Florida is one of the most interesting states in America. The weather is a big part of how the state is, and because it is warm all-year-round, it’s one of the states that have great tourist turnouts every year. If you are planning to go down the Sunshine state anytime soon, you’ll need to know some information in order to make the most out of your stay. Here are six Florida facts:
There are 130 airports in the state.
You may wonder why there are so many airports worldwide, but that’s because Florida is a tourist destination first and foremost. And to make travel to the state more accessible, the one hundred and thirty airports majorly help for convenience. If you are asked what Florida facts you know, you can easily spout off that it has more than a hundred airports. Airports are both international and local, and Orlando International Airport is one of the busiest any time of the year.
The two most popular airports are Miami International Airport and Orlando International Airport. Foot traffic for visitors each year from both airports amount to at least 84 million, with the latter beating out the former just by a couple of hundred of thousands. There are also exceptional airports littered around the state like Tampa International, Jacksonville International, and Fort Lauderdale International.
Florida has the longest coastline in the USA.
It’s no surprise for many that Florida is the top beach destination in the USA, and its sprawling coastline is a testament to it. In fact, the state has the longest coastline at 1,197 statute miles. That’s just shy of 2,000 km. The coastline is peppered with parks, beachfront properties, resorts, etc. of course, and in some areas aren’t touched by human development at all.
More than 800 miles of that 1,197 coastline miles are accessible beaches for people to enjoy. Although there are lots of national parks in the state, there is actually just one national scenic trail in the entire state. State forests are also quite the fixture in Florida’s landscape, so if you’re one for hiking, trekking, and other outdoor activities, then the state has a lot to offer!
The state is the boating and fishing capital of the world.
With a sprawling coastline and the Atlantic ocean facing the state, Florida has become the world’s boating and fishing capital. The number of registered boats in the state surpasses any other state in the country, and apparently the rest of the world as well. Yachts and other fishing vessels are parked in proximity to the Florida Keys, the vast Atlantic ocean, and the Gulf.
With the presence of so many boats, it’s no wonder that fishing is the state’s unofficial pastime. Fishing sites are aplenty, and tourists can even make the most of their stay by fishing for their meals. Some great sites for fishing are Jacksonville, which is situated between St. John’s river and the Atlantic Ocean, Daytona Beach with the Halifax River for freshwater fish, and the Florida Keys, which is basically the gold standard for fishing locations.
It has the most number of golf courses than any other state.
Since Florida is one of the states that has great weather all year long, it’s become the destination of golfers around the country and the world. The plains in the state offer great golf courses – in fact, in the US, Florida has the most number of golf courses. To date, there are at least 1,250 golf courses in the state.
Jacksonville is the largest city in America in terms of area.
Jacksonville, the most populated area in Florida, is also the largest city in terms of area in the contiguous USA. The city of Sitka in Alaska is the largest if we’re talking about the whole country. Jacksonville has at least 1,935 kilometers square in land area.
Florida is named after a feast for flowers.
The state of Florida is named after the Spanish Feast of Flowers called Pascua Florida or basically Easter. The state was originally discovered by Ponce De Leon, who promptly called it La Florida. It was first seen in April of 1513 when the New World discovery was at its height. Today, Florida is the third most populous state in the entirety of the USA. As of writing, the state has at least 21 million residents.
Visit the Sunshine State to learn more of its roots
With these facts in mind, you now at least have a small yet significant knowledge of Florida. Make the most out of your vacation into the Sunshine state by bringing sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats, and airy clothes. Although it’s almost close to impossible for a vacation right about now, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan one in the next year or so! Have a great vacation ahead!