This southernmost state’s major industries include tourism, agriculture (oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes), and electronics. The state is home to several national parks, monuments and regions: Big Cypress Swamp, Biscayne, Cape Canaveral, the Everglades, the Dry Tortugas and others. Major rivers in Florida include St. Johns River, St. Mary’s River, and the famous (in song and in venue) Suwannee River, and sizeable lakes include Lake Okeechobee, and Lake George. As you would expect, water sports, beaches, SCUBA diving and fishing are the stars in this warm-weather locale. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the recreational pleasures of visiting Walt Disney World, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona International Speedway, beaches, golf courses and more, all while enjoying locally grown produce, and fresh fish and seafood. The official state flower of Florida is the orange blossom and the state bird is the mockingbird.
Institutions of higher learning based in Florida include: University of Florida, University of South Florida, and Florida State University, among others. In addition to being a mecca for Major League Baseball spring training for the Grapefruit League, regular season Florida teams include: Baseball’s Miami Marlins, and Tampa Bay Rays; basketball’s Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic; pro football’s Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Miami Dolphins.