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Scenic Boat Tour

In 1937, Captain Walt Meloon of the Pinecastle Boat Company announced a new attraction for Winter Park, "The Venice of America." The 25- passenger boat "Scenic" made its maiden voyage around Lakes Virginia, Osceola, and Maitland with city officials and businessmen getting the first trip. The tours began officially on January 1, 1938. The boats were radio equipped, and a travelogue was given by the pilot.

The Scenic Boat Tour is in its 65th year of operation and as the current brochure states: "It's really the only way to see the true beauty of Winter Park which includes Rollins College, Kraft Azalea Gardens, Isle of Sicily, tropical birds, plants, flowers and magnificent mansions." It is now owned by Ron Hightower. Ron is assisted by his grandfather, Stan Smith, who was the previous owner.

Click here to learn more about the Scenic Boat Tour.

This article was written by former archivist, Barbara White, MLIS.