Episode 53 – TV & Film Locations in Florida

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It is no secret that Florida is known as a filming state. Many movies and shows have been filmed here. This week, we are going to explore some of the most famous filming locations throughout Florida.

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We start with the movie My Girl. Set in Pennsylvania, but it was filmed in Sanford, Bartow, Ocoee, Mirror Lake and Plant City. The Stanford Inn is actually for sale!

Edward Scissorhands was filmed in Lutz and Lakeland. They took up a neighborhood for the time of filming and even painted all the homes pastel colors. Burton says the story represented his experience growing up in the suburbs of Burbank, California. “To represent Burbank, we had to go all the way to Florida. We filmed in a real suburb but added foliage and did a little paint job on each house.”

Dolphin Tale and Winter the Dolphin had amazing stories. You can actually visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium where Winter used to reside. Unfortunately, Winter Passed away this last year. You can still Visit Hope there. She is from Dolphin Tale 2. You can also see the set pieces from the movie

Caddyshack was filmed at Rolling Hills Golf Club in Davie and the Boca Raton Hotel and Club. Ace Ventura was a movie and also a TV series. It was filmed over several locations in Florida including Vizcaya Museum, the Orange Bowl, and Joe Robbie Stadium all located in Miami. Apollo 13 and Armageddon were appropriately filmed at Kennedy Space Center on the Space Coast. Over on the Tampa area was the infamous Magic Mike, shot at Ybor City’s Amphitheater and Tampa’s Xsquisite: Wilson’s Sports Lounge.

Bad Boys and the Bird Cage were also filmed in Miami. Up in North Florida, in Ocala was Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Back on the Space Coast in Cocoa was I Dream of Jeannie. Set in Cocoa Beach, but filmed in California, there is an I Dream of Jeannie street off of A1A.

While Golden Girls takes place in Miami, anyone who did the backlot tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will tell you that it wasn’t filmed there. But they did have the outside of the house.

Speaking of Disney, Thunder in Paradise, a Hulk Hogan series, was filmed on Disney property and if you watch it, you can tell it’s the Grand Floridian and the Seven Seas Lagoon in the footage.

You will find the Hyman Roth residence from the Godfather Part II at 2045 N Hibiscus Dr., North Miami, FL. Also in Miami was There’s Something About Mary. The Truman Show was filmed on location on Tupelo St. in Seaside, Florida.

The Legendary Doc Hollywood, filmed in Micanopy, near Gainesville, turned into the town of Grady South Carolina. The small historic town of Florida played a fresh and reliable role in the movie-making. Nobody knew the 600 residents town would be so helpful that the production wouldn’t need to find any new cast members. 

Some shows you will find that were filmed in Miami are Miami Vice – largely filmed in South Beach, CSI Miami, Charlies Angels 2011 version, Dexter, and Nip/tuck.

Filming locations abound in Florida. With our year-round weather and plentiful settings, we make a great setting for most films.

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