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Fort Caroline National Memorial

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Another great NPS unit

I stopped here under the beautiful skies of an October northern Florida morning. I made a quick... read more

Reviewed October 16, 2018
Columbus, Ohio
Worth a stop

This is worth a stop in order to help understand the French and Spanish conflict in Florida. The... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
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12713 Fort Caroline Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225-1299
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Reviewed October 24, 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...More

8  Thank Maurene_K
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Interesting history, but staffed by high school aged volunteers who didn't seem to be knowledgeable about running the visitors center or book store. Couldn't give me my discount ( didn't know how to ring it), took three of them to run my credit card through....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fort Caroline National Memorial tells a small and little known story of colonial history in America--the French presence in Florida in the 16th century. The visitor center has decent exhibits but the speculative reconstructed fort is pretty lame. This is a 30-minute stop.

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Reviewed October 16, 2018

I stopped here under the beautiful skies of an October northern Florida morning. I made a quick stop in the visitor's center to check it out and put a stamp in my passport. There are some great small displays with archeological artifacts from the area...More

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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

This is worth a stop in order to help understand the French and Spanish conflict in Florida. The fort is a replica of what is believed it looked like on a spot where it’s believed it stood. Still, its very informative and ties in with...More

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Reviewed September 16, 2018

Fort Caroline National Memorial and Fort is a nice place to explore. Very nice walking paths, a view of the St. John River and lots of history to explore. The fort itself is amazing. It's like walking back in time, with ancient ovens, fort walls,...More

Thank Carol F
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

We took this detour on our drive from Jacksonville to Orlando. It didn’t add too much time to our trip. We went expecting to see a monument but the actual fort is there. There is a bit of walking involved so I wouldn’t recommend doing...More

Thank sdickey024
Reviewed August 28, 2018

The visitor center was simple, but well laid out. The park ranger was extremely knowledgeable about the park and was extremely friendly. We walked down to the fort which was about five minutes there and five minutes back to the parking lot. For me it...More

Thank Darlene A
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Trek through the trails in shades of green, to the rivers edge, once an active fort, now a bright spot to reflect the history of its time. It’s quite stillness is only interrupted by gentle wildlife that visits here.

Thank Phoebe K
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

The park is huge if you are into hiking and nature, but if you are looking for history this is very small National park. It can be done in a hour. History information was good, but the fort is recreated on speculations. We would recommend...More

Thank franklange119
Reviewed August 25, 2018

Lovely nature trails and a beautiful view of the St. Johns River! The park rangers give a great educational overview of this French settlement regardless of the archeological debate of the exact location of Fort Caroline.

Thank Christine M
Reviewed August 20, 2018

A recent debate hosted by the local American Institute of Archaeology society made clear that it is still an open question where Fort Caroline actually was: a compelling case can also be made for a river in Georgia. With that (sad for Jacksonville residents...) caveat,...More

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We took our dog and she loved it. It's very pet friendly. :)
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