With an average of 237 sunny days a year, it’s no wonder Florida is nicknamed “the Sunshine State.” This state has many adventures, mysteries, bizarre occurrences, and wild news headlines. However, if you have ever visited Florida, it’s hard not to fall in love with its beautiful beaches, diverse cuisine, and charming residents.
People worldwide flock to Florida to visit the many theme and national parks, but do they know the many unbelievable facts about the sunshine state? Keep reading to discover these five fun and lesser-known facts about Florida.
Florida Is the Flattest State
It may surprise you, but Florida is one of the flattest states in the country. Yup, you read that right. Beating flat states such as Illinois, Louisiana, and North Dakota. The highest point is 345 feet above sea level. You can visit this point at the Florida-Alabama line in Britton Hill at Lakewood Park.
You’re Always Within 60 Miles of the Ocean
Can you imagine living somewhere that wherever you stand, it’s within an hour’s drive of the beach? Depending on how fast you drive, you can reach the beach within an hour because you’re always at least 60 miles from the ocean.
Florida is the only state that borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. That’s why many travelers from Alabama and Georgia visit the beaches in Floridian cities such as Pensacola, Panama City, Santa Rosa, and Destin because they’re so close to the state’s line.
Walt Disney World Is the Same Size as San Francisco
Did you know the Walt Disney World Resort is about the same size as San Francisco? Mickey’s house is only seven miles shy of being the same size as an entire Northern California city. The famous theme park is 40 square miles, combining all four parks, water parks, hotels, and shopping areas. Disney Land in California is about 0.13 square miles in comparison.
Wild Pigs Have Been in Florida Since the 16th Century
If you visit Florida, you may see a few feral hogs walking around. That’s because they’ve been here since the 1500s. Since the Spanish explorer’s ships landed, these wild hogs have been causing major problems in Florida’s natural habitats. These animals started as a convenience for said explorers, but now scientists classify them as an invasive species.
Florida Is the Only Place in the World with Alligators and Crocodiles
You don’t have to travel far to see an alligator and crocodile co-exist. The American crocodile lives in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and South Florida. However, its cousin lives in various parts of the United States. Visit the Everglades National Park to witness these reptiles co-existing.