Florida’s National Parks, Preserves, Monuments, Seashores and Forests

By Lauren Tjaden Florida’s National Parks, Preserves, Monuments, Seashores and Forests promise unparalleled adventure, graphic history, and natural wonders. You can snorkel vivid coral reefs, splash in crystalline waters and discover a magnificent Fort at the mysterious Dry Tortugas National Park;…

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Florida Beer Pairings: The Funky Buddha and Fort Lauderdale

You’ve heard about pairing food and beer. How about beer paired with authentic Florida experiences? Join us as we explore the state through the flavors of Florida’s craft beer culture. By Bonnie Gross Sure, folks in the Fort Lauderdale area drank beer. And beer certainly fueled its famous Spring…

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The Miccosukee Reservation and Casino in Florida

By Lauren Tjaden Spanning over 128 square miles, the Miccosukee Indian Reservation is divided into three sections west of Miami and Fort Lauderdale: Tamiami Trail, Alligator Alley and Krome Avenue. You can dance with Lady Luck at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, heralded as South Florida’s gaming…

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Seminole Reservations and Casinos in Florida

By Lauren Tjaden While Florida’s Seminole Reservations are rightly famed for the six glittering casinos they encompass - gaming paradises packed with slot machines, table games like blackjack and baccarat, and live action poker- they promise an array of other adventures and experiences, too. You can…

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African American Events in Florida

By Lauren Tjaden Florida’s diversity makes it a natural for ethnic events, especially those that celebrate the state’s sizable Caribbean population. You can experience and celebrate African American culture and contributions – through music, film, presentations, parades and more—all over the…

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Florida Calendar of LGBTQ Events

By Emily Nipps Check out one just one of the coastline parades or the sunny parades and it’s easy to see why Florida is a mecca for LGBTQ events. There’s a sense of freedom to the beaches, the warm weather and the tropical landscape – certainly a draw for people of all orientations, yes, but…

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Springtime Events in Florida

By Janet K. Keeler Springtime is playtime in Florida, with days and nights chock-full of things to do. Visitors and locals alike wish for more hours in the day to squeeze in the many events, including the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in Orlando and the annual Arcadia All-Florida…

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Fall Events in Florida

By Janet K. Keeler Fall is a special time in Florida. Professional and major collegiate football are big draws in stadiums, sports bars and living rooms. But travelers cannot live by touchdowns alone and the calendar is crowded with many other things to do in the Sunshine State. The big daddy of…

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Hispanic Festivals and Events in Florida

By Carlos Harrison It's hardly surprising that a state colonized and named by Spaniards would be home to an armada of Hispanic festivals and events – and centuries after Juan Ponce de Leon and other Spanish explorers first set foot on Florida’s shores, the state definitely lives up to its heritage…

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Calendar of Florida Seafood Festivals

Visit Florida Staff Want seafood? Florida has it, on a huge scale and pretty much year round. Here’s a sampling of seafood festivals in the Sunshine State from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. All feature delicious local seafood, and many have live musical performances…

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