Walt Disney was right about one thing: Florida is the kind of place that captures the wildest of imaginations. The landscape is exaggerated and invites exaggeration. Spanish explorers saw manatees and imagined them to be mermaids; Ponce de Leon saw crystal-clear springs and imagined them to be fountains of youth. Get to know the “sunshine state” a little bit more with these 17 Facts About Florida You Might Not Know. Florida truly is one of the country’s most beautiful, intriguing, and adventurous states.
- The full title of the official Florida state song is “Swanee River (Old Folks at Home).” The choice makes sense if you take into account that the retirement industry is the state’s second-biggest economic driver, and, that by 2030, one out of every four Florida residents will be older than 65.
- In 2014, Florida surpassed New York to become the third most populous state in the USA.
- A museum in Sanibel owns two million shells and claims to be the world’s only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
- Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan lotion in 1944. He accomplished this by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife’s stove.
- In 1987, the Florida legislature designated the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) the official state reptile. Long an unofficial symbol of the state, the alligator originally symbolized Florida’s extensive untamed wilderness and swamps.
- Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on a glass-bottom boat across Biscayne National Park.
- Ybor City was once known as the Cigar Capital of the World with nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (cigar-makers) employed in two hundred factories. Ybor City produced an estimated 700 million cigars a year at the industry’s peak.
- Plant City, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. The 827-square-foot, 6,000-pound cake was made on February 19, 1999, in McCall Park.
- The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens at Delray Beach is the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the living culture of Japan.
- The Fred Bear Museum in Gainesville is a tribute to the accomplishments of Fred Bear, a promoter of proper wildlife management and the founder of Bear Archery Company.
- The longest river sailboat race in the world is the Annual Mug Race. The event runs forty-two miles from Palatka to Jacksonville along the St. Johns River.
- Venice, FL is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Collecting prehistoric sharks’ teeth has been a favorite pastime of visitors and residents of the area for years.
- The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art in Coral Gables is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the preservation, diffusion, and promotion of Hispanic and Latin American Art.
- Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruits in the United States and third in the world behind Brazil and China.
- With over 1,300 courses, Florida has more golf courses than any other state in the country.
- Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States (1,350 miles or 2,170 km) and is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
- Florida is the flattest state in the country. Florida’s mean elevation is just one hundred feet (thirty meters). Britton Hill is the highest natural point in the state with a summit elevation of just 345 feet (105 meters) above sea level. Britton Hill is the lowest state highest point in the United States. The lowest points of sixteen U.S. states are higher than Britton Hill.
With these facts, we have probably given you some good reasons to visit Florida. We are also going to give you a tip when it comes to ground transportation. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, to make the most of your trip, you need a trusted ground transpiration provider.
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