Florida Historic Sites

By Leslie Stroope Premium

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Big Cypress Seminole Reservation


Clewiston, FL 33440

(863) 902-1113


Through artifacts, traditional camps and more, this village transports visitors back in time to witness every aspect of Seminole life.

Lake Kissimmee State Park

14248 Camp Mack Road

Lake Wales, FL 33853

(863) 696-1112


Giddyap into range life Florida-style in this 1876-era cow camp, complete with living history demonstrations.

Mission San Luis

2021 W. Mission Road

Tallahassee, FL 32304



Boasting acres of 17th-century archaeological artifacts, period buildings and costumed interpreters, this re-created colonial mission provides a peek into its days as Spanish Florida’s western capital.

Museum of Florida History

R.A. Gray Building

500 S. Bronough St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399

(850) 245-6400


Historical Florida furniture, posters from the local film industry, tourist memorabilia and citrus labels are among the special collections here.

Ringling Museum of the American Circus

5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-5700


Step right up and feast your eyes upon circus posters, ornate parade wagons and the world’s largest miniature circus, a replica of the 1919-to-1938 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey big top.

St. Augustine Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum

St. George Street

St. Augustine, FL 32085

(904) 825-6830


Here, you can immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of 18th-century St. Augustine, then a distant outpost of the Spanish Empire.

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park

3400 Museum Pointe Road

Crystal River, FL 34428

(352) 795-3817


A 40-foot limestone chimney, iron gears and a cane press stand testament to the sugar plantation that churned out molasses, sugar and syrup for rum — requiring the work of 1,000 slaves in its heyday.

Visitor Information

Florida State Division of Tourism

Box 1100

Tallahassee, FL 32302

(888) 735-2872


From the July 2008 Family Tree Magazine 

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