Florida State Symbols

Florida State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Florida Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Florida is known as the "Sunshine State,"Florida offers attractive beaches on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, there are swamps, lakes, and a variety of wildlife - ideal for students seeking a tropical climate, natural wetlands, and coastal attractions. Florida is also home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and many other theme parks.

Florida is known for its balmy, sunny weather and beautiful beaches. Ponce de Leon, in search of the elusive fountain of youth, was the first European to explore Florida. St. Augustine, founded by the Spanish in 1565, is the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental United States. Statehood for Florida came in 1845. Florida's state fruit is the orange (Citrus sinensis), which is especially fitting because oranges are a main export of the Florida. Because of Florida's shape and location, a long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida attracts millions of visitors each year to its many seaside resort areas. Florida capital is Tallahassee.

Florida State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Florida state facts such as Florida state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Florida, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

Florida State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Air Fair Central Florida Air Fair
No longer in operation.
Animal Florida Panther
(Felis concolor coryi)
Anthem Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky)
Band The St. Johns River City Band
Beverage Orange Juice
Bird Mockingbird
(Mimus polyglottos)
Butterfly Zebra Longwing
(Heliconius charitonius)
Citrus Archive The Florida Citrus Archives
Day April 2-
Festival Calle Ocho Open House
Fiddle Contest Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center
Freshwater Fish Largemouth Bass
(Micropterus salmoides floridanus)
Flag State Flag
Flower Orange Blossom
(Citrus sinensis)
Fossil Coral
(Cnidaria anthozoa)
Fruit Orange
(Citrus sinensis)
Gem Moonstone
Sports Hall of Fame The Florida Sports Hall of Fame Lake City, Columbia County
Honey Tupelo honey - 2016
Horse Florida Cracker Horse
Litter Control Symbol Keep Florida Beautiful, Incorporated
Marine Mammal Manatee
(Trichechus manatus)
Motto In God We Trust
Moving Image Center and Archive The Louis Wolfson II Media History Center, Inc.
Nicknames Sunshine State
Opera Program The Greater Miami Opera Association;
the Orlando Opera Company, Incorporated; and
the Florida State University School of Music
Pageant Indian River, Brevard County
Pie Key lime pie
Play "Cross and Sword," by Paul Green
Quarter Florida State Quarter
Railroad Museums The Orange Blossom Special Railroad Museum, West Palm Beach;
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Inc., and Gold Coast Railroad, Inc.;
The Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, Inc., Tampa.
Renaissance Festival Italian Renaissance Festival,
Vizcaya presented by Renaissance Historical Society of Florida, Inc.
Reptile American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
Rodeo Silver Spurs Rodeo (Osceola County)
Salt Water Fish Atlantic Sailfish
(Istiophorus platypterus)
Salt Water Mammal Porpoise
(Tursiops truncates)
Salt Water Reptile Loggerhead turtle
(Caretta caretta)
Seal Great Seal
Shell Horse Conch
(Pleuroploca gigantea)
Soil Myakka Fine Sand
(hyperthermic Aeric Haplaquods)
Song "The Old Folks at Home"
By Stephen C. Foster
Song (Retired) "Florida, My Florida"
House Concurrent Resolution No. 22 in 1935,
S. P. Robineau of Miami successfully entered "The Old Folks at Home" as the official state song,
replacing "Florida, My Florida,"
Sports Hall of Fame The Florida Sports Hall of Fame
Stone Agatized Coral
Tortoise Gopher Tortoise
(Gopherus polyphemus)
Transportation Museum
The Florida Museum of Transportation and History
Tree Cabbage Palm
(Sabal Palmetto Palm)
Welcome Song "Florida"
by Lawrence Hurwit and Isreal Abrams
Wild Flower Coreopsis
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