11 Crazy Florida Facts
Florida has more toll roads and bridges than any other state in the Union.
The 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.
High Point of Florida
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.
A Game of Golf?
Florida has more golf courses than any other state and is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Augustine.
Crocodiles and Gators…
The Florida Everglades are the only place on the planet where crocodiles and alligators live together.
Flowing with the River
Florida’s largest river, the St. Johns River, is one of only a few major rivers that flow from south to north.
Watermelons or Oranges?
Florida is the largest producer of watermelons in the country. It also produces the most tomatoes, strawberries and sugar.
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.
You may be surprised to learn that in terms of area, Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in the United States.
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.