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History

"Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, who led the first European expedition to Florida in 1513, named the state in tribute to Spain’s Easter celebration known as “Pascua Florida,” or Feast of Flowers."

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Fun Facts and Trivia

"Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park."

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Things to Pack

"Don't forget a medium-weight jacket. Even though Florida has a generally warm climate, the lows in the winter average in the 40s, so you’ll need a jacket in the evenings and early mornings."

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​​​​​Outdoors

Hike. Camp. Bike. Paddle

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Miami

History:

"A little more than a century ago, a city sprung up almost overnight. As a result, one of Miami’s many nicknames is the Magic City. Much like her geographical description, Miami’s history is colorful, magnetic and exotic. Ever-evolving, Miami is surging as a major international port and a gateway for global industries establishing footholds in the U.S. despite the City’s relatively young age."

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Orlando

History:

"Orlando’s history dates back to 1838 and the height of the Seminole Wars. The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of the present day Orlando City limits to protect settlers."

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Tampa

History:

"Development of the Tampa Bay region began after the territory became part of the United States in 1845. In spite of the blockade and Federal occupation during the Civil War, the area grew steadily.  Henry B. Plant's 1884 railroad extension to the Hillsborough River provided access to new areas, and he built lavish hotels along his rail line to attract visitors."

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Daytona Beach

History:

"Made famous for its wide beach and smooth, hard-packed sands, Daytona Beach became widely known in the early 1900s for high-speed automobile testing, and later, racing. This made the beach a mecca for racing enthusiasts. By the 1920s, it was dubbed the “World’s Most Famous Beach.”"

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Fort Lauderdale

History:

"Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale (1782–1838), younger brother of Lieutenant Colonel James Lauderdale. William Lauderdale was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort. However, development of the city did not begin until 50 years after the forts were abandoned at the end of the conflict."

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