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Florida is Paradise Found!

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 at 12:32am.

Little known interesting facts about Florida are immense.  Of course, there are the well-known tidbits, such as Florida is known as the Sunshine State. It is the flattest state in the United States and has the longest coastline that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.  Orlando attracts more visitors because of their amusement parks than any other city with amusement park attractions, as well as other facts.

Many people think Florida is the furthest south state in the United States, but it is not, Hawaii is further south.

A team of researchers at the University of Florida, Gainesville, first developed Gatorade sports drink.   The unique combination of water, electrolytes and carbohydrates were developed to replenish student athletes lost fluids resulting from demanding sporting activities.

The Saint John’s River is one of a handful of rivers that flow north instead of south.  It is the longest river in the State of Florida measuring 310 miles and it borders twelve counties.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, in Delray Beach, is the only museum in the United States solely dedicated to the honoring Japanese culture.   Preview an upcoming exhibit “Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World” starting February 26, 2016.

Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice” of America because of the city has 185 miles waterways.

Key Largo, in the northernmost point of the Florida Keys, is known as the “Dive Capital of the World” because the living coral reef just a couple miles offshore.   The popular tourist destination attracts divers, sports anglers, and water fanatics.

Venice is known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World”.  It has the tremendous concentration of prehistoric shark teeth including Megalodon, Ray Plate, Whale Jaw teeth as well as prehistoric horse teeth. Shark tooth collecting near the pier is a fantastic family pastime.

The city of Miami was the first city to install automated teller machines specifically for in-line skaters.

The settlement of Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in the United States.  It is a popular tourist destination. Saint Augustine was founded in 1565 by a Spanish admiral and named because his ships first spotted land on the feast day of Saint Augustine.  It was the Spanish Capital for nearly 200 years until Britain took over from Spain and relocated the capital Tallahassee.

 Come visit Palm Beach County and see what other wonderful opportunities await you in Florida. 

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