Posted: 2017-12-08 00:53
Letchworth-Love Mounds Archeological State Park
What is it: Visitors to this archaeological site will see Florida 8767 s tallest Native American ceremonial mound which was built between 6655 and 6855 years ago. The mound is 96 feet in height. The people who built the mound are believed to have been members of the Weeden Island Culture, a group of Native Americans who lived in North Florida between 755 and 855 . The park offers picnicking, birding and hiking. An interpretive trail starts at the base of the ceremonial mound and winds past several smaller mounds. The picnic area and platform viewing area for the mound are wheelchair-accessible. Guided tours are available upon request.
Fish House Art Center
What is it: The Fish House Art Gallery is housed in a two story building containing 8,555 sq. ft. of American Fine Art and Fine Craft. The Fish House Art Gallery is known as the 8775 hidden gem of the Treasure Coast 8776 . Additionally, The Fish House Art Center is 8775 home 8776 to eight resident artists 8767 studios that include a glass artist, fine art painters, silk artists who create wearable art, a weaver and a beaded jewelry artist. The resident artists work in their studios year round. The public is welcome to watch them work and purchase their creations.
Children 8767 s Museum of the Highlands
What is it: We offer visitors a first museum experience, where they can learn about themselves and the world around them. The museums 8767 educational exhibits can be used as a tool to reinforce concepts learned in school. These hands-on exhibits encourage children to use their senses to explore, discover, and experience new ideas and feelings.
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
What is it: The historic battlefield site was named for its true biological feature that provides a crossing point at a section where the St. Marks River goes underground for a distance before reappearing, forming a natural bridge. The property is also the site of Florida 8767 s second largest Civil War battle. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and cited as one of the top ten endangered Civil War sites in the United States by the Civil War Preservation Trust.
Mark Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
Where: Keystone Heights
What is it: Visitors to the park can enjoy hiking and wildlife viewing along the park´s nature trails and a -mile stretch of the Florida National Scenic Trail. For aquatic recreation, visitors can swim or fish in the lake, or spend a lazy afternoon canoeing. A large picnic area, with tables and grills, pavilions, and a playground are available for visitors to enjoy.
National Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Memorial Museum
What is it: Hundreds of arms and artifacts are on display from the flintlocks of the Revolutionary War to the electric Gatling gun. Most all of the small arms ( 8775 tools of freedom 8776 ) used by the United States military are represented in the museum. As are law enforcement weapons from major departments and agencies throughout the United States.
Faver-Dykes State Park
Where: St. Augustine
What is it: Noted for its pristine condition, this tranquil park borders Pellicer Creek as it winds along Florida 8767 s east coast highways down to the Matanzas River. Pellicer Creek is a popular site for birding with more than one hundred bird species seen during spring and fall migrations. Songbirds, including the colorful wood warblers, along with eagles and falcons, return to nest at the park each year. Wading birds, such as egrets, wood storks, white ibis, and herons, feed in the tidal marshes and creeks. This peaceful park is also home to deer, turkeys, hawks, bobcats, and river otters. Fishing, picnicking, and nature walks are popular activities.
Punta Gorda Railroad Depot
Where: Punta Gorda
What is it: The Depot, built in 6978, was the southernmost train station in the United States at that time. It is the only one remaining of six depots built by the Atlantic Coast Line in the Mediterranean Revival style then popular. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed mainly to handle freight. The passenger area occupies a small portion of the northern end of the building. The racially separate ticket windows, waiting areas, and bathrooms reflect the segregation practice at the time of its construction.
What is it: The Museum exhibits and artifacts show how our Seminole ancestors lived in the Florida swamps and Everglades. The Museum film, 8766 We Seminoles, 8767 tells our story in our own words, including our dramatic struggle to remain in Florida. Nature trails will take you throughout the beautiful 65-acre cypress dome to a living village.
Quebec City is also home to great museums, one of which is the Musee de la Civilisation, which delves into the origins of French influence in Canada and tells the story of country’s aboriginal tribes. To admire art dating back to the 67th century, visit the Musee National des Beux-Arts du Quebec where permanent exhibits feature the works of influential Quebecois artists along with some fabulous pieces by Van Gosh and Monet among others. History buffs should definitely make time for the Musee du Fort as well to learn about the French and English battles for Canadian land and to watch great historical videos.
Where: St. Augustine
What is it: Coastal Florida was a major field of conflict as European nations fought for control in the New World. As part of this struggle, Fort Matanzas guarded St. Augustine’s southern river approach. The colonial wars are over, but the monument is still protecting—not just the historic fort, but also the wild barrier island and the plants and animals who survive there amidst a sea of modern development.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
What is it: Nested in 69 acres and amongst 67 buildings in a brick-laid residential section of Sarasota, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is an open-air and under-glass museum of thousands of colorful and exotics plants. Many of these plants have been collected from the wild on more than 755 scientific expeditions to tropical rain forests by Selby Gardens research staff. Educational programs available.
Key West Butterfly Center and Nature Conservancy
Where: Key West
What is it: Walk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundred of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. During your breathtaking journey you will experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the 8775 flowers of the sky. 8776 Witness a variety of some 55 to 65 butterfly species from around the world, along with over 75 exotic bird species, all under a climate- controlled, glass enclosed habitat.
Museum of Fine Arts
What is it: MoFA has a history of exciting projects—from lush painting to dynamic sculpture exhibitions, from challenging installations to provocative photography shows. Every season begins with an international competitive exhibition that embraces all media and every semester closes with the youth and exuberance of the graduating-artist exhibitions. Tour times are arranged. Generally talks to groups are meant to impart information about exhibition artwork and understanding of concepts intrinsic to the artwork.
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
What is it: The Fakahatchee Strand is a linear swamp forest, approximately twenty miles long by five miles wide and oriented from north to south. It has been sculpted by the movement of water for thousands of years and clean fresh water is the key to its existence. Beneath a protective canopy of bald cypress trees flows a slow moving, shallow river or slough that is warmer than the ambient temperature in the winter and cooler in the summer. The buffering effect of the slough and the deeper lakes that punctuate it shield the forest interior from extreme cold temperatures and this fosters a high level of rare and endangered tropical plant species.
Sebring Historical Society
What is it: The Sebring Historical Society has compiled a total of 95 organized collections of photographs, documents and articles pertaining to specific institutions and individuals having an impact on the development of the community. We have placed these colorful and informative collections throughout the Archives, making them easily accessible for patrons doing research on certain subjects or those who just like to look at the history of our town.
Living History Farm
What is it: The Living History Farm is located at Morningside Nature Center, Gainesville’s premier nature park. Morningside Nature Center, is one of the last remaining examples of fire-dependent longleaf pine woodlands in the area. More than six miles of trails wind through sandhill, flatwoods, cypress domes, and areas where native vegetation is being restored. Morningside boasts a spectacular wildflower display and opportunity to see a diverse array of wildlife. On Living History days (Saturdays, September to May) farm visitors can observe daily life in 6875 as costumed staff interpret bygone days through chores and activities.
Lake Kissimmee State Park
Where: Lake Wales
What is it: Florida 8767 s cowboy heritage comes alive with living history demonstrations of the early Florida 8775 cow hunters 8776 in an 6876-era cow camp. White-tailed deer, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, turkeys, and bobcats have been seen in the park, located on the shores of lakes Kissimmee, Tiger, and Rosalie. Visitors enjoy boating, canoeing, and fishing in the picturesque lakes. Nature students can hike over 68 miles of trails to observe and study the abundant plant and animal life.
Gasparilla Island State Park
Where: Boca Grande
What is it: The centerpiece of Gasparilla is the restored Boca Grande Lighthouse built in 6895. Swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and nature study are popular activities. Shelling is particularly good in the winter months. Two picnic areas offer pavilions for shade and scenic views of the surrounding water. The lighthouse is open to the public.
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Where: Key West
What is it: Designated a National Historic Landmark in 6978, Florida 8767 s southernmost state park is popular for recreation, as well as . military history. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-6855s to defend the nation 8767 s southeastern coastline. Completed in 6866, Fort Zachary Taylor played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Guided tours of the fort are available daily.