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10 Facts You Might Not Know About Florida

Updated on May 30, 2011

Florida has many features that make it stand out

The tropical climate, the citrus fruits, theme parks, and alligators are the first things to come to mind when people think of Florida, but there is so much more to know about Florida.

Here are ten less commonly known facts about Florida.

  1. Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers both with the same name, the Withlacoochee River. One river has it’s origins in Georgia and runs into the Suannee River, the other starts in Central Florida and runs into the Gulf of Mexico, they don’t even meet.
  2. The world’s first scheduled passenger service airline flight went from St. Petersburg to Tampa on January 1st, 1914. It was a 21 mile flight and took 23 minutes one way. The return flight was with the wind and only took 20 minutes.
  3. Florida has the highest rate of lightning strikes in the United States. The fireworks are created by sea breezes colliding between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
  4. Saint Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in North America. It was founded by the Spanish in 1565.
  5. Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in Florida, and the second largest contained entirely within the continental United States. Even more notably, its average depth is only nine feet.
  6. Florida has the most golf courses of any state, but Rhode Island has the most courses per square mile, Florida only ranks 7th in that category.
  7. The highest natural point in Florida is 345 feet above sea level, near the town of Lakewood, near the Alabama border.
  8. The legendary Ray Charles started his musical career Florida where his family lived, although different bio sheets credit various cities and ages when this occurred.
  9. DeFuniak Springs is home to one of the two naturally round spring fed lakes in the world. The other is located in Switzerland.
  10. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed. It was created to counter the effect of the Florida heat on the human body.

A double rainbow in Florida

a double rainbow in Orlando, FL
a double rainbow in Orlando, FL | Source

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