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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Florida
以 “阳光州” 而闻名的
Known as the Sunshine State,
Florida is heavily focused on the tourist trade.
The beaches are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florida,
along with some of the world’s best-known theme parks,
包括迪士尼乐园 环球影城 海洋世界
including Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World.
However, some of the state’s best secrets are in secluded locations,
away from tourist areas and well worth seeing.
Regardless of preference,
Florida has something to offer for any kind of traveller.
10. Amelia Island
Amelia Island is one of the southernmost of the Sea Islands,
a chain of barrier islands that streches from south Carolina to Florida.
Amelia Island is home to Fernandina beach,
a charming shrimping village
with fifty blocks of historic buildings,
有食客热爱的小餐馆 独特的家庭旅馆 还有六个高尔夫球场
delightful eateries, and unique B&Bs and 6 golf courses.
9. Castillo de San Marcos
Located in the city of St. Augustine,
the Castillo de San Marcos site is the oldest masonry fort in the United States.
Given the fine state of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument,
it’s difficult to believe that the fortress was built in the late 1600s.
Its longevity is due to its design,
a diamond-shaped rampart at each corner maximized fire power,
and 14 feet thick walls reduced its vulnerability to attack.
St. Augustine itself is a small jewel of a city,
known as the oldest European settlement in the United States,
full of romantic ambiance and old-world charm.
8. Universal Orlando Resort
Uiversal Orlando Resort is the top-ranked challenger to Disney,
as the largest of the Universal Studios theme parks
The Resort consists of two theme parks,
the orignal Universal Studios Florida and the second theme park,
Islands of Adventure.
Other attractions include a night club and restaurant Complex,
City Walk and 3 resort hotels.
7. Fort Lauderdale Beach
Located on the Atlantic Coast,
Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America due to its expensive and intricate canal system.
The city is most famous for its beaches and boats.
Once a major spring break destination, it is now a stylish and sophisticated city.
Central along the beach strip is Fort Lauderdale beach,
with its crisp, new, wavy-worked promenade separating the beach from the low-rise lodgings,
restaurants and beach shops.
6. Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center has been the launch site for every US human space flights since 1968,
and currently operates as a launch site for unmanned rockets.
It is also one of Florida’s tourist attractions,
and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers museums, movies,
a rocket garden and bus tours of important shuttle preparation and launch facilities.
Before a rocket launch, the Visitor Complex also sells launch passes,
but keep in mind that for safety reasons,
the closest approach available is at least four miles away, and often much further.
5. Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World, located in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando,
is a flagship of Disney’s worldwide theme park empire,
and the most popular tourist attraction in Florida.
It is also, by far, the world’s largest and most visited theme park resort.
The centerpieces of Walt Disney World are the four theme parks:
魔法王国 未来世界 迪士尼好莱坞影城 迪士尼动物王国
The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Some vistors describe it as a place of fun, magic and fantasy.
也有人抱怨这里人多 套路深 过度商业化
While others complain of crowds, artifice, and unrelenting tackiness.
4. Key West
Key West is known as the southernmost city in the continental United States,
and it’s located closer to Havana than to Miami.
For many years, Key West was the largest town in Florida,
and it grew prosperous from the valuables of ship wrecks.
Improved navigation led to fewer ship wrecks,
and Key West went into a decline in the late 19th century.
Although Key West today has been heavily restored and revitalized,
for the one million tourists that visit the Island each year,
the town has retained some of its sense of individualism and isolation,
somewhat detached from the rest of Florida.
Tourist attractions on Key West include Ernest Hamingway’s former home,
the southernmost point, the light house, and several drinking establishments.
To the uninitiated, the Everglades might appear as a big swamp,
但事实上 它是一个广阔 低平 缓缓流动着的绿草之河
but it’s actually a vast, shallow, slowmoving river of grass
that extends from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay.
During the dry season, it dries up except for the deeper places.
It is an incredibly unique ecosystem,
a subtropical wilderness that supports creatures such as
短吻鳄 宽吻海豚 海牛和秃鹰等生物
alligators, bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and bald eagles.
其间有红树林 柏树林 阔叶林 和绵延数千的草地
And amid the mangroves, cypress, hardwood hammocks and miles of grass,
there’re endless opportunities in the Everglades for hiking,
骑单车 划独木舟(艇) 露营以及钓鱼
bicycling, canoing, kayaking, boating, camping, and fishing.
2. South Beach
before Miami Vice
南海滩是个夜里犯罪盛行 居民不敢出门 平日旅店冷清至极的地方
South Beach was a place where crime kept residents indoors at night and hotels stood mostly vacant.
In the late 1980s, helped by the TV shows’ popularity,
a renaissance began in South Beach.
With an influx of fashion industry professionals moving into the area,
today South Beach is a most popular and richest area of Miami Beach,
and one of the top tourist attractions in Florida.
The area is know for its hip clubs and wild night life as well as its famous Art-deco design.
1. Overseas Highway
the Overseas Highway also known as US Highway one
connects the Florida Keys with the mainland.
It streches 127.5 miles,
into the Gulf of Mexico,
经过基拉戈 伊斯拉莫达拉 马拉松 罗尔凯斯 最终到达基韦斯特
from Key Largo, Islamadora, Marathon, Lower Keys and finally to Key West,
the most distant and most famous island.
Much of the highway uses a route that was originally a railroad,
originally built by the Overseas Railroad that was finished in 1912,
but was pretty much destoryed by a major harricane in 1935.
The present highway opened in 1938,
with one bridge that is almost 7 miles long.
The 7-mile bridge has been featured in films such as True Lies,
2 Fast 2 Furious, and Mission Impossible 3.
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