Despite what you might see or hear, there is more to Miami than just beaches and nightclubs. Here are a few facts about they city’s rich history!
1. Miami gets its name from one of the native tribes that lived in the region in the 1600 and 1700s, the Mayaimi.
2. It officially became a city in 1896 and is the only major U.S. city to be founded by a woman, Julia Tuttle.
3. The land on which Miami Beach was founded wasn’t much more than a big sandbar; deeper water channels were dug around it and soil was added to the surrounding area in order to create livable land.
4. It is the home of the world’s largest collection of Art Deco architecture.
5. Miami has more than 800 parks in total and is the only U.S. city surrounded by two national ones: Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park.
6. Miami is a diver’s paradise; dubbed the “Wreckreational Diving Capital of the World,” its waters boast 50 different underwater wreck sites for SCUBA enthusiasts to explore.
7. Its average temperature during the winter is between 60 and 75 degrees Farenheit, making it the U.S.’ warmest location during the season.
8. The Miami International Airport provides approximately one out of four jobs in the local economy and handles the most cargo and the second highest number of international passengers in the U.S.
9. The first Burger King opened in Miami in 1954.
10. New Yorkers are flocking to the south Florida metropolis. An average of 22,000 of them move to Miami each year.