Florida is the kind of place most Americans love to hate (or hate to love), but will visit at some point of their lives regardless. Almost everyone has some kind of Florida memory, whether it’s good or bad. On the one hand, Florida lovers don’t need an excuse to make their way to the Sunshine State and have fun, no matter what time of the year it may be. On the other hand, those who don’t know much about Florida and who’ve heard mainly about the high crime rate in America’s third most populous state, are a little skeptical about visiting anytime soon. Of course, it’s probably true that in its long history, Florida has inspired as much madness and murder as it has fantasies of a magical kingdom where dreams really do come true. After all, Walt Disney was right about one thing: Florida is the kind of place that captures the wildest of imaginations. The landscape is exaggerated, and invites exaggeration. Spanish explorers saw manatees and imagined them to be mermaids; Ponce de Leon saw crystal-clear springs and imagined them to be fountains of youth. Get to know the “sunshine state” a little bit more with these 25 Awesome Facts About Florida You Might Not Know. Florida truly is one of the country’s most beautiful, intriguing, and adventurous states.