The promoters of VISIT FLORIDA, a campaign to increase tourists to the state, wrote to let me know how they are promoting the state by tying it into a bit of history.
2013 marks Florida's 500th anniversary of when Ponce de Leon discovered the Sunshine State. In celebration of this milestone, VISIT FLORIDA is making it easier for adventurous families to explore Florida.
Starting this month, prospective travelers have chances to win 50 different vacations to Florida - adventures that evoke the state's heritage of discovery and exploration. "Florida's 500 Years of Adventure" sweepstakes gives away 50 vacation prize packages, one per week through Dec. 29, 2013.
Enter at win.VISITFLORIDA.com. Participants may enter every day for chances to win. Prize packages will include trips to destinations around the state where travelers can participate in everything from manatee snorkel tours in the Crystal River to rounds of golf at the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in Orlando.
In addition, throughout the month of March, the third-largest ship in the world, the Juan Sebastian Elcano, will dock in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Cape Canaveral. This sail training ship of the Royal Spanish Navy will then travel to St. Augustine in April for the opening of a two-acre living history museum, The Colonial Quarter. This permanent addition to the St. Augustine visitor experience will provide historically accurate portrayals of the initial arrival of European culture on Florida's shores with exhibits, shows, hands-on interactive activities, taverns, restaurants and more.
About.com has an entire Guide Site dedicated to contests. Sandra Grauschopf lists up-to-date information on a wide variety of contests and sweepstakes to enter as well as provides fabulous tips on how to enter and increase your chances of winning.