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Florida, the Sunshine State ~ Fantastic Florida Attractions & Some Interesting Facts

Updated on September 17, 2016

Sunrise at Fort Walton Beach in Florida

Sunrise at Fort Walton Beach in Florida
Sunrise at Fort Walton Beach in Florida | Source

Florida Vacation


Florida's nickname is the "Sunshine State."

Is it any wonder that land-locked northerners in the dead of winter when there are piles of snow outside their doors and icicles hanging from nearby tree branches start yearning for a little respite?

Of course other southern states like Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and southern California pick up their fair share of visitors during that same time of year.

But Florida was actually designated the "Top Destination State" in the year 2011.

To me it is no wonder. Not only does it have tropical and sub-tropical weather (for the most part) to warm those bones of the cold weary, but seemingly endless beaches for those who still wish to get a golden tan and play in the surf and sand.

Within the confines of this southeastern state are attractions that are also seemingly endless...just like the pristine beaches.

Come along and take a look at some of the sites we have visited on different vacation trips to Florida.


Silver Springs, Florida

Fantastic scenery at Silver Springs, Florida.  No wonder Tarzan movies were filmed here!
Fantastic scenery at Silver Springs, Florida. No wonder Tarzan movies were filmed here! | Source

Photos regarding things to do and see in Florida.

Underwater Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs (old postcard photo) ~ See today's mermaids there!
Underwater Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs (old postcard photo) ~ See today's mermaids there! | Source
Just some of the natural sponges at the Greek diving capital of the world ~ Tarpon Springs
Just some of the natural sponges at the Greek diving capital of the world ~ Tarpon Springs | Source
See what the gorgeous Cypress Gardens looked like during our visit there.
See what the gorgeous Cypress Gardens looked like during our visit there. | Source
In addition to the winter homes of Edison and Ford, see the laboratory and old car collections plus gorgeous grounds.
In addition to the winter homes of Edison and Ford, see the laboratory and old car collections plus gorgeous grounds. | Source
Spectacular Ringling Brothers Art Museum!
Spectacular Ringling Brothers Art Museum! | Source
This is just a sampling of what you will see at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
This is just a sampling of what you will see at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | Source

Beautiful beaches of Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, & Destin, Florida

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Sites in Florida

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom | Source
John and Mable Ringling winter home on the banks of Sarasota Bay in Florida.
John and Mable Ringling winter home on the banks of Sarasota Bay in Florida. | Source
Flamingos on Discovery Island.  Just one of many animals we got to see while visiting there.
Flamingos on Discovery Island. Just one of many animals we got to see while visiting there. | Source

Florida Friendly Flowers you are likely to see in this state.

Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens in Tallahassee

Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens in Tallahassee
Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens in Tallahassee | Source

Tourist Attractions in Florida


This state seems to have another tourist attraction just about every few miles or so!


While some of them are man-made like the fantastic Epcot and Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World fame, most have simply capitalized on the natural surroundings which are unique to the area.


A good portion of Florida juts out as a peninsula separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico. That accounts for it having "the longest coastline in the contiguous United States" and providing all of those resplendent beaches which lure people from near and far.


Because of the mild climate...many people in addition to the sixty million visitors each year...have decided to call this state their home.


It is the fourth most populous state out of fifty in the U.S.


Many people of normal means live there. But people of great wealth have also settled there if even for a part of the year.


As so often happens, some of these beautiful and historic sites have been donated by these individuals or family members to the state and now they can be enjoyed by anyone wishing to visit. Those residents who live nearby can enjoy these attractions often and for various events held there throughout the year.


Such is the case with places such as the Ringling Mansion or the Ford and Edison homes and gardens. Speaking of gardens, there is no shortage of spectacular ones in Florida!


Do you like blooming orchids or hibiscus or bougainvillea? How about swaying palm trees or banana trees? Would you like to pick some fresh citrus off of your own backyard trees or see them growing in abundance in professionally grown groves? For anyone who likes to putter around in the yard and grow things year round...then Florida just might be your kind of paradise.


For those who like to walk beaches and pick up shells...some of the best seashells can be found right in Florida. I have an uncle who likes to collect sharks teeth and he has amassed quite a collection from beach-combing in Florida.

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Flag of Florida

Flag of Florida
Flag of Florida | Source

Manatee

Manatee
Manatee | Source

Kayaking in the Florida Mangroves

Florida Facts


Native Americans originally roamed these lands. Evidence goes back many thousands of years of their existence in these parts of America.

Like so often happened, the Native American Indians were decimated in numbers due to disease (they had no natural immunity against diseases brought over by the Europeans) and also multiple battles with the peoples coming from across the seas.

There are Indian mounds that have been preserved in various parts of Florida that can be still be viewed.

Juan Ponce de Léon first was credited with finding what is now known as Florida in 1513. Spanish rule persisted for a while until colonists from England and France also tried to settle there.

When under British rule back in 1763, the state was actually divided and St. Augustine was the capital of East Florida and Pensacola was the capital of West Florida.

Florida became the 27th State of the United States in 1845.

It was not too many years later in 1861 that it seceded and became part of the Confederate States of America. That was the tumultuous period of the War between the States or Civil War as it was also known which lasted until 1865.

Florida's capital city is now Tallahassee.

An interesting bit of trivia...

Florida has the "lowest highpoint of any U.S. state" and it is a mere 345 feet (105 meters) above sea level.

No Rocky Mountains to be found here!

The national parks in Florida feature instead such things as mangrove forests, coral reefs, bird and marine life preservation areas, islands and sites containing fresh, brackish and salt waters.

For nature lovers and history buffs there is much to love in Florida. Of course it is also a playground for those who like the game of golf, tennis or any type of water sport. Photographers have endless possibilities of things to capture in their viewfinders.

So many reasons in addition to the moderate climate why tourism is the largest part of Florida's economy!




The Beauty of Florida

Vacationing in Florida


Perhaps this will have reminded you of some of the places you have visited in Florida? If you have never vacationed in Florida, this may encourage you to put it on your bucket list of sites to see.

It would take some time to visit this state from north to south and east to west with all of the many Florida attractions to be seen and enjoyed. It is the 22nd largest of the 50 states in the U.S.

I know that I have many more sites in Florida that still remain on my list of desired places to someday see.

If any of the locations listed above have captured your interest, just click on the highlighted links near the top of this page to learn more plus see many more photos. Enjoy!

Dazzling white sands at Fort Walton Beach

Dazzling white sands at Fort Walton Beach
Dazzling white sands at Fort Walton Beach | Source

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      Peggy Woods 12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Peg,

      It must have been so much fun living in Florida with all of those many attractions to enjoy. I'll bet your home was popular with guests!

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      Peg Cole 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      All these wonderful attractions and photos remind me of the years I lived in Florida. Whenever guests would visit from out of town, we'd go to Disney World or Sea World or Weeki Wachee Springs. Fishing was great and so was the weather. Thanks for all the reminders of my home state.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      You are lucky to live in such a gorgeous state with so many attractions. Like you, I have not seen everything in Texas either. It would be a full time job exploring every nook and cranny of both of our states. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I have lived in Florida since 1965, and I still have not seen all the many attractions we have.

      I love living here. You did a wonderful job of highlighting our many attractions. Course my favorite is Disney. I never tire of taking my grandchildren there.

      Voted this UP, and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes...many people nicknamed "snowbirds" end up heading south this time of year to warmer climates and Florida gets their fair share of them. It is a beautiful state to explore. There are still many areas of that state that I would enjoy exploring! Thanks for the pin.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Lots of people go to Florida (from the northern states) this time of year to get out of the deep freeze. It's a good time to go, although it is 'the season,' when lots of people do, so prices are often a little on the high side. Still, there are lots of things to see and do as you have listed here. I've been to FL several times and it's well worth the trip. Hope you're having a good day!

      Pinning this to 'Awesome Hubpages.'

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      Nice that you also have these as some of your favorite places in

      Florida. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You've named my favorite places in Florida. My girls also like Ripleys elieve It Or Not Museum in Orlando when they were growing up.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Anyone planning a summer vacation better get busy! Not much left of it although with the heat we are having in Houston, it seems endless. Ha! Florida is such a beautiful state filled to the brim with attractions. Nice that you have seen many of these...and probably others as well. Thanks for the pin and the share.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Been to a lot of the places you talk about here and all are well worth taking the time to see and experience. As always, packed with great information and superb photos. Pinning this to my 'Travel' board (should probably call it Peggy's Travel Board! :) ) and will share again with my followers, some of whom may be planning summer vacations right now.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Many people love Florida for its mild weather, scenery and the numerous attractions...both natural and man-made. Hope you get to see it someday. Thanks for your visit to this hub, the votes and share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I haven't been to Florida but would love to, to experience the beautiful attractions it has to offer.

      Voted up, interesting, beautiful and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      So many parts of Florida are wonderful to visit. This gives people some ideas of some of the places that they might wish to explore. Obviously there are others as well. Thanks for the share.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      With vacation time for many people just around the corner, wanted to share this excellent article again on all the fantastic things to do in Florida. This hub can be so helpful to people planning their itinerary and activities.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      You have seen quite a bit of Florida from your comment. It is a fantastic state in which to enjoy vacationing and/or living. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Lots of great information here to help people plan their vacation to Florida. I've been to Silver Springs, Cypress Gardens, the Miami Seaquarium, and twice to Disney World. Disney World in Florida is far superior to Disney Land in CA it seems to me. Great hub, excellent photos as usual. Up, UBI, 5 more stars, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi pstraubie48,

      We have always enjoyed our visits to Florida. We have also seen the manatees and they are amazing animals. Will look forward to reading your article when you get it written. Perhaps we can then link our manatee hubs together. Thanks for your comment.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good evening Peggy

      Thanks for this lovely salute to Florida. There is so much to see and do here...so much of it is often missed.

      Tarpon Springs is a favorite of ours and Blue Springs State Park where the manatee come up in my neck of the woods. I will be writing about them this winter.

      This is so nicely done. Voted up up and away.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      The mermaid show in Weeki Wachee Springs is one of the oldest attractions in Florida. My grandparents saw it back when they were traveling south for the winter months escaping the cold Wisconsin weather. The fact of it still being shown attests to its obvious popularity. Sounds like you should write a hub about what you think are the major differences between DisneyWorld and DisneyLand from your perspective. What do you think? Thanks for your comment.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I have been to Florida a couple of times. Once when I was in High School for a band trip and once when I was older to visit a friend from the military. Both times were fun trips. I have to say though one of the biggest draws is DisneyWorld and Universal. I know that sounds funny coming from someone who lives in California. But it just isnt' the same as Disneyland. I know my husband has never been there and I really didn't think we would make time to go back, but I am curious about the mermaids!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ignugent17,

      I also hope that you get to see the many Florida attractions for yourself someday. It would take quite some time to see them all. I have many more on my wish list. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jools99,

      Florida truly is a great place to visit and vacation as it is so chuck full of attractions as well as natural beauty. Glad you liked this hub. Appreciate your comment.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Wow! Very beautiful. I do hope I can visit Florida and enjoy the different attractions.

      Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Peggy, Florida is one of my favourite places to visit and I hope to get back there someday. You have given so much advice in this hub about its history (and some of its quirkier features too) :o), excellent hub, really enjoyed it

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sunshine625,

      You live in a fabulous state! Next time you drive through Tallahassee take time to see the Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens. Am sure that you will be pleased. Oh those white sand beaches at Fort Walton...amazing! So glad that you liked this! Thanks for your comment.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for the fabulous shout-out to Florida! I've been to most of the places on your list. I don't remember stopping in Tallahassee, but I've driven through it many times. Fort Walton Beach, real good memories :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RTalloni,

      Florida is a great place to call "home." You are fortunate to be able to call it that and enjoy swimming in those warm Atlantic waters. We have certainly enjoyed our visits to your fine state and enjoyed the many attractions it has to offer. Thanks for your comment.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Florida has so much to offer visitors, but it will always be "home" to me. From the serene to the exciting my home seems to have it all. :) For all the history, the attractions, the food, and the wildlife, I love just swimming in the warm waters of the Atlantic the best. Thanks for a look at home!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rajan jolly,

      Mumbai must be beautiful if it is anything like the State of Florida. Would be lovely to visit Mumbai someday. In the meantime I will continue enjoying your hubs. Nice knowing that you enjoyed getting a feel for the many attractions in Florida. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I'm enamoured by these photos and sights to see in Florida. I wish I get a chance to visit Florida once. The climate seems to be much like Mumbai which too has innumerable tourist places to visit.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Vega Vallari,

      In what part of Florida do you intend to live? That will be quite a switch in climate from where you are now living in Berlin. Welcome to the USA and so happy that you found this hub about sites in Florida of good use to you. Thanks for your comment.

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      Nicole Paschal 5 years ago from Saint Petersburg, Florida

      I'm moving to Florida soon. Great information!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jenbeach21,

      Isn't that always the case! Vacationers often plan to see things that residents of a state take for granted as possibly not being as interesting. Am sure since you live in Florida, you have seen many other attractions of note. The state is filled to the brim with them! Appreciate your comment.

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      jenbeach21 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This was so informative. I have lived in FLorida my whole life and I haven't heard of some of these places. I will remember them for our next weekend outing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      So glad that you enjoyed this hub about the many attractions in Florida and nice to know you are back here on HubPages. :))

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      Eddy Jones 5 years ago from Wales.

      I hadn't forgotten just how brilliant your hubs are and I was not disappointed.

      Thank you for this great one for my Armchair Travelling and thanks for sharing.

      It is so nice to be back on here once again.

      Take care and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi teaches12345,

      I am certain that you will enjoy visiting the Ringling Museum. Be sure and visit the Ringling Mansion as well. It is quite a setting! Appreciate your comment and happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub...especially as you are a Florida resident.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I do live in South Florida and have enjoyed many of the venues you posted here, but have many yet to go. On my list is the Ringling Brothers Museum in Sarasota and the events in Tallahassee. Great design on the post and full of useful information for tourists.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruchira,

      So many people think of visiting Florida because of Walt Disney World...and it is an attraction that is wonderful to enjoy. But there is SO MUCH MORE to that state that is filled to the brim with other attractions. It makes for a great vacation destination! Appreciate your comment and votes.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Great read, Peggy!

      I have Florida in my to visit list 'cause of the disney world. The pictures are wonderful and well clicked. Thanks for such an enlightening hub!

      Voted up as useful and interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alocsin,

      It has been a while since we have headed in that direction also, but there remain many sites in Florida that I still wish to oneday see and enjoy. Glad to hear that you found this hub helpful. Be sure and click on the individual links to learn & see more about those particular areas of which you might be interested in visiting. Thanks for your comment & votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I haven't been back to Florida in years. Though with your list in hand, looks like it's time to go again, and visit the places you described. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlu,

      I totally agree that it would take numerous visits to Florida to see all of its many attractions. There are so many things that I would still like to see which will take many more vacations in order to do it. You are lucky to be able to call it home. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      Awesome hub with all the reasons I call it home. The attractions in Florida run down one side and up the other, and don't forget the in between. With everything from dude ranches and the swamp to Disney. Universal, and the Keys I think someone could vacation here all year and not see the same thing twice. Great hub and photos. Voted all the good ups.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      There is so much to see and enjoy in Florida that it would take many vacation trips to get to see it all. Nice to know that reading this hub sparked your interest in the state filled to the brim with attractions. Appreciate your comment and vote.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi jsasson,

      Our neighbor's son has an immense lego collection. I know that if they ever get to Cypress Gardens now that it has become Legoland, he and his parents would like how it has evolved. I am glad that I got to see it as it was prior to the change...but would also like to see it as it is now, I am sure. There are so many attractions in Florida that people can certainly find something of interest as well as absorbing some of nature's beauty in that state. Appreciate your comment.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Your pictures and descriptions just made me want to book a ticket and visit!

      A wonderful hub, maybe one day I'll get there!

      Thank you and voted up.

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      jsasson 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, cypress gardens is still there, just part of Legolamd now, great for kids! Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      Hey! We lived in the country and made our own kind of fun. Ha! The cost was right...*Free!* It was quite a local attraction back in the 1950's. I think that we only went once...just to see it. The bears would walk right between the cars to get to the dump and then start rummaging around to find food. It was quite something to see and experience. I haven't thought about that in years! Your comment sparked that memory. Thanks! :))

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      Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      That's too funny! Some kinda social life! Bear spotting at the dump! Hahaha!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Well...if you decide to move to Florida, please have an extra guest room. You just might find yourself having loads of company! :)) It truly is a beautiful state. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      Funny that you should say that. I remember when we were kids my parents took us to some garbage dump in Wisconsin where all kinds of cars lined up around the rim and left their car lights on to illuminate the bears who would come to feed each evening. People would stay very quiet in the cars and not have any food in them. That was long ago, but I still remember it. Ha! Glad that you liked this hub about Florida showing quite a few of the attractions there. Appreciate your comment. :)

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      I would love to live in Florida. It is an awesome and beautiful place to visit. Your photos and videos prove that Florida is the greatest place to live. The gardens, white sand and blue water is a great way to relax and meditate. You have shared awesome information on Ponce de Leon's credit for finding Florida. Another brilliant hub, videos and beautiful photos.

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      Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Peggy you could write about a garbage dump and make it amazing! These pictures - especially the top one of Silver Springs are beautiful!! Thank you for a great hub on Florida!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      We also watched those Tarzan movies with fascination as kids and later on the Sea Hunt television programs. Silver Springs is SUCH a gorgeous location in Florida...one of so many in that state. Will take your advice about not drinking from the Fountain of Youth. Ha! Appreciate your comment and the share.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh Peggy, first thing I'd have to do is ramble around where the Tarzan movies were made. Every Sunday afternoon the local TV station played a Tarzan movie for us kids, and we waited with baited breath to see the next one. Memories like that are priceless. Beautiful pic of the set! The Cypress Gardens look like a dream world stroll. Those are some interesting facts-- like with Florida being #3 in population. I've been to The Fountain of Youth but must advise not to drink the Fountain of Youth Water--Strong taste of sulpher about it. lol. Love the Dazzling White Sands photo too. Shared with good feelings, friend Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi carol7777,

      Not sure which area in Florida you mean since I mentioned quite a few locales in this hub about the many attractions in that state. Is it the top and bottom photos of Fort Walton Beach? In any case, thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I think that happens quite often that people retire there but then when they need more help from their families or the traveling back and forth to their home state becomes too stressful, they return home. I also have an aunt and uncle that had a home in Florida where they spent most of the winter months. Now they have sold it and live full time in North Carolina. Nice that you got to enjoy the Tarpon Springs part of Florida! Thanks for your comment.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I loved this area in Florida. and wish we had moved there when we lived in the state. Of course you made it even more gorgeous sounding.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I love Florida. We always go to Tarpon Springs one of my favorite places. They could do a little better with their gift shop stuff. Food there is great.

      My aunt and uncle had a place in Fl but a year or so ago we went and moved them home to Michigan. It was getting to hard for them to travel back and forth. Their age had caught up with them.

      Enjoyed your hub and voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mhatter99,

      I am glad that I could "wet" your appetite for Florida with this hub. With all the beaches and water...am sure that no pun was intended. Correct? Haha! There is so much more to that southeastern state in addition to its fabulous beaches. Thanks for your comment. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      You are fortunate to be living in such a gorgeous state filled to the brim with natural attractions plus ones like Walt Disney World. Florida is a great playground as well as a warm and welcoming place to live. I know that you like horses and there are also horse farms in Florida. We saw some of them around Ocala if I remember correctly. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi AliciaC,

      The plants in Florida are beautiful as you might expect from the climate and the animals...those in the sea and on land are interesting. My husband was once in Florida playing a round of golf and there was an alligator on the course. Apparently people do not get too concerned until they reach a certain size at which point they are generally removed from more populated areas and repositioned to wilder areas.

      Thomas Edison had a variety of plants in his garden from around the world and he did much testing of them. I know that you would be interested in seeing his lab and gardens. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi John Sarkis,

      We spent a good portion of a day in Silver Springs, Florida and truly enjoyed it. Monkeys roam free on an island and we viewed them while on a boat ride over those crystal clear waters. The landscape is so beautiful in that part of the state. Check out my hub about it if you wish to see more. Florida is truly a beautiful state! Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for "wetting our appetite" for Florida.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful Hub, Peggy W about the state I live in! We do have so many wonderful and scenic places here. I came to Fl. in 1965 and have never regretted it.

      I remember when Walt Disney announced he was going to build this big "amusement park" in Orlando, Fl. Everyone laughed and said he was crazy! So, out of pastureland, he created Disney World.

      Thanks for all the great links that make it easy for us to locate the great places to visit in Florida.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will certainly share. Mary

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Visiting Florida is certainly on my bucket list, Peggy! I don't know if I'll every make it there, but I would certainly like to, especially after reading your hub. The architecture sounds like it would be very interesting, but I would especially like to see the animals and plants that live in Florida. Thank you for the guide. I'm so glad that you have such a large and great collection of travel photos!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Peggy, and what a wonderful hub this one is.

      What can I say? I love Florida, been in love with it since I first visited it in 1993. I've been to many cities and communities, but I don't think I've ever visited Silver Springs. Looks really pretty!

      Voted up

      John