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Viva Florida 500

Travel Florida

Celebrate the 500th year of the discovery of Florida through travel!

1733 Spanish Galleon Trail: Create Your Own Adventure

Plan a diving trip to visit the 1733 Spanish Galleon Trail, or visit the shipwrecks virtually through the links provided in the interactive map.

Explore Florida App »

This free app (from the award-winning staff of the Orlando Sentinel) is a great on-the-go resource for Florida travel news, information and tips. This digital magazine covers everything from the panhandle through the Central Florida theme parks to the beaches and nightlife of South Florida. Available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce De León And Florida's Magical Waters

Enjoy this collection of images that show how the fountain of youth has been used to attract visitors to the state of Florida. The author, Rick Kilby, visits the Orlando Public Library for Second Saturday, June 6, at 2 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

Historic & Archaeological Sites in Florida

Find historic and archaeological sites and museums to visit around the state.

History Happened Here

Explore this interactive map and learn about Florida history, county by county, and city by city.

Off the Beaten Path Florida: A Guide To Unique Places

Discover the parts of Florida you didn't know exist!

Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail

This is the online edition of the Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail publication; it's bilingual and provides history as well as driving tours and trails suggestions.

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Library Online Resources

General OneFile »

Find all the news and headlines about the place you plan to visit through a keyword or subject search in this resource.

NetLinks »

Browse through these recommended websites gathered by Library staff. The Travel & Geography category includes sections on Florida travel, travel guides, travel for couples, kids, seniors (and pets!), and unusual locales.

New York Times: Travel Desk »

The New York Times has a regular feature called "Travel Desk." Use this phrase alone to browse for destinations or include other terms that you are interested in.

Virtual Galleries

Get a wealth of information for traveling to the real Florida in the Getting in Touch with Florida Nature LibGuide and don't miss the Learn a Language LibGuide through which you can access all the many ways the Library can help you learn a new language for your trip!

World Book Online Reference Center »

Read concise and factual articles about the places you plan to visit. Just enter a city or country in the search box.

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Kids & TeensKids & Teens

Library Online Resources

Crazy Coloring! »

Before you go on the road, print out some coloring sheets to take with you! Get creative with Squirt, Juicy, and more coloring pages than you can imagine.

Children's Podcast Stories »

Download a story to your portable device and listen to our storytellers while you are out and about!

Downloadable Young Adult
Fiction »

Whether you are on the road or on vacation, your library is always open! Load up on these Young Adult fiction e-books, audiobooks, and videos for your iPod, iPad, and e-reader!

Early World of Learning »

Explore the Early World of Learning from your own home. Learn all about being on the move and enjoy Trek's Travels.

Freegal Music »

Teens, take a technology adventure with the Library. Make sure to download your road trip music. To download, your library card account must be in good standing and free of fines and fees.

Library Materials

Sing-A-Long Song CDs »

Get ready to sing-a-long! Make a long car trip fun for the whole family with kids CDs! The Library offers a variety of music for the family.

Taking Some Great Books Along for the Ride »

Kids, don't go anywhere without a great book. Enjoy these vacation stories with your family.

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Mango Mobile

Have wonderful language-learning courses at your fingertips, wherever you go! Hear the pronunciations and learn the vocabulary and grammar through this engaging and easy app for Android smartphones, iPhone, and iPod touch! Create a free Mango Languages account and then download the app.


Find restaurants by cuisine, locale, price, or rating. Use the website alone or download the free application which is
available for multiple mobile devices.

Wi-Fi Finder

This site lets you find Wi-Fi hotspots. You can map out your spots before your trip using the website or find them on the go with a free mobile application.
iTunes | Google Play


Locate restaurants, shopping, and nightlife with reviews at the website or this terrific, free application which is now available for multiple mobile devices.

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Travellerspoint »

Create your online travel diary and share your photos with others. Join the online discussions as well as find accommodations, travel help from experienced travelers, and much more.

Virtual Tourist »

This is another large online community of world travelers that has a wealth of information and opinion. Ask a question or post your own reviews. The best parts of the site are the user generated travel guides and the searchable forum.

Wikitravel »

Like Wikipedia but only for travel, it won a Webby Award in 2007. Look at the Central Florida section to see if they get it right. You can also edit or add your own entries.

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Library Materials

Audiobooks »

Make a long drive or flight more enjoyable with an audiobook. Find audiobooks in the catalog through an advanced search. Type in a title, author, or subject, and then select CD Book, Playaway, or Downloadable Audio Book for your material type. You can also find books on MP3 by doing a simple keyword search for “mp3 CDB.”

Florida Travel »

Use these books to get to know Florida. Discover places off the beaten path or enjoy the top tourist destinations.

Travel DVDs »

Travel virtually by watching these DVDs that showcase the world's most popular attractions.

Travel Guides »

The Library carries many guidebooks from popular travel guide publishers such as:

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Terms to Know!

"Contract of Carriage"

Use this as a search term in a search engine along with the name of your airline. You should find documents that tell you what your airline will or will not do for you if problems arise with your flight.

"RSS" (Really Simple Syndication)

If you use air travel often, you might want to subscribe to your favorite air travel websites' RSS feeds. With an RSS feed, the website sends the information directly to you so you don’t have to constantly check that website. Many air travel websites have RSS feeds and you can get alerts about cheap airfare and other flight information. Read more about how you can subscribe to an RSS feed.

Learn More ...

Find more travel terms and the Travel Industry Dictionary at

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For Teachers

Education World »

Looking for some lesson plans related to travel? Check out this Web page for ideas on cultures, current events, geography, and more!

National Geographic Education »

Find lesson plans, activities, maps, and other resources at The National Geographic Education website.

ReadWriteThink »

Help your students read, write, and think about their travels with resources from this collaborative website from the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and the Verizon Foundation.

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BootsnAll »

BootsnAll's free membership offers articles, blogs, forums, last minute deals, pictures, and so much more, all centered on the independent traveler.

Lonely Planet »

See this website for ideas and tips for all traveling, especially for the independent and budget travelers.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for Travelers »

Be prepared! Find out about required identification, prohibited items, or any changes in policy since your last flight. Use the 3-1-1 guidelines for carrying liquids on a plane.

Travel.State.Gov »

Visit this website managed by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, (U.S. Department of State) for travel warnings, alerts, passport information, info about visas – all of the must have information for international travel.

Visit Florida »

From the Florida Commission on Tourism, this website is the official source for travel planning for Florida. There are many photos and articles to help you research your trip. It includes a special Web page just for Floridians with a featured event and deal section.

Viva Florida 500 »

Viva Florida 500 is a statewide celebration to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León in 1513. This website is maintained by the Florida Department of State.

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