Florida has about two dozen official cultural symbols. About a third of them are symbols of the arts, which are explored on another page.
|Key Lime Pie
|Silver Spurs Rodeo (Osceola County)
|Hall of Fame
|The Florida Sports Hall of Fame, Lake City, Columbia County
|Admiral John H. Fetterman State of Florida Maritime Museum and Research Center
|The Orange Blossom Special Railroad Museum
|Central Florida Air Fair
|The Florida Museum of Transportation and History, Fernandina Beach
|Calle Ocho Open House
|Italian Renaissance Festival
|The Florida Citrus Archives
|Moving Image Center and Archive
|The Louis Wolfson II Media History Center, Inc, Miami
|Litter Control Symbol
|Keep Florida Beautiful, Incorporated, service mark
|Florida, Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky
|I Am Florida
|I Am Florida
|The Greater Miami Opera Association; the Orlando Opera Company, Incorporated; and the Florida State University School of Music
|Florida State Fiddlers’ Association
|The St. Johns River City Band
|Indian River, Brevard County
|Cross and Sword
No beating around the bush—I have a weakness for the Sunshine State’s official food and dessert, key lime pie and strawberry shortcake. However, most people would probably find the state rodeo and flagship more exciting. I would love to check out the official state festival, Calle Ocho Open House, some day.
Unfortunately, not all of Florida’s symbols are as exciting. Do you have an urge to visit the state’s official citrus archive?
Getting back on track, key lime pie is associated with the keys—tiny islands stretching south from the tip of Florida into the sea. Limes are related to Florida’s celebrity fruit, which also spawned the official beverage, orange juice.
Yet another plant symbol of sorts is Tupelo honey. That’s right; Florida is the only state with an official state honey.
Tupelo honey is produced by three species of tupelo trees that grow in the southeastern United States. This very special honey is harvested by specialized beekeepers, mostly along the Apalachichola River.