While we hear a lot of negative news about Florida, we felt it was our duty to remind people what a great state we have here. In fact, maybe we should all take a moment to express some gratitude for the state of Florida, because, without it, we might not have certain things. For instance, did you know that we invented sunscreen as well as opened the first Burger King? These inventions in Florida are certainly worth some recognition. Take a look at seven things Florida did first that we all can be proud of. 

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So, what do you think about this list of seven things Florida was the very first to do? Do you want to keep this list going? Share with us a few more Florida inventions or firsts in the comments section!

Did you know that part of the movie Caddyshack was filmed in a tiny town in Florida? Read our previous article about this fun fact about Florida.

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THINGS FLORIDA DID FIRST & RELATED INFO

Aside from the 7 items listed in this article, what are some more things Florida did first?

When it comes to the Sunshine State, we have so much more to offer than what people see while watching the famous Netflix show Florida Man. Here are 7 more things that Florida did first:

  • Air conditioning - invented in 1842 by a Florida doctor named John Gorrie
  • Key Lime Pie - invented in the 1800s by a Florida fisherman from Key West
  • First IBM Personal Computer (IBM PC) - invented in the 1980s in Boca Raton by a team of engineers led by Don Estridge
  • Famous Amos Cookies - invented by Florida native and entrepreneur Wally Amos
  • Frozen concentrated orange juice - invented by researcher C.D Atkins
  • Hooters - first opened in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida
  • NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racine) - began in 1947 by car enthusiast Bill France


Check out this previous article with 9 more
things Florida did first.

What are some fun facts about Florida?

While Florida Man might expose some of the shady secrets of our state, here are some fun facts about Florida that might surprise you:

  • The Everglades National Park is home to both crocodiles and alligators.
  • There are over a million alligators living in our state.
  • There’s a 9-ton Jesus Christ statue underwater off the coast of Key Largo.
  • A 7-foot-tall beast known as the Skunk Ape was spotted in Ochopee, Florida.
  • Chickens are a protected species in Key West.
  • Florida has more golf courses than any other state.
  • Disney World is the most visited resort in the world.
  • Spring Break began in Fort Lauderdale in 1938.
  • Comedian Carrot Top was born in Rockledge. 
  • Famous boy bands Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC were formed in Florida.


Be sure to read our previous article to discover more
fun facts about Florida that might surprise you.