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the river, including the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail where visitors can hike, cycle and paddle as well as take the opportunity to swim, snorkel and scuba dive.


Just north of Live Oak is the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park and Campground, a one of a kind venue that hosts all sorts of musical events throughout the year and includes 500-plus acres of grounds for campers, hikers and many outdoor pursuits. Tallahassee is the capital city of Florida and famous for its warm Southern hospitality – it's just across the border from Georgia – and is also home to two universities, Florida State and Florida A&M. FSU’s Seminoles and Florida’s Gators have won three of the past national championships in college football. The city offers everything a visitor could want: wonderful arts and culture, fascinating museums, top-class shopping, sports, the great outdoor activities and a buzzing nightlife area. The area has a proud record in the civil rights movement and in 2013 a Heritage Walk was opened, dedicated to 50 people who took part in the 1956 bus boycott.

The area has a proud record in the civil rights movement and in 2013 a Heritage Walk was opened, dedicated to 50 people who took part in the 1956 bus boycott

Tallahassee’s newest attraction is also one of its oldest, Cascades Park, where in the early 19th Century hunters and travellers would meet up. Now it has re- emerged as a gathering point for locals and visitors with family relaxation areas, fitness trails and at its centrepiece an amphitheatre, home to theatrical and musical works as well as to lots of community events.

At the very western point of Florida lies the city of Pensacola, nicknamed The City of Five Flags after the governments that have ruled there over a 450-year history. Today, Pensacola is a vibrant, attractive city where live music fills the air and fine galleries and museums beckon visitors. Fine dining is a must as Pensacola is home to several nationally- renowned chefs.

Indeed the whole Pensacola Bay

area is packed with adventurous activity, including scuba diving to the world’s largest artificial reef, fishing, bird watching and relaxing on miles of beautiful beaches. One adrenaline-packed way of exploring the scenery is a

Facing page: St. Augustine has a host of old buildings with, below, Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. Pensacola (above) is close to the Alabama border

parasailing adventure at 1,200 feet (366 metres). Another is to take a more gentle canoe rental or boat charter. Perdido Key, Spanish for 'lost island', figures highly in the 'Dr. Beach' ratings. The barrier island is a naturalist’s dream with several renowned parks, including Big Lagoon State Park and Perdido Key State Park, as well as some other discovery trails and wetland eco trails.

The spectacular Emerald Coast of North Florida is bristling with the most delightful resorts and white sand beaches found anywhere in the world. At its heart are Destin, Fort

Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island where families can join dolphin- watching cruises, splash around at the Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park with more than 40 attractions, and join a pirate ship for an adventure-packed cruise. Take an extra bag on holiday because shopping is a real treat












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