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Florida Tourist Information

Florida is one of the 51 states of the United States of America. It is located in the north-east of the USA, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama and Georgia. Tallahassee is Florida's capital city, while the biggest city is Jacksonville. Other main cities in Florida are Orlando, Miami, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Hialeah.

The climate in Florida ranges from subtropical to tropical, which is why it is also called the "Sunshine State". It is the state with the longest beach area in the United States and the ideal location for your family summer holidays in the United States.

Must See and Do Tourist Attractions in Florida

Florida is known for the Kennedy Space Center and its numerous amusement parks, such as the Walt Disney World Resort. The Space Shuttle Launch site, Gatorland, the Florida Lighthouses, Salvador Dali Museum and the Holocaust museum in St. Petersburg, Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Discovery Cove are all worth a visit during your stay in Florida.
The famous national park Everglades is unique in its appearance and a must for all Florida visitors!

Family Days out in Florida

There is plenty to see and do on your family holidays in Florida! Visit Dolphin World in Fort Lauderdale, Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Key West Aquarium, Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City, Miami Seaquarium or SeaWorld Orlando. Theme parks in Florida include the Magic Kingdom Park, Universal's Island of Adventure, The Walt Disney World Company, Universal Studios Florida and Disney's Hollywood Studios (all in Orlando).

Hotels in Florida are child-friendly and some offer kids clubs, safe swimming-pools for children, babysitting and other services to make your holidays as relaxing as possible.

Sport in Florida

Popular activities in Florida are baseball, American football, golf, tennis, motorsports, basketball, ice hockey and soccer. You can go diving at Florida's endless coasts and explore the beautiful coral reefs and sunken vessels.

Florida has many famous sports teams. Well-known football teams are the Miami Dolphins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Miami Heat and Orlando Magic are successful basketball teams and the Florida Marlins (baseball), the Tampa Bay Rays (baseball), the Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey) and the Florida Panthers (hockey) are also very well-known.

Famous auto-racing tracks in Florida are the Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Streets of St. Petersburg and the Walt Disney World Speedway.

Golf courses in Florida include Doral Golf Courses in Miami, Key West Golf Club, Crandon Golf Course in Key Biscayne, PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge and Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, and many more.

Shopping in Florida

Some of the best shopping destinations in Florida are Sawgrass Mills and Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale, International Plaza Mall in Tampa, Merritt Square Mall in Merritt Island, Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach, Pembroke Lakes Mall in Pembroke Pines, Bayside Marketplace, Dolphin Mall and Lincoln Road Mall in Miami, and the Mall of Millennia, Winter Park's Park Avenue, Thornton Park, Orlando Premium Outlet, Florida Mall and Festival Bay Mall in Orlando. All cities provide uncountable shops and boutiques in their centre or in a shopping district and what you can't find in Florida, you probably won't find anywhere else either.

Nightlife in Florida

Nightlife in Florida is buzzing and colourful. You will find all kinds of clubs, bars or pubs for your perfect night out in Florida. Nightlife venues in Florida include Mansion, Opium, Shadows, Provocanteur and Vision Nightclub in Miami, chiQ Bar in St. Petersburg, Mint Lounge, Rayn and 20/20 Nightclub in Tallahassee, Club 131 and Sapphire Lounge in West Palm Beach, Plush Night Club in Jacksonville, and many more.

Transport in Florida

Orlando International Airport (MCO), Miami International Airport (MIA), Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) are Florida's main airports, while smaller airports can be found in all major cities, such as in Jacksonville (JAX), Pensacola (PNS), Fort Myers (RSW), Tallahassee (TLH), St.Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE), West Palm Beach (PBI), Sarasota (SRQ), Key West (EYW), Gainesville (GNV) and Melbourne (MLB).

Interstates 95, 75 and 10, as well as US 1, 231, 98 and 27 enter Florida, and main cruise ship ports can be found at Tampa Bay, Miami and Port Canaveral.

Official Tourism Office for Florida

Florida Tourism
PO Box 1100
Tallahassee, FL 32302-1100

http://www.visitflorida.com/