Known as The Sunshine State, Florida is the 27th state in the US. It joined the Union on March 3, 1845. Having gone through challenging times — from its colonial past to racial segregation — has shaped Florida to what it is now. The example of this is the melting pot of diverse races and culture — whites, African-Americans, Native Americans and Latinos — that live in harmony. This is what makes Florida having that cosmopolitan and universal appeal. This is reflected in the languages, architecture, cuisine, and generally the way of life. Florida’s diversity only rivals that of the other larger states like California and Texas.
Florida is the embodiment of different cultures and characteristics, an ecological and tourism hub, a popular destination for sports lovers, and a magnet for the pleasure-seeking rich and famous. Know more about the wonderful, sunshiny Florida here in this gallery!
Apart from California, Florida has a wealth of grapes and wines. This may put even the most experienced connoiseurs to surprise considering the state’s subtropical/tropical climate, thus its utter lack of bitter, inclement weather. Muscadine, the saccharine variety of grapes, is in fact endemic to the region because of its capability to thrive in warm and humid climates.
Among the most well-known and finest commercial wineries in Florida are the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards (in Claremont), Schnebly Redland’s Winery (in Miami), the Gilded Grape Winery (in Punta Gorda) and Rosa Fiorelli Winery (in Brandenton).
The one Withlacochee River is located in the center of Florida’s Green Swamp, in Polk County, Flrorida; it is also called the Crooked River. Another river with the same name actually flows from the nearby state Georgia and then surges south into Florida. It is also known as the Suwannee River.
The Baseball City Stadium, located in Davenport, Florida (near Haines City) was opened in 1988, with its first ever sporting event being the 1988 Pizza Hut All-Star Softball game where 4,700 paying fans watched. The ballpark was only the part of the now-defunct Boardwalk and Baseball Theme Park, and used to be the spring training site for the Kansas City Royals.
But largely because of the park’s rapid financial decline and its subsequent demolition, as well as the Royals’ move to a brand-new stadium in Surprise (yes, Surprise) Arizona, the Baseball City Stadium was finally torn down in 2005. The land where the stadium used to stand is now the site of the newer Posner Park.
The Biscayne National Park may be your place to discover and learn different forms of underwater wildlife, because the 172,000 acre-park is almost entirely made up of water — the Biscayne Bay. Located in the Miami-Dade County in Florida, the Biscayne Bay. With 95% percent of the park is covered by water, riding the boat is the best way to get there. The park protects and preserves the Bay and its offshore barrier reefs, the coral limestone keys, and the mangrove swamps. These provide the ideal habitat of many creatures that include minuscule, unusual or completely unique and rarely seen animals: younger fish, molluscs, crustaceans, adult fish, manatees, sawfish, hawksbill turtles, crocodiles and alligators.
Cape Canaveral is a cape (headland, promontory or a cliff) in Brevard County, Florida, facing the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Merritt Island and Banana River on the west. Cape Canaveral is part of the Space Coast region, and the location of the Cape Canaveral Air Force station, where many spaceships have been launched and space flights conducted. The nearby Merritt Island, on the other hand, is the site of the Kennedy Space Center which is also part of the Space Coast.
The Everglades National Park consists of the vast area of subtropical wilderness. Located in southern Florida, this national park protects and preserves the Everglades wetlands which serves as a habitat for several rare and endangered animals like the American crocodile, and the rarely-seen Florida panther
Florida is a peninsula, and is the only state to have the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as “neighbors.” Little wonder that Florida has the longest coastline in all of the mainland US with 1,197 statute miles of coastline, 2,276 statute miles of tidal shoreline and 663 beaches. Beach bums will never run out of options when they’re in Florida.
Florida is not spared from the list of the world’s “dumb laws.” There, the state law says it is illegal to sell your children, which we think is not *that* dumb. Besides, who in the right mind would sell their kids? This law has a point: it is not legal for any parent or legal guardian to sell or buy minors with the intention to promote, among other things, “sexually explicit conduct.”
Florida is known all over the world for the sport of golf, and of course, its golf courses. At present there are 1,481 golf courses scattered around Florida, the most compared to any other state — truly a golfer’s paradise!
Florida has one of the many fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the US. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale is the biggest in Florida, with nearly six million residents calling it home. But it is just one of the many metropolitan areas in Florida, as it has over 20 of them.
There’s a glimpse of Japan right here in Florida — the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens which is located in Delray Beach in Palm Beach County. Founded in 1977, it serves as the center of Japanese arts and culture. There several beautiful gardens such as the Roji-en Japanese Gardens: Garden of the Drops of Dew, and the bonsai garden. It also has a gift shop and a Japanese-style restaurant, and a couple of museums where you can also buy souvenirs. Traditional Japanese festivals are also held here in this venue.
Spanning the Tampa Bay on the west of Florida, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge whose original structure was built in 1954. It connects St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and Terra Ceia in Manatee County.
Part of the bridge collapsed in 1980 due to an accident involving the freighter MV Summit which collided one of the bridge’s support columns during a thunderstorm. Re-construction of the current bridge began in 1982 and was completed in 1987.
Actually, at present there are over 52 million tourists visiting the Walt Disney World each year. One of the most famous theme parks in the world, the Walt Disney World is located in the city of Bay Lake, Florida — or its more well-known mailing address, the Lake Buena Vista. Operating for over 40 years, the Walt Disney World has several theme and water parks, resorts, five golf courses and other recreation spots, making it probably the ultimate entertainment center for the whole family.