorce from Prince Charles). Begun shortly after her death, the shrine is meticulously maintained by faithful volunteers in the community.


The Stan Lee Temple

Logo for the group's charity effort
Couple being married on the church's veranda
As the creator of some of the most well-known comic book heroes in history, Stan Lee is revered around the world. It is not surprising that some of his most devoted fans have formed a cult-like club dedicated to him. What is surprising, however, is that they managed to raise the funds to build a church dedicated to Stan Lee and his work.

Meditation and worship sessions are held regularly throughout the month, and the temple can be reserved for weddings and other social events. The congregation even has a charitable arm, which funds and operates a program to help disadvantaged children learn to read through the distribution of free comic books.

Although there is no indication that Stan Lee himself has ever been to the temple, several actors who have portrayed his iconic superheroes have been reported to have made appearances.


Giant Hamster Wheels
North Port Parks and Recreation has installed several human-sized exercise wheels in parks throughout the city. Available to visitors aged 12 and older, they can accomodate people who are up to 6'5" tall and up to 300 pounds.

The wheels are mobile, and are frequently moved between parks. So if you don't see one at your local park you can check other ones nearby. Officials warn exercisers to stay hydrated, especially in the summer.


One-Third Scale Replica of Highclere Castle

George Herbert, Fifth Earl of Carnarvon at the entrance of King Tut's Tomb.
Perhaps best known for being the castle used in the filming of Masterpiece's Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, in Hampshire, England, is the home and county seat of the Earl of Carnarvon. In 2015, a devoted fan of the show built a one-third scale replica of the castle. It is only accessible by a dirt road, and it is situated northeast of Chamberlain Boulevard where it intersects Price Boulevard.

Except during the middle of summer (when the foliage is very thick) it can be seen from the road. However, it is on private property and you can't actually get very close to it without trespassing.


Museum of Defect and Deformity
A two-headed snake - a flounder with seven eyes - the skeleton of a human who suffered proteus disease - these are just a few of the exhibits on display at the Museum of Defect and Defomity.

Mixed in with a the real exhibits are a few historical hoaxes, such as a Mermonkey and a Jackalope. Admission to the museum is free, and the museum is closed on Mondays.


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Your website doesn't tell me where and when to see "Romeo and Poodlette." Can you please give me details? Thank you. Denise K.

You talk about the Stan Lee Temple, but you did not provide the location. - Terry B.

I live in North Port and have for the last 15 years and have never heard or seen this place, where is it? - David C.

May I please have more information on the Stan Lee museum? - Peter D.

I have been unable to find this 30-minute program you list. Could you please give me more information? The actual name of the theater? The address of the theater? Has this information been confirmed recently? Thank you for your help. - Denise