You probably know Florida is home to Disney World and is nicknamed the Sunshine State. You may even know that Key West is the southernmost point in the continental U.S. and that St. Augustine is considered the oldest city in the country. If you are interested in moving to Florida consider enrolling in traffic school so you better understand the rules of the road. You can also check out some Virginia facts if you are planning a road trip. Now take a look at these 11 things you may not know about Florida.
Florida has more toll roads and bridges than any other state in the Union.
2. Fern Capital
The small town of Pierson in Northeast Florida is known as the Fern Capital of the World. Ferns from farms here are shipped worldwide and these farms can be seen everywhere in the area.
3. Highest Point
The highest point in Florida is only 345 feet above sea level. Britton Hill is in the Florida Panhandle. The highest point in Florida’s peninsula is Sugarloaf Mountain near Clermont at 312 feet.
Florida has more golf courses than any other state and is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Augustine.
5. Gators and Crocs
The Florida Everglades are the only place on the planet where crocodiles and alligators live together.
6. Go With The Flow
Florida’s largest river, the St. Johns River, is one of only a few major rivers that flow from south to north.
7. More than Oranges
Florida is the largest producer of watermelons in the country. It also produces the most tomatoes, strawberries and sugar.
8. That’s a LOT of Wood
Made mostly of Florida pine, The Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa, northwest of Tampa Bay is said to be the world’s largest occupied wooden structure at 820,000 square feet.
9. Biggest City
You may be surprised to learn that in terms of area, Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in the United States.
10. Long Lines
Sure there are long lines at Disney World. After all annual attendance is about 17 million people. That’s over 45,000 people per day on AVERAGE. Busy days will see over 100,000.
It would make sense that mechanical refrigeration was invented in Florida. In 1851 Dr. John Gorrie of the little town of Apalachicola created the invention.
If you think these facts are not interesting enough then read our article on fun facts about Florida.
If you are heading to Florida for Spring Break or planning a summer vacation, drive safe. Florida drivers come from all over and have different driving temperaments. Careful driving could keep you from getting into an accident. Also, learn about Florida tourist traffic traps if you plan to travel.