I realize how lucky we are to live in Florida; our weather is wonderful and allows for year-round boating. I recently made a job change and have the opportunity to work as a sixth grade teaching assistant for Science. I also realize as a teaching assistant there is no such word as water-ful but stick with me. We’ve been learning about land formations and zeroing in on Florida, and I’ve learned some fascinating things about my beloved state! There are so many opportunities to explore our waterways. We have been through the central Florida chains of lakes, the St. John’s river, Cape Canaveral, the Banana River, New Smyrna beach and Biscayne Bay, but that’s like a drop in the bucket! Here’s the real facts on Wonderful Water-ful Florida:
-Florida is home to 30,000 lakes.
-There are 1,200 miles of coastline in Florida.
-We have 900 fresh water springs.
-There are more than 4,500 islands off Florida’s coasts that are 10 acres or more.
-Lake Okeechobee is the second largest fresh water lake in the 48 states.
-If you put in at Lake Apopka in central Florida you can go all the way to Jacksonville through the waterways in the center of our state. (This is a trip we are planning to explore.)
-The Florida Everglades is the largest wetlands/swamp in the U.S.
I knew we had a lot of water but had short changed my thinking on our vast water opportunities. We look forward to exploring these waterways and reporting back to you. We’d love to hear from you and share pictures of your adventures on our Florida waterways. It truly will be an adventure in boating!