105 Interesting Facts About Florida

Last updated on May 5th, 2024

49. The NASA Apollo program launched the space rocket “The Saturn V” on November 09, 1967. Having a height of 363 ft. and weighing 3,268 US tons, it made to the Guinness world records as the most massive rocket in the world.

50. Ginnie Springs, located in Florida, is one of the clearest springs in the world. The water is remarkably transparent, allowing visibility all the way to the bottom, even at its deepest points. Some parts of the spring reach depths of around 30 feet (9 meters) or more.

51. Located near Tallahassee, Florida, the Wakulla Springs is the world’s largest and deepest freshwater spring.

Aerial view Bayshore Boulevard and Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida. Interesting facts about Florida.
Aerial view Bayshore Boulevard and Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida. Image via Boston Public Library.

52. The Bayshore Boulevard is the world’s longest continuous sidewalk being a stretch of 4.5 miles. If you’re ever in Tampa Bay, you should take a walk alongside downtown Tampa with your walking shoes on. You’ll see a lot of cyclists, joggers, and tourists. On your side is the beautiful bay where you can see dolphins and manatees if you’re lucky!

53. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, spanning Tampa Bay, is approximately 4.1 miles (6.6 kilometres) long. It is one of the largest cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere, and its iconic design and stunning views have made it a significant landmark in Florida.

Belleview-Biltmore Hotel, in Clearwater, Florida.
Belleview-Biltmore Hotel, in Clearwater, Florida. Image credit – Wikipedia.org

54. Florida has the world’s largest occupied wooden structure– The Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa.

55. Florida has the largest collection of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne buildings in both the United States and the entire world.

56. Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, FL, is a stunning set of large-scale glass artworks and installations created by Dale Chihuly. The collection includes several massive chandeliers that resemble giant crystalline tube worms. Some of the outstanding works include electric Tumbleweeds suspended from the roof in a building designed to host the Chihuly’s world-class collection.

57. The world’s smallest police station in Carrabelle, Florida, is housed in a structure about the size of a phone booth, making it a truly petite and unique establishment. Despite its diminutive size, this tiny police station has become a beloved local landmark.

58. Florida is famous for the highest auto insurance fraud in the nation amounting to 1 billion in 2011.

59. The Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop boasts the world’s largest drive-in movie theater, accommodating over 3,000 cars. It’s part of a massive flea market, making it a unique entertainment destination.

Ochopee post office
Ochopee post office. Image ucumari photography

60. The Ochopee Post Office, recognized as the smallest post office in the United States, opened its doors in 1953. Originally, it was a tool shed that was repurposed into a functional post office to serve the local community in Ochopee, Collier County, Florida.

61. Castillo de San Marcos (a symbol of former Spanish power, a national monument now), built in 1672-95 in St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest masonry fort standing in the United States.

62. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, constructed in 1860, is the oldest existing structure in Palm Beach County. It’s rumored to be haunted, with numerous paranormal sightings reported over the years.

63. Augustine is the oldest continuously settled city in the United States. It is situated on a peninsula between two saltwater rivers. It was founded in 1565.

64. Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in the conterminous United States. It is also the most populous municipality in the state. Anaconda, Montana is the second largest city in the contiguous United States.

65. What’s better than a city which is showered in rain and pleasant weather every day? St. Petersburg, affectionately called the “Sunshine City,” is where the sun is always out. We’re not just saying that it holds the Guinness World Record for the longest sunshine stretch in America. Back in 1967 began St Petersburg’s 768 days of the sunny sky!

66. Florida has more sinkholes than any other state in the U.S. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection estimates that thousands of sinkholes occur yearly in the state. While many are small and go unnoticed, some sinkholes can be quite large and cause significant damage to roads, buildings, and other structures.

67. Florida has more golf courses than any other U.S. state. The number exceeds 1,250.

68. Florida has more toll roads and bridges than any other state in the Union.

69. Fort Lauderdale has become an icon for being one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in America. Not only does it have the highest percentage of same-sex couples than the rest of the country, but it also used to be host to one of the largest gatherings in the trans community. With such a diverse and open population, it comes as no surprise that Fort Lauderdale’s marketing spend focusing on the LGBTQ+ community is more than that anywhere in the entire country!

70. Florida is ranked among the states with the fastest-growing immigration population. The reason is the rapid growth in the tourism sector in the state due to the climate and the scenery of the Sunshine State.

71. Florida has the second-highest percentage of people over 65 years of age. Utah has the least

72. One quarter of older Americans live in California, Florida, and Texas.

73. Goliath, considered being the largest tortoise that ever lived, resided at the Life Fellowship Bird Sanctuary in Seffner, Florida, USA from 1960-2002. He weighed 417 kg, was 135.8 cm (4 ft 5 in) long, 102 cm (3 ft 4 in) wide and 68.5 cm (2 ft 3 in) high.

74. The Florida panther is a rare subspecies of cougar that lives in the forests and swamps of southern Florida. It’s one of the most endangered mammals in the world, with only around 120 to 230 individuals left in the wild.

World's shortest donkey, KneeHi, Florida, United States.
Kneehi, World’s shortest donkey. Image courtesy – http://www.bestfriendsfarm.com/

75. Florida also holds the record of having the shortest donkey in the world. Born in October 2007, KneeHi is the shortest donkey measuring at 64.29 cm. The animal belongs to James, Frankie, and Ryan Lee (USA), and the donkey was ranked at the Best Friends Farm in Gainesville, Florida. On 26 July 2011, after measuring the brown jack using specific measurement techniques, Guinness named the donkey to be the shortest jack in the world.

76. Micheal C. Lynch created history when he played for the Southwest Florida Gladiators semi-professional American football team on 31 March 2018. It was not an ordinary football match for the player who scored for his team on that day as well. What makes the achievement Guinness record worthy is that at that time, Micheal was 68 years of age. Born in 1949, and playing his match in March 2018, Micheal C. Lynch holds the record of being the oldest American football athlete.

77. A woman in Florida, Alexzandria Wolliston, gave birth to two sets of twin in less than 12 months’ time. She delivered the first set of twin boys in March, 2019 and the second set in December, 2019. After the birth of her twins, she was told by her family that twins ran in both sides of her family. Interestingly, her maternal and paternal grandmothers had each delivered twins who died at birth.   

78. On September 02, 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage or fins. She completed the dream run in 52 hr. 54 min 18.6 seconds. She had attempted the 103-mile swim four times before she finally did it successfully.

79. The incredible feat of strength saw Adam Sandel from Orlando, Florida, setting a world record on December 08, 2018. His accomplishment stands at 68 pull-ups in sixty seconds! Interestingly, Adam has held the same world record three times earlier.

80. People took their love for the “heroes in the half shell” to a new level when on 09 August 2014, a gathering of 1,394 people came together at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort (USA) in Orlando, Florida. Guinness was more than happy to include these enthusiasts in the list of record holders as to this day; it is the largest gathering of people in the world, dressed as ninja turtles!

81. The staff at Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Tampa, Florida, set a world record on June 01, 2013, with more than 700 people to witness the achievement. They prepared the most massive pitcher of Sangria in a 9-foot pitcher. Not only the attempt won them the record-breaking punch but they graciously offered the punch to all the guests with the all-you-can-drink display.

82. The rather magnificent display saw more than 121 food trucks parade for two days. The rally took place at the fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida. Generation Food Truck (USA) held the rally and also made the world record for having the largest parade of food trucks anywhere in the world.

Easter eggs.
An illustrative image of Easter eggs.

83. In 2007 during the Easter weekend in Florida, there was another reason to rejoice as the region again made a Guinness world record. At the Cypress Gardens, Adventure Park in Winter Haven in Florida, 9,753 children came with their parents and was part of the most massive Easter egg hunt of 501,000 eggs.

84. Located in Homestead, Coral Castle is a mysterious and unique stone structure created by Edward Leedskalnin. He carved and sculpted over 1,100 tons of coral rock to build this castle as a monument to his lost love.

85. Did you ever think a place could be named after a person who never even visited that place? Well, here’s one for you! The city of Jacksonville was named after General Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the state. However, the guy had never visited the city in his entire life! Isn’t that interesting?

86. Located along Adam Street in downtown Jacksonville, the John E. Goode Pre-Trial Detention Facility is a prison with a difference. The facility houses both a waterfront jail and police station with the courthouse located just 10 blocks away. Thousands of inmates enjoy panoramic views of downtown Jacksonville and the river.

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