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About floridatraveler

Historian and travel writer M. C. Bob Leonard makes the Sunshine State his home base. Besides serving as content editor for several textbook publishers and as an Emeritus college professor, he moderates the FHIC at www.floridahistory.org

DELAND: UNIVERSITY TOWN AND CAPITAL OF VOLUSIA COUNTY

Millions of tourists roll along I-4 between Daytona Beach and Orlando, but few of them turn off at DeLand unless they have real business there.  It is too bad for DeLand is not a typical Central Florida community. DeLand is … Continue reading

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FLORIDA’S GREATEST MUSICIANS ARE TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION ALL

Most Floridians and certainly most visitors to Florida do not know that on the Plaza Level in the rotunda of the Capitol building in Tallahassee is the FLORIDA ARTISTS HALL OF FAME. Commissioned in 1986 by the Florida Legislature to … Continue reading

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PASS-A-GRILLE: GULF FLORIDA’S FIRST BEACH

Florida is slowly opening up and Florida’s beaches, the longest in the United States will play a major role in the economic recovery of Florida’s largest industry – tourism.  I thought it would be appropriate therefore to take a visit … Continue reading

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SEASIDE: THE TOWN INSIDE THE BUBBLE

Small Town Series: This article is part of one of the series that this website will feature as Florida slowly unwraps from the effects of the virus. This article features small towns most visitors to Florida might not normally put … Continue reading

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My Favorite Weirdest Attractions in Florida

With the virus limiting travel and tourism in Florida, I am writing articles oriented toward the entire state summarizing some past content and painting a wide picture.  As a history teacher, it irritates me how much of the History Channel … Continue reading

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A 2020 LOOK AT FLORIDA THE NATURAL PLACE

With so many Florida attractions, restaurants, and resorts still closed due to the virus, I want to feature some things that the virus can not drastically change.  And that is Florida – the Natural Place. WE LIED ABOUT THE SUNSHINE … Continue reading

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FLORIDA AND THE SEARCH FOR CONFEDERATE GOLD

With most of Florida’s tourist attractions, top restaurants, and resorts closed or operating on a limited basis, I thought I would contribute a story on one of Florida’s favorite topics: TREASURE.   In this case, it isn’t pirate gold, but Confederate … Continue reading

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