Florida’s landscape has been a natural attraction for generations of people from Spanish explorers to astronauts during the past 500 years. While in office, U.S. Presidents Harry Truman, John Kennedy and Richard Nixon enjoyed Florida’s coastal scenery of Key West, Palm Beach and Key Biscayne. Nixon’s former retreat has been developed for private use, but visitors can visit Truman’s Little White House located in Key West. President Kennedy came to Florida to unwind, but the climate he faced was much different than that of Truman and Nixon. The Palm Beach Maritime Museum houses a nuclear fallout shelter that was to serve as the base of operations for Kennedy if the Cuban Missile Crisis resulted in nuclear war.
Florida has served as more than a vacation destination in its 500 years. Celebrate and learn about the state that we call home with Viva Florida 500.