Most people only know a few things about Florida, usually that it’s sunny and it’s the location of Disney World. If you’re going to move to Florida, there are a few things you should know that might help ease the transition.
1. That whole Sunshine State thing is a little misleading.
Sure, there are plenty of sunny days, but what they don't tell you is there are just as many thunderstorms. We're even the lightning capital of the country.
2. We pay for those perfect winters.
Maybe our tourism departments want people to think it's warm and sunny all year long, but long-time residents know the truth. There are entire months of the year when walking outside feels like you're swimming in the hot air. Yuck.
3. Be prepared to have to replace all your favorite hair and makeup products.
Your hair may look perfect wherever you're from, but good luck keeping it tame in 90% humidity. And your perfectly good makeup may suddenly start melting and slipping away at any second.
4. You can get rid of 90% of this.
You won't be needing them, and they'll just be taking space you'll need for your flip-flop collection.
5. There's a lot to do, especially if you're not afraid to go outside.
Everyone knows about our beautiful beaches, but not everyone takes advantage of our gorgeous springs and over 160 state parks. The more of these places you take the time to check out, the more you'll love Florida.
6. We have tons of sports.
Whether you want to watch them or play them, Florida is full of fans of every sport, from football to auto racing,
7. Get used to a very different holiday season.
You may be bummed out by the lack of snow during the holidays, but don't worry, we get just as into the season as everyone else. We still put up tons of lights and play Christmas music in all the stores for weeks.
8. Everything you think you know is probably wrong.
Florida is huge, and could easily be at least three different states. South Florida is way different from North Florida, and neither one has much to do with Disney World.
9. We have tons of history.
Be sure to check out America's oldest city, St. Augustine, along with tons of historical sites throughout the state.
10. There are great opportunities to explore art and culture as well.
They may be overshadowed by all of our theme parks, but Florida actually has many awesome museums, like the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami.
11. Get used to everyone wanting to crash at your place.
Living in a state with a thriving tourism industry means friends and family will likely be reserving your couch or guest room for their vacations, especially in the winter months.
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