101 Reasons We Love Living in Florida

By Giggle Magazine
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This February, we’re showing some love to our home state! Here are 101 reason why we love living in Florida!

  1. Watching sunrises over the Atlantic.
  2. Celebrating my January birthday at the beach! – Nicole
  3. Not having to shovel snow in the winter months just to go to the grocery store.
  4. Fresh orange juice!
  5. Beautiful, sunny days, courtesy of the Sunshine State.
  6. Never having to walk the dog in -10 F.
  7. Being able to watch the rockets launch on the space coast.
  8. Palm trees, everywhere!
  9. Getting in-state tuition at the University of Florida.
  10. Always having a great base tan.
  11. You can choose from two MLB teams to root for — The Marlins and The Rays.
  12. Having an entire array of beaches to visit, mostly within a day’s drive.
  13. Our lovely system of springs.
  14. Disney World, of course!
  15. No state income tax.
  16. Delicious Florida blueberry wine.
  17. Living in the home of the Florida Gators.
  18. Manatees!
  19. Tiki bars!
  20. Airboat rides in the Everglades.
  21. Being close to major ports for cruises.
  22. Deep-sea fishing.
  23. Snorkeling!
  24. Florida is the only state in the continental United States with extensive coral reefs near its coasts.
  25. Scuba diving.
  26. Exploring old shipwrecks.
  27. Being able to grab a metal detector and go beach combing.
  28. It’s almost always sandal weather!
  29. Being just a day’s drive away from old Spanish forts in St. Augustine.
  30. Our rainy days make for perfect movie marathon days.
  31. All of the lush greenery.
  32. Pool days!
  33. Being home to Publix!
  34. And of course, Publix subs.
  35. You can get fresh, delicious seafood just about anywhere!
  36. Key lime pie.
  37. Florida has the best Cuban sandwiches outside of Cuba.
  38. Live mermaid shows at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
  39. Seeing Hemmingway’s six-toed cats in Key West.
  40. Visiting the National Naval Aviation Station in Pensacola.
  41. Going dolphin watching.
  42. Watching the five species of sea turtle nest on our beaches.
  43. Being home to the adorably tiny Key deer.
  44. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort is just a short drive away!
  45. Collecting seashells on the beautiful beaches of Sanibel Island.
  46. The stunning array of lighthouses along the coast.
  47. Kayaking/Canoeing — Florida is home to the longest paddling trail in the continental states!
  48. It’s ice cream season all year round!
  49. The graffiti walls of Wynwood Art District in Miami.
  50. Being able to visit the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.
  51. The stunning coral and seagrass communities of the Dry Tortugas National Park.
  52. Hiking through over 700,000 acres of swamp in Big Cypress National Preserve, just 45 miles outside of Miami.
  53. Watching the Blue Angels practice in Pensacola.
  54. The wild rides and animal exhibits at Busch Gardens.
  55. We’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from a vacation in The Bahamas.
  56. Our wealth of underwater caves.
  57. Water parks … all year long!
  58. Exploring the caverns in Florida Cavern State Park.
  59. Paynes Prairie.
  60. Being home to the oldest city in the country — St. Augustine!
  61. The grandeur of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami.
  62. Going scalloping in Cedar Key.
  63. We have two great NHL teams — The Panthers and The Lightning.
  64. Visiting the Coral Castle Museum in Miami.
  65. Florida nine multi-use state trails and won the American Trails Best Trails State Award in 2008.
  66. Going to Daytona Beach to watch the Daytona 500.
  67. The delicious food scene and nightlife of Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.
  68. Getting the best Grouper sandwiches in Clearwater.
  69. The beautiful and relaxing Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.
  70. Being home to the only major city in the country founded by a woman — Miami!
  71. Walking along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City, named one of “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.
  72. Visiting the Kennedy Space Center.
  73. The Ringling museum in Sarasota.
  74. Heading up to Pensacola for The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival in the fall.
  75. Getting delicious fresh fruit and milkshakes from Robert Is Here Fruit Stand in Homestead.
  76. Exploring the Timucuan Ecological/Historic Preserve in Jacksonville, especially the Kingsley Plantation and Fort Caroline National Memorial.
  77. We’re home to some of the best beaches in the country, according to Trip Advisor. Siesta Beach, Clearwater Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Pensacola Beach, St. Augustine Beach, Panama City Beach, Henderson Beach State Park, Fort Meyers Beach, Las Olas Beach and Navarre Beach all made the list!
  78. The Singing Tower and gardens of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales.
  79. Swimming in the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, the only pool in the country to be included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  80. Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, the only underwater hotel in the country! Guests actually have to scuba dive to get to their rooms.
  81. Lizard spotting!
  82. Raising kids with a love of the water.
  83. Being able to appreciate snowstorms, because we don’t have to live in them!
  84. Hunting for (and finding!) shark’s teeth on Amelia Island.
  85. Gatorade was created here!
  86. We’re home to three great NFL teams — The Dolphins, The Buccaneers and The Jaguars.
  87. Our 161 state parks are perfect for hiking, running, biking, camping, geocaching, kayaking, canoeing, etc.
  88. Our basketball team, the Miami Heat, has won three league championships, two back to back.
  89. Fewer potholes.
  90. Raking leaves isn’t the tiring chore that it is up north.
  91. Florida is home to three national parks, two national monuments, two national seashores, two national memorials and two national preserves.
  92. You don’t really need a separate wardrobe for winter and summer.
  93. There are so many great vacation spots throughout Florida, you never have to leave the state to go on a trip.
  94. You hardly ever have to parallel park.
  95. You can drink your favorite iced coffees all year long without freezing!
  96. Never having to drive in the snow.
  97. Kiddos under 12 get free cookies from Publix!
  98. It may rain frequently, but rainstorms usually pass relatively quickly!
  99. We may not have mountains, but we do have beautiful waterfalls at Falling Waters State Park!
  100. Bird watching.
  101. Watching sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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