Historical Attractions in Florida

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Florida is a beautiful state with a rich colonial history. As a result, there are many historical attractions where you can learn about this history. From museums to historic sites and state parks, there’s plenty to see in Florida.

The following is a list of historical attractions in Florida:

History Museums:

Museum of Florida History: a state run museum in Tallahassee about the history of Florida

T.T. Wentworth Jr Florida State Museum: a history museum in Pensacola featuring a collection of historical oddities

Indian Temple Mound & Museum: an archaeological site and museum in Fort Walton Beach featuring a mound built by the Pensacola culture around 850 CE

Amelia Island Museum of History: a history museum about local history in Fernandina Beach

St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum: a history museum in St. Augustine featuring authentic pirate artifacts

Historic Aviles Street in St. Augustine, Florida
Historic Aviles Street in St. Augustine, Florida

Orange County Regional History Center: a history museum about local history in Orlando

St. Petersburg Museum of History: a history museum about local history in St. Petersburg

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum: a history museum on the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Clewiston about Seminole culture and history

Collier County Museums: a history museum in Naples about early Florida history

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum: a history museum in Key West about local maritime history

Henry B. Plant Museum: a local history museum in Tampa that is located in a former Victorian-era hotel

Historic House Museums:

Villa Vizcaya: a historic early 20th century villa in Miami built for businessman James Deering

Oldest Wooden School House: a history museum located in a historic schoolhouse in St. Augustine that is considered to be the oldest wooden school house in the state

Oldest Wooden School House, St. Augustine, Florida
Oldest Wooden School House, St. Augustine, Forida

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum: a historic Gilded age mansion built for American industrialist Henry Morrison Flagler

Audubon House and Tropical Gardens: a historic house in Key West featuring the first edition works of ornithologist John James Audubon

Florida Pioneer Museum: a history museum in Florida City housed in a replica of the Florida East Coast Railway’s Homestead Depot

The Oldest House Museum Complex: a historic house in St. Augustine that is oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling in Florida

Bonnett House Museum and Gardens: a historic turn-of-the-century mansion in Fort Lauderdale

Eustis Historical Museum and Preservation Society: a historic house in Eustis that was owned by G.D. Clifford, an early settler and local merchandise, around 1910

Dow Museum: a collection of nine historic houses in St. Augustine that date from 1790 to 1910

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum: a historic house in Key West that was home to author Ernest Hemingway in the 1930s.

Coral Castle Museum: a limestone structure in Miami-Dade county created by a man named Edward Leedskalnin in 1920

Coral Castle in Miami-Dade County, Florida
Coral Castle in Miami-Dade County, Florida

Edison and Ford Winter Estates: a history museum in Fort Myers located in the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford

Colonial Quarter Museum: a living history museum in St. Augustine that features historic colonial buildings and live musket and blacksmithing demonstrations.

National Historical Parks and Monuments:

Fort Matanzas National Monument: a Spanish fort in St. Augustine constructed in 1740

Fort Caroline National Memorial: a memorial in Jacksonville commemorating the former site of a French colonial settlement established in 1564

De Soto National Memorial: a memorial commemorating the site of the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto

Dry Tortugas National Park: a national park that is home to the historic Fort Jefferson

Castillo de San Marco National Monument: a historic fort in St. Augustine that is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States

Castillo de San Marco National Monument, St. Augustine, Florida
Castillo de San Marco National Monument, St. Augustine, Florida

Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park: a state park in Sanderson that commemorates the site of the largest Civil War battle in Florida

Paynees Creek Historic State Park: a state park in Bowling Green that commemorates the site of Payne’s Creek Massacre and the construction of Fort Chokonikla

Addison Blockhouse Historic State Park: a state park in Ormond that commemorates Addison Blockhouse, a small coquina rock ruin that was on a 19th-century plantation and served as a kitchen and a fort

Dade BattlefIeld Historic State Park: a state park in Bushnell that commemorates the site of the Dade Massacre where tribal Seminole warriors fought soldiers under the command of Marjor Francis L. Dade

Dudley Farm Historic State Park: a state park in Newberry that commemorates the history of Dudley Farm

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park: a state park in Ellenton that is home to a historic antebellum mansion and plantation

Yellow Bluff Historic State Park: a historic park in Jacksonville built in 1862

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park: a state park in Flagler Beach that is home to the ruins of the historic Burlow Plantation

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park: a state park in Homosassa that is home to the ruins of a forced-labor farm

Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park: a historic park in Okeechobee that was the site of the Battle of Lake Okeechobee during the Second Seminole War

Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic Park: a state park in Tallahassee that was the site of the Battle of Natural Bridge during the American Civil War

Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park: a state park in Fernandina Beach that is home to a historic Spanish fort, Fort San Carlos

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park: a state park in Cross Creek that is home to the former homestead of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park: a state park in Key West that is home to a Civil War-era military fort

Orman House Historic State Park: a state park in Apalachicola that is home to the Orman House which was built in 1838

The Barnacle Historic State Park: a state park in Miami that is home to The Barnacle, a house built in 1891, which is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County in its original location

Fort Mose Historic State Park: a state park in St. Augustine that is home to the historic 18th century Fort Mose

Indian Key Historic State Park: a state park on an island in Islmaorada that is home to a ghost town

Fort Foster State Historic Site: a historic site in Hillsborough County that features a 19th century fort

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park: a state park in St. Marks that features a Spanish colonial fort

Tallahassee St. Marks Historic Railroad: a rail trail in Tallahassee located on the historic railbed of the Tallahassee Railroad

Fort King National Historic Park: a national park in Oscalla that features a 19th century fort

Crystal River Archaeological State Park: a state park in Crystal River that features the Crystal River Indian Mounds

Mound Key Archaeological State Park: a state park in Estero that features Native-American burial mounds

Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park: a state park in Monticello that features the state’s tallest prehistoric Native American ceremonial earthwork mound

Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railroad Heritage Trail: a history trail in the Florida Keys featuring 20 historic railroad bridges from Henry Flagler’s overseas railroad line

For more information on attractions in the state, check out this article on attractions in Florida or this article on the oldest towns in Florida.

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Sources:
“10 Great Museums Where You Can Discover Florida’s History.” Visit Florida, visitflorida.com/en-us/things-to-do/arts-history/florida-history-10-museums-to-learn-about-the-sunshine-state-history.html
“Historic Florida Travel Guide.” American Heritage, americanheritage.com/content/guide-historic-sites-florida