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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Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum

In 1888, the U.S. Congress allocated $35,000 for the U.S. Lighthouse Service to build a lighthouse on Boca Grande Pass, the deepest natural port in the state. The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Boca Grande

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San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve

The San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve is at the site of one of the Spanish plate flota (fleet) wrecks that sank during a hurricane in 1733 south of Indian Key in the Florida... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Islamorada

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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum / Loxahatchee River Historical Society Museum

The museum tells the story of the history of the Jupiter Inlet and the influence of Spain and the Caribbean from exhibits on the shipwreck of the San Miguel de Archangel (wrecked while... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: Jupiter

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Lighthouse Museum

Built in 1847 to aid to ships navigating dangerous reefs off the lower Keys, the Key West Lighthouse now stands sentinel over one of Florida's finest historical sites. The tower was... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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Ponce De León Inlet Lighthouse

First lit on November 1, 1887, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station features its 3 original keeper dwellings as well as its 175 foot lighthouse tower. The tower is open for climbing... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: Ponce Inlet

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Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum

In the spring of 1861, Confederate authorities dismantled and removed the first-order Fresnel lens from the 1859 Pensacola Lighthouse. During the Union bombardment of Pensacola in November... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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John Gorrie State Museum

A young physician named John Gorrie moved to Apalachicola in the early 1800s when it was a prominent port of trade, commerce, and shipping in Florida. Gorrie served as postmaster, city... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is known primarily for its stewardship of two landmark buildings in Boca Raton: Town Hall and the F.E.C. Railway Station (the Count de... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Boca Raton

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Schoolhouse Children's Museum & Learning Center

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, a restored 1913 school building, features “hands-on” exhibits, facts and activities about pioneer days in Palm Beach County. Family fun for ages... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: Boynton Beach

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Historic Pensacola Village: T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum

Located in the restored 1908 Old City Hall building, the Wentworth Museum contains exhibits on local history including “The Coming of Civil War” exhibit on the first floor and a... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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