10 places to see in Florida
St. Augustine, without exaggeration can be called legendary. In 1513 this place was off the ship, the Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon named this land Florida and declared it the property of Spain. The fortress and the first European settlement occurred later, in 1564. And founded they, too, Spaniard don Pedro Menendez de Aviles.
a Little later, was built Fort San Marco, which protected the inhabitants from pirates. Now it is possible to walk through the rooms where they kept the food, gunpowder, to look into soldiers ' bedrooms. The main attractions of the historic district's oldest house, built in 1700, and the oldest wooden school building
Less ancient but not less interesting places in the city are two large buildings in the style of the Spanish Renaissance: Lightner Museum and Flagler College. Now the first is a collection of glass, crystal and porcelain, and in the second, in fact, a school. Initially, however, two bright building with turrets, balconies and beautiful gardens, was built railroad magnate Henry Flagler as the hotels (they were called "alcázar" and "Ponce de Leon") for the wealthy aristocrats.
Villa Hemingway in Key West
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Island of Key West is interesting because it is the southernmost point of the United States. It leads to an amazing 11-mile bridge, "walking" from Miami to the chain of tiny dots of Islands.
Here is the best of all the existing museums of Ernest Hemingway. The writer moved to the island in 30 years, bought a house here and wrote the immortal "snows of Kilimanjaro". Hemingway loved to fish, was travelling on his yacht to Cuba (to her from the island just 150 km).
writer's House turned into a Museum, where are stored his personal belongings, and live in the courtyard of 40 cats, descendants of the furry Pets to "old ham".
Museum Henry Flagler
White mansion on a green lawn lined with palm trees, so it looks like the winter home of Henry Flagler, railroad magnate, founder of the world famous company, Standard Oil. It was he who in the beginning of the XX century transformed the East coast of Florida to the vacation spot of the rich and famous.
Building, which has 55 rooms, was built in 1902. In addition to the master's apartments, living rooms, dining rooms, luxurious ballroom, almost the entire second floor of the mansion was occupied by guest rooms, equipped with the latest of the technology. Today they are all open for inspection.
Mr. Flagler built this house as a wedding gift for his third wife Mary Lily Kenan. They came from new York for the winter. To the house they brought in a personal car, which is now stored here at the Museum. Many years after the death of the businessman, his grandson decided to turn the house into a Museum in memory of his grandfather.
Kennedy Space center
Space center is on Merritt island. Here, as with nearby Cape Canaveral, launch American satellites. The bus tour takes about three hours. On the way the driver acts as a tour guide, telling details about the space centre. At each stop you can spend as much time as you want, and then just catch the next bus and continue along the route.
First stop is the observation deck (or tower), which shows the launch point of the missiles. It leads to a broad road on which a special device (it is also possible to see), weighing several tons transports spacecraft from the Assembly hall to the point of running at a speed not exceeding 1.6 km/h. The second bus does stop near the Museum complex "Apollo Saturn V". Third stop — complex, where you get the us modules of the international space station (ISS). Here you can walk along sections of the ISS, exposed for all to see and appreciate the conditions in which to live and work astronauts.
Museum and gardens Goodwood
Saved and restored plantation Goodwood is the story of Florida's early XIX century. On its territory stands a typical southern mansion with a terrace on the ground floor, the former carriage room, water tower, sheds for storage of garden tools and equipment. But the main attraction is the heated pool, which was in those days the only in Florida. Around a lovely garden with flowerbeds, shrubs and tall old trees, from which hangs Spanish moss.
it is Known that the first mansion on this spot was built in the 1830-ies of the brothers hardy and Bryan Croom. On plantations around the house they grew cotton and corn. For this was hired about 250 slaves. Subsequently the house changed several owners. The most notable mark on the fate of the house was left a rich widow from new York Fanny Thiers, who made here their winter residence, has invested a lot of money and effort in rebuilding the mansion, equipped in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Salvador Dali Museum
© Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, 2014
Collection of this Museum began in Ohio, in the house of spouse Morse — albert Reynolds and Eleanor Reese. In 1943 they show in Cleveland bought the first Dalí painting. Later, he met with the Master himself and become his friends. 20 years after first meeting in their house were stored for about 200 of Dali's works.
In 1971, the collection was moved to the former office building in Ohio. But as the couple continued to acquire paintings of the artist, had to seek a new place for the Museum. As a result, in 1982 in St. Petersburg, opened the Museum of Dali. The present building opened its doors to visitors in 2011. Presented here is both small and huge paintings, about 100 watercolors and drawings. Be sure to note the portrait of Lincoln, whose face can only be seen moving away from the picture at a considerable distance.
Mission San Louis
Mission San Luis Museum under the open sky, which unfolds to visitors the history of the conquest of these lands by the Spaniards and their friendship with the Indian tribes apalachee. Here, everything is restored in the form in which it was from 1656 to 1704, when this region became a crossroads of two cultures.
Survived a huge round room, which was about the Indians, the Spaniards and the house of the priest, the Church in which Europeans drew natives to Christianity. There are small surrounded by a palisade fortress, defending the mission from the enemies.
Everywhere paths near which there are informative signs with pictures. They "tell" as day-to-day life flows in such missions. It was a kind of literacy from both sides. The Indians taught the Spaniards how to survive outdoors and do the dishes out of clay, and the Spaniards introduced them with weapons, self-defense, more civilized conditions of life.
Everglades national Park
National Park Service Photo
Territory of the national Park of Everglades is a huge swamp in the dry places of which there are many Hiking, Cycling and road routes. Come here to watch for alligators, of which there are many. Reptiles love to crawl on sidewalks or lying in the grass, merging with it, right in the vicinity of trails. Other regular inhabitants — blue herons.
Everglades is also popular excursions on a small aerolizer, the boats, which drives the propeller (but is expensive). Budget to travel the route. While pedal — time to enjoy the wildlife around. You can also rent a canoe or kayak and, armed with a map with the route to wave the paddle.
Museum the Henry plant
Towers resembling Muslim minarets in Tampa, visible from almost anywhere. They decorate the building of the old hotel, which was owned by Henry Bradley plant, a railway magnate of Florida. After 1884, the railroad to Tampa, he helped the formation of the business in these parts. So I decided to build here and the hotel accepted its first guests in 1891. The most expensive apartments in it then cost $ 15 (!) a day that was comparable to the cost of rooms in an expensive hotel in new York.
Now the wide hotel corridor lined with the same dark red carpet with patterns, which were still the first guests more than 100 years ago. The walls are decorated with paintings and pictorial panels on the drawers are placed all kinds of vases in Oriental style, porcelain trinkets, Venetian mirrors, French furniture of the XVIII century. The terrace is fitted with chairs, which once rested with a newspaper and a Cup of coffee in hand guests. So in the company with audio guide this hotel‑Museum you can imagine the life of rich businessmen and the public of the late nineteenth century in all its glory.
Ringling Museum are a few museums located in a beautiful Park on the Gulf coast near Sarasota. The water stands the house of John and mable Ringling. This mansion and winter residence of the spouses, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1926. On the first floor where there are smart rooms, dining room, kitchen, visitors let free. On the second, where the bedrooms and guest rooms for a fee.
Second building in the Park is the Museum of the circus. Mr. Ringling was a very successful owner of the circus and decided to create the first Museum of its kind in America. Its expositions tell about the history of circus arts, there are costumes, posters and posters, information about the most famous artists. Screens feature a variety of tricks that was doing circus in the early twentieth century. The third Museum of art. A collection of paintings of the circus owner collected gradually, brought from Europe, paintings and sculptures.