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State of Florida

An ever since the days of the Spanish explorers, Florida has attracted visitors. Ponce de Leon led some of the first visitors to Florida in his search for the fabled Fountain of Youth. In 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles led Spanish visitors to Florida who founded the oldest continually inhabited city in the United States at St. Augustine. With this interesting history and its wondrous natural beauty, Florida still beckons visitors to come and discover the fascinating treasures it holds.

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"Florida has tons of entertainment opportunities because Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are there."

by: Kevin Richardson

Did You Know: Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife's stove.

Florida's Natural Attractions

Visitors to Florida often think that the only natural attractions the state has are its beaches. While Florida's beaches are some of the world's finest, there are a variety of other natural attractions that any visitor who ventures off the beaten path is sure to enjoy. 

A favorite natural attraction for many hikers in Florida is the Florida Trail in the Ocala National Forest. This trail passes through some of the most diverse natural habitats to be found in Florida. There are majestic stands of longleaf pines, wide open prairies, and refreshing ponds all along this trail that provide excellent places for observing Florida's interesting wildlife in its natural setting. Without a doubt, visitors who hike even a portion of the Florida Trail are sure to walk away amazed at the natural beauty of Florida's flora and fauna.

Another natural attraction in Florida that visitors are sure to enjoy is the Everglades National Park. Selected as a World Heritage Site, the Everglades National Park preserves one of the largest subtropical wilderness areas in North America. With a unique mixture of temperate and tropical plants and animals, this unique park provides visitors a view into what Florida looked like before it was developed by real estate barons. Anyone looking to find a little adventure in Florida is sure to find a visit to Everglades National Park to be a real treat. All in all, this park is one of Florida's finest natural treasures.

For nature lovers visiting Florida and looking to get a close look at its maritime creatures, a visit to the John Pennekamp State Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is certainly called for. This unique natural treasure offers one of the best snorkeling experiences to be found in the United States. Boarding snorkeling boats in Key Largo, visitors can enjoy tours that provide insight into the awesome array of coral reefs, fish, and other marine creatures that call this area home. Overall, visitors to this natural attraction are sure to walk away with a greater appreciation for the fascinating marine life that lives in Florida's waters.

Florida's Historical and Cultural Attractions

In addition to possessing some of the country's finest natural attractions, Florida possesses some of the best cultural and historical sights to be found anywhere in North America. One of the finest art museums to be found in Florida is the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville. This museum encompasses two and one-half acres of splendid gardens and art displays along the banks of the majestic St. Johns River. With over 6,000 works of art in its permanent collection, this museum hosts world-class art exhibits that cover art from as early as 2100 B.C. Besides hosting art exhibits of historical art, the Cummer Museum is well-known for its displays of up and coming modern artists. In general, a visit to this unique museum is sure to provide any visitor a wonderful look into some of the finest art the United States has to offer.

On top of having fine cultural attractions, Florida offers visitors a variety of wonderful historical attractions. A particularly interesting historical attraction in Florida is the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West. This home preserves gardens and the furnishings Hemingway used as he wrote his finest literary works. Now home to over 60 cats that descended from Hemingway's original cats, this museum provides visitors a unique understanding of the famous author and his fabulous works. All in all, a visitor to this museum is certain to walk away with a better appreciation of some of the things that inspired the writings of Ernest Hemingway.

When one takes the time to examine the historical, cultural, and natural features of Florida, it is easy to see why many find this to be one of the most interesting states to visit in the US. With bountiful treasures that entice the senses of all of its visitors, Florida provides travelers an experience that is sure to be cherished for years to come.




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These Florida State sites have been curated by our editorial team


Government

State of Florida - Official website of the State Goverment
Florida Department of Revenue - The official website for those paying taxes in the state of Florida
The City of Valparaiso - Official website
Floridas Governor Rick Scott - Official Website
Florida Division oF Emergency Management - plans for and responds to both natural and man-made disasters. These range from floods and hurricanes to incidents involving hazardous materials or nuclear power.

Business & Development

Enterprise Florida - a non-profit government and business collaboration offering organization, opportunities, and information for businesses in Florida
Miami Today News - includes information on business, real estate, e‐commerce, and international trade.
Florida Division of Corporations Sunbiz - this website provides information for corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, general partnerships, trademarks, fictitious name registrations and liens.

Education & Training

Florida School of Preaching - A training school for preachers in Lakeland
Sheffield School of Aeronautics - A training school for aircraft dispatchers
Florida Department of Education - Official Website and this department serves as the single repository of education data from school districts, community colleges, universities and independent postsecondary institutions in Florida allowing us to track student performance across time and varying education sectors.
Enterprise Florida Inc.(EFI) - a public-private partnership serving as Florida's primary organization devoted to statewide economic development. They are committed to assisting companies confidentially with their expansion and location plans.
Florida Business Development Corporation (FBDC) - a private, non-profit Certified Development Company and was established in 1989. They assist healthy, growing small businesses, secure long-term, below market, fixed-rate financing for acquisition of fixed assets.
Florida Women's Business Center (FWBC) - was established in October 2004 and is the result of a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Women's Business Ownership and is a small business resource center in Florida dedicated to the individual professional development of women.

Organizations & Associations

The Florida State Bar Association - Official website. Provides a directory of all lawyers within Florida areas.
Florida Accordion Association - Official Website. They Promote public interest in the accordion through public awareness.
Florida's Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students [FACT] - Academic Advising and Career Planning for Florida's Middle School , High School and College Students
Florida Education Foundation - dedicated to the success of public prekindergarten through twelfth grade Florida students. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to encourage collaboration among parents, business people, community members and Florida's public schools to improve student performance.
Florida Mental Health Associations & Organizations - provides Directory of mental health associations and organizations in Florida (FL)

Health & Families

The Florida Academy of Family Physicians - encourages the most advanced health care in family practices
Murdock Family Medicine Website - providing information for families on endocrinology and internal medicine
Explore Adoptation - statewide adoption initiative aimed at promoting the benefits of public adoption and urging families to consider creating or expanding their families by adopting a child who is older, disabled or part of a sibling group.
Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) - Florida's first and largest advocacy organization for long term care providers and the elderly they serve.
Florida Healthy Kids - a public and private organization providing quality health insurance to Florida's children.
Health News Florida Inc. - provides information about health. They breaks news and publishes their own investigative news stories and regular columnists.

Arts & Culture

Jupiter High School performing Ensembles
Central Florida Cultural Endeavors - provides performances of various classical performers including the London Symphony Orchestra
Florida Artist Registry - connects Florida artists together with galleries, museums and arts organizations as well as placing your artwork before the eyes of thousands of art collectors worldwide. Our Web site provides portfolios of artwork along with listings of artists, galleries, museums and art organizations.
Museum of Florida Art - home to an expanding Permanent Collection. The collection houses objects of 2D and 3D visual media from both established and emerging artists. Florida Art and Artists are the cornerstone of the Museum's Collection.
ArtCenter South Florida - Established in 1984, is an access point for artists, curators, and visitors alike. Lincoln Road affords the ArtCenter and all of its programs a high level of visibility however; it is the community involvement and the integrity of ArtCenter's programming that qualifies the ACSF as a major cultural institution.

Recreation & Sports

Florida Freewheelers - The Official website for a bicycle club home in central Florida
The Official website for Florida Sports Foundation
Xtreme Indoor Karting -one of the fastest indoor go-karting tracks in the country.
Everglades Alligator Farm - Florida's last natural untapped reserves. Ride one of our fantastic guided airboat tours. Home of the famous 14 ft "Grandpa" alligator, the farm has an awesome staff of Airboat drivers, Alligator Experts, and even Snake handlers!
Legoland Florida - A 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attraction

Real Estate

Florida Guide Website for Real Estate Homes for sale
AmStar Realty Group, Inc - was founded, in December 1996, erve buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants locally, statewide, nationwide and internationally
Florida Real Estate Commission
Prudential Florida Realty - A full-service residential and commercial real estate company (including townhomes, condominiums, holiday homes, and single-family homes) that offers consumers professional assistance with homes for sale, short sales, foreclosures, bank owned, seasonal rentals, luxury homes, beach homes, waterfront properties, vacant land, property management, corporate relocations, referral services, mortgage, title and insurance services. We have over 40 locations and more than 1,600 real estate sales associates serving multiple Florida cities.

Shopping & Entertainment

Review Orlando - your one stop review resource for Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Attractions, and Services located in Central Florida
Florida Entertainment Scene - provides information on the concert listing, interviews, Reviews, Attractions and More!
Back Booth - A great place to hide out, listen to a good band, and sip on a wide variety of more than 25 beers (import and domestic). The Back Booth is almost always hosting a unique band or has killer music like Brit Pop, New Wave, and Indie.
Mango's Tropical Cafe - Cuba meets Coyote Ugly Saloon in this tourist hotspot, where a staff of gorgeous and/or ripped bodies (take your pick) dances, gyrates and puts some serious booty on the floor.
Premier Muvico Palace 20 - elegant and massive film house offers luxurious seating, a private bar and a wine menu for sipping while you watch your movie.

Tourism & Travel

Visit Florida - provides information on Florida Vacation, Travel, Tourism & Entertainment guide
See Florida Magazine -an online travel guide that will help you plan your vacation
Absolutely Florida - An online guide that provides information on entertainment, recreation, weather, transportation, lodging, dining, and more
Places Around Florida - provides information for useful and unique Florida things to do and travel information.
Walt Disney World Resort in Florida - A magical destination that is an essential part of any Orlando area or central Florida family vacation
Universal Orlando Resort - Your Oralndo Vacation Destination
Orlando Airport Car Hire - Make the most of your vacation, get around at your own pace and experience all the Sunshine State has to offer.

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