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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McKee Botanical Garden

Located on an 18-acre tropical hammock, McKee Botanical Garden is home to a diverse collection of more than 10,000 native and tropical plants as well as 100 species of waterlilies.... Read More

Region: Central

County: Indian River

City: Vero Beach

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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer and birds. Daily guided... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: Wakulla Springs

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Mount Royal Archaeological Site

This archaeological site was famously described and illustrated by botanist William Bartram in 1765. Archaeologist Clarence B. Moore excavated a large and a small mound at the site... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Putnam

City: Welaka

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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Situated on the banks of the legendary Suwannee River, this center honors the memory of American composer Stephen Foster, who wrote Old Folks at Home, the song that made the river famous.... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Hamilton

City: White Springs

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The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

Located at 907 Whitehead Street and nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West, this unique property was home to one of America's most honored and respected authors.
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Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

Natural Bridge is the site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida and where the St. Marks River drops into a sinkhole and flows underground for one-quarter of a mile before... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Woodville

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Tomoka State Park

Native Americans once dwelled here, living off fish-filled lagoons. Today, these waters are popular for canoeing, boating, and fishing. The park protects a variety of wildlife habitats... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Flagler

City: Ormond Beach

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Orman House Historic State Park

Built in 1838 by Thomas Orman, this antebellum home overlooks the Apalachicola River, and was used for both business and social gatherings. Orman was a cotton merchant and businessman... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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The Raney House Museum

The Raney House Museum is located in Apalachicola, Florida in a Greek-revival mansion built in l838. On display in the Museum are furniture, carpets, paintings, historic documents and... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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Avon Park Depot Museum

Located in the historic Seaboard Air Line Railroad Station, a Memorial Room in the museum contains scrapbooks, photographs, uniforms, and other artifacts related to WWII activities... Read More

Region: Central

County: Highlands

City: Avon Park

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