Florida Travel and Tourism
The Sunshine State
Family Friendly, Fun, Frivolity, Fashion, Food, Fishing, Forests, Folk life, and Frolicking are but a few reasons why Florida is the nation’s best Tourist destination. Florida isn’t just the southeastern most state in the continental U.S., it is a peninsula. Florida sticks out from the rest of the country like a finger.
With the Atlantic on the East side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the west side, it has more beaches than you could visit in a lifetime. But you should still try! It is almost entirely a beach front state, having over 1000 miles of beach front. Florida is nicknamed the “Sunshine State” due to its warm climate and days of sunshine, which have attracted northern migrants and vacationers since the 1920s.” Everyone loves a beach. But we have so much more.
Attractions in Florida abound. The most famous are Disney World, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and LegoLand. But, being a science and space nerd, my favorite is the Kennedy Space Center. Visitors to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will soon be able to experience what it’s like to walk on Mars.
Speaking of Mars, did I mention that there is:” Help wanted on Mars”. NASA has the posters to prove it.
Hate your job? NASA wants you to work on Mars
“US space agency – NASA has just released a series of retro recruitment posters that advertise potential positions it may one day need filled on Mars. NASA has the recruiting posters at the Kennedy Space Center for people to join the Martian Corps. You can even download and print them for personal use.”
See a Launch – IGNITE YOUR SENSES. Experience the countdown as you thrill to the sights and sounds of an actual rocket launch. Feel the earth tremble as it lifts off from Kennedy Space Center!
Rocket Parties as they are called, are a favorite of the Kennedy Space Center. “One small step for man, one giant leap for tourist-kind! The rocket-themed parties highlight the ever-growing popularity of the Kennedy Space Center”. If you ever see a rocket launch, it is something you will remember for the rest of your life. It is a wonderful vacation opportunity for the whole family.
Of course Florida is great for history and architecture too. We have the distinction of having the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States – Saint Augustine, Florida.
The St. Augustine Town Plan Historic District – National Historic Landmark, encompasses the site of the oldest continuously occupied European and African American settlements in the United States. Part of Ponce de León’s 1513 claim to La Florida, St. Augustine was the site of Spanish military base established in 1565 by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. It is located between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach on the Atlantic coast.
Other historical firsts around St. Augustine include “The Castillo de San Marcos” which is credited with being “the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States”. “The fort was declared a National Monument in 1924, and after 251 years of continuous military possession, was deactivated in 1933. The 20.48-acre (8.29 ha) site was then turned over to the United States National Park Service.”
Ah, if it’s more History you’ll be wanting, then be sure to visit The Tampa Bay History Center. It is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The History Center includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space focusing on 12,000 years of Florida history.
The History Center features a museum store, the Witt Research Center, a map gallery, event hall, and the Columbia Café, a branch of the historic Columbia Restaurant. One of Tampa’s premier cultural venues, the History Center features cutting-edge interactive exhibits and provides a unique educational experience for all ages.
Who said history wasn’t romantic? “The History Center is located along the Riverwalk in Tampa’s bustling Channel District, a great place for a romantic getaway. The History Center serves residents of the Tampa Bay area as well as Hillsborough County’s nearly 3 million annual tourists, and is one of several cultural venues located in downtown Tampa. The Tampa Bay History Center was awarded a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012.”
Of course, Daytona Speedway on the opposite coast and further north, has long been a favorite go to destination for race car fans. And Daytona beach has the only drive on beach in Florida.
But Daytona isn’t the only city for racing enthusiasts. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – offers great entertainment for race fans. And adjacent Tampa, Florida even has Formula 1 race car simulators.
Speaking of simulators, flight enthusiasts won’t want to miss SimCenter Tampa Bay’s – CockpitSonicUSA, located in Clearwater, Florida CockpitSonicUSA is a great way to have fun when you aren’t at Florida’s famous Clearwater Beach, a favorite of Floridians and tourists alike.
Are you an Elvis Presley Fan? Take a leisurely scenic drive NNE of Tampa and in less than two hours, you will be in scenic Inverness, Florida. Come visit our Downtown museum featuring both history & modern culture. Here you will find The Old Courthouse that Elvis Presley made famous when he filmed a courtroom scene here in the movie – Follow that Dream in 1961:
Of course, I believe Inverness’ greatest claim to fame is that it is the Home of International Travel Reviews and its Owner – Rick Stoneking Sr. – Thats Me!
Watch for my next article on Florida tourism, when I tell you about the connection Inverness, Florida has to Scotland! You definitely do not want to miss that
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