Travel Guide to Florida

Travel Guide to Florida


The Travel Guide to Florida is a guide to travel in the state of Florida with editorial stories and features on travel destinations in the Sunshine State. There are detailed sections on each of Florida’s tourism regions plus editorial features on over 20 statewide tourism themes.

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insider’s tip

With growing interest in travel to Cuba, it may come as a surprise that you can visit a part of Cuba right in Tampa’s Ybor City. Cuban-born poet, journalist, essayist and revolutionary José Martí frequently visited Ybor City in the late 1800s. During this time he did a large part of his planning and fundraising, and wound up calling Ybor City his “faithful little town” because of the support he received there. Today, the small, 0.14-acre José Martí Park stands in tribute to the revolutionary, but what makes the park perhaps even more interesting is that it has been owned by the Cuban government since 1956.…

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your north central florida experts

Alachua County Visitors & Convention Bureau: visitgainesville.com Columbia County Tourist Development Council: springsrus.com Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce: gadsdencc.com Hamilton County Tourist Development Council: hamiltoncountyflorida.com Jefferson County Tourism Development Council: visitjeffersoncountyflorida.com Levy County Visitors Bureau: visitnaturecoast.com Micanopy Area Chamber of Commerce: micanopychamber.com Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce: suwanneechamber.com Taylor County Tourism Development Council: taylorflorida.com Visit Tallahassee: visittallahassee.com Visit Wakulla: visitwakulla.com…

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expand your horizons.

A DAY IN… BRADENTON, ANNA MARIA ISLAND, LONGBOAT KEY Wake up in your charming beachfront cottage and head to Ginny’s and Jane E’s to indulge in their famous crème brûlée French toast. Visit Pine Avenue, the heart of Anna Maria Island, and paint a sand dollar keepsake at the Shiny Fish Emporium. Rent a bicycle from Beach Bums and tour the island. Visit Coquina Beach, voted best “island sand” in the US by Condé Nast. Enjoy a picture-perfect sunset and watch dolphins at play while dining at the Sandbar Restaurant. FORT MYERS/SANIBEL Begin your day even before sunrise to find the best sea shells along the beach at the 1884 Sanibel Lighthouse. Then find out why the USA Today newspaper ranked the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island tops for birdwatching.…

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featured links

ARTS AND CULTURE Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach atlanticcenterforthearts.org Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne eaugallieartsdistrict.com Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers’ Market fortpiercefarmersmarket.com Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach moas.org Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts sunrisetheatre.com The Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach riversidetheatre.com Vero Beach Museum of Art verobeachmuseum.org ATTRACTIONS Andretti Thrill Park, Melbourne andrettithrillpark.com Brevard Zoo, Melbourne brevardzoo.org Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Fort Pierce heathcotebotanicalgardens.org Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet marinesciencecenter.com Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum ponceinlet.org Richard Petty Driving Experience, Daytona Beach drivepetty.com The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House, De Leon Springs oldspanishsugarmill.com BEACHES AND OUTDOOR GEMS Hutchinson Island floridashutchinsonisland.com Jonathan Dickinson State Park floridastateparks.org/park/Jonathan-Dickinson Sebastian Inlet State Park floridastateparks.org/park/Sebastian-Inlet St. Johns River Eco Tours, DeBary stjohnsriverecotours.com ENTERTAINMENT PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie pgavillage.com Skydive Deland Inc. skydivedeland.com Taste of Little Italy, Port St. Lucie tasteoflittleitaly.net ROAD TRIPS Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge fws.gov/archiecarr Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, Port Orange dunlawtonsugarmillgardens.org House of Refuge, Stuart houseofrefugefl.org Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, Titusville valiantaircommand.com SHOPPING ONE DAYTONA onedaytona.com Tanger Outlets, Daytona Beach tangeroutlet.com/daytona Vero Beach Outlets verobeachoutlets.com…

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insider’s tip

A trip to South Florida must include the live music scene. Check out these hot spots for some of the best concerts and opportunities to sway to the sounds of your favorite band: Key West: Duval Street bars such as Sloppy Joe’s and Hog’s Breath Miami: AmericanAirlines Arena, Adrienne Arsht Center, Bayfront Park Amphitheater Miami Beach: The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, BleauLive at the Fontainebleau, New World Symphony Hollywood: Hard Rock Live, Hollywood Bandshell Greater Fort Lauderdale: BB&T Center, Revolution Live, Seminole Paradise, FATVillage Boca Raton: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Sunset Cove Amphitheater Delray Beach: Old School Square Entertainment Pavilion, bars along Atlantic Avenue, Art’s Garage West Palm Beach: Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Palm Beach Opera, Meyer Amphitheatre, Coral Sky Amphitheatre…

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annual events

JANUARY Hoggetown Medieval Faire, Gainesville FEBRUARY Fiddler Crab Festival, Steinhatchee Olustee Festival, Olustee Battlefield State Park MARCH Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Spring Festival, Gainesville Suwannee Springfest, Live Oak MARCH–APRIL Red Hills International Horse Trials, Tallahassee Southern Shakespeare Festival, Tallahassee Springtime Tallahassee Word of South Festival, Tallahassee APRIL Bradford County Strawberry Festival, Starke Cedar Key Arts Festival Down Home Days, Madison Florida State Bluegrass Festival, Perry Hogtown Craft Beer Festival, Gainesville LeMoyne Chain of Parks Arts Festival, Tallahassee Sante Fe Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin’ Festival, Sopchoppy Steinhatchee Seafood Festival MAY Florida Folk Festival, White Springs Hamilton County Rodeo, Jasper Southern Shakespeare Festival, Tallahassee Suwannee River Jam, Live Oak JUNE Blueberry Festival, Wellborn Florida African Dance Festival, Tallahassee Jefferson County Watermelon Festival, Monticello Wild Blackberry Festival, Jasper JULY 4 of July fireworks, region wide AUGUST Tallahassee Southern Extreme Ram Rodeo SEPTEMBER Country in the Pines Music Festival, Perry Florida Jazz and Blues Festival, Tallahassee Florida Tap Invitational, Tallahassee OCTOBER OCTOBER Alligator Warrior Festival, O’Leno State Park Butterfly Fest, Gainesville Florida Bat Festival, Gainesville Florida Forest Festival,…