Maritime Heritage

Florida has one of the longest continuous coastlines in the country with more than 1,260 miles, not to mention the more than 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals. Florida’s water resources and transportation along them have influenced many aspects of our culture. In Florida, there are both prehistoric and historic sites located offshore and in rivers and sinkholes - from submerged Native American canoes and habitation sites to the remains of sunken steamboats and schooners.

Some of Florida’s most impressive maritime sites date from the Colonial Period, such as two ships from the first colonization attempt by Spaniard Tristán de Luna, today known as the Emanuel Point and the Emanuel Point located just off shore in Pensacola Bay.  The site is the oldest European shipwrecks known in Florida and the second oldest in the United States.

Lighthouses are another reminder that Florida’s history and development has been guided by the determination of seafarers and those brave enough to face the uncertainty of the sea.  Learn more about the vital importance of these beacons for Florida history by visiting one of Florida’s many preserved lighthouses and museums.

Find out more about one of Florida’s shipwreck trails today:  1733 Spanish Galleon Trail, Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail, Museums in the Sea, Maritime Heritage Trail.

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Aside from being a fully functioning marine turtle hospital and rehabilitation facility, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is proud to have a 1200 sq ft exhibit hall boasting over 40... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: Juno Beach

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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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Marine Science Education Center

The vision/mission for the Marine Science Education Center  faculty, staff, and community is to provide the best possible total school program, academic as well as vocational,... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Mayport

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Palm Beach Maritime Museum

The main mission of our museum is to work in close coordination with museum sponsored formal education programs providing enhancement of those programs with interactive exhibits, significant... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: Palm Beach

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Man in the Sea Museum

The Man in the Sea Museum illustrates early attempts to work underwater through interpretive drawings, dioramas and written records. The large collection of rare diving equipment highlights... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Bay

City: Panama City Beach

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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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Apalachicola Maritime Museum

The Apalachicola Maritime Museum has been re founded to celebrate the maritime history of Apalachicola in the form of a maritime museum with active sailing, boat building and restoration... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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Florida Maritime Museum

Come aboard as we undertake a voyage in time and tradition. Our port of call is somewhere in the past, but the harbor is a modern museum facility housed in a historic 1912 Schoolhouse,... Read More

Region: South

County: Manatee

City: Cortez

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