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Florida Facts

Florida Facts

Florida was the twenty-seventh state to be admitted to the union, and was named for the Spanish Pascua Florida, meaning “feast of flowers.” Residents of Florida are known as “Floridians” or “Floridans.”

Famous people from Florida include The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, Academy Award winning actor Sidney Poitier, Academy Award winning actress Faye Dunaway, actor Burt Reynolds, singer Pat Boone, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and circus entrepreneurs Charles and John Ringling.

Florida State Capitol
400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Fountain of Youth Art Print

St. Augustine, Florida
The Patio, Fountain of Youth Park

  • High-quality art print reproduction measures 12 x 18 inches
  • Printed on heavy stock paper using a high-end digital printing press
  • Art print will ship rolled in a thick mailer tube, protected in a water-resistant sleeve

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Fountain of Youth Art Print

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The Fountain of Youth is a spring that is credited with the power of restoring youth to anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. According to legend, the Spanish explorer and conquistador Ponce de León discovered Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth. There is no contemporary evidence to support this story which is likely a myth. Ponce de León never wrote about the fountain during the course of his expedition. Even so, with a rich history spanning nearly 500 years, Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park continues to delight visitors from all over the world. St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin within the borders of the contiguous United States.

Florida State Symbols

State Bird Northern Mockingbird and State Flower Orange Blossom
Learn more Florida facts with free state symbol coloring pages!

Florida State BirdFlorida State Flower

Where is Florida?

Can you find Florida on the United States map? Hint: Florida is bordered by Alabama and Georgia to the north. The western end of Florida’s Panhandle also borders Alabama. Florida is nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean with approximately 1,200 miles of coastline. Alaska is the only state with more miles of coastline than Florida!

Florida Facts

Florida State Motto
In God We Trust

Gators Fans Only Reserved Parking Sign

Embossed Aluminum Parking Sign in Vibrant Team Colors

  • Officially Licensed Sign Measures 8 x 12 inches
  • Aluminum with a Permanent Baked-on Finish
  • Two Holes for Easy Mounting

Gators Fans Only Reserved Parking SignGators Fans Only Reserved Parking Sign

The Florida Gators are the intercollegiate sports teams represented at the University of Florida located in Gainesville. The university’s women’s teams are sometimes called the “Lady Gators.” The University of Florida, its athletic program, its alumni, and its sports fans are known as the “Gator Nation.”

Florida State Quarter

Many Florida facts are shared on the U.S. Mint’s collectible state quarter.

Images: A 16th-century Spanish galleon, a NASA space shuttle in flight, the inscription “Gateway to Discovery,” a strip of land with Sabal palm trees, year of statehood (1845), year coin was minted (2004), E Pluribus Unum (motto from the Great Seal of the United States)

Florida State QuarterFlorida State QuarterFront View - President George WashingtonFront View – President George Washington

Entered Union: March 3, 1845
Rank: 27

Florida State Flag

Show your pride for “The Sunshine State.” Find the best deals on Florida state flags, signs, decals, shirts, baby bibs, hats, stickers, cell phone cases, jewelry items, and other gift ideas.

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Florida State Nickname
The Sunshine State

Take the Florida State Quiz

Now that you’ve learned a few Florida facts, test your knowledge with a fun 10-question quiz.

Florida State Quiz

Learning & Education Gifts

Courtesies

Florida State Capitol at Tallahassee by Mark Goebel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

USA Facts for Kids Photo Credits

Quarter images by 50 State Quarters.org

Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth

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