Tallahassee, Florida, USA – Today, Florida commemorates the monumental moment in history when Juan Ponce de Leon’s explorations led him to discover the Sunshine State.
On the 500th anniversary of that epic discovery -- the first European landing in the continental United States -- VISIT FLORIDA is making it easier for this century’s adventurers to explore Florida.
Starting this week, prospective travelers have chances to win 50 free vacations to Florida – adventures that evoke the state’s heritage of discovery and exploration.
Also, VISIT FLORIDA asks its past and present visitors to add their own Florida experiences to the state’s historical record. At “Share Your Florida Story,” visitors may post their remembrances on VISIT FLORIDA’s Facebook timeline, a record dating back to 1513.
“Florida’s 500 Years of Adventure” sweepstakes
gives away 50 vacation prize packages, one per week through Dec. 29, featuring
destinations around the state. Enter at win.VISITFLORIDA.com.
Participants may enter every day for chances to win.
The vacation prizes, from nearly 100 Florida tourism partners, let travelers sun on the world’s most beautiful beaches, luxuriate in resorts, feast on fresh-caught seafood, find serenity in natural wilderness, fish, golf, zipline, dive, surf, paddle, race, explore world-renowned theme parks, and watch timeless Florida sunsets.
ADD TO THE TIMELINE
Millions of visitors already have glimpsed the marvels of Florida in the 500 years since Ponce de Leon of Spain landed here in 1513. Browse through photos, videos and stories depicting five centuries of visitors on VISIT FLORIDA’s new Viva Florida 500 facebook timeline, which is growing daily. After logging in, readers can scroll through the list of decades and centuries on the right side of the page to see a parade of historical milestones that have made Florida the culturally rich destination it is.
Enjoy a pictorial tapestry that includes:
Then readers can leave their own mark on history by posting photos, videos and stories about their Florida adventures at Share Your Florida Story.
VISIT FLORIDA’s “500 Years of Adventure” sweepstakes and the
Viva Florida 500 Facebook timeline provide ways for past and present visitors to
add their personal touch in this quincentennial year to the nation’s oldest
recorded history -- Florida’s.
GET QUINCENTENNIAL NEWS
For more news about Viva Florida 500, Florida’s quincentennial, including events, FAQ, and suggested story tracks, see the VISIT FLORIDA Viva Florida 500 Newsroom. For more information about the sweepstakes and/or timeline, contact Laura Cassels, lcassels@VISITFLORIDA.org or (850) 205-3839.
Viva Florida 500! In 2013, the Sunshine State commemorates the 500th anniversary of the first European visit to what is now the United States. Since 1513, when Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon first set foot on a Florida beach, travelers from around the world have been coming to the Land of Flowers to explore it for themselves. Experience the rich diversity of Florida, reflecting five centuries of cultural exchanges and eons of subtropical paradise. Witness historical re-enactments, taste Florida heritage on the Viva Florida culinary trail, join a cattle roundup, sail aboard an historic ship, and much more. Media: Find story ideas here and check in with our media specialists for sources, graphics, travel assistance, itineraries, whatever support you need to publish this great story. Contact Laura Cassels (850) 205-3839 or Pam Forrester (850) 205-3827. lcassels@VISITFLORIDA.org. pforrester@VISITFLORIDA.org. Also find content at VISITFLORIDA.com/Viva