Alachua

Ichetucknee Springs

The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. In 1972, the head spring of the river was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U. S. Department of the Interior.

Back to Top

Baker

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park commemorates the site of Florida's largest Civil War battle, which took place February 20, 1864. More than 10,000 cavalry, infantry and artillery troops fought a five-hour battle in a pine forest near Olustee. Olustee Battlefield has a visitor center with historical information and artifacts. This was the site of a Civil War battle in which Confederate forces turned back Union troops marching on Tallahassee. Each February, the battlefield comes alive during a reenactment of this historic event.

Back to Top

Bay

Giant Adirondack Chair

The Giant Adirondack chair is one of the world’s largest chairs, and it stands next to Highway 98, in Mexico beach, Florida.

Back to Top

Bradford

A Tree City

Starke, Florida is considered a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Back to Top

Brevard

Kennedy Space Center

NASA was established at Cape Canaveral in 1963. It was here that Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969. Today, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of rocket launches!

Kennedy Space Center
Back to Top

Broward

Boating Capital of the World

Fort Lauderdale on Florida’s east coast is a magnet for fun in the sun. Fort Lauderdale is the boating capitol of the world in the state that is the fishing capitol of the world!

Boating Capital of the World
Back to Top

Calhoun

Marianna and Blountstown Railroad

For 63 years (1909-1972) the Marianna and Blountstown Railroad was Calhoun County's link to the railroads and commerce of the nation. Sometimes known as "Many Bumps" or "Meat and Bread," the M&B had a significant impact on the lives of Calhoun Countians. Until 1929, before automobile travel was commonplace, the M&B provided passenger service. Farmers used the railroad to ship a wide array of agricultural products.

Back to Top

Charlotte

Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park

The Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park is the 4th largest state park, of which 30,000 acres are in Charlotte County. Enjoy the vast hiking opportunities including the Old Datsun Trail.

Back to Top

Citrus

Swimming with Manatees

Citrus County is called "The Water Lover's Florida." Seven pristine waterways run through the county, including Crystal River, home to the largest herd of wintering manatees in the U.S., and the only place where it is legal to swim with these gentle giants.

Back to Top

Clay

Historic Girl Scout Museum

Camp Chowenwaw Park is a 150 – acre site that Clay County purchased in the Spring of 2006 from the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. The Girl Scouts operated the camp for more than 70 years before deciding to relocate. Visitors can tour the Historic Girl Scout Museum and sleep in a real treehouse!

Back to Top

Collier

Historic Smallwood's Store

The Historic Smallwood Store was founded in 1906 on a small island south of Naples. Originally, it was a trading post where pioneer settlers traded furs, bought supplies and received their mail. It became an important resource also for the Seminole and Miccosukee people living in the area. Today, it is a museum where people can learn how pioneers adapted to live in this remote place.

Historic Smallwood's Store
Back to Top

Columbia

Falling Creek Falls

Falling Creek Falls is one of Florida's unique gems. During normal water levels the creek roars over a 10-foot waterfall and flows under Falling Creek Road through a deep ravine before going underground. Visitors to the park can enjoy hiking, a boardwalk to the falls, a historic building and wildlife viewing.

Back to Top

DeSoto

Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo

The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, began back in the middle of 1928. It has evolved from its pioneer beginnings to a national sport drawing top cowboy athletes from all over the nation.

Back to Top

Dixie

The Crossroads of Florida

Cross City became the town of "Cross Roads" because it was the place where the Old Spanish Trail from Pensacola to St. Augustine crossed the Old Salt Road from Madisonville to Horseshoe Beach. Somewhere along the line the name Cross Roads was changed to Cross City.

Back to Top

Duval

Fort Caroline

Fort Caroline on the St. John’s River in modern-day Jacksonville, was built in 1564. It was once home to over 300 French settlers! The French explorer, Jean Ribault, led expeditions to create this French colony in the New World.

Fort Caroline
Back to Top

Escambia

Blue Angels

This special US Naval Aviation team was formed by Admiral Chester Nimitz at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville in the late 1940s. Today, they are based out of Pensacola and perform to amazed crowds worldwide.

Blue Angels
Back to Top

Flagler

Old Kings Road

The first graded road built in Florida was Old Kings Road in 1763. It was named for King George of England.

Back to Top

Franklin

Historic Trading Port

The city of Apalachicola was the third largest cotton trading port on the Gulf of Mexico in the 1830s. Cotton was the reason the city boomed. There are still many historic buildings from that time.

Historic Trading Port
Back to Top

Gadsden

Gadsden County's Soda of Choice

The bottling of Coca-Cola was begun in the county at the turn of the 20th century but its real value to the area came through the purchase of Coca-Cola stock. Many legends circulate about the personal fortunes gained by county residents from their Coca-Cola investments.

Back to Top

Gilchrist

Fanning Springs State Park

At Fanning Springs State Park, "the water of the springs is stunningly clear. The temperature is a very cool 72 degrees all throughout the year."

Back to Top

Glades

The Day of the Big Bass

Moore Haven is the home of the Chalo Nitka Festival and Rodeo. Dating back to 1949, the annual county fair is one of Florida's oldest continuous festivals and means ‘The Day of the Big Bass" in the Seminole language.

Back to Top

Gulf

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has miles of white sand beaches, striking dune formations, a heavily-forested interior and a favorable climate for year-round outdoor recreation. The 2,516-acre park is bounded on three sides by the waters of St. Joe Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Back to Top

Hamilton

River of Sand

In the middle of the county is the fascinating Alapaha River, called the "River of Sand," which disappears underground during certain parts of the year leaving a dry, sandy riverbed.

Back to Top

Hardee

Call of the Sandhill Crane

The name of the town of ‘Wauchula’ comes from a Miccosoukee Indian word meaning “call of the Sandhill crane.”

Back to Top

Hendry

Swamp Cabbage Festival

Along the scenic Caloosahatchee River and not far from Lake Okeechobee is the friendly, historic town of LaBelle, known for its Curtis Honey House, country architecture, citrus farms and Swamp Cabbage Festival. Swamp Cabbage is tender, delicious heart-of-palm from Florida's state tree, the sabal palm.

Back to Top

Hernando

Mermaids

At Weeki Wachee Springs, mermaids perform to an audience seated in an underwater theatre. Mermaid shows began in the 1950s and continue today at this incredible Florida state park.

Back to Top

Highlands

Lake Istokpoga

Highlands County is home to over 100 lakes ranging from less than 10 acres to the 27,600 acre, Lake Istokpoga, Florida’s 5th largest.

Back to Top

Hillsborough

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair is held in Tampa for twelve days each year. It is the official state fair. Florida residents create exhibits about their agricultural businesses – everything from flowers, woodcarving and crafts, to seafood, cattle and pigs. Not to mention all the yummy food.

Florida State Fair
Back to Top

Holmes

Home Site of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Famed author Laura Ingalls Wilder, noted for “Little House” series of books arrived at the Westville railroad station in 1891 and settled in the New Hope Community north of Westville. Their decedents still live in and around the county and still gather for family reunions.

Back to Top

Indian River

"Vero Man"

In 1915, Dr. Elias Sellards investigated the discovery of ancient human and animal fossils uncovered while a crew was digging the Vero Canal in the town of Vero Beach. The fossilized bones were from mastodon and other long extinct animals and were the same age as the fossilized remains of “Vero Man.” The discovery was the first in America to prove that people lived at the same time as extinct animals.

"Vero Man"
Back to Top

Jackson

Between the Lines

Jackson County is the only county in Florida to border two other states, Alabama and Georgia, and borders Eastern and Central time zones, Jackson County is in Central Standard Time.

Back to Top

Jefferson

No Traffic Lights!

Try as you might, you won’t find a single traffic light in all of Jefferson County, Florida.

Back to Top

Lafayette

Sunken Civil War Steamboat

Nestled in the shallow water of Troy Springs State Park are the remains of the Civil War-era steamboat Madison which was scuttled in 1863 to keep it from being captured.

Back to Top

Lake

America's Seaplane City

Lake County has over 1,000 named lakes. Tavares is known as “America’s Seaplane City”. The city owns a 50-acre seaplane base.

Back to Top

Lee

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

At the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Thomas Edison’s amazing inventions are on display in his old laboratory! He invented the lightbulb, the phonograph (a sound recording machine), and the first moving image camera. Edison’s winter home was just a stone’s throw away from his Ford motorcar inventing friend, Henry Ford’s house. These two friends probably shared many ideas that shaped our future.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Back to Top

Leon

Florida Historic Capitol Museum

Tallahassee was established as Florida's capital in 1824. Today, Florida’s Historic Capitol serves as a public museum.

Florida Historic Capitol Museum

The Governor's Mansion

The Florida Governor's Mansion was first built in 1907 and rebuilt in 1956, The beautiful home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, and serves as private residence for Florida's Governor and family.

The Governor's Mansion

Mission San Luis

Mission San Luis is Florida's Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum. This recreated mission village is where Spanish missionaries and Apalachee Indians lived side-by-side for almost 100 years.

Mission San Luis
Back to Top

Levy

Manatee Springs

Two divers in North Florida broke the world record of diving deep into the cave as the two descended 7,685 feet in the cave of Manatee Springs. The event took place in February 27, 1987.

Back to Top

Liberty

Fall Foliage in Florida

Torreya State Park – a 12,000-acre preserve with incredible views of the Apalachicola River, is by far one of the best places in the Sunshine State to view fall foliage.

Back to Top

Madison

The Nation's #1 Swimming Hole

Madison Blue Spring State Park is a crystal clear, first magnitude spring that was voted the #1 swimming hole in the country by USA Today in 2015. Madison Blue Spring is a family favorite destination and a fantastic place to spend the day.

Back to Top

Manatee

Manatee County

Manatee is the only county in Florida named after animal. The manatee is Florida's state marine mammal.

Back to Top

Marion

Boats with glass bottoms

Florida has more than 900 freshwater springs. One of the largest and most popular is Silver Springs. In the 1870s, the glass bottom boat came to Silver Springs and allowed tourists to see natural underwater activity in Silver River and Silver Springs. Silver Springs may have been Florida's first theme park!

Boats with glass bottoms
Back to Top

Martin

St. Lucie Inlet

The St. Lucie Inlet is the most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern hemisphere.

Back to Top

Miami-Dade

Freedom Tower

In the 1960s many Cubans immigrated to Miami seeking freedom from Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro. They first came to the ornate Miami News building, which became a symbol of Cuban-American freedom. It is known today as the Freedom Tower.

Freedom Tower
Back to Top

Monroe

San Pedro shipwreck

Near Indian Key is the San Pedro underwater shipwreck preserve. There are many vibrant fish darting around the shipwreck. The San Pedro was one of the Spanish galleon fleet that sank during a hurricane in 1715.

San Pedro shipwreck
Back to Top

Nassau

Shrimp Festival

Nearly 80 percent of the states intake of sweet Atlantic white shrimp is harvested in Amelia Island waters. Two million pounds of shrimp are delivered to Fernandina docks annually. The annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival celebrates this resource by hosting a pirate parade!

Back to Top

Okaloosa

10,000 year-old beach

The beaches in Destin were formed over 10,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age. Because much of the earth’s water was frozen back then, the sea level of Florida was at least a mile further out to sea than it is now! When the ice melted, water flowed down through the mountains and into the rivers that opened to the Gulf of Mexico. The flow of water left tiny particles of powder-white quartz that make up Destin’s beaches today.

10,000 year-old beach
Back to Top

Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee

Canals have been built around Lake Okeechobee for over a thousand years! Today a system of canals and locks control the water flow of Lake Okeechobee and the surrounding farmland. Yummy sweet sugarcane, vegetable crops and even pretty flowers are grown in this area. There are also acres of cattle ranches.

Lake Okeechobee
Back to Top

Orange

Walt Disney

In the 1960s, cartoon entrepreneur Walt Disney, came to Florida to find the best place to build a new kind of tourist attraction – a theme park dedicated to his characters. Orlando seemed like the perfect place for the fantasy world where visitors are greeted by characters they can only imagine. We think it was perfect too, and each year over 60 million tourists agree.

Walt Disney
Back to Top

Osceola

What’s in a Name?

Osceola County derives its name from Billy Powell, son of British trader William Powell and his Creek wife Polly Copinger. Born in Alabama in 1804, Powell adopted the name Osceola, which means "black drink crier", at a tribal ceremony around 1820.

Back to Top

Palm Beach

Morikami Museum and Gardens

The Morikami Museum and Gardens was once a farming colony called Yamoto. It was developed by Japanese settlers in 1904. Thanks to the park’s founder George Morikami, it is now a preserved haven of Japanese culture and beauty with many cultivated Japanese plants. Today, you can visit the old Yamoto colony and learn about Japanese culture through the museum, architecture, food and cultural programming.

Morikami Museum and Gardens
Back to Top

Pasco

Robert K. Rees Memorial Park

Pasco County has more than 100,000 acres of public land including the Robert K. Rees Memorial Park, a popular bird-watchers site with an observation tower.

Back to Top

Pinellas

A sand castle celebration!

Tampa has been major league baseball’s spring training home since the Florida Grapefruit League started in the 1920s.

Back to Top

Polk

Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. Through its historic landscape gardens, unique Singing Tower carillon and magnificent 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, the Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal and spiritual enrichment.

Back to Top

Putnam

Bartram Trail in Putnam County

John Bartram, Botanist to the Spanish king, was commissioned to explore East Florida and draft a report of his findings. John and his twenty-six year old son William, began their journey up the St. Johns River in Palatka on December 19, 1765. William's writings and description of the area served as a catalyst for tourism in Florida. Today, you can follow the Bartram Trail in Palatka.

Back to Top

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa County

You can visit beautiful beaches, paddle a canoe in Coldwater Creek or walk through a forest in Santa Rosa County.

Back to Top

Sarasota

The Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory

The tradition of circus performing is often passed down through families. A very famous performing family of acrobats are from Sarasota; they’re called The Flying Wallendas. For seven generations, this family has performed high wire stunts, like human pyramids on tightropes, without safety harnesses!

The Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory
Back to Top

Seminole

Celery Capital of the World

In the late 1800s, Sanford was a steamboat port on the St. Johns River, and was a major agriculture center including large celery farms. Because of its port and the railroad system, farmers could ship produce nationwide and Sanford became known as the "Celery Capital of the World."

Back to Top

St. Johns

Juan Ponce De Leon

Modern history of Florida began in 1513, when a European explorer from Spain named Juan Ponce de León landed on Florida’s east coast.

Juan Ponce De Leon

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Construction on this coquina fort began in 1672. Today, Castillo de San Marcos is a National Monument that is cared for by the National Park Service.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

St. Augustine Lighthouse

The St. Augustine Lighthouse was built in 1874. A wooden watchtower served as the lighthouse before the black and white striped brick tower. There are 219 steps on the iron staircase leading to the top. It is one of the few lighthouses in the United States with a working Fresnel lens.

St. Augustine Lighthouse
Back to Top

St. Lucie

The Treasure Coast

The Treasure Coast area gets its glitzy name from the Spanish treasure fleet shipwrecks of 1715. Much of the treasure was recovered from ships at the time, but some was lost forever. Today, the coasts of Indian River, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties share the treasure of art, history and rich cultural diversity.

Back to Top

Sumter

Lake Panasoffkee Wildlife Management Area

Visit the Lake Panasoffkee Wildlife Management Area to enjoy almost 9,000 acres of outdoor recreation.

Back to Top

Suwannee

Water, Water Everywhere

The Suwannee River is one of eight magnificent waterways in North Central Florida. In addition to the Suwannee River, over 70 clear, fresh springs can be found within Suwannee County. There are many types of fish that thrive in these waters, and the river provides a habitat for many species of wildlife.

Back to Top

Taylor

Forest Capital

Taylor County has more than a half million acres of forest and contains the Forest Capital Museum State Park. The town of Perry even hosts the Florida Forest Festival in October every year to celebrate its claim to the "Tree Capital of the South".

Back to Top

Union

Small County - Big Fun

Union County is Florida’s smallest county at 240 square miles. Lake Butler is a mile wide to enjoy boating, swimming and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail, a 47-mile trail that begins in Lake Butler.

Back to Top

Volusia

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune was an advocate for the advancement of women and African Americans. In 1904, she established the school that became Bethune-Cookman University.

Mary McLeod Bethune

Daytona International Speedway

The Daytona International Speedway took 15 months to build. Construction began in November 1957, and the track opened in February 1959. Today thousands of race enthusiasts visit the races held there.

Daytona International Speedway
Back to Top

Wakulla

Monarch Butterfly Festival

About 20 miles south of Tallahassee is St. Marks. This small town has a long history of explorers and warriors. Spanish explorer Pánfilo Nárvaez traveled through here in 1528. St. Marks is known today for its abundant stone crab and unspoiled natural beauty. In the fall of the year, St. Marks is also a resting place for monarch butterflies on their migratory route to Mexico.

Monarch Butterfly Festival
Back to Top

Walton

Lowest Highest Point

At 345 feet above mean sea level, Britton Hill is Florida's highest natural point – and the lowest "high point" in the United States.

Back to Top

Washington

Wolves and a Waterfall

Falling Waters, Florida's highest waterfall at 100 feet, is in Washington County. Not far from the waterfall, you can visit a Seacrest Wolf Preserve, the largest preserve in the southeast.

Back to Top
;