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Florida

The Sunshine State!

Florida in the United States
Florida is in the southeastern United States on the nation’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León named it La Florida (“Flowery Land”) upon landing there during the Easter season. The state capital is Tallahassee.

Much of Florida is situated on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, encompassing approximately 1,350 miles (2,170 km), and is the only state to border both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the state is at or near sea level.

MyFlorida com
The Official Portal of The State of Florida.

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The climate of Florida is tempered somewhat by the fact that no part of the state is very distant from the ocean. North of Lake Okeechobee, the prevalent climate is humid subtropical, while coastal areas south of the lake (including the Florida Keys) have a true tropical climate.

Florida is known, among other things, as a retirement state. A fair amount of the population consists of senior citizens who reside in Florida, either permanently or as “snowbirds” during winter months. While the increase in older residents has been considered an economic liability in other states, they are an asset in Florida. Notable retirement communities in Florida include The Villages, and Nalcrest.

Crane Point Museum
Crane Point Museum and Nature Center in the Florida Keys in Marathon, FL offers historical information, nature trails, exhibits relating to the FL Keys.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is truly a unique place. Here you can walk garden paths surrounded by the wonders and beauty of nature, talk to experts in horticulture and conservation science, view impressive art, see butterflies and birds at every turn.
Museum of Science and Industry
MOSI is a non-profit, community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge and understanding of science, industry and technology. MOSI’s core ideology is to make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Tallahassee Museum
The Tallahassee Museum features a natural habitat zoo, historic buildings, educational programs and camps Enjoy the outdoor museum in a natural setting near the cypress swamps and lake bradford
The Florida Aquarium
Come experience The Florida Aquarium, one of the best aquariums in the country and a premier family destination in downtown Tampa!

Travel:

Tourism makes up the largest sector of the state economy. Warm weather and hundreds of miles of beaches attracts millions of visitors to the state every year.

Amusement parks make up a significant portion of tourism. There is Walt Disney World Resort, consisting of four theme parks and more than 20 hotels, Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and other major parks. Many beach towns are also popular tourist destinations, particularly in the winter months.

Other attractions include the Kennedy Space Center, Everglades National Park, tennis, golf, auto racing and water sports.

Florida is served by Amtrak: Sanford, in Greater Orlando, is the southern terminus of the Amtrak Auto Train, which originates at Lorton, Virginia, south of Washington, D.C.. Orlando is also the eastern terminus of the Sunset Limited, which travels across the southern United States via New Orleans, Houston, and San Antonio to its western terminus of Los Angeles. Florida is served by two additional Amtrak trains (the Silver Star and the Silver Meteor), which operate between New York City and Miami.

There are a great many airports in Florida. Major international airports are Orlando International Airport, Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Tampa International Airport.

Directions by City or Zip (Postcode)

  You’ll probably need maps, directions or both at some point in your travels. Just type the starting place in the first box, the ending destination in the second box and click “Go”. As an example, you could enter your home address as the starting point and the address of the place you are to stay at as the destination.



Counties:

There are 67 counties in the state of Florida. When Florida became a territory of the U.S. in 1821 there were two counties complementing the provincial divisions retained as a Spanish territory: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. These were divided by the Suwanee River. All of the other counties were apportioned from these two original counties.

The names of Florida’s counties reflect its diverse cultural heritage. Some are named for Southern political leaders and Spanish explorers. Others are named for Spanish saints, Native American place-names used by the Spanish, and political leaders of the United States. Natural features of the region, including rivers, lakes, and flora, are also commonly used for county names

  • Alachua
  • Baker
  • Bay
  • Bradford
  • Brevard
  • Broward
  • Calhoun
  • Charlotte
  • Citrus
  • Clay
  • Collier
  • Columbia
  • DeSoto
  • Dixie
  • Duval
  • Escambia
  • Flagler
  • Franklin
  • Gadsden
  • Gilchrist
  • Glades
  • Gulf
  • Hamilton
  • Hardee
  • Hendry
  • Hernando
  • Highlands
  • Hillsborough
  • Holmes
  • Indian River
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Lake
  • Lee
  • Leon
  • Levy
  • Liberty
  • Madison
  • Manatee
  • Marion
  • Martin
  • Miami-Dade
  • Monroe
  • Nassau
  • Okaloosa
  • Okeechobee
  • Orange
  • Osceola
  • Palm Beach
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Putnam
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sarasota
  • Seminole
  • Saint Johns
  • Saint Lucie
  • Sumter
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Union
  • Volusia
  • Wakulla
  • Walton
  • Washington

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