ABOUT FLORIDAFlorida is a state of the United States. It is located in the Southeastern United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the north. Much of the state's land mass is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Caribbean to the south. Florida was admitted as the 27th U.S. state in 1845, after a three hundred year period of European colonization.
Festivals and Events
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a themed area spanning two theme parks—Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida—at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Fly-Fish for the Florida Keys Slam
Ever since legends like Stu Apte and baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams started catching big game fish in Florida’s waters on fly rods, the biggest prize here has been the Florida Keys slam—bonefish, permit, tarpon. Each species presents its own challenges and rewards, which makes going for the slam such a rush for veteran saltwater fly anglers. To tick off all three species you will need to exercise a wide range of skills."
Big Cypress National Preserve
The “big” in Big Cypress is much more about land and sky than about trees. Most of the preserve’s giant cypress trees were long ago logged out, leaving behind their stunted kin. But few places can match the sense of spacious wilderness (720,000 acres, or 292,000 hectares) and primal pleasure of Big Cypress Swamp when you hike it under its own terms. Which, we submit, is when it’s underwater. That’s right—conventional wisdom may say to stick to the dry season, and that’s fine."
The term “blackwater swamp” gets the mind conjuring reasonable, swamp-related aversions, such as alligators, cottonmouth snakes, carnivorous plants, and getting lost in dark tangles of vegetation. Okefenokee is indeed a swamp of the blackwater variety, but that refers to its tannic tinge. In truth, the water is clear; well-marked canoe trails make getting lost difficult; and much of the swamp is wide-open prairie—more big sky than heart of darkness."
Ginnie Springs Cavern
Little known fact: Florida’s best diving isn’t in its saltwater. It’s hidden in the northwestern corner of the state, which is riddled with freshwater springs that flow through mazes of limestone passageways. Few people ever witness the strange sights of these underwater chambers—fossils, sunlight beaming in from holes in the cave ceilings, and even ancient mastodon tusks—because the only way to see it all is by donning a mask and flippers."