Some fun facts about Florida, known as the Sunshine State, include its state animal, the Florida panther, and its state flower, the orange blossom. The state bird is the northern mockingbird. Florida is also home to the oldest European settlement in North America, Saint Augustine.
Famous locations in Florida include Cape Canaveral, the past launching point of U.S. space flights. Orlando is home to Disney World, the most popular amusement park in the country. Key West is the spot with the highest average temperature in the United States, and Clearwater is the U.S. city with the highest number of lightning strikes per person.
Inventions from Florida include the Snapper riding lawnmower, Gatorade, suntan cream in 1944 and mechanical refrigeration in 1851. Other Florida firsts include it as the site of the first passenger airline flight, the first ATM designed specifically for Rollerblade enthusiasts, the first graded road built in 1763 and the first museum dedicated to Hispanic and Latin American art.
Florida is also the site of the world's longest sailboat race, called the Annual Mug Race, and the world's largest strawberry shortcake, a 6,000-pound cake made in Plant City. The deepest freshwater spring in the world is located in Wakulla Springs. Florida is home to over 1,000 golf courses. The largest lake in the state is Lake Okeechobee.