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Here Are 20 Fun Facts About Florida That Only Locals Know

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Get ready to explore Florida’s hidden treasures with 20 fun facts that will make you see the Sunshine State in a whole new light! From its ancient cities to its quirky wildlife neighbors, Florida is brimming with surprises that go beyond its famous beaches and theme parks. So, grab your sunscreen and dive into the fascinating world of Florida’s little-known wonders!

Oldest City

St. Augustine, founded in 1565, is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established city in the continental United States.

Coral Reef

Florida is home to the only living coral barrier reef in the continental U.S., the Florida Reef, which is the third-largest coral barrier reef system in the world.

Diverse Ecosystem

The Florida Everglades is the only place in the world where both alligators and crocodiles coexist.

No Dinosaur Fossils

Due to its geological history, Florida is one of the few states where no dinosaur fossils have been found.

World’s Fishing Capital

Florida is known as the “Fishing Capital of the World,” with more world-record fish catches than any other state or country.

Cuban Sandwich Origin

The Cuban sandwich, a culinary staple, was actually first popularized in Tampa, Florida, by Cuban immigrants.

Sunshine State

Despite its nickname, Florida is not the sunniest state in the U.S.; that title goes to Arizona.

Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral has been the launch site for every American manned space flight since 1968.

Phosphate Producer

Florida is the largest producer of phosphate in the U.S., which is a key ingredient in fertilizers.

Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in Florida and the second largest in the contiguous United States.

Native American Tribes

The state is home to two federally recognized tribes: the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.

Citrus Production

Florida produces more than 70% of the U.S.’s supply of citrus fruits, including oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines.

Key West

Key West is the southernmost point in the continental United States, located just 90 miles north of Cuba.

Everglades National Park

This park is the largest tropical wilderness of any kind in the United States and the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River.

Theme Park Capital

Orlando, Florida, is often referred to as the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and many other attractions.

Lightning Capital

Florida experiences more lightning strikes per square mile than any other state, earning it the nickname “Lightning Capital of the United States.”

Manatee Haven

Florida is a haven for manatees, with large populations residing in its warm coastal waters and springs.

Longest Coastline

Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, with over 1,350 miles of coastline.

Major Port

The Port of Miami is known as the “Cruise Capital of the World,” with more passenger cruise traffic than any other port.

Sponge Diving

Tarpon Springs, Florida, is known for its Greek community and its historic sponge diving industry, which dates back to the early 1900s.

Currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and Pomeranian, Mochi. Leo is a lover of all things travel related outside and inside the United States. Leo has been to every continent and continues to push to reach his goals of visiting every country someday. Learn more about Leo on MuckRack.

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