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All About Florida

by Mary Ann Kelley

State Facts

Florida was the 27th state to join the union. It became a state on March 3, 1845.

State facts about Florida

Capital - Tallahassee

Abbreviation - FL

Nickname - The Sunshine State

Motto - "In God we trust."

Song - "Swanee River"

Bird - Mockingbird

Flower - Orange blossom

Insect - Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Area - approximately 65,758 square miles

Websites for studying about Florida

Florida State Symbols Games

Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about Florida

Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park

This site houses the ruins of a 19th century plantation owned by John Addison, which thrived from 1816 to 1836 when it was burned in the Seminole wars. The small coquina rock blockhouse was originally an outside kitchen. After the plantation was burned, the Carolina Regiment of Volunteers fortified the abandoned building for defense against further Seminole attacks. Although the foundation is from the 19th century, the upper part of the blockhouse was added in the 1920s. The site also contains the ruins of a house foundation with tabby (a mixture of lime, sand, shells, and water) floors, and a well constructed of coquina rock. Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park is currently inaccessible, with exception of a landing along the west bank of the Tomoka River.

A to Z Kids Stuff - Florida

Fun Educational Activities

Florida Kids web site

Helping students with Florida projects and assignments.

Mr. Donn.org - Florida

Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of Florida resources.

Explore the States - Florida

From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.

50 States.com - Florida

Facts & Trivia about Florida

RoadsideAmerica.com - Florida

Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in Florida.

Awesome America - Florida

Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about Florida.

Florida Map/Quiz Printout

From EnchantedLearning.com

NETSTATE.COM - Florida

From NetState.com. Learn about Florida

50 State Quarters® Program - Florida

From the U.S. Mint. A program called H.I.P. Pocket Change™ . The Web site has coin and character images for each state for coloring.

Florida Virtual Field Trips

Dry Tortugas National ParkKey West

Virtual field trip onlineThe Dry Tortugas is a cluster of seven islands, composed of coral reefs and sand, shoals and waters. The Park is known for its famous bird and marine life, its legends of pirates and sunken gold, and its military past. The park is accessible only by private boats, charter boats, or seaplane.

Emerald Coast Science CenterFort Walton Beach

Virtual field trip onlineThe science center offers kids of all ages. and even adults, the chance to learn how to become an astronomer, navigate the night sky and gaze upon the wonders of the universe.

Fantasy of FlightPolk City

Virtual field trip onlineVisitors experience the fun and adventures of flying. Houses over 40 rare and vintage aircraft for flight enthusiasts to see.

Flagler MuseumPalm Beach

Virtual field trip onlineHenry Flagler brought railroads and luxury hotels to Florida. Today, tourism and agriculture are the cornerstone of Florida's economy. The museum shows visitors the beginning of the Gilded Age.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & MuseumJupiter

Virtual field trip onlineVisitors can climb the landmark 1860 Jupiter Light. Exhibits for the lighthouse are contained in the waterfront History Museum.

Liberty Bell Memorial MuseumMelbourne

Virtual field trip onlineThe museum showcases a full-size replica of the original Liberty Bell. This bell is cast by the makers of the original bell. Visitors can tap the Bell with a rubber mallet and hear the ring of freedom.

Sports ImmortalsBoca Raton

Virtual field trip onlineMemorabilia and acheivements of famous sports legends.

More Florida field trips ...

Thanks to graphicmaps.com for the state graphics

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