These interesting facts about Florida for kids include the only living barrier reef in the United States, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, and spaceship launches from Cape Canaveral.
This is part of the 50 states unit study as we travel around America, learning about the history of each state. Check out these Florida facts for kids below!
Find some fun crafts, activities, and books for each state that will engage kids of all ages.
5 Interesting Facts about Florida
Florida is a peninsula on the southeastern coast of the United States. It’s filled with swamps, beaches, woods, and jungle, and is hot and humid most of the year. The capital is Tallahassee and is the 3rd most populated state. It became a state in March of 1845 and It’s known as The Sunshine State. It enjoys millions of travelers to its sandy shores each year.
Fact One: The only living coral barrier reef in the United States
Florida is home to the only living coral reef which is almost 350 miles long. It goes from the St. Lucie Inlet to the Dry Tortugas. It’s the third-largest coral barrier reef in the world.
Here are some under the sea crafts and activities for your kids:
- Under the Sea Sculpture
- Coffee Filter Coral Reef
- Jump Into Science: Coral Reefs: book
- Crystal Science: How to Make Your Own Magic Crystal Coral Reef
- Coral Reef Art Project
Fact Two: The Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort is in Orlando, Florida, and was built in 1971. It’s spread out over 30,000 acres and sees more than 40 million visitors each year. Walt Disney himself never got to see the opening of the park.
Here are some fun crafts and activities about Disney that your kids will love:
- DIY Disney Princess Countdown Crafts
- Having a Disney Themed Day at Home with the Kids
- Where is Walt Disney World: book
- Elsa’s Winter Slime Recipe
- Disney Moana Crafts for Kids
- What to take into the parks
- Books about Disney
- Insider Tips for making the most out of Disney
Fact Three: The Saturn V launched from Cape Canaveral
The Saturn V was created for people to explore the moon. It was first launched on 11/9/1967 and was the most powerful rocket that has ever successfully flown into space. It was used to launch the Skylab space station in the 1970s.
Here are some fun rocket crafts and activities for your kids to try:
- Rocket Craft for Kids
- Amazing Paper Cup Rocket Craft: Jumping Bird DIY
- Space Coloring and Activity Book
- Straw Rockets
- Balloon Straw Rocket for Kids
Fact Four: St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States
St. Augustine was founded by Spanish settlers in 1565 and is the oldest city still standing in the United States. It’s known as The Ancient City and is at the northeastern edge of Florida.
Here are some fun crafts and activities for your kids to explore the St. Augustine area:
- Paper and Thumbprint Palm Tree Craft
- Magical and Relaxing Mermaid Slime Recipe
- St. Augustine A to Z: A Young Reader’s Guide to America’s Oldest City: book
- Ocean Zones for Kids: Layers of the Sea Science Project
- Salt Dough Sea Shell Pendant
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Fact Five: Alligator Alley runs through the middle of Florida
In the Florida everglades, there is a road that runs from the top of the state all the way through the bottom. In the middle, it’s called Alligator Alley. This swamp/jungle is home to giant pythons, jaguars, alligators, and many other animals.
Here are some fun crafts and activities for your kids to learn about local animals:
- Chomping Clothespin Alligator Craft
- How To Draw a Jaguar
- Welcome to Ali the Aligator’s Swamp Coloring Book
- Snake Salt Dough Sensory Activity
- Easy Bead Snake Craft