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Turtle Mound National Historic Site

Address: A1A, Canaveral National Seashore, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Lakeville, Minnesota
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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
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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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The trails and beach are well set out for visitors. The shop and ranger on duty provided a good overview of the place.

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Crestview, Florida
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193 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I was looking forward to seeing this shell mound but I had a hard time seeing anything. We stopped at a small parking area that had a sign saying "Turtle Mound Archaeological Site". That was the one and only sign we saw about the mound. Nothing to explain what you are seeing. You walk on a boardwalk to stay above... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I didn't know what to expect, but since it is a National Historic Site my husband and I both wanted to pay it a visit. It's really worth a stop! The mound itself isn't immediately noticeable if you don't know what to look for. It's more like a large, shell-covered landmass than an actual mound. You can hike on and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

climb a small hill, walk through the path in the trees to get a nice view across the river and the ocean.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

You find out that Turtlemound is found on old Spanish maps because the Spanish neededepoints of reference as they explored the Florida coast back in the 1500's. At that time the height of the mound would have been closer to 50 foot high making it a prominent point in calculating where the ships were in the vast flatness of this... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I have been here many times for their plays. The staff is excellent & it's a very nice local theatre. I really enjoy all the productions.

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