Discoveries America

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Kennedy Space Center visitors learn about America's achievements in outer space and meet astronaut retired Navy captain, Jon McBride. Up the coast, the harbor, a historic Spanish fort and lighthouse in St. Augustine is introduced as America's oldest continuously occupied European settlement. Citrus production is big business in state and so are cows. Cattle ranching on Lightsey Ranch is an eight-generation affair. Everyone pitches in to preserve a unique Florida tradition.

Airboats have explored inland waterways for years, a ride in fast boats is great way to see vast expanse of marsh and swampland. Manatees, large aquatic mammals, live in warm, shallow rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal waters. Underwater observatory at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State park is place to see Manatees in natural environment. Cypress Gardens in operation for more than 50 years, began as showplace for flowers and tropical canal boat rides.

It soon evolved into water ski show. In the Keys, USA's southernmost point, author Ernest Hemingway's house and famous Duval Street landmark - Sloppy Joe's. Tarpon fishing is popular, best way to get a glimpse of fish is at Robbie's - for a dollar, visitors feed fish right off docks. Offshore, World Record holder Billy Pate shares fishing knowledge. Everglades National Park is only subtropical preserve in North America. The park is known for bird life including herons, storks, and egrets - backcountry boating is way to see it all.

(Discoveries America South Atlantic 6 DVD collection includes 5% discount: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia and Virginia. Condensed version also available with 6 DVD's in a single case.)

(Discoveries America Gulf Coast States 6 DVD collection includes 5% discount: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Condensed version also available with 6 DVD's in a single case.)

DVDDAFL REVIEW: Discoveries America: Florida
...Wow...a whole hour displaying the wonders of Florida and not a House of Mouse in sight! Still, there are plenty of other familiar images of the Sunshine State featured in this entry from Jim and Kelly Watt's fine Discoveries...America series. Miami (without the Vice or C.S.I.) is a modern, vibrant international city, while only a few miles away, the Everglades slumber in prehistoric splendor.

Further on down the coast are the infamous Keys, culminating in one of the major party cities of the US, Key West. The spirit of Esther Williams is channeled in the wet and wild programs of Cypress Gardens, Florida's oldest tourist attraction, and one that still draws crowds to its thrilling aquacades. A tour of the Kennedy Space Center, a toast to the incredible citrus industry, and an in-depth look at St. Augustine - the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the U.S.A. - are just a few of the highlights in this beautifully photographed, fast-paced look at America's vacation paradise. Recommended.