2023 Gasparilla Festival brings thousands of visitors to Tampa, Florida

Pirate raid boats in the water with a view of the city of Tampa during Gasparilla Festival – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Yes I Shoot Models Arrrgh! The 2023 Gasparilla Pirate Festival is over in a flash and numerous scallywags flocked to Tampa’s streets to take advantage of the bonanza. On Saturday, more than

Florida ghost towns that are must-visit destinations

Old Florida railroad track in black and white – Courtesy: Shutterstock- Image by Stephen Orsillo On top of its gorgeous beaches, thrilling one-of-a-kind theme parks, and beautiful weather, Florida is also home to several chilling ghost towns. Keep on reading to take a tour of these forgotten Florida towns. Central Florida In the late 1800s,

Florida unveils two new available license plates

License Plates – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Jane Rix The Sunshine State is offering some new swag to add to vehicles. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released and made two brand-new license plates available statewide. In July, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a Gadsden flag license plate featuring the historic

Timeline: Florida’s first license plates were made at home

Florida License Plates — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Image by: Lutsenko_Oleksandr Chapter 5437, enacted by the Florida legislature in 1905, mandates that all vehicles that aren’t powered by muscle power must be registered with the Secretary of State. The same year, all residents who owned vehicles had to pay a $2 registration fee to the 19th

A chest labeled “NEVERBREAK” mysteriously appeared ashore on Florida beach

Treasure chest washes up on Florida shore – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Isabella Pfenninger With over 1,350 miles of beaches and natural areas along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, Florida boasts the second-longest coastline of any state in the contiguous United States. Due to its peculiar geography and topography, the state is

A piece of the Challenger space shuttle was found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean near Florida’s coast

Challenger – Space Shuttle Launch – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by 3Dsculptor More than three decades after it broke apart and all seven people aboard were tragically killed, a piece of the wrecked space shuttle, the Challenger, was discovered at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Divers spotted a “huge

Ten facts you might not know about the Sunshine State’s history

History: Palm Beach, Florida, 1929 – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Everett Collection It is a simple question asked in school: How many original colonies were there? One can assume you guessed 13, right? The correct answer is 14, and the number 14 is Florida. We don’t speak much about it because while the other

Fairchild’s trippy Nightgarden makes its fourth return to Miami for the holiday season

Visitors playing in the immersive NightGarden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – Courtesy: Image by Krystal Socorro, Florida Insider Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s immersive NightGarden is a much-anticipated precursor to the snow-less holiday season in Miami and will return for a fourth season this November. This year, the mystical gardens promise even more mesmerizing psychedelic

10 gorgeous bike trails to visit in Florida

Group of people cycling on bike trail in Florida – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: Sheri Armstrong Florida is the land of having fun in the sun. The Sunshine State has an incredible offer of 175 state parks and has been recognized as a leader in the development of recreational trails nationally. From its city

Here are the worst hurricanes in Florida’s history as the state recovers from Hurricane Ian

Worst hurricanes in FL history: Hurricane Andrew circa 1992 – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: Joseph Sohm Hurricane Ian gained momentum and transformed into a dangerous Category 4 storm on Wednesday as it ravaged Florida’s Gulf Coast, bringing mass destruction to much of the state. As Floridians recover from the devastating effects of the storm,