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Florida Trivia:

  • Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement/theme park destination in the United States.
  • The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.
  • No city in Florida is more than 75 miles from either the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers both with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and a Withlacoochee in Central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name.
  • Gatorade, the popular sports drink, was first developed at the University of Florida, and named for the Florida "Gators" football team.
  • The phrase "cool as a cucumber" originated in Florida. On a hot day, the pulp of a cucumber can be up to 10°F cooler than the surrounding air.
  • Florida is second only to Kentucky among southeastern states in the raising of beef cattle. Within Florida, cattle ranches are centered around the Kissimmee River in Central Florida. The town of Kissimmee in Osceola County is often referred to as the "cow capital of Florida."
  • Fruit advice: the color of a watermelon is the best indication of its ripeness. However, the color of oranges and grapefruits is not as important. To judge the ripeness of these fruits, feel their weight. The heaviest you find will generally be the sweetest and juiciest.
  • Orange juice became the official state beverage of Florida in 1967.
  • The city of Hypoluxo's name comes from the Seminole expression water all 'round -- no get out.
  • Islamorada is billed as the Sports fishing Capital of the World.
  • Key Largo is known as the Dive Capital of the World.
  • Marathon is home to Crane Point Hammock, a 63.5 acre land tract that is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the Keys. The area contains evidence of pre-Colombian and prehistoric Bahamian artifacts, and once was the site of an entire Indian village.
  • Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West was built between 1845 and 1866. Controlled by the Union during the Civil War, the fort was the home base for a successful blockade of Confederate ships that some historians say shortened the conflict by a full year. The fort also was active during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.
  • The first graded road built in Florida was Old Kings Road in 1763. It was named for King George of England.
  • During the 1991 Gulf War the busiest military port in the country was Jacksonville. From this location the military moved more supplies and people than any other port in the country.
  • When first completed in 1989 the Dame Point Bridge became the longest cable-stayed span in the United States, the longest concrete span of its type in the Western Hemisphere, and the third longest cable-stayed bridge in the world.
  • The longest river sailboat race in the world is the Annual Mug Race. The event runs 42 miles from Palatka to Jacksonville along the St. Johns River.
  • The Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the largest battle fought in Florida during the American Civil War.
  • Venice is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Collecting prehistoric sharks teeth has been a favorite pastime of visitors and residents of the Venice area for years
  • The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art in Coral Gables, is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the preservation, diffusion, and promotion of Hispanic and Latin American Art.
  • The Pinellas Trail, a 47 mile hiking/biking trail connecting St. Petersburg with Central and north Pinellas County, is the longest urban linear trail in the eastern United States.
  • Titusville, known as Space City, USA, is located on the west shore of the Indian River directly across from the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
  • Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers both with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and a Withlacoochee in central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name.

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