Florida

Florida 1Look here often to find stories and information about life in Florida, places to visit, or local recipes!

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For more information on different cities in Florida and their  population, home sales, industries, temperatures, schools and more click here or take a look at this video.

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The Fruit & Spice Park is the only tropical botanical garden of its kind in the United States. The unique 37-acre public facility is owned and operated by the Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department. Located in South Florida, the Park’s tropical climate can be found nowhere else in the continental U.S. and hosts over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, and nuts, and other commercially important plant specimens from around the world. The Park showcases 150 varieties of mango, 75 varieties of bananas, 70 bamboo varieties, and numerous other exotic edibles. Visitors are invited to munch at our tasting counter inside our Park Store or enjoy lunch at the Mango Cafe. Read more about the garden here here.

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Want a free ticket to the Miami Art Museum, the Miami Children’s Museum, the Orlando Museum or Art, or the Museum or Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale? You might already have it. Check your wallet.

If you own a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card, or a card bearing the BofA logo, you can take part in Bank of America’s Museums on Us.

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Bok Tower Gardens – National Historic Landmark

Located in Lake Wales on the highest point in Florida (298 feet above sea level), this National Historic Landmark features a 205-foot “singing” bell tower and 157 acres of azaleas, camellias, magnolias, live oaks and palm trees. It once was voted “Florida’s Best Garden”.

Edward BokWhat makes this destination even more interesting is that it was created by Edward William Bok, a Dutch immigrant. Edward William Bok (1863-1930), American editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was born in Den Helder, Netherlands, on October 9, 1863. He came to the United States at the age of six. Educated in the Brooklyn Public Schools, he became an office boy with the Western Union Telegraph Company in 1876. Edward Bok died in Lake Wales within sight of his beloved Singing Tower on January 9, 1930, and is now buried at the base of the Tower.

For more information go to http://www.boktowergardens.org/.

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