Facts About Florida

Facts and Fun Things to Know about Florida

Let’s start by stating one of the most obvious facts about Florida: it’s one amazing place. Countries have fought over it. It was once thought to contain a magical Fountain of Youth. And it draws 80 million visitors a year.

But there’s a lot more to know about our beloved Sunshine State. Here are some fun facts about Florida to enjoy while you’re getting ready for your Florida family vacation:

Killer Whales at SeaWorld Orlando

Did You Know

Did You Know?

  • Florida has 663 miles of beaches and more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways.
  • The first widely-used suntan cream was invented in Florida. Go figure!
  • We’ve got a long list of official state symbols. To name just a few:
    • State Flower: Orange Blossom
    • State Bird: Northern Mockingbird
    • State Tree: Sabal Palm
  • Florida is the fourth most populous state, after California, Texas and New York.
  • Golfers love Florida. In fact, many professional golfers call Florida home. We have more golf courses than any other state in the country. Pack those clubs!
  • Our personal favorite Florida fact is that five of our parks call Florida home:

Facts for Kids

Florida Facts for Kids

A visit to Florida is like a giant Social Studies project – a super fun one, filled with cool things to do and learn. Here are a few things for your kids to impress their friends with when they’re talking about their Florida family vacation:

• There are no dinosaur fossils in Florida. When dinosaurs were on the prowl, Florida was underwater, so no dinosaurs ever vacationed here.

Venice, Florida, is known as the shark tooth capital of the world. While Florida doesn’t have any dinosaur fossils, there are plenty of shark fossils around.

• Do the kids like Gatorade? How about football? The famous sports drink was invented at the University of Florida and named after the University of Florida Gators football team.

• Here’s a fun Florida fact for baseball fans. Fifteen Major League Baseball teams do their spring training in Florida.

• Got a Boy Scout or Girl Scout in the family? Time to put those badges to good use! A whopping six million people camp in Florida every year. Of course, if you love the great outdoors but prefer not to sleep with one eye open for gators, our Adventure Camps at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens may be more your speed.

• Florida produces more than 135 million oranges every year. And guess what the official state beverage is… Yep. Orange juice.

• If you get tired during your Florida family vacation, your whole family could probably sit down for a while in the giant Adirondack chair they have in Mexico Beach.

• Sure, it always seems like summer in Florida, but it’s always Christmas, too. The town of Christmas, Florida, is decorated for the holiday year-round.


Fun Factoids

Just about every Florida fact is a fun fact, but some are especially interesting.

For instance, people aren’t the only ones flocking to Florida. Coconut Creek boasts the world’s largest butterfly aviary – home to some 5000 butterflies. Just one more example of how much we love wildlife in Florida.

And just how much DO we love wildlife? We have a state animal, a state bird, state butterfly, state freshwater fish, state saltwater fish, state horse, state marine mammal, state salt water mammal, state reptile, state saltwater reptile, and even a state tortoise. They should rename Florida the wildlife state!