Florida Fun Facts

 Florida Facts:

  1. State Nickname: Sunshine Staterevised panther
  2. State Animal: the Florida Panther
  3. State Tree: the Sabal Palm
  4. State Bird: the Mockingbird
  5. State Shell: the Horse Conch
  6. State Flower: the Orange Blossom
  7. State Wildflower: Coreopsis
  8. State Reptile: the American Alligator
  9. State Fish: the Florida Largemouth Bass
  10. State Butterfly: Zebra Longwing
  11. State Marine Mammal: Manatee
  12. State Beverage: Florida Orange Juice
  13. State Song: Stephen Collins Foster’s composition, “The Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)”
  14. Wakulla Spring is the deepest fresh water spring in the world, 185 feet
  15. The first artificial ice was made in Apalachicola by Dr. John Gorrie in 1845
  16. St. Augustine has the oldest public square in the U.S. It was established in 1573
  17. DeLeon Springs near DeLand is the site of the oldest sugar mill in the U.S.
  18. The largest remaining virgin bald cypress swamp in the world (around 700 acres) is part of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
  19. The first color undersea photographs were taken in the Florida Keys and were used in the January 1927 National Geographic
  20. There are 825 miles of beaches 
  21. Number of lakes (greater than 10 acres) – about 7,700
  22. Number of first-magnitude springs – 33
  23. Largest Lake – Lake Okeechobee, 700 square miles
  24. Longest River – St. Johns, 273 miles
  25. Number of counties – 67
  26. Capital – Tallahassee
  27. Cape Canaveral is America’s launch pad for space flights.
  28. Florida is home to the world-famous Walt Disney World Resort.
  29. The Benwood shipwreck in the Florida Keys is one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.
  30. The Saint John’s River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.
  31. Ybor City, also previously known as the Cigar Capital of the World, employeed nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (cigar-makers). At the industry’s peak, Ybor City produced an estimated 700 million cigars a year.
  32. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. The bridge opened in 1987 and rises 190 feet above water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars, as the structure gives drivers unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay.
  33. The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail boasts 515 wildlife viewing sites. 
  34. Ponce de Leon first named Florida, “The Isle of Flowers.” 
  35. The Florida Everglades is the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America
  36. Florida is home to 3 U.S. National Parks: Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and Dry Tortugas National Park
  37. Florida welcomed 105 million visitors in 2015
  38. Key West, FL is the southernmost city of the continental United States. 
  39. Tarpon Springs, FL is known as the Sponge Capital of America. 
  40. Mickey Mouse led the first official visitor into the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in 1971.
  41. Weeki Wachee Springs, FL is home to the famous 45 minute live underwater mermaid show. 
  42. Visitors can tour the home of honored author, Ernest Hemingway, in Key West, FL. 
  43. Thomas A. Edison built Florida’s first modern swimming pool in 1900. 
  44. South Florida is the only place in the world where crocodiles and alligators coexist. 
  45. With more than 1,250 courses, Florida has the most golf courses in the U.S. 
  46. Florida has more than 700 campgrouds with more than 100,000 campsites. 
  47. Florida Southern College has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright structures in one place, with 10 buildings and 2 structures.
  48. Wherever you are within the state, you’re never more than 60 miles from the nearest body of salt water
  49. Florida is second only to Brazil in global orange juice production and the state remains the world’s leading producer of grapefruit. Florida produces more than 70 percent of the United States’ supply of citrus. 
  50. Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World.”