Gardens and Parks

Juan Ponce de León set foot ashore in 1513 and gave the land its name, La Florida, the flowery land.  This name was in part because Ponce de León ‘s landing was during the spring season – during Pascua Florida, or Flowery Easter, celebrated in Spanish Catholicism – as well as the incredible natural beauty of our state. You too can experience Florida’s natural beauty year-round in our botanical gardens, as well as in our national and state parks and preserves, showcasing collections of native and exotic plants.

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Mala Compra

Four miles south of Marineland is the site of an archaeological project to excavate and preserve the remains of Mala Compra, the 19th century plantation belonging to the nation's first... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Flagler

City: Palm Coast

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Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site

Designated as Florida’s first archaeological monument in 1949, the Madira Bickel temple and burial mound complex reflect native occupations from about 1,700 to 800 years ago. A trail... Read More

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Palmetto

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Portavant Temple Mound at Emerson Point Park

The Portavant Temple Mound is the largest Native American mound in the Tampa Bay Area and overlooks the Manatee River. Emerson Point Park has witnessed extensive human use for over... Read More

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Palmetto

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Fort Barrancas

One of three forts designed to protect the United States Navy Yard, Fort Barrancas was completed in 1844 on a bluff overlooking Pensacola Bay. Defenses included two other major separate... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Fort Pickens

Constructed on the western edge of Santa Rosa Island, Fort Pickens is the largest of four forts designed to defend Pensacola after the War of 1812.  The fort was begun in 1829,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Historic Pensacola Village and T.T. Wentworth, Jr. FL State Museum and Pensacola Historical Society and Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site

West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. accomplishes its mission through operation of Historic Pensacola Village, the T. T. Wentworth, Jr., Florida State Museum, the Pensacola Historical... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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St. Michael's Cemetery

St. Michael's Cemetery was developed on the distant outskirts of the Spanish colonial city of Pensacola. Formally surveyed by the Spanish in 1807, St. Michael’s Cemetery may have... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Calusa Heritage Trail, Randell Research Center at Pineland

This trail leads visitors through the mounds, canals, and other features of the archaeological site at Pineland. Drawing on Spanish accounts and archaeological remains, the Calusa Heritage... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Pine Island

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Constitution Convention Museum State Park

The original settlement in St. Joseph lasted only nine years, but was a boomtown when it was founded in 1835 and competed with Apalachicola as a Gulf Coast trading port. During its... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Gulf

City: Port Saint Joe

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St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

Discover The Nation's Oldest Port at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate. In the 16th century the Spanish erected a "centinella" on Anatasia... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: Saint Augustine

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