I'm sure I've told you this, but I'm gonna tell ya' again: I love Florida.
Seriously, I do.
I'm a Native. Born and bred here and I love everything about Florida. The heat, the beaches, the theme parks, everything.
It's in my blood and I could never imagine living anywhere else (remember that one time I tried and failed? Yeah, that.)
This year Florida turns the big 500.
That's almost as old as dirt.
Visit Florida is marking this huge milestone with fantastic events all year long.
Beginning this month, Visit Florida is giving travelers the shot to win 50 different vacations (one per week!) to my beloved home state. The "Florida's 500 Years of Adventure" sweepstakes runs until December 29, 2013 and you can enter every day on the Visit Florida website to increase your odds in winning. There's chances to win a package where you can swim with the manatees (How cool!) to some tee time on a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.
Also, throughout next month (March), the 3rd-largest ship in the world (yes, I said WORLD), the Juan Sebastian Elcano will be making its way to three of the state's ports: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Cape Canaveral. After those stops, it will be docking in St. Augustine (in April) where it will be a part of a two-acre living history museum called The Colonial Quarter.
I will be putting on my tourist hat for that event.
The Colonial Quarter will "provide historically accurate portrayals of the initial arrival of European culture on Florida’s shores with exhibits, shows, hands-on interactive activities, taverns, restaurants and more."
Sounds amazing huh?
I'm such a nerd, I can't wait.
Check out the Visit Florida website for more details on the sweepstakes and all the fantastic events coming up this year.