Yes, reading Florida’s news can really get you down (please don’t start now if you’re having a good day), but unlike the news media, we like to see the good in people and places. So don’t hide your head in the sand, there are many reasons to be proud to live in the land of sunshine!
1. Magic is real here
Without Florida, there would be no Disney magic at all.
2. And not just at Walt Disney World
Fern Hammock Springs in Ocala National Forest is only a little over an hour away from Disney. It's at least as magical, and we have lots of parks this beautiful.
3. We have real mermaids
We even have a state park with mermaids, Weeki Wachee.
4. We're keeping your grandparents young
Maybe it's because we have the Fountain of Youth here?
5. We invented sunscreen
It's true, go on, Google it.
7. And Gatorade
The perfect cure-all, whether your sick or hungover. Oh yeah, and great for athletes, too.
8. We have beautiful beaches
9. And incredible wildlife
Don't you want to swim with sea turtles?
10. Our cities are rich in culture
Plymouth Congregational Church in Miami.
11. And art
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.
12. And history
St. Augustine is the oldest city in the country, and an absolute must-visit destination.
13. And they have lots of interesting stories to tell
Coral Castle in Homestead, FL, was built by a single man as a monument to his unrequited love.
14. You can let your freak flag fly
Go ahead and put a lizard on your head, see if we care. A reptile's going to have to be a lot bigger than that to scare us.
15. Every year the sun and humidity try to burn us off the face of the planet
And we put on our shades and break out the blender.
16. And the hurricanes try to wash us away
But rain or shine, we prevail, and proudly party either way.
Don’t you feel proud to be Floridian? You know we love you, but help us out. What are some other reasons to be proud, Florida?