Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. The state of Florida has many state-wide symbols, from animals to even a state day. The state symbols of the U.S. state of Florida, as defined by state statutes. The majority of the symbols were chosen after 1950. Only the two oldest symbols—the state flower, and the state bird, and the state nickname (chosen in 1970)—are not listed in the 2010 Florida Statutes. Florida is famed for its amusement parks and offers the largest selection of zoos, aquariums, theme parks and other family attractions found in any of the US states. Florida is also a spectacular place for nature lovers. The immense subtropical wilderness of the Everglades and the many barrier reefs are perfect for wildlife lovers.
The National flag of Florida consists of a red saltire on a white background and with the state seal superimposed on the center. The design was approved by popular referendum November 6, 1900, and last modified May 21, 1985.