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The Park is one of Florida's oldest, largest and most diverse natural areas.  It includes the

Myakka River, a 7-mile scenic drive and over 39 miles of hiking trails for a day visit.  They also offer overnight accommodations and camping sights.  In addition to the giftshop there are bike and water rentals, food and camping supplies available.

       Myakka River State Park                               
         located 9 miles E of I-75 at                               
         13208 State Road 72,                              
                           Sarasota, FL USA 34241                       
                                      (941) 361 6511                           

Explore Historic Florida through a hands on adventure at the Old Florida Museum.  This entertaining "Hands On" museum allows guests to actually participate in daily living activities from pre-European times to 1900's.  Located on the corner of State Road 16 and San Marco Avenue.  Just 1 1/2 miles north of the fort on the left.

Old Florida Museum
259 San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, Fl  32084
Phone (800) 813-3208 (904) 824-8874 
Curator Chuck Ponce

Castillo De San Marcos


America Begins Here

A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation.  Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history.

The Castillo de San Marcos is unique in North American architecture. As the only extant 17th century military construction in the country and the oldest masonry fortress in the United States it is a prime example of the "bastion system" of fortification, the culmination of hundreds of years of military defense engineering.

It is also unique for the material used in its construction. The Castillo is one of only two fortifications in the world built out of a semi-rare form of limestone called coquina.  The Castillo is located on A1A in downtown St. Augustine (The other is Fort Matanzas National Monument 14 miles south)


Mailing Address:   1 South Castillo Drive   St Augustine, FL 32084

Phone Numbers:     Headquarters: 904-829-6506 (or 6507), x227

 The Randell Research Center (RRC) is a program of the Florida Museum of Natural History, which has conducted research and education programs in Southwest Florida since 1983. The RRC has existed since 1996 when Donald and Patricia Randell gifted more than 53 acres of the Pineland archaeological site to the University of Florida Foundation. This property is now state-owned. The RRC leases an additional 8˝ acres from Lee County. The County property contains environmentally and archaeologically significant resources, as well as the Pineland Post Office and the RRC headquarters in the historic 1920s Ruby Gill House.

The Florida Museum of Natural History is located on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville. It was chartered in 1917 as the state's official natural history museum and is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums. With more than 28 million specimens and artifacts in its permanent collections, the Florida Museum is the largest collections-based natural history museum in the southeastern United States. These collections are the foundation of the Museum's scientific research and university teaching programs.

Calusa Heritage Trail * 13810 Waterfront Drive * Pineland, Florida 

Phone:  (239) 283-2062 (main office)
               (239) 283-2157 (book store)

Cracker Country, a rural Florida living history museum, was established in 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Carlton, Jr. so future generations might better understand and appreciate Florida's rural heritage. From the rustic cypress log corn crib to the grand old two-story Carlton house, Cracker Country features thirteen original buildings dating from 1870 to 1912. These buildings were moved to their present location from throughout the state, then restored and furnished with antiques of the period.

Cracker Country is located on the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida, and is presented by the Florida State Fair Authority.

Museum Location
Florida State Fairgrounds
4700 Orient Rd.
Tampa, Florida 33610
Getting here

Tampa Bay History Center




A Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, the History Center includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space focusing on 12,000 years of Florida history. The History Center features a museum store, the Witt Research Center, a map gallery, event hall, and the Columbia Café, a branch of the historic Columbia Restaurant. One of Tampa’s premier cultural venues, the History Center features cutting-edge interactive exhibits and provides a unique educational experience for all ages. Located along the Riverwalk in Tampa’s bustling Channel District, the History Center serves residents of the Tampa Bay area as well as Hillsborough County’s nearly 3 million annual tourists, and is one of several cultural venues located in downtown Tampa. The Tampa Bay History Center was awarded a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012.

Visiting The History Center

801 Old Water Street (formerly St. Pete Times Forum Drive)
Tampa, Fl 33602

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. The museum features exhibits about Foster's most famous songs and his music can be heard emanating from the park's 97-bell carillon throughout the day. In Craft Square, visitors can watch demonstrations of quilting, blacksmithing, stained glass making, and other crafts, or visit the gift shop. Hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. Miles of trails wind through some of the most scenic areas of North Florida. For overnight stays, visitors can camp in the full-facility campground or stay in a cabin. Every Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May), the park hosts the Florida Folk Festival. Other special events include concerts, weekend retreats, a monthly coffeehouse, a regional quilt show, and an antique tractor show. Located in White Springs off U.S. 41 North.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida  32096
(386) 397-2733


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