Historic and Archaeological Sites

The Colonial record for Florida began when Juan Ponce de León landed in Florida in 1513. Since that time, Florida’s rich and diverse cultural and historic landscape has become unlike anywhere else in the world.  From living history experiences with re-enacted Colonial life, such as Mission San Luis, or battles, such as the Dade Massacre, there are so many opportunities today to experience Florida’s storied past first hand.

Historic and archaeological sites and museums are unique Florida experiences where you can visit the past, such as on the site of the oldest school house in St. Augustine or the historic Ybor City Historic District.  Experience the best of Florida’s history and prehistory by visiting the Fort Walton Temple Mound and Museum in Fort Walton Beach or Fort Jefferson west of Key West. History can be found throughout Florida from coast to coast and every place in between. All you must do to find it is explore

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Many African Americans in rural Florida lived in small tenant houses like the one standing in the orange grove at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Rawlings, the Pulitzer... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Alachua

City: Cross Creek

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Crystal River State Archeological State Park

A National Historic Landmark, this 61-acre site has burial mounds, temple/platform mounds, a plaza area, and a substantial midden. The six-mound complex is one of the longest continuously... Read More

Region: Central

County: Citrus

City: Crystal River

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Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Collections and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary

Flamingo Gardens Is one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida containing over 3000 tropical and sub-tropical trees and plants. The historic Wray Home museum is a restored... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Davie

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Tree Tops Park, Pine Island Ridge

This park provides access to Pine Island Ridge, a core area of Seminole settlement beginning in the 1830s. The visitor center features exhibits on the life of Abiaka (Sam Jones) and... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Davie

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DeLeon Springs State Park

Legend and folklore claim Juan Ponce de León sought and discovered the mythical Fountain of Youth at DeLeon Springs, though no historical record or archaeological evidence supports... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: DeLeon Springs

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Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

This antebellum mansion was home to Major Robert Gamble and headquarters of an extensive sugar plantation. It is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. It is believed... Read More

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Ellenton

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Indian Mound Park (Paulsen Point)

This site, now a Sarasota County park, was a site of regional authority occupied from approximately 3,000 to 650 years ago. Ancient people were attracted to this particular area of... Read More

Region: South

County: Sarasota

City: Englewood

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Mound Key Archaeological State Park

Archaeological evidence suggests that Mound Key was occupied at least 2,000 years ago and was the political and ceremonial center of the powerful Calusa chiefdom in the 1500s. In 1566... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Estero Bay

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Everglades National Park, Sandfly Island Canoe Trip

Everglades National Park protects a large portion of the Everglades, the largest marsh estuary in the United States. Native Americans took advantage of the vast resources it offered... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Everglades City

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Fort Clinch State Park

Construction of Fort Clinch began in 1847, and today it is considered one of the best preserved 19th century forts in the nation. Sited on the northern tip of Amelia Island, this fort... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Nassau

City: Fernandina Beach

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