Seminole County (pop. 422,718) is south of Volusia County, between Daytona Beach and Orlando. The only other Seminole counties are in Georgia and Oklahoma.
The county seat of Seminole County is the city of Sanford (pop. 53,570).
Sanford is on the southern shore of Lake Monroe, the head of navigation on the north-flowing St. Johns River. Boats can reach the Atlantic Ocean from Lake Monroe.
The city has a two-mile RiverWalk that’s actually along Lake Monroe.
Sanford is the southern terminus of Amtrak’s 855-mile Auto Train, whose northern terminus is in Virginia. The non-stop Auto Train carries passengers and their cars, taking about 17 hours.
Orlando Sanford International Airport is not as busy as Orlando International Airport, closer to Orlando, but it has many daily Allegiant Air flights, as well as an active flight-training business.
Tennis pro Jim Courier and baseball star Tim Raines were both born in Sanford.
The city of Oviedo (pop. 33,342) is known for the wild chickens that roam the downtown area.
The American Automobile Association has its headquarters in the unincorporated community of Heathrow.
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