21 Interesting Facts About Florida

You may already know that Florida joined the union as 27th state in 1845, and is presently the third most populous state of the US and has the longest coastline etc. etc. but there’s more to Florida than meets the eye and we have dug up a few of the coolest facts for you. Let’s find out some interesting facts about Florida- “the sunshine state”.

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1. Florida has oldest surviving European place-name

The Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León landed near Saint Augustine in 1513 few days after Easter. To commemorate the holiday and the area’s plant life; he named the land Florida from the Spanish phrase for the Easter season, Pascua Florida meaning “feast of flowers”. The name is the oldest surviving European place-name in the U.S.
Source: floridafunfacts.co

2. Venice of America

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida is considered as the Venice of America because it has over 300 miles of navigable inland waterways.
Source: floridafunfacts.co, image: flickr

3. Two rivers with same name

Withlacoochee river, Florida
Withlacoochee river, Florida

Florida is the only state with two rivers of the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and another Withlacoochee in central Florida, having nothing in common except the name.
Source: goflorida.about.com, image: flickr

4. Silly excuse for a huge beach party

flora bama mullet tossEvery once a year, large no. of Floridians stand at the state line and toss dead fish into Alabama. It’s the annual Mullet Toss hosted by Flora-Bama Beach Bar in Pensacola.
Source: goflorida.about.com, image: theluxuryspot.com

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5. Bed & breakfast with wildlife

OcelotOnly in Florida you can have a bed & breakfast with Wildlife on Easy Street, on the outskirts of Tampa which allows you to cuddle with an endangered cat of your choice for a $100 donation to the refuge. You can choose baby bobcats, cougars, and leopards.
Source: goflorida.about.com, image: wikimedia.org

6. Space station of the sea

Aquarius laboratory
Aquarius laboratory

There exists a “space station of the sea”, a permanent underwater laboratory 3.5 miles off of the Florida Keys
Source: wikipedia, image: wikimedia.org

7. Post by rocket

Regulus missile used to deliver mail
Regulus missile used to deliver mail

The United States Postal Service attempted to deliver mail by cruise missile in 1959 and also successfully shipped cargo from New Jersey to Florida in 22 minutes.
Source: wired.com, image: wikimedia.org

8. Secret of Disneyland

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Disneyland after darkDisneyland in Orlando is a city built between two counties. Disney had petitioned the Florida State legislature to let it govern its own land, making Disney World a separate city
Source: cnn.com, image: flickr

9. Ex winter film capital

Southbank, Jacksonville
Southbank, Jacksonville

Jacksonville was once called the “winter film capital of the world,” but the conservative residents rejected the movie industry and it ended up in Southern California. They must be regretting it now.
Source: wikipedia, image: wikimedia.org

10. Invention of sun tan lotion in Miami

A Miami pharmacist, Benjamin Green, invented first suntan lotion using a greasy substance called “red vet pet” (red veterinary petrolatum) to protect himself from UV rays during World War II. After the war, he mixed red vet pet, cocoa butter and coconut oil into a product which eventually became Coppertone suntan cream.
Source: floridafunfacts.co

11. 1st ATM for skaters

skateboarderThe first bank automated teller machine was installed in Miami especially for rollerbladers.
Source: untappedcities.com

12. The cigar capital

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Ybor, Cigar workers
Inside Ybor cigar factory, 1920

Ybor City was once considered the Cigar Capital of the World with nearly 12,000 cigar-makers employed in 200 factories. The City produced an estimated 700 million cigars every year when the industry was at its peak.
Source: wikipedia, image: wikimedia.org

13. Home to an ancient burial pond

Site of the ancient burial pond
Site of the ancient burial pond

There is an ancient burial pond in Florida which contains human remains, buried almost 2000 years before the first pyramids. The skeletal remains are so well preserved that archaeologists have managed to collect soft brain tissues from the skulls.
Source: nbbd.com, image: nbbd.com

14. Need for speed

Daytona 500 race, 2011Contrary to what you might believe, the most important car race of the year isn’t in Indiana but right here in Florida at the Daytona International Speedway where the Daytona 500 is held.
Source: movoto.com, image: wikimedia.org

15. Florida has a spring for every season

Edward ball wakulla spring
Edward ball wakulla spring

Florida has more than 700 natural springs scattered throughout the state, perfect for swimming, exploring, scuba diving and getting up close and personal with a manatee.
Source: floridafunfacts.co, image: flickr

16. The taste of Florida in the morning

OrangesFlorida produces over 60 percent of oranges for the nation, most of which goes right into the glasses of juice we enjoy so much with breakfast. Orange juice also happens to be Florida’s state beverage.
Source: floridafunfacts.co, image: wikimedia.org

17. Golf capital of the world

Grande Pines Golf Club 10th hole
Grande Pines Golf Club

Florida beats every single other state when it comes to the number of golf courses. It’s no wonder, since you can play almost every day of the year.
Source: floridafunfacts.co, image: wikimedia.org

18. Millionaires capital in America

Many Florida cities are at the top of Forbes’ list of millionaire capitals in America. Fisher Island and Palm Beach make it on the top 20 cities across the nation with the highest net worth. Be careful! God knows, who you might run into.
Source: forbes.com

19. Mecca of athletes

miami dade county, florida sunlife stadium
The sunlife stadium

Athletes train year-round in sunny Florida; therefore it’s became the Mecca for devoted athletes. Miami produces the second highest no. of NFL players, and baseball teams from all over the nation have their spring training sessions here.
Source: movoto.com, image: wikimedia.org

20. Move over gators, there are dinosaurs in Florida

dinosaur worldJust off of I-4 in Plant City, you can find a 50-foot T-Rex and scores of other prehistoric rock stars at Dinosaur World, a museum devoted to the bad asses of Bedrock. You can also go through the sand in search of authentic fossils and take them home and also see the dinosaurs come alive in the Prehistoric Museum at the animatronic dinosaur scene.
Source: wikipedia

21. Weird laws in Florida

In Florida it is illegal to sing in a public place wearing a swimsuit; Men are not allowed to be seen public in any kind of strapless gown; it’s an offense to shower naked and it is illegal to skateboard without a license in Florida.
Source: dumblaws.com

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