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Its name says it all: Palm-lined, expansive beaches with warm, shimmering blue waters are the main draw to this area, which is also famous for high-end shopping, trendy restaurants and..
This coastal area, with its powder-white sands and emerald-green waters, is popular with both families and divers, who call the area the "Wreck Capital of the South." At Camp Helen State..
One pass through Perry and its "roots" in forestry are evident. Today, that heritage has created a new reputation for the town as a festival hub. Forest Capital State Museum State Park..
In Pompano Beach, a popular pier and annual Fishing Rodeo (May) reel in anglers. Nearby coral reefs lure scuba divers, and the annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival (April) serves local..
Feeling sporty? Get in the game, or just watch it, in Port St. Lucie. The St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon make for good fishing, and the three 18-hole courses at the PGA Golf Club..
Punta Gorda embraces an old Florida lifestyle on Florida's west coast.
The city of Punta Gorda is a charming and historic waterfront town. Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon is said to be the..
A popular tubing spot can be found in Dunnellon at Rainbow Springs, Florida's fourth largest spring. Put in at the Rainbow Springs State Park tube entrance on S.W. 180th avenue and choose a..
Put on your thinking cap and visit Rollins College in Winter Park, where notable North American writers come to campus each February for Winter with the Writers, a series of readings and..
Sanford's Lake Monroe vista and Victorian downtown go easy on the eyes and the spirit. Traditional street lamps illuminate brick paths that connect restored homes and historic buildings...
Located in Northwest Florida's Walton County, Seaside was developed in the 1980s by developer Robert Davis as a modern Victorian town with narrow streets, picket fences and pastel-hued..
Fifteen beach communities and four state parks make up this area, and all are certified clean beaches by the Blue Wave Campaign, the country’s first environmental certification for..
Visitors to central Florida will want to explore natural attractions as well as fantastical ones, and SeaWorld is a wonderful place to start. Guests can be Trainer for a Day, working..
Surfing, boating and fishing are big in Sebastian, though its natural inlet can be rough; Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum tells the story of a Spanish fleet that wrecked off the coast in 1715..
You'll find this beach on Siesta Key, an island in the Gulf of Mexico near Sarasota. It's known for clear, warm, calm water and fine, white, powdery sand that doesn't get too hot in the..
In 1860, the first steamboats chugged up the Ocklawaha River and then Silver Run, which was fed by one of Florida’s fabled natural wonders. The tourists loved to watch the fish, turtles..
This barrier island features some of the area's nicest parks. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park has two miles of oceanfront beach, boardwalk, picnic areas, nature center with guided tours..
Movie stars and models on fashion shoots are just the start of the beautiful sights to be seen on South Beach. Sultry and pulsating, this is non-stop fun from white-sand beaches to..
This riverwalk at 4 Main St. in Titusville (which includes a Mercury monument with a giant "7" and astronaut handprints) includes interactive displays and plaques that celebrate the..
St. George Island State Park is a quiet preserve occupying the eastern third of St. George Island. Just south and east of Apalachicola, St. George Island is a 45km (28-mile)-long island..
St. Pete Beach
There's more to St. Pete Beach than the Don CeSar, a luxury resort where many a celebrity has slept since its opening in 1928. In fact, there are more than 3,000 hotel rooms..
Feathers and shells are the hottest accessories in Steinhatchee, where birds and scallops lure so many visitors. Keaton Beach's public park and an observation tower at Hagen's Cove provide..
It's easy in Stuart to fixate on fishing. This is, after all, the "Sailfish Capital of the World," gateway to the Gulf Stream and its sizeable snapper, grouper and wahoo. But a creative..
Immerse yourself in the Greek culture and traditions of Tarpon Springs, home to the largest Greek population per capita in the U.S. Some of the original shops and restaurants remain today..
Experience a launch from Space View Park, then note the figures behind American space exploration at the park's U.S. Space Walk of Fame. Take a trip to view vintage aircraft at the Valiant..
Universal Studios Florida shares the movie-making theme of Disney's Hollywood Studios, but attractions are presented quite differently here. At Universal, promoters say you can "ride the..
On the Orlando campus of the University of Central Florida, stargazers can find the largest telescope in Florida still regularly open to the public. At UCF's Robinson Observatory, you can..
A few of Florida's best museums are housed at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Among the exhibits at The Florida Museum of Natural History is the amazing Butterfly Rainforest. The..
For countless cultural opportunities, head to the University of Miami in Coral Gables. Check out the spectacular outdoor sculpture garden as well as the Lowe Art Museum - considered greater..
The University of North Florida in Jacksonville is home to a wildlife sanctuary offering three nature trails for hiking - the Goldenrod Trail, Blueberry Trail and the Red Maple Boardwalk...
There's treasure here, all right - from the shores, where the stretch known as the Sea Grape Trail has revealed coins and other booty from the shipwrecked 1715 Spanish fleet, to the..
South Florida’s most unique arts and entertainment attraction is now offering glass blowing and metal working classes and demonstrations for people of all ages. If you ever had the desire..
Site of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, Wakulla Springs State Park offers daily guided riverboat tours in a glass-bottom boat (when the water is clear)...
Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando Florida)
It’s the most magical vacation destination in the world. The Walt Disney World Resort is the place where worries and cares disappear, fantasy..
You can fish, hunt and cycle here (there's a trove of rivers and trail possibilities here) - or simply gorge yourself on blueberries. In season, acres of farms will give you your fill. The..
West Palm Beach sits inland from Palm Beach, but echoes some of the same flavors in museums (notably, the Norton Museum of Art) and an attractive open-air collection of shops and..
En route from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico, the Suwannee River cuts through White Springs. The town serves as the head of the 273 km (170-mile) Suwannee River Wilderness..
Affluent and artsy Winter Park rolls out its best along Park Avenue. Lunch, shop and stroll Central Park, where the Autumn Art Festival unfolds annually. Head indoors to view the extensive..
Ybor City is one of only three National Historic Landmark Districts located in the State of Florida. Quaint original brick streets and huge, old cigar factory buildings make up this..
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