Nicknamed "The Sunshine State," Florida is a great place to live. Whether you enjoy beaches or golf courses, nightlife or theme parks, it doesn't get better than Florida. What's more, you will have extra money to spend on these pursuits because Florida has no state income tax! Learn more about these cities below or go to the Visit Florida website.
Jacksonville is the largest city in land area in the continental United States, encompassing nearly 760 square miles that approximately 850,000 people call home. Located on the banks of the St. Johns River and adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville is a water-lover's paradise. Sports enthusiasts can take in the Jacksonville Jaguars' professional football games or a number of collegiate games; enjoy the minor league baseball team, the Suns; or watch top-flight golfers participate in The Players Championship annual tournament. Long-standing annual cultural events include the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Springing the Blues, World of Nations Celebration and the Jacksonville Film Festival. Jacksonville also is close to St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city.
Tallahassee, often called the City of Trees, is Florida's capital and is located less than an hour from both the Gulf of Mexico and the state of Georgia. The city offers some of the highest elevations in Florida, measuring more than 200 feet. Nearly 400,000 people inhabit the Tallahassee metropolitan area. Several universities and colleges are located here, including Florida State University and Florida A&M University. There is no shortage of things to do in Tallahassee, including visiting art galleries and a wide variety of museums, and enjoying an array of theatrical presentations. Residents also can enjoy outdoor activities year round at the city's numerous lakes and state parks.
Located on the west coast of Florida, Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area of almost 3 million residents. With the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays and the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning all based in the area, residents can enjoy professional sports year-round. If sports aren't your thing, visit the largest performing arts center in the Southeast and the largest science museum in the South. Other family-friendly activities include the Lowry Park Zoo, featuring more than 2,000 animals; the Africa-themed amusement park Busch Gardens; and the 250,000-square-foot Florida Aquarium. Bordered by Old Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Bay, Tampa also offers a variety of water-based activities.
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