Florida

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Lake Kissimmee State Park, wedged between 3 lakes, is a piece of old Florida in its heartland. One of its unique features is the 1876 Cow Camp that demonstrates what life was like for a cow hunter on a 19th-century cattle drive . Developed and primitive camping is available inside the park.

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The Tampa Bay History Center is a museum in downtown Tampa that presents the cultural history of the Tampa Bay region. In addition to its permanent and temporary exhibits, it also contains the Columbia Cafe, a branch of the original Ybor City Columbia Restaurant, and a small gift shop.

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Florida is probably not the first place you think of for mountain biking. However, the Sunshine State offers a fair number of parks with developed singletrack trails. Continue reading to find out about some of the top-rated mountain biking trails in north, central, and south Florida.

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Alligators were once hunted to near extinction before becoming a protected endangered species in 1973. By 1987 they had recovered enough to be removed from the list and to be designated the Florida State Reptile. Read on to learn about these freshwater critters and how to avoid being attacked.

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The Florida State Park system has 175 units of parks, trails, and historic sites. Its 800,000 acres and 100 miles of beaches are administered by the Florida Park Service within the Department of Environmental Protection. Read on to learn its history and what it offers for recreation and education.

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Lake Louisa State Park, near Clermont, contains 11 natural communities, 6 lakes and 2 streams within its boundaries. With its variety of camping options, including a full-service campground, primitive campgrounds, and modern cabins, it's a good place to camp, especially if you're visiting Orlando.