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This is the Sunshine State. Average temperature: 72 degrees.
On 825 miles of beaches, Florida is bathed daily with the perfect soundtrack: the roll and fall of surf, from the Gulf to the Atlantic, on sand as white as snow and as warm as cinnamon.
From oceans that are never more than an hour away to 700 clear-as-glass freshwater springs that stay a constant 72 degrees, Florida is a daily wonderland for snorkeling and diving, kiteboarding and kayaking, tubing and powerboating.
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Outdoor epiphanies are available in 200 state and national parks and forests and wildlife refuges. Starring manatees, alligators, and a flora-fauna cast of thousands.
Spring training baseball, in 13 cities, has been a Florida pastime for more than 100 years.
The Everglades is “The River of Grass” of literary legend and one of the wild wonders of the world. Skim the surface on an airboat. Or baptize your senses with a swamp walk.
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects the only living coral reef in North America.
Cape Canaveral is the world’s launchpad for manned space flight. Mercury. Gemini. Apollo. The space shuttle. At the Kennedy Visitors Center, you can stroll through a garden of rockets or watch one rise into the blue.
Floridians are the descendants of the Timucuan and the Seminole, the European explorer and the freed slave, the Cuban and Haitian refugee. They are all here today -- in our art and architecture, our language and food, our daily rhythms.
This is Florida.
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Auburndale is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 13,507 at the 2010 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2019, the city had a population of 16,650. It is part of the Lakeland–Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Kissimmee ( (listen) ki-SIM-ee) is the largest city and county seat of Osceola County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 59,682. It is a Principal City of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2010 population of 2,234,411.
Port Charlotte is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Charlotte County, Florida, United States. The population was 54,392 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Punta Gorda, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Port Charlotte was named to Forbes' list of "25 Best Towns to Retire", listed among the ten best places in the United States to avoid for the year 2012 by U.S. News & World Report, and was ranked at #1 in CNNMoney.com's 2009 list of 25 Best Places to Retire.
Tampa (US: ) is a major city on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. state of Florida. The city's borders include the north shore of Tampa Bay and the east shore of Old Tampa Bay. Tampa is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area and the seat of Hillsborough County. With a population of 384,959 according to the 2020 census, Tampa is the third-most populated city in Florida after Jacksonville and Miami and is the 52nd most populated city in the United States. Tampa functioned as a military center during the 19th century with the establishment of Fort Brooke. The cigar industry was also brought to the city by Vincente Martinez Ybor, after whom Ybor City is named. Tampa was formally reincorporated as a city in 1887, following the Civil War. Today, Tampa's economy is driven by tourism, health care, finance, insurance, technology, construction, and the maritime industry. The bay's port is the largest in the state, responsible for over $15 billion in economic impact.The city is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area which is a four-county area composed of roughly 3.1 million residents, making it the second largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the state and the fourth largest in the Southeastern United States, behind Washington, D.C., Miami, and Atlanta. The Greater Tampa Bay area has over 4 million residents and generally includes the Tampa and Sarasota metro areas. As of 2018, Tampa's annual growth rate is 1.63%.
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