Sebring Ranks in Top 20 Small Cities in Florida
If one’s goal is to enjoy the Florida sun far from the hassle of tourists and beaches, Sebring is the perfect choice. Located in the southern center of the state, Wikipedia reports Sebring has a population of 10,000 as of the 2010 census.
The town is best known for its Sebring International Raceway, home of the annual 12 Hours of Sebring. According to the city’s website, this race is a part of the triple crown of American Le Mans Series and is the primary source of visitors each year.
According to the Florida Parks website, this 9,000 acre park is one of the largest in Florida and one of the first opened in the state. The park has a boardwalk elevated above the local growth for walking through preserve areas, viewing trees believed to be as old as 1,000 years or more.
Visitors are able to view native ferns, cabbage palmettos, epiphytes, and orchids. There are also many indigenous animal species, including deer, alligators, golden silk spiders, Bobcat and even an occasional Florida Panther or Florida Black Bear.
While many would see it as a drawback, the long-time residents boast of the absence of any Interstates or major highways. They like the fact this serves as something of a buffer against the tourists and development that have changed so much of the traditional Florida environment.
However, the city is served by Amtrak and it has daily service to Miami and Tampa, allowing a ride all the way to New York City. The trains also provide service for the sugar produced as a part of the local agricultural business.
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