Retropolis Tour of America: FLORIDA - Amish People and Shuffleboard in Sarasota

When I was six years old, I went with my family on our first trip to Florida. As we drove down US-19 past all the classic 1940's and 50's motels, I noticed something about these motels that I had never seen before. In addition to the palm trees and pastel colors, I noticed people playing a game outside at many of these motels. They would hold long poles and shove a disc along the cement, aiming the disc at a giant triangle on the ground. Most of the players were retired men in pastel pants or shorts whose shoes were shiny and white, like their hair. After being on a long car ride, I longed to get out of the car and play the game with them. I found out the game was called shuffleboard. 

Eventually my family ended up moving to Florida, and I would often get to see people playing shuffleboard from my place in the back seat of the family station wagon. However, I only saw people playing at retirement communities or motels playing shuffleboard, so I never had the opportunity to play. The shuffleboard at motels and retirement communities was often located near the front of the building, which is why I had a perfect view as we drove by. 

I don't think shuffleboard is as popular as it used to be, but it's still around. As you can see from the video, there's room for plenty of people to play shuffleboard at that location in Sarasota, Florida. 

The video reminded me of something I had forgotten about in Florida - the adult tricycle. I remember as a little girl that my first time seeing an adult trike was also in Florida. I loved the look of them! Still do! You can fit TONS of stuff in the basket on the back, and there's no way you'll tip over on a tricycle. Win-win! I wonder why adult tricycles haven't caught on in other states as much as they have in Florida.

Sarasota, Florida has an Amish and Mennonite community which gives Sarasota even more of a sense of nostalgia. It looks like such a peaceful place with people peacefully riding their bikes and trikes, while others play shuffleboard and volleyball. Plus, it has picket fences and soft pretzels. So sweet and charming!


Thank you to   for posting the Sarasota, FL video on YouTube!



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