Florida (US State) – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Petr Novák

The state of Florida is located in the southeastern part of the USA and can be summed up in a few words – sun, beaches, oranges, Disneyland, Cubans and retirees.

Florida (US State) – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Map of Florida / Where is Florida?

Table of Contents
  1. Basic information about Florida
  2. What to See in the State of Florida
  3. Fun Facts about Florida
  4. Florida Weather
  5. Largest Cities in Florida
  6. Food Prices in Florida
  7. State Symbols of Florida

Basic information about Florida

  • State Name: Florida
  • State Abbreviation: FL
  • Capital: Tallahassee
  • Largest City: Jacksonville
  • Area: 170,304 km2 (22nd largest U.S. state)
  • Population: 21,477,737 (3rd highest in the U.S.)
  • Time Zone: peninsula and Big Bend region EST (UTC-5) and EDT (UTC-4) in summer, headland west of the Apalachicola River CST (UTC-6) and CDT (UTC-5) in summer)
  • More Information:Speed Limits in Florida, Current Time in Florida, Minimum Wage in Florida

What to See in the State of Florida

  1. Everglades National Park
  2. Biscayne National Park
  3. Dry Tortugas National Park
  4. Magic Kingdom Amusement Park
  5. Icebar Orlando
  6. Hummer Ride through Everglades National Park
  7. Little Havana in Miami
  8. Kennedy Space Center
  9. South Beach near Miami
  10. City of Key West

For tips on other sights and places of interest in Florida, post them in the discussion.

Fun Facts about Florida

Date of Florida’s Entry into the Union

March 3, 1845 (27th in order)

State of Florida nickname

The Sunshine State

The Highest Mountain in Florida

Britton Hill (105 metres)

Florida Rivers

  1. Chattahoochee River (690 km)
  2. St. Johns River (500 km)
  3. Suwannee River (396 km)
  4. Ochlockonee River (332 km)
  5. Alapaha River (325 km)

Airports in Florida

  1. Orlando International Airport
  2. Miami International Airport
  3. Tampa International Airport
  4. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  5. Fort Myers – Southwest Florida International Airport

Florida Sports Teams

  • NFL (American football): Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • MLB (baseball): Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins
  • MLS (soccer): Orlando City SC, Inter Miami CF
  • NHL (ice hockey): Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • NBA (basketball): Miami Heat, Orlando Magic

Universities in Florida

  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • Florida State University
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Central Florida

ZIP Codes


Weather in Florida | Average Temperatures Florida | Average Precipitation Florida

Florida Weather

Florida is renowned for its year-round beautiful weather, a result of its proximity to the ocean in all parts of the state. The subtropical to tropical climate accounts for summer temperatures ranging from 32 to 34 °C. Winters tend to be mild, with Florida being the warmest state in the USA. Snow is rare and temperatures rarely fall below 5 °C.

Florida’s weather and climate has its downsides, with at least one hurricane hitting the state every year. Their season lasts from the beginning of June to the end of November.

Current Forecasts:

Largest Cities in Florida

# City Population Map
1 Jacksonville 903,889 Show on Map
2 Miami 470,914 Show on Map
3 Tampa 392,890 Show on Map
4 Orlando 285,713 Show on Map
5 St. Petersburg 265,098 Show on Map
6 Hialeah 238,942 Show on Map
7 Port Saint Lucie 195,248 Show on Map
8 Tallahassee 193,551 Show on Map
9 Cape Coral 189,343 Show on Map
10 Fort Lauderdale 182,595 Show on Map

Food Prices in Florida

  • McDonalds Restaurant McMeal prices: $8.00
  • Restaurant draft beer (0.5L): $6.00
  • Cappuccino in restaurant: $4.18
  • Coca-Cola in restaurant (0.33 l): $2.01
  • Milk (1 l): $1.00
  • Bread (500 g): $2.92
  • Rice (1 kg): $4.63
  • Egg (12 pcs): $2.73
  • Cheese (1 kg): $11.97
  • Boneless chicken breast (1 kg): $10.07
  • Beef Loin (1 kg): $13.20
  • Apples (1 kg): $5.01
  • Bananas (1 kg): $1.58
  • Oranges (1 kg): $3.71
  • Tomatoes (1 kg): $4.46
  • Potatoes (1 kg): $2.35
  • Water (1.5 l bottle): $1.83
  • Bottle beer (0.5 l bottle): $2.73
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: $7.50

Food prices in Miami effective January 2021. Take these as a guide, they vary widely from store to store. Tax is included in the price.

Florida Flag | Florida State Emblem

State Symbols of Florida

  • Wildflower: beauty eye
  • Gemstone: moonstone
  • Hymn: Florida(Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)
  • Cake: key lime pie (Key lime pie)
  • Flower: Orange blossom
  • Drink: orange juice
  • Fruit: orange
  • Song: Old Folks at Home
  • Snake: North American alligator, common carriage
  • Bird: Multi-crowned Nightjar
  • Fish: trout perch
  • Mammal: broad-tailed ptarmigan, porpoise
  • Tree: sabal palmetto (palm tree)
  • Animal: American cougar
  • Hawk: mouse mushroom

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