Seminole County, Orlando, Florida


Seminole County was created in 1913 which branched out from the northern part of Orange County. The area was named after the "Seminole" tribe of Indians, whereas the word is thought to be a derivation of the Spanish term Cimarron which means wild.

Among its currently incorporated municipalities are the cities of Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Longwood, Lake Mary, Oviedo, Sanford and Winter Springs. Its city districts and neighborhoods are Forest City, Heathrow and Tuskawilla.

You can take a "peek" on Seminole's history through exploring some of its numerous museums or by setting afoot on hundreds of preserved homes and landmarks in Sanford and Longwood that are listed on the national Historic register, some of which are even made into inns such as the Victorian-designed Higgins House Bed and Breakfast, so a night of sleep in this inn is like a travel back through time.

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Another taste of history can be experienced with a baseball game at the historic Sanford Stadium. To experience something really old, pull your friends with you and have a picnic beside The Senator, United States oldest living creature, a 3,500 year old cypress tree. Other important historical landmarks in Seminole are the Student Museum, the fourth oldest school that's still serving in Florida and the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center that has successfully restored the vaudeville theater as well as the continuous performances of plays, recitals, musicals, ballets and a lot more.

Aside from Seminole's historic treasures, the county also boasts its healthy wildlife. It is a home to acres of parks and preserves that have been a favorite place of respite by a wide array of flora and fauna like spoonbills, manatees, alligators, deer and otters. Backpackers and hikers will surely find the place a paradise for their passions. Some of the most recommended parks are the Chulouta Wilderness Area, a 625-acre swamp and land which wildlife treasures include the white-tailed deer and Sherman's fox squirrels; Geneva Wilderness Area, 180 acres of land that is composed of a campground, hiking and biking trails and the sole canoe launch, Little Big Econ Park.

Seminole's municipalities always have an annual offering for the residents and visitors as well. Altamonte Springs' festivals include Red, Hot and Boom and Taste of Altamonte. Casselberry has Jazz and Art Festival, Winter Festival and Spring Egg Hunt. Lake Mary has the Annual Lake Mary-Heathrow Festval of the Arts, Holiday in the Park and the Lake Mary Celebration. Longwood has the Annual Haunted House and the Annual Arts and Crafts Festivals. Oviedo has the October Fest and the Taste of Oviedo. Sanford has Memorial Day parade, Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Square. Winter Park has the Scottish Highland Games, Holiday tree Lighting and Celebration of the Spring. Adjudging all the festivities, Seminole definitely has a lot of things to offer.