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Turtle Mound National Historic Site

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Address: A1A, Canaveral National Seashore, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

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…which gets you in to the park free if you carry a National Park Pass! We only had a little time after riding the Turtlemound Pontoon boat tour -- so we felt we needed to go see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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Southwest Harbor, Maine
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

…which gets you in to the park free if you carry a National Park Pass! We only had a little time after riding the Turtlemound Pontoon boat tour -- so we felt we needed to go see the Turtlemound itself -- a spectacular exhibit of an oyster shell mound. It is quite amazing that so much vegetation can grow on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Turtle Mound is actually a giant pile of oyster shells and bones built up by the natives over hundreds of years. At a height of 45 feet it is the highest natural formation in Florida. I'm sure that it was used as an observation platform to watch for whale and turtle migrations and of course invading tribes. The views from... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The deep history of the area is found at Canaveral National Seashore. Close your eyes....take a deep breath.....open your eyes and Ponce de Leon is standing before you !!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We spent 2 days in the park walking the paths and beach drove both ends of the park south one day north the other their is a lot to see if you just take the time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I love this whole park. It is one of the reasons we love the area. The mound is unique in history and when you get to the top,it makes for some awesome pictures with the family. Make sure to read the history of the mound when you are there. It doesn't take long, so its worth the short stop.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The Turtle Mound lies within the Canaveral Seashore National Park. Interesting to visit on the long seashore strip of the Park. Beautiful, clean, sandy, quiet beaches - totally natural with no condos, shops or loud attractions. Excellent Visitor Center at the entrance close to New Smyrna Beach - look up and see the very beautiful turtle paintings on canvas, they... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were there with an out of town friend we were showing around while not overly impressed my the mound itself ( which is pretty impressive when you think it is just discarded shells from the oysters people ate) but she thought the view was wonderful. They said it was high enough that it was put on the map that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

There wasn't much to see, but it was interesting to walk up the walkway that led to the top of Turtle Mound and to see the view from that vantage point. It is interesting that Native Americans made such a big mound of discarded shells that it is visible from the river and appears to look like the shape of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Historical site is within the Canaveral National Seashore and is a National Park. It is a giant prehistoric shell mound and has walkways leading to the top. I always take houseguests down there as it is just a nice day walking around and viewing the ocean. There is a small fee to get into the park. The Eldora house is... More 

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Johnson City, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We saw quite a bit of wildlife while we were walking along the trails - from tortoises and lizards to pelicans and dolphins when we got to the water - oh and don't forget the mosquitos !! Had the memory of them on my arms and legs for days afterwards !! Took bug spray which worked for my wife but... More 

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