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8 Places to Make You Dance

Written by:Jodi Mailander Farrell
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

So you think you can dance? You’ll never truly know until you’ve tried salsa in Miami, shagged in Tampa Bay and waltzed in West Palm Beach. One of the best ways to explore Florida’s diverse places is Read More »

  1. Cultured
A plate of mixed appetizers at Hellas Restaurant in Tarpon Springs.
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Tampa Bay's Bread and Butter

Written by:Jessica Vander Velde
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Bakers across Tampa Bay work in the pre-dawn light while we sleep, ensuring we wake up to warm bread, fresh muffins and crispy cookies. In an area as diverse as the cities surrounding Tampa Bay, visi Read More »

An artist's rendering, based on archaeological clues, of what the Mala Compra plantation in Palm Coast might have looked like in the early 19th century.
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Mala Compra: Dig This History

Written by:Amy Wimmer Schwarb
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Palm Coast – When Flagler County purchased an old waterfront fish camp 20-plus years ago, it had big plans for the site. The eyesore property, with its dilapidated trailers, primitive plumbing and ele Read More »

  1. Cultured
  2. Kid Friendly
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La Pulga: Bargains, Music, Culture

Written by:Vanessa Caceres

The Midway Flea Market in Palmetto is better known locally as La Pulga, which means flea in Spanish. (Get it?) You won’t find fleas for sale at La Pulga, but you’ll find just about anything else you w Read More »

  1. Go Green
  2. Spanish Colonial
  3. Cultured
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Top 10 Gay Beaches in Florida

Written by:Jodi Mailander Farrell
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Florida’s fantastic beaches welcome all, but some are friendlier than others to the LGBT community. From party places such as Miami, Key West and Fort Lauderdale to mellow, secluded spots in St. Pete Read More »

  1. Outdoorsy
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Florida's African American Heritage

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

A. Phillip Randolph 1889-1979 Born in Crescent City, Randolph was one of the nation’s foremost spokesmen for black labor. In 1925, he organized and served as the first president of the all-black Inter Read More »

  1. Black Heritage
  2. Cultured
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Florida's World War II Heritage

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Alexander Ramsey Nininger Jr. 1918-1942 Sandy Nininger earned, posthumously, the first Medal of Honor awarded to an American serviceman in World War II. Born in Atlanta in 1918, Nininger graduated fro Read More »

  1. Cultured
  2. World WarII
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Florida's Civil War Heritage

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

David Levy Yulee 1810-1886 The first Jewish member of the United States Senate, David Levy Yulee was a major political and economic figure in mid-nineteenth century Florida. Born David Levy in the Vir Read More »

  1. Cultured
  2. Civil War
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Florida's French Heritage

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Achille Murat; Charles Louis Napoléon Achille, 2nd Prince Murat 1801-1847 Charles Louis Napoléon Achille, 2nd Prince Murat (Hereditary Prince of Cleve Berg, 1806, and Crown Prince of Naples, 1808-15) Read More »

  1. French Heritage
  2. Cultured
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Florida's Native American Heritage

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Abiaka (Arpeika, Sam Jones) Ca. 1765-1870 Although little is known about Seminole medicine man Abiaka, the Seminole Tribe says he may have been more important to Seminole resistance than Osceola. Abia Read More »

  1. Native American
  2. Cultured
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Florida's Spanish Heritage

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Estevanico Ca. 1500-1539 Originally a black native of Azamor, Morocco, Estevanico endured a transformation when his cultural and social status changed drastically. After his baptism, he was given the Read More »

  1. Spanish Colonial
  2. Cultured
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African-American Events

Written by:Andrew J. Skerritt
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

From Eatonville’s Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities in late January to Sunrise’s Grace Jamaica Jerk Festival in November, Florida lures African-Americans all year long, with a cal Read More »

  1. Cultured
  2. Black Heritage
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Big Cypress: The Seminole Life

Written by:Gary McKechnie
Clewiston, FL

Forty-five minutes south of Clewiston exists a nation in the heart of South Florida. It is the Big Cypress Reservation, the largest of six reservations owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Far off Read More »

  1. Native American
  2. Cultured
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Pensacola's Fort Pickens

Pensacola, FL

Fort Pickens National Park, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, offers campgrounds and RV spaces, natural surroundings — and a history lession you won't find anywhere else. Built using about 2 Read More »

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jewish-heritage

Jewish Landmarks of Miami Beach

Written by:Jodi Mailander Farrell

In 1949, when the Florida Legislature ended the discriminatory practice of barring Jewish ownership of real estate, Miami Beach became the place to go for Jewish winter vacations and retirement, earni Read More »

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Florida's Most Diverse Neighborhood

Written by:Jodi Mailander Farrell
Pompano Beach, FL

Florida’s most diverse place isn’t Miami or Tampa or any of those other big cities. It’s a little neighborhood in Pompano Beach called Loch Lomond. The tiny enclave even makesAmerica’s 100 most racial Read More »

  1. Cultured
  2. Black Heritage
  3. Native American
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black-heritage

Harriet Tubman's Florida Connections

Written by:Jon Wilson
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

As an Underground Railroad heroine, Civil War espionage agent and nurse, Harriet Tubman’s roles took her up and down the eastern United States and into Canada. Less widely recognized are her connectio Read More »

  1. Black Heritage
  2. Cultured
  3. Civil War
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Stetson Mansion in DeLand

Written by:Sandra Ketcham
DeLand, FL

You might think a 10,000-square-foot mansion on 2.3 acres is impossible to miss, but you'd be wrong. Hidden just off a busy road in DeLand sits the palatial Stetson Mansion, a three-story Victorian wi Read More »

  1. Off The Beaten Path
  2. Cultured
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Immokalee Pioneer Museum

Written by:Saundra Amrhein
Naples, FL

More than a century ago here in Immokalee – before the busy commercial Main Street with auto parts stores, the shops like Little Guatemala, and the casino down the road – hundreds of cattle crossed ri Read More »

  1. Off The Beaten Path
  2. Cultured
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Adventures for People with Disabilities

Written by:Jodi Mailander Farrell
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

People with disabilities can locate accessible resources and programs for outdoor adventures in Florida through the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association. The nonprofit, created to enrich lives throug Read More »

  1. Adventure
  2. Action Packed
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Relive History at Jackie Robinson Ballpark

Daytona Beach, FL

In Daytona Beach, 42 is more than a movie, or a number emblazoned on a stadium banner. In 1946, Jackie Robinson was playing for the Montreal Royals, a AAA team in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. An Read More »

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A Guide to Indian Cuisine

Written by:Saundra Amrhein
Tampa, FL

As the Indian-American population has soared, so too, have the dining options for lovers of the fine and rich cuisine that stems from the Indian sub-continent. Here's an expert's guide to enjoying the Read More »

  1. For Foodies
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Progress and Pride in Hannibal Square

Written by:Shannon Shelton Miller
Winter Park, FL

Children in Easter finery stand tall outside their small wood-framed homes, the pride in their appearance evident as they pose for black-and-white photographs, capturing the moment for posterity. In o Read More »

  1. Off The Beaten Path
  2. Cultured
  3. Black Heritage
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Historical Forts of St. Augustine

Written by:Amy Wimmer Schwarb
St. Augustine, FL

When the sun has set on downtown St. Augustine, and the lively bars have closed and the streets have cleared and the tourists are settled in their hotel rooms, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monu Read More »

  1. Cultured
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Florida LGBT Events

Written by:Emily Nipps
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

It’s easy to see why Florida is a draw for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender events. There’s a sense of freedom to the beaches, the warm weather and the tropical landscape – certainly a draw for Read More »

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Fiestas Add Sizzle to Cultural Calendar

Written by:Carlos Harrison
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

It's hardly surprising that a state discovered and named by Spaniards would be home to an armada of Hispanic fiestas and events – and centuries after Juan Ponce de Leon and other Spanish explorers fir Read More »