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Motto: "In God We Trust"
Capital: Tallahassee
Statehood: March 3, 1845
Song: "Old Folks at Home" (more commonly known as "Suwannee River") Play: "Cross and Sword"
Beverage: Orange Juice
Stone: Agatized Coral
Flower: Orange Blossom
Wild Flower: Coreopsis
Tree: Sabal Palm

Butterfly: Zebra Longwing
Bird: Mockingbird
Animal: Florida Pather
Reptile: The American Alligator
Marine Mammal: Manatee (sea cow)
Saltwater Mammal: Porpoise/Dolphin
Shell: Horse Corch (giant band shell)
Freshwater Fish: Largemouth Bass
Saltwater Fish: Sailfish
Largest Lake: Okeechobee



Nicknames:

  • The Sunshine State (Due to it's warm, sunny weather)

  • The Peninsula State


In 1513, Juan Ponce De Leon landed near St. Augustine while looking for the Fountain of Youth. He named the state "Florida" after the Pascua Florida (the Feast of Flowers or Easter).

Florida is not the southernmost state in the U.S.--Hawaii is farther south.

The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. The structure gives drivers an unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over the Tampa Bay.

Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.

The current population stands at close to 14,500,000 with seventy percent (70%) of the population not being Florida born. Most newcomers come from the eastern and mid-eastern states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Most of these newcomers become permanent year round residents, while others become "snowbirds," who only live in the state during the northern winter months and then return home to their primary residence state.

Two of the top reasons cited for moving to Florida are for the weather and recreation.

Florida has approximately 1,100 miles of sandy beaches along its 1,800 mile of coastline. Five of Florida's beaches (Bahia Honda, Grayton Beach, St George Island, Caladesi Island and Brandon Park) were rated among the top ten beaches in the U.S.

The state's top industry, tourism, creates over 35 billion dollars a year and employs more than one million Floridians.

Over 40 million visitors come to Florida each year. Over 80% are from the U.S., while the other twenty percent are international visitors.Visitors from Canada lead the international market.

There are over 700 campgrounds in Florida offering more that 100,000 campsites. More than 5 million people camp in Florida each year.

Florida's major seaports include: Pensacola, Miami, Panama City, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, St Petersburg, Fort Pierce, Tampa, Cape Canaveral, Bradenton, Sanford, Fernandina Beach, and Jacksonville. Over seven million cruise passengers pass through Florida ports every year. The Port of Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world, followed by Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades.

There are over 1,000 golf courses in Florida - more than any other state.



Sports

NFL Teams:Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Arena Football Teams:Orlando Predators and the Tampa Bay Storm.

NBA Teams: Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.

Major League Baseball:Florida Marlins

NHL Teams:Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers

Florida State's Official Football Site
University Of Miami--Miami Hurricane's Football
University Of Gainesville--Florida Gators

Greyhound Racing, Jai-alai, Thoroughbred Racing, Harness Racing and Horse Racing Tracks are also located throughout the state.



Florida Attractions

Florida's Theme Parks
Walt Disney World Links
Florida's Zoos & Animal Attractions
Florida Family Entertainment Centers
Florida's Water Parks
A Listing Of Florida's Major Attractions
Kennedy Space Center
The Florida Keys Guide
Florida National Park Sites



Palm Beach County Links

Visit West Palm Beach
About Palm Beach County
The Official Visitor's Guide To Palm Beach County

South Florida News Your Guide To Florida's Treasure Coast & Palm Beaches
Miami & South Florida News & Weather Coverage
The Palm Beach Post

Whitehall--Henry M. Flager Museum
Rapids Water Park
Lion Country Safari


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