Florida: Seminole County

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).

Ritz Theater (1923)

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.

Marina on 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.

Cars loading onto train

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.

Built in 1942 as Naval Air Station Sanford

Tennis pro Jim Courier and baseball star Tim Raines were both born in Sanford.

7-time All-Star

The city of Oviedo (pop. 33,342) is known for the wild chickens that roam the downtown area.

They hang out at the Popeye’s drive-thru.

The American Automobile Association has its headquarters in the unincorporated community of Heathrow.

Founded in 1902 in Chicago


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