Florida is one of the most visited states in the United States of America. It is called the sunshine state and has a population of about 20 million people. The capital city is Tallahassee and the largest city is Jacksonville. Florida is a favorite state for Americans who are retired because of the sunny weather, delicious food and gorgeous beaches.

However, Florida is not just a place where retirees enjoy the sunshine. Many major league baseball teams gravitate towards Florida to practice their sport all year round due to the consistently warm weather. There is also the Daytona 500 stock car race that takes place at Daytona Beach every February. Florida has 131 public airports which make traveling in and out of the state very easy.

In 1513, Florida got its name from the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon who called the state “La Florida” which in Spanish means “the land of flowers.” Florida is not just populated with beautiful flowers and beaches it also has several large lakes. In fact, Florida has the fourth largest lake in the United States. This lake is called Lake Okeechobee. Florida has about 7700 other lakes that are bigger than ten acres in size.

Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles are known to co-exist. The state also has other notable animals, such as the Florida panther and a tiny deer known as the Key deer which is endangered. The Key deer is protected by the state laws as well as federal laws.

Florida also has a national park that is called the Everglades National Park, it is approximately 1, 398,903 acres in size and it covers the tip of the States peninsula. Adjoining this big park is a place known as the Big Cypress National Preserve. Florida not only has large areas that are used as parks and reserves, there are also areas that are used as refugee areas for wildlife. There are six refugee areas for wildlife in Florida one of which is the famous Pelican Island which was established in 1903. The wetlands of Pelican Island serve as a safe area for plants, fish, birds and several different mammals.

Whether you live in Florida, are considering moving to Florida or want to vacation in Florida, the rich history of the state along with its warmth and beauty will leave a lasting impression on you.