The official symbols of Florida include the state flag, bird, flower, tree, and seal. Florida’s warm, humid climate allows it to sustain exotic tropical wildlife like these parrots, originally from South America. Known as the Sunshine State because of its warm climate, Florida is one of the nation’s most important producers of citrus fruit. Florida leads the nation in the production of oranges, which rank as the state’s most valuable crop. This plant in southern Florida processes oranges recently harvested from local groves.
Daytona Beach is one of many sandy resort communities along the coast of Florida. The city attracts thousands of college students during spring break. Formerly the home of the circus couple, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, reflects the opulent lifestyle of the 1920s. The museum’s collection of European and American art comprises more than 1000 paintings.