Florida, known to millions as the Sunshine State, is a hugely popular holiday point for millions of people all over the world. However, it is home to more than just Disney World and oranges! Here are 33 fun and interesting facts about Florida you may not already be aware of.
Florida is the golfing capital of the US, with more courses than any other state – there are over a thousand. It’s even home to the World Golf Hall of Fame!
An incredible 1,000 people move to Florida every single day!
It’s predicted to be one of the states most affected by climate change and rising sea levels.
Flag of Florida
Not a single dinosaur bone has ever been found in Florida.
If you live in Florida for as little as 90 days a year, you have to register your car there.
St. Andrew takes pride of place on the state flag.
It was adopted in 1900 and also features the state seal.
The state seal includes the Sun, a steamboat, Native Americans, and of course some palm trees.
The average elevation in Florida is a tiny 100 ft.
The highest (non manmade) point is only 345 ft above sea level.
This makes it the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state.
Orlando is the home of Disney World, the world famous theme park for Mickey Mouse and friends!
The alligator is the official state animal and is known for it’s love of causing havoc on the golf courses.
You don’t have to learn to parallel park to get your driving license in Florida.
South Beach, Miami Beach, United States
It’s known as the home of the U.S. orange industry and produces more of these juicy treats than anywhere else.
Orlando is, of course, a hugely popular tourist location. However, only around 4% of people who visit the region each year come from abroad! It’s said to welcome 50 million visitors every year.
Florida is home to over 800 miles of beaches, making it an obvious choice for holidays the world over.
In fact, Florida has the longest coastline in the US, at almost 1,200 statute miles.
Key West, too, is geographically the most Southernwest point in the whole US.
However, Florida does also earn its place as the lightning capital of the world. Clearwater is the city with the highest chance of you getting struck by lighting in the US, meaning it might be worth you staying indoors.
Florida is also known as one of the fruit capitals of the US. That’s because it is responsible for producing more watermelons and strawberries than any other state in the country!
The state is also home to over 11,000 miles of rivers and has over 7,700 lakes. It is also home to 27 first-magnitude springs and is a national leader in this respect.
You won’t just find Disney World here. Florida is the theme park capital of the US, with Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens and Legoland all having homes here.
Florida has a strange, yet understandable law in place, which means you cannot legally sell your own children!
What’s more, an unmarried woman is not allowed to parachute in Florida on a Sunday.
Florida is also one of the space exploration capitals of the world, with Cape Canaveral being the main launchpad for US space missions.
Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, United States
It’s thought that the Florida Everglades is the only location on Earth where you can find alligators and crocodiles living together in the wild.
The biggest city in the US – at least in terms of total area – is Jacksonville, Florida.
Despite being called the Sunshine State, Florida is home to more tornadoes each year than any other state. Therefore, it is always likely to fall prey to strong winds and water spouts.
Florida is named after La Florida, a Spanish holiday which celebrates flowers. That’s because Ponce de Leon first found the state on this specific day.
The state is said to be the birthplace of modern sunblock. Sunscreen is thought to have been invented in 1944, by Benjamin Green, who developed a formula in Miami Beach to help American soldiers during World War II.
In 1943 a lion called ‘Rota’ was given to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Now stuffed, the lion is on display in the Lightner Museum, Saint Augustine, Florida.
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