Florida

One of the largest and most diverse public displays of bombs in the USA, and among the most interesting military museums of any kind, anywhere. Located outside the gates of Eglin Air Force Base, in Florida. Outdoor and indoor displays, unrestricted access, and...

This is the most historic and important site in the US Space Program. The coastal military base has dozens of launch complexes, used for all of the large-scale rockets developed in the USA. Landmark launches include the first US satellite, the first US...

In 2010 Cecil Field became the eighth licensed commercial spaceport in the country, and is being developed for use as a horizontal take-off and landing space launching site. The field is a former Naval Air Station, closed in 1999, with most of its activity...

This is the Disney Corporation's first residential real estate development. The town of Celebration is planned for a population of 20,000 and sits on 4,900 acres of Disney property across the interstate from Disney World. Beyond the village is a wetland that...

A castle-like house and sculpture garden assembled by its owner, Edward Leedskalnin, over roughly a thirty year period. Mr. Leedskalnin quarried the limestone from his property for the construction of his house, which was partially a shrine to a lost love....

One site in the network of inflated static aircraft (aerostats) that are raised aloft and cabled in place (tethered), for use as radar stations along the USA/Mexico border. Operated for the Air Force and the US Customs service, TARS' primary mission is to...

Eglin is one of the Air Force's largest bases, and is a major test center for non-nuclear munitions. Located on the coast of the panhandle of Florida, the base covers 724 square miles of land, and has 97,963 miles of water ranges in the Gulf. Facilities...

A community where carnival and circus performers with unusual physical features (once called "sideshow freaks") have been coming to winter and retire since the 1940's. Though most of the residents of the town of Gibsonton or "Gibtown", as locals call it, are...

Homestead Air Force Base was recently realigned to an Air Force Reserve Base, and is being reduced in size from 3,000 acres to 1,000 acres. The base was severely damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and much of its operations were relocated following the...

One in a network of inflated static aircraft (aerostats) that are raised aloft and cabled in place (tethered), for use as radar stations along the USA/Mexico border, and along the Gulf Coast. Operated by the Air Force and the US Customs service, TARS' primary...

Actually an installation within an installation, Hurlburt is a Special Operations Command Center located on a 6,634 acre auxiliary field within the 724 square mile restricted perimeter of Eglin Air Force Base. The unit stationed here specializes in...

Located south of Jacksonville, NAS Jacksonville is one of the main hubs of Navy activity along the southern Atlantic Coast. North of Jacksonville are the two others: Mayport Naval Air Station, and the Kings Bay base in Georgia. Aviation and anti-submarine...

A complex of assembly buildings and rocket launch sites, established in the 1960's for the Apollo program, and now the launch site for NASA space missions. Located on around 100 square miles at the north end of Merritt Island, adjacent to the Cape Canaveral...

Naval Air Station which serves a number of functions and has several annexes and bombing ranges. The main base for the installation is on Boca Chica island, two islands before Key West (the last island on the Overseas Highway, which strings most of the...

A 100-mile stream and wetland area that was turned into a canal in the 1960's, which is now being returned to its natural, meandering state. The river was straightened and dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers in a massive project, completed in 1971, to...

An Air Force Base established to support the two unusual units stationed here. One of these is Special Operations Command, a multifaceted military organization involved in small-scale, counterinsurgency, psychological, and covert operations worldwide. There...

Major Navy base on the north Florida coast. The 3,400 acre installation has an active airfield, and a port that can accommodate 34 ships. These include: the aircraft carrier USS JFK, six guided missile cruisers, 7 destroyers, and 11 guided-missile frigates....

A museum which explores man's attempts to travel and work underwater. Diving gear, submarines, remotely operated vehicles, and material on the history of diving are displayed. The Institute of Diving operates the museum and its library.

Patrick AFB is the headquarters for military space launches and large missile tests on the East Coast. It is a 2,300 acre base, south of the Cape Canaveral Air Station, the complex's main launching area near the NASA's Kennedy Space Center, with which it is...

Located 12 miles north of Pensacola, on the Escambia River near the town of Gonzalez, is a major petrochemical production site, operated by several companies. The principle product is nylon 6,6, as fiber used for carpets and clothing, and in polymer chip form...

Training center for Naval Aviation, and a major supply and repair depot for Navy aircraft. Basic flight training for all Navy pilots and crew takes place here, as well as advanced training in certain aircrafts and operations. Also a center for aerospace-...

This densely industrialized 97 acre site was an important part of the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons complex, manufacturing bomb components such as neutron generator fission triggers. A diversified and modern R&D and manufacturing facility that...

Florida is flat and swampy, and waste disposal is more problematic than in some other regions. The tide has turned against filling Florida's swamps with "landfill" such as household waste, as these practices harm the environment, and in this flat landscape it...

A self-built, three-story, 8,000 square foot structure, that started out in 1972 as a private building project for the owner of the property, Howard Solomon, but which has turned into a tourist attraction. Numerous sculptures, a bell tower, and a 60 foot...

Within 29,000 acres on the coast of the Florida Panhandle, this base trains fighter pilots, mostly in F-15 jets. It is also the site of the Southeastern North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) radar station, one of six continental stations that...

A major facility for United Technologies of Hartford Connecticut, dominated by the company's Pratt and Whitney division, an aircraft and rocket engine company. This 7,000-acre installation is the company's principal military and space engine design,...

Naval aviation training installation, with 3,973 acres at the main base, which has 13 outlying landing fields in a five-county region surrounding the base.