The next time you look at a map of the United States, take time to find the state of Florida. Florida is a peninsula, or a piece of land surrounded by water on three sides!
A peninsula sticks out into the water while still being connected to a larger section of land. Sometimes a peninsula is connected to this larger piece of land by a skinny strip of land called an isthmus.
Because a peninsula is not surrounded by water on all sides, it’s not an island. In fact, its name is taken from the Latin “paene” and “insula” which together mean “almost an island.”
Since so much of a peninsula’s land borders the water, many people may want to live and visit there so they can enjoy the coast and all the fun that the sea brings!