Just north of Tampa is where you will find the unincorporated census-designated place of Lutz. As is common among Florida communities, Lutz grew up around a train depot. The original was demolished in the late 1960s. A replica was built in the same general location. You can drop by to see it at the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and Lutz-Lake Fern Road. An interesting fact about Lutz Florida relates to its nickname “Cactus Hat.” The nickname has to do with the curious upcropping of cleistocactuses in 2003. The growth of this species of cactus in Lutz has yet to be fully understood. You can still see some of the prickly plants, which are native to mountain areas in South America, around town.
When Lutz Florida visitors aren’t exploring Lutz itself, perhaps looking for spots where parts of the movie Edward Scissorhands were filmed, they can venture off to any number of area destinations and attractions. Tampa and everything that it has to offer is just a quick drive away, and it’s not far to the Clearwater beaches. Tarpon Springs and St. Petersburg are just two other area destinations to consider adding to the itinerary. There is plenty to do in this part of the Sunshine State, so you may want to think about adding an extra day or two when booking a room at the area hotels.
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