St. Augustine, Florida: Bluebird of HappinessA strange, deteriorated orange bird from the 1940s was painted blue and transformed into the bluebird of happiness, currently advertising Vilano Beach and posing with fun-loving tourists.
- 180 Vilano Rd, St. Augustine, FL
- Vilano Road, very near the Vilano Beach Public Pier, north side of street.
Visitor Tips and News About Bluebird of Happiness
The Bluebird has moved (very) slightly onto the pier itself. It now greets visitors out in the open, rather than from behind a fence off to the side. It's showing a bit of wear, with a big crack in its beak, but it's still brightly painted and cheerful as ever.[Prof. .a., 08/24/2012]
A beloved icon from the 1940s was restored to Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, Florida. Originally an orange bird promoting oranges, it was purchased by the wife of a motel owner, painted blue and transformed into the Bluebird of Happiness.
In 2008, the Main Street Group brought the 8-foot bird to a sandy lot in the Vilano Beach Town Center where it stands today, ready to pose for vacation photos.[D. Moore, 08/24/2011]
In pre-makeover photos, the orange bird (of unhappiness?) was deformed and stood on a pair of stubby legs. Sorry we missed that!