Florida's birthday is March 3! From Florida facts and Florida history to a little Florida fun in the sun and "Old Florida" postcards, let's count the ways we love this state.

On March 3, 1845, Florida became the nation’s 27th state. That means this lovely, long-haul of a state celebrates its 174th birthday on Sunday. And we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to count some things we love about Florida — 30 things, actually, and in no particular order.

Sure, it wasn’t an easy task and it's definitely not a complete list, but thank God for crowdsourcing. If we missed your favorite Florida thing, drop it in the comments below. Now, please, keep your shoes on (you’re probably at work) but relax and enjoy the read.

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1. When it’s winter there, it’s summer here.

2. Publix (whose feet have never stepped on a Publix scale?)

3. Beaches. Endless beaches.

4. East coast sunrises, west coast sunsets.

5. Weird Florida news, aka Florida Man and his many misadventures.

6. No need to spend money to visit friends and family because eventually they all come here.

7. Florida resident rates for....EVERYTHING

8. President Trump’s pad: Mar-A-Lago

9. Home to the Best Picture Oscar Winner: “Moonlight” (Suck it, “La La Land”!)

10. Three words: Walt Disney World. (Depending on who you ask, it’s the happiest place on Earth or Hell on Earth.)

11. Driving cars on Daytona Beach

12. Snowbirds (We don’t always love them, but we need them.)

13. The Golden Girls (Thank you for being a friend.)

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14. The best gangster movies: “Goodfellas,” “Scarface,” “Godfather II”

15. Interstate 95 (and all the random things you see there: Christmas trees, mattresses)

16. Everglades National Park (The river of grass was established as a national park in 1947 and we’re all thankful for it.)

17. Britton Hill, Florida’s highest point, stands at a whopping 345-feet above sea level in Lakewood Park in DeFuniak Springs, FL.

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18. Six-toed cats at Ernest Hemingway’s house in Key West

19. Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala

20. Ybor City (If you can’t afford a flight to Cuba, take a road trip to Ybor City.)

21. Key lime pie (Is there ever such a thing as too much key lime pie? The obvious answer is no.)

22. Florida orange juice: Sunshine in a bottle.

23. Inner tubing on the Itchnatuckee River

24. Seashell hunting on Sanibel Island

25. Gomek! No other state boasts a 17-feet-9-inch giant crocodile (now preserved forever at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm).

26. Flying, feeding bats at the University of Florida Bat House at sunset

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27. Manatees — Look but don’t touch!

28. The Allman Brothers Band – formed in Jacksonville

29. Gloria Estefan

30. Will Smith’s “Miami”: Come on, you know you know this hook: Party in the city where the heat is on. / All night on the beach til the break of dawn / Welcome to Miami (bienvenido a Miami)

This story originally published to palmbeachpost.com on Florida's 172nd birthday, and was updated and shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network.