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Fort Caroline National Memorial

12713 Fort Caroline Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32225
(904) 641-7155
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Ranked #24 of 94 attractions in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
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127 reviews 127 reviews
80 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We took our grandsons, ages 8 and 10, to do a junior ranger here. They liked running around the fort and enjoyed the exhibits. The rangers were delightful and friendly to the boys. Be sure to take bug spray. We were eaten alive.

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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The fort itself isn't impressive but you can read about the history on the signs which is very interesting. We did the loop by the fort which was fairly easy. (You can take your dog provided you have him or her on a 6 ft leash.) We came back to our truck and drove to the other side to do... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Experiencing the hills driving here is interesting as is the bluff itself. Good views of the river. Hilly hiking trail - you forget you're in Florida. The fort is a let down.

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Jacksonville, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Very peaceful place. Watched video on what had happened here, re-construction of what For Caroline looked like, not large. Great trails (bring mosquito spray).

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77 reviews 77 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We always try to visit a fort whenever we travel and Fort Caroline didn't disappoint. While there really isn't much to see, the volunteers did a great job. We are glad to be able to say we have visited.

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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119 reviews 119 reviews
44 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The fort is worth saying that you have been their, but it really needs much further development before it becomes a must see, unless you are a history buff like I am.

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Orlando, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

It amazes me how barbaric the Spanish conquistadors were to other humans. This exhibit exposed a side of humanity that I thought was unconscionable. At least we have something to remember those who sacrificed their lives to populate the United States. Incredible to image these people braved the oceans and weather only to be killed by others from their same... More

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

An excellent volunteer warden explained the lay out and significance of the site, showed us the expected DVD and then directed us down the well marked trail to the replica fort with its views over the bay. Its the sort of place to visit if your killing time as there really is little (original) to see and the 'welcome centre'... More

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Merritt Island, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Learn all about Floridas French roots in a fun relaxed natural park settings. So the Fort Caroline area is broken up into different close by areas, a couple of them with trails. There is the Visitor Center/Fort which also has a petty nice nature trail to hike down. The Fort is smallish but this is good for adults who don't... More

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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Fort Caroline National Memorial is a unit of the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, a U.S. national park site. It memorializes the short-term presence of French settlers in 16th century Florida. Its heritage is full of stories of exploration, survival, territorial battles, religious disputes, and first contact between American Indians and Europeans. The site chronicles the unsuccessful attempts by the... More

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