America's Best Vacations October 2010 MW : Page 6

Escape to FLORIDA A new season of activities highlights Florida’s diverse cultures and communities. I n the fall and winter months, Florida is alive with art and seafood festivals, fishing rodeos and tournaments, wine tastings, and holiday parades and lights. Shops and galleries in Florida’s old towns and new villages are a great excuse for moseying in the cooler weather. Unspoiled natural parks, historic forts and seaports, butterfly houses and wild animal exhibits are perfect family destinations, evoking the “real Florida” that invites slower, off-the-grid travel. For those seeking the adrenaline rush of coaster rides and high-paced entertainment, Florida’s famous theme parks are gearing up for the holiday season when popular shows, floats and parades, and light displays create a magical atmosphere that can melt away tensions and worries. The lines may still be long, but the crowd is merrier and the weather cooler. There is no denying the beauty and allure of Florida’s beaches, but the history, idiosyncrasies and culture of its communities — from the new front-porch towns of Rosemary Beach, Seaside and Celebration to the old South country spirit of Ocala and Tallahassee — are its real treasures. Florida is truly a great vacation escape. Shelling in Sarasota Fishing in Charlotte County 6 AMERICA’S BEST VACATIONS VISIT FLORIDA VISIT FLORIDA

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