Downtown St. Pete: Art, Beaches & More

St. Petersburg is one of those rare cities that balances big city-caliber museums with the unparalleled beauty of nature. Downtown St. Pete has a reputation for its friendly residents and proximity to beautiful beaches. Add to that world-class art museums, award-winning restaurants, entertainment…

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The Big Picture: Film Festivals Spotlight Florida’s Diversity

By Jodi Mailander Farrell The sun isn’t the only light shining in Florida. Since “Moon Over Miami” cast its Technicolor glow in 1941, the state has had a long-standing love affair with film. Today, there’s a film festival in every region practically every month, stretching from Jacksonville’s…

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Military Museums in North Florida

By Jon Wilson A serious student of American military history could plan an entire vacation visiting Florida’s many museums devoted to our nation’s wars, the equipment used in them and the men and women who took part. More than two dozen, large and small, stretch literally from Pensacola to Key…

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10 SITES HIGHLIGHTING Florida's Spanish Colonial Heritage

Here's a sampling of some of Florida’s historic and cultural destinations that highlight the Sunshine State’s rich Spanish heritage ... Mission San Luis, Tallahassee The western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704, today the Mission brings the 17th century to life through guides in…

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10 Great Museums Where You Can Discover Florida's History

From swashbucklers and treasure hunters to ancient peoples and modern discoveries, these 10 history museums in Florida highlight the Sunshine State’s surprising past. By Gary McKechnie Plymouth has its 1620 rock and Philadelphia the Spirit of ’76. But what about Florida? Well, how about European…

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Where to Discover Spanish History in Florida

Florida is steeped in Spanish heritage: its history, its food, and even its very name. When Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon arrived on Florida's shores in April of 1513, he dubbed the vibrant new land La Pascua de la Florida, translated as "passion of the flowers." You can hear Florida’s Spanish…

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Florida Beach Towns for History Buffs

Florida's home to the oldest continuously occupied city in the U.S., the first European settlement and even the oldest operating bar – and often, beautiful beaches are just footsteps away from these historic destinations. By Lauren Tjaden…

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Riverview Carnival: International Independent Showmen’s Museum

By Janet K. Keeler It’s curious where the puzzle pieces of Americana meet their resting place. One scrap might not add up to much, but when one relic after another fills 52,000 square feet, they snap together to create a full picture. Such is the case of the International Independent Showmen’s…

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Where to Learn About Florida's Black History

African-Americans have played a major role in Florida heritage, since the unfortunate plantation days to their modern-day contributions to education, culture, business and government. Here are just a few museums and sites whre you can learn more about the Sunshine State's vibrant cultural…

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