With 21 million inhabitants, Florida is one of the largest states in the country – the third biggest, to be exact. But aside from its size, Florida is home to a vast, diverse, and vibrant landscape of people and nature. With thousands of lakes, some of the largest cities in the country, and serving as an extensive cultural melting pot, the Sunshine State is a brilliant land of wonder and amazement. To get a better understanding of Florida, here are some fun facts to highlight the state’s unique charm!
1. Florida is the southernmost point in the USA. Technically Hawaii is the southernmost state in the country, however, continentally, geographically, Florida is the southernmost point.
2. The oldest inhabited city in the country resides in Florida. About 41 miles south of Jacksonville, St. Augustine stands as the oldest city in the US. Settled by Spaniards in 1565, the city is home to a 17th-century fortress.
3. Florida has the longest coastline in the continental US. The state has 825 miles of accessible beaches to locals and tourists alike.
4. Florida is the only state that borders the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
5. The Sunshine State has the lowest highest natural point. In other words, if you stand in Britton Hill, at 345 ft. above sea level, you’re still in the lowest high point of any other state.
6. Florida has more than 7,700 lakes. Minnesota should be nervous!
7. Everglades National Park in South Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist in the same ecosystem.
8. Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and biggest resort in the world.
9. Florida produces more than 70% of the country’s oranges. You could call it the capital of vitamin C.
10. The world’s first scheduled passenger flight occurred in Florida. It happened on January 1st, 1914 and the place flew from St. Petersburg and Tampa.
11. NASA launched its first communication satellite from Florida. Called Echo 1, scientists launched the satellite from Cape Canaveral into the planet’s orbit on August 12th, 1960.
12. Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the country with two national parks. Miami is home to Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.
13. Orlando is the country’s amusement park capital. No other amusement park destination gets as many visitors as Orlando.
14. Florida is a massive melting pot. The state’s architecture, cuisine, and culture have been molded by Native American, Hispanic, African American, and European influences.
15. Whenever you’re in Florida, you’re never more than 60 miles from the nearest body of water.
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