Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Florida is 500!!


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.

5-0-0.

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.

Enjoy!




1 comment:

Davis said...

Thanks for the heads up for the contest. It's exciting that we get to celebrate our big 5-0-0 all year long. I searched to find more information about our cinco-centennial and found this http://www.bradenton.com/2012/12/30/4331877/speaking-volumes-florida-turns.html
It's pretty interesting if you didn't know much about Florida history.