10 Random Facts About Florida
1. Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park.
2. Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.
3. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. Opened in 1987 the bridge coasts through the clouds at 190 feet above water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars. The structure gives drivers unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay.
4. The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.
5. Florida has more lighting strikes than anywhere else in the U.S.A.
6. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.
7. Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851.
8. Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.
9. The Saint John’s River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.
10. And I can’t leave some of the strange names of places in Florida off the list: