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Florida State Fairgrounds – History and Events
The Florida State Fair began over a century ago, but has been held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in eastern Hillsborough County only since 1977. Read a short history of the state fair and find out about upcoming events at the state fairgrounds.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
If you're staying in Ormond or Daytona Beach, a short drive south to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is a worthwhile addition to your beach visit. At 175', it is the tallest lighthouse in Florida. Take a self-guided tour up to the gallery deck to enjoy an ocean breeze and panoramic view.
A History of the Florida Constitution
This year, 2017, is a year when the Florida Constitution Revision Commission meets. This article gives a brief history of the Florida Constitution and lists the ways in which this document can be amended.
A Walking Tour of Winter Park
Winter Park, a city northeast of Orlando, is worth visiting for its downtown shopping area and its art museums. A walking tour route is suggested, but a narrated boat ride through the Winter Park Chain of Lakes is another option.
Alafia River Rendezvous at Homeland
Every January brings the Alafia River Rendezvous to Homeland in Polk County. It is the largest frontier living history encampment in the southeast U.S. If you enjoy historical reenactments, make plans to attend the next rendezvous in 2019.
Chain of Lakes Trail
The Chain of Lakes Trail in Polk County is an urban trail that runs from Lake Alfred on its north end south to Winter Haven. Its primary appeal lies in the historic corridor through which it passes.
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.
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.
Colt Creek State Park
One of Florida's newer state parks, the 5067-acre Colt Creek State Park is located 16 miles north of Lakeland in the Green Swamp. The land, once a working cattle ranch, was purchased from the Overstreet Family in 2006. The park plans to open a full-service campground in February 2018.
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.
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