Florida Fun Facts

Do You Know Florida?

Florida is a state full of adventure, history, culture, and beauty. Test your knowledge of the Sunshine State.

The state animal of Florida is the Florida Panther.

Panther Ridge Conservation Center

- Peter W. Cross


The state of Florida is roughly the size of England and Wales, covering an area of approximately 65,578 square miles.

The back wall at Danny's All American Diner & Dairy Bar in Tampa  includes a map for visitors to place a pin for their hometowns. The number of pins boomed and covers the back wall of the  restaurant after the diner was was featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," the Food Network show hosted by  Guy Fieri.

The back wall at Danny's All American Diner & Dairy Bar in Tampa includes a map for visitors to place a pin for their hometowns. The number of pins boomed and covers the back wall of the restaurant after the diner was was featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," the Food Network show hosted by Guy Fieri.

- Scott Audette for VISIT FLORIDA


Florida means ‘feast of flowers’ in Spanish. The first European to discover Florida was the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, on April 2, 1513. He named it ‘Pascua de Florida’ and claimed it for Spain.

Juan Ponce de León in 1513 led a small fleet of three Spanish ships that first sighted land off the Atlantic coast of the peninsula they would name Florida, in honor of the feast day (Pasqua Florida) on which it was discovered.

Juan Ponce de León in 1513 led a small fleet of three Spanish ships that first sighted land off the Atlantic coast of the peninsula they would name Florida, in honor of the feast day (Pasqua Florida) on which it was discovered.

- The Granger Collection

A sailcloth like this one may have flown on the ship Juan Ponce de Leon sailed to Florida.

A sailcloth like this one may have flown on the ship Juan Ponce de Leon sailed to Florida.

- Unknown

El Galeón, at sea, sailed from Spain to Florida to salute 500 years since Spaniard Juan Ponce de León claimed La Florida for Spain in 1513. The historic ship will make port in four Florida cities this spring for public tours.

El Galeón, at sea, sailed from Spain to Florida to salute 500 years since Spaniard Juan Ponce de León claimed La Florida for Spain in 1513. The historic ship will make port in four Florida cities this spring for public tours.

- Nao Victoria Foundation


With more than 3,000 lakes and more than 1,000 golf courses - more golf courses than in any other U.S. state - Florida is a golfer’s paradise.

The Oak Marsh Golf Course at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a classic Pete Dye-designed golf courses. The course, built in 1972 shortly after the completion of the Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island, S.C., is noted for its tight fairways and small greens, meandering along serpentine salt marsh creeks and through the moss draped heritage oaks for which Amelia Island is famous.

The Oak Marsh Golf Course at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a classic Pete Dye-designed golf courses. The course, built in 1972 shortly after the completion of the Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island, S.C., is noted for its tight fairways and small greens, meandering along serpentine salt marsh creeks and through the moss draped heritage oaks for which Amelia Island is famous.

- Omni Resort


The city of Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because of its canal system, with 185 miles of local waterways.

Explore the “Venice of Florida” on a gondola ride through Fort Lauderdale’s 300-plus miles of Intracoastal Waterway and inland canals.

Explore the “Venice of Florida” on a gondola ride through Fort Lauderdale’s 300-plus miles of Intracoastal Waterway and inland canals.

- VISIT FLORIDA

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- Peter W. Cross

couple on paddle board at Fort Lauderdale

couple on paddle board at Fort Lauderdale

- Spark