Ah, Florida. The Sunshine State of pristine weather, palm trees, Disney World, springs, rainstorms, key lime pie… we could go on. You may already know Florida is the largest producer of oranges and has the longest coastline but there’s a lot more to this state than meets the eye.
We’ve pulled together seven seriously awesome facts about Florida, a.k.a. “the sunshine state”…
1. The Florida Everglades in the south is the only place on Earth where alligators and crocs live together.
2. Back in the 1950s and ‘60s, holidaymakers reported they were chased through the woods near Daytona by a weird pink cloud, known as the ‘carnivorous cloud’. As legend goes, this cloud would appear low to the ground and eat people’s flesh, leaving nothing left but bones. Yikes.
3. Did you know Florida has more than 700 natural springs dotted throughout the state? In fact, there’s a spring for every season and they’re great for exploring, scuba diving, swimming, not to mention meeting the much-loved manatee.
4. This state is also the mecca of athletes who train all-year-round in the Sunshine State. Miami produces the second highest number of NFL players, and baseball teams from all over the nation, all of whom have their spring training sessions here.
5. In Florida, it’s illegal to sing in a public place dressed in a swimsuit; men are banned from being seen in public wearing any kind of strapless gown. What’s more, it’s an offense to shower naked and illegal to skateboard without a license.
6. Once a year, numerous Floridians stand at the state line and toss dead fish into Alabama. Hosted by Flora-Bama Beach Bar in Pensacola, it’s dubbed the “annual Mullet Toss” (although we reckon it’s just an excuse for a massive beach party).
7. Florida isn’t shy when it comes to golf. In fact, they have more golf courses than any other state. It’s also home to the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Augustine.
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