21 Facinating Facts About Florida

I am constantly looking up Florida facts and details for my regional writing. Sometimes these little tidbits end up in my books. I compiled this list from a variety of resources:



  • Florida was not acquired by the U.S. until 1821


  • The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, the only tribe in America who never signed a peace treaty.


  • The bridge to Keys was completed from 1909 to 1912. The Seven Mile Bridge, that crosses between Marathon and the Lower Keys, was built in 1982 – in pieces – then shipped to the Keys to be assembled.


  • The railroad to Key West was completed in 1912.


  • Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.


  • Founded in 1565, Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.


  • The name Punta Gorda, which means, “fat point” when translated from Spanish. The moniker was given to the city because a broad part of the land in Punta Gorda juts into Charlotte Harbor. The harbor itself is somewhat unique, as it is the point where the Peace River meets the ocean. (We have a sea-walled piece of property for sale there if you are looking to buy.)


  • Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States.


  • The United States city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater, near Tampa, but it is also in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the most days of sunshine.


  • Young aviator Tony Jannus made history on January 1, 1914 when he flew the world’s first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg’s downtown yacht basin to Tampa.


  • The Saint John’s River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.


  • Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine especially for rollerbladers.


  • Nearly 80 percent of the states intake of sweet Atlantic white shrimp is harvested in Amelia Island waters. Two million pounds of shrimp are delivered to Fernandina docks annually.


  • Florida has 2276 miles of tidal shoreline and about 4500 islands larger than 10 ACRES, and  663 miles of beaches.


  • Greater Orlando is home to 71 skyscrapers. The Suntrust Building is tallest at 441 feet.


  • Highway patrol officers lose their bonuses if they are more than 15 pounds overweight.


  • There are 52 million annual visitors to Walt Disney World Resorts.


  • There are more than 400,000 hotel rooms and 37,000 restaurants in the tri-county area (Orange, Osceola and Seminole) , 144,125 of the hotel rooms are in Orlando.


  • Key West has more bars per capita than any other location in the country.


  • The deepest river in the world, reaching 90 feet of depth and only nine miles is the New River. It was named by native Americans the New River because at one time it flowed underground.


  • Florida produces half the United State’s winter vegetables.

31 thoughts on “21 Facinating Facts About Florida

  1. Very fun post!

    I’m taking a personal survey of UK taxis. I ask every driver if he’s been to the US (so far, I’ve never had a woman driver), and the answer with only one exception, every time is, “Yes. Orlando.” A few might go on to add that they stopped in New York, but for the vast majority of people I meet, going to the US = Orlando.

    • We have 12 million international guests each year. That doesn’t seem like a lot when you think of 52 million total, but on an international scope, I guess it is. What other city besides New York or LA gets that many, I wonder?

      So taxi drivers in the UK are sociable enough to talk with you? I have trouble here getting them to comprehend English.

        • Must be great to have them speaking your language. They should know all the not so touristy bargain shopping spots 🙂

          I have a friend here who runs a limo fleet service. Her international clients all come from Japan. The wealthy Japanese have this thing about getting married at Disney World. It’s the current trend in weddings. If I was wealthy, I could think of so many places I would rather have my wedding. Well, almost anyplace really, besides Disney World.

          • My sister retired from her day job as a manufacturing engineer, and now trains horses at Disney (CA). She says people can pay $1 million for their Disney weddings. But she has to quit every now and then when they get too booked up on the weddings and tell her she has to put on the stupid tights and uniform to drive the bride in the pumpkin coach. Ain’t no power in the verse gonna have her saying “Bippity boppity boo!”

  2. Fun facts! Our daughter and her wife got engaged at Disney World. It didn’t seem like the type of thing they’d do, but she said it was so much fun–and everyone showered them with attention.

    I didn’t see your post about your back when you posted it–hope you’re feeling better.

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