The Discovery Continues
There's much to see and do as Florida commemorates the 500-year anniversary of Ponce de León arriving on its eastern shore.
Historic Ships Set Sail - Miami · Port Canaveral
Tall ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano is making its way from Puerto Rico to Miami, then to Port Canaveral to recreate the famous route taken by Ponce de León.
This training vessel for midshipmen in Spain's Naval Academy has circumnavigated the globe 10 times since its first launch in 1927. Only two other tall ships in the world are larger.
The ship is named after the first commander to sail around the world in the 16th century. (De Elcano's captain, Ferdinand Magellan, was killed in the Philippines and didn't complete the voyage.)
The vessel is scheduled to anchor at the Port of Miami May 1-6, with special events at nearby Bicentennial Park, and will stop at Port Canaveral May 8-10.
Another tall ship event in Port Canaveral will feature the Nao Victoria Galleon, May 7-12. The galleon is a full replica of the 16th-century-era ships that explorers sailed to discover Florida.
The Delights of Central Florida - Orlando
Home to Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios, Central Florida launched the multibillion-dollar theme park industry. Orlando is now one of the nation's top five tourist destinations, noted for its inspired dining and vibrant entertainment options.
Here you can discover the newly designated Dining & Entertainment Districts, six distinct dining and entertainment districts that define the depth and variety of this world-famous destination. Six chefs recognized as James Beard Foundation's 2013 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists are among the featured dining hotspots in the Districts.
At the heart of Central Florida is the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center where you can experience all the wonder and enchantment of the Sunshine State under one roof.
Drawing from classic Florida architecture, the Kissimmee resort spans 63 acres and celebrates Florida's history, culture and natural beauty. The signature atriums recreate three Florida environments, immersing you in the sights and sounds for which the state is known — from the gently rising mists of the Everglades to the funky and vibrant island revelry of Key West to the Spanish-infused, old-world charm of St Augustine. Business travelers and meeting planners will also enjoy the resort's central location, 400,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and 178,500-square-foot Florida Exhibition Hall.