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Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve

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Address: 12713 Fort Caroline Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225
Phone Number: 904 641 7155
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Learn all about the history of Florida's Native Americans here.

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Great visitor center and insights into the history of Jacksonville.

The replica French fort is a must see (short accessible hike) as are the views along the St. Johns River. In a short visit, you can really take in all of the history of what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Jax Beach
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The replica French fort is a must see (short accessible hike) as are the views along the St. Johns River. In a short visit, you can really take in all of the history of what happened here between the French, Spanish, and British inhabitations.

Thank thsmith1
Dunnellon, Florida
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59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

One of the best sites in this part of Florida for history and wonderful photo opportunities.Incredible wealth of information on the site about how the natives interacted with early settlers. What a fabulous trip back in time.

1 Thank Ane R
Jacksonville, FL
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274 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve is one of the Park Service's best kept secrets, encompassing vast acreage on both sides of the massive St. John's River as it makes its way out to the sea. On the South side of the river you have the historic re-creation of Fort Caroline, a 15th century French settlement destroyed by the Spanish... More 

3 Thank JAXers
Jacksonville, Florida
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A nice place to visit and learn about the native Timucuan native Americans. The museum if well run and attended by knowledgeable people. You can walk the nature trail off Ft. Caroline R. or go to the museum grounds a couple of miles from there. Also visit the Ribaultt Monument further down and see perhaps the best view of the... More 

3 Thank Bill A
Orange Park, Florida
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Went to the preserve yesterday with my girlfriend. We covered ourselve in bugspray before we went on the trails, but it was to no avail. The trails seemed nice, but after walking a bit on the blue trail, we were being attacked by yellow flies and mosquitos non stop. Althought it was a little annoying, we tried to proceed further... More 

7 Thank Scott S
Jacksonville, Florida
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I bring my students there every year for field trips . Its a great representation of Florida ecological history ( not to be confused with the Native American tribe , this is a preserve not a reserve) and if you contact the visitors center before hand they will give you a student scavenger hunt you can use to keep the... More 

Thank Cyntoria2015
Gulf Shores, Alabama
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461 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I enjoyed my visit to this preserve. I started the day visiting three state parks that are in the preserve or border it. The preserve comprises several state parks, beaches and properties. I saw the tabby slave ruins and plantation house at Kingsley Plantation. This was a highlight. It is a beautiful property that overlooks the St. John's River. Sea... More 

Thank Robert C
Jacksonville, Florida
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I did not make it all the way down to the museum due to time constraints, but the road TO the museum - oh my! Go slowly, it's dirt and wild, but if you want to see what Florida looked like before we got here, this is where to see it. If you love nature, don't miss this!

Thank Maggierowe
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

There's not very much to do here with the exception of a small informative indoor nature display, places to stroll on trails and a vieweing stand on the water but the hubby and I were out pn a sunday on the motorcycle and were glad we stopped. Do bring bug spray if you plan to walk the trails.

Thank Teri H
Jacksonville, Florida
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63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you like little historical jewels off the beaten track, this place is a must. I can almost see the French and Spanish dueling it out on the riverbank! Plan to spend a serene 90 minutes or so looking around. The Ranger was very helpful and gave my 92 year old dad a personal tour in his golf cart. Nice... More 

Thank artairman

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