While you may already know that Florida is nicknamed the Sunshine State and that Key West is the southernmost point in the U.S. read below to uncover some other fun and interesting facts about beautiful Florida.

Florida has more golf courses than any other state and is even home to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine.

Speaking of St. Augustine, it is considered the oldest city in the country and home of “The Fountain of Youth”.

The Florida Everglades is the only place in the universe where you will find both Crocodiles and Alligators living together. You may even spot a few on the famous airboat rides down in the everglades. If you get hungry, you can even stop in for some gator bites…tastes like chicken!

Walt Disney World is the planet’s most visited and BIGGEST recreational resort. Established in the 70’s, it is about the same size as San Francisco, California. It really IS a small world after all!!

Echo 1 was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1960. If you are ever in the area, take some time to visit the Kennedy Space Center for some educational fun.

Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in Florida, and third largest freshwater lake in the United States.  Try your luck on catching the legendary large-mouth bass and speckled perch. Okeechobee catfish, blue gills are among other types of local catches you can expect to find.

Every year Tampa, Florida is invaded by Pirates! Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Pirate Invasion and Parade come from legendary pirate Jose Gaspar who was said to terrorize the coastal waters of West Florida during the 18th-19th Century. Today it is a weekend of celebration with parades, music, food, and parties.

Tampa is home to the longest uninterrupted sidewalk in the United States, located on Bayshore Boulevard it stretches over a 4.5 mile area.  It is the perfect location to jog, bike ride, or simply talk a stroll. With scenic panoramic views of the ocean, you may even spot dolphins and manatees in the water.

With Florida’s subtropical climate, beaches, theme parks, golf courses, and many other attractions, it is no wonder Florida is truly paradise.

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