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Viewing the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Florida
On Monday, 21 August 2017, the first solar eclipse since 1918 will be visible across the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. If you view it in Florida, you will see a 70-90% partial eclipse. You must watch it entirely through certified solar lenses.
Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo
The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo is an annual aviation event held in Lakeland. It is the second-largest fly-in in the country. In addition to the fly-in, Sun 'n Fun has its own campus adjacent to Linder Regional Airport that is open year-round for aerospace education.
Egmont Key State Park
Egmont Key, a small island at the mouth of Tampa Bay, is both a state park and a national wildlife refuge. This key is home to a lighthouse and the ruins of historic Fort Dade. Activities include walking on the beach, swimming, fishing, and snorkeling. Access is by private boat or ferry.
Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT)
If you enjoy observing birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, you may enjoy a visit to one of the 510 Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites in Florida. This article suggests ways to plan your visit. It also goes over the benefits of ecotourism and spending time in nature.
Visit Fort De Soto County Park
Ft. Desoto Park, largest of the Pinellas County Parks, is located south of St. Petersburg on 5 keys. The park contains the remains of historic Ft. De Soto, 2 fishing piers, a campground, 2 beaches and a dog beach, picnic areas, and a paved, multiuse trail that connects all these features.
Ft. Fraser Rail Trail
The Fort Fraser Rail Trail is a 7.75-mile paved trail connecting Lakeland to Bartow in Polk County. It follows a former CSX route. The trail has 3 trailheads and 2 spur trails that track east. Amenities include a restroom, picnic tables, and sheltered benches.
Civil War Sites of North Florida
Although Florida was not a major Civil War battleground state, several minor battles were fought here. This article describes the largest of these battles and the North Florida sites at which they took place.
Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve, a former cattle ranch, is one of Polk County's environmentally-sensitive land purchases. It is free to the public for educational and recreational purposes. It is renowned as a world-class birding and wildlife-viewing area.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
Visiting Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park near Gainesville should appeal to those interested in history, particularly those who like their history with a literary connection. Tours of the Rawlings home are available for a nominal fee during the months of October through July.
Gainsville-Hawthorne State Trail
Cycle, hike, or skate your way through significant historic and natural areas along the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. This 16.5-mile-long, asphalt-paved trail is rated one of the top ten Florida biking trails.
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