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Vacation 2 USA   >   Florida


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Florida is a state located in the southeastern United States. The majority of the state is a large peninsula that extends southwards from the North American continent, with the Atlantic Ocean on its East, and the Gulf of Mexico on the West.

Florida's largest city is Jacksonville and the state capital is Tallahassee. Some of the other cities in the Florida include Boca Raton, Clearwater, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gulfport, Miami, Miami Beach, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

Miami, Florida

Known for its subtropical climate and its beautiful beaches, Florida is a popular tourist destination. There are many tourist attractions in Florida including:
  1. Busch Gardens Africa to the Northeast of Tampa: Busch Gardens Africa is a famous 335-acre theme park based on an African theme. The park is home to many animal exhibits as well as both thrill and family rides.

  2. Cypress Gardens near Winter Haven: Originally a botanical garden, and known for its water ski shows, Cypress Gardens is today a modern theme park. Entrance to Cypress Gardens also includes entrance to the adjacent Splash Island water park.

  3. Daytona USA in Daytona Beach: Daytona Beach is well-known as the home of the famous Daytona 500 race. In celebration of this, the city is also accommodates Daytona USA, a motorsports attraction which includes an IMAX theater, a racing simulator and many other motorsport exhibits.

  4. The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum in Key West: The author, Ernest Hemingway lived for many years in Key West at 907 Whitehead Street. Today, this famous address is home to a museum about Heminway's life and works. Additionally, the famous six-toed polydactyl cats, descended from those of Hemingway's days, still live in the neighborhood.

  5. Gatorland in Orlando: Gatorland is a 110-acre alligator theme park and wildlife preserve.

  6. Kennedy Space Center near the city of Cape Canaveral: The Kennedy Space Center has served as America's spaceport for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. The center incorporates a Visitor Complex with many interesting exhibits, two IMAX theaters and offers bus tours around the complex.

  7. Monkey Jungle in Miami: This 30 acre reserve is home to about 400 primates of 30 species. Visitors walk through cage-tunnels while the monkeys run free outside.

  8. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach: This is a center for Japanese arts and culture that incorporates two museums as well as Japanese Gardens. Addtionally, various Japanese festivals are celebrated at the center at various times throughout each year.

  9. Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg: This museum is dedicated to the life and work of the famous surrealist artisit. The museum is home to 7 masterwork paintings by Dali (of the 18 producing during his lifetime).

  10. Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista just outside Orlando: Walt Disney World is a massive complex of several theme and water parks, including the famous Magic Kingdom.
Airports in Florida include Miami International Airport in Miami, Orlando International Airport in Orlando, and Tampa International Airport in Tampa.

Professional sports teams in Florida include the Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League baseball) in Viera, the Clearwater Threshers (Florida State League baseball) in Clearwater, the Daytona Cubs (Florida State League baseball) in Daytona Beach, the Dunedin Blue Jays (Florida State League baseball) in Dunedin, the Florida Marlins (Major League Baseball) in Miami, the Florida Panthers (ice hockey in the NHL) in Sunrise, the Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League baseball) in Fort Myers, the Jacksonville Jaguars (American football in the NFL) in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Suns (Southern League baseball) in Jacksonville, the Jupiter Hammerheads (Florida State League baseball) in Jupiter, the Lakeland Flying Tigers (Florida State League baseball) in Lakeland, the Miami Dolphins (American football in the NFL) in Miami, Miami FC (USL-1 soccer) in Miami, the Miami Heat (National Basketball Association) in Miami, the Orlando Magic (National Basketball Association) in Orlando, the Palm Beach Cardinals (Florida State League baseball) in Jupiter, the Sarasota Reds (Florida State League baseball) in Sarasota, the St. Lucie Mets (Florida State League baseball) in Port St. Lucie, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (American football in the NFL) in Tampa, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (Major League Baseball) in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Lightning (ice hockey in the NHL) in Tampa, the Tampa Yankees (Florida State League baseball) in Tampa, and the Vero Beach Devil Rays (Florida State League baseball) in Vero Beach.

Some of the leading educational institutions in Florida include the University of Central Florida (in Orlando), the University of Florida (in Gainesville) and the University of South Florida (in Tampa).

Some of the leading companies that have based their headquarters in Florida are AutoNation (in Fort Lauderdale), Burger King (in Miami), Invicta Watch Group (in Hollywood), Lennar (in Miami), Office Depot (in Delray Beach), Publix Super Markets (in Lakeland) and Tech Data (in Clearwater).

The following pages contain more detailed information about the state: Space Shuttle at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

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