Battlefields and State Parks in Florida

As part of my recent obsession with visiting historical sites, state parks, and battlefields (especially those right here in Florida) I’ve compiled a list of the ones I can visit on a weekend trip. Accessible, inexpensive, and unique- these are the criteria for excitement.

CIVIL WAR

Fort Pickens and the Battle of Santa Rosa Island, Gulf Islands National Seashore– Pensacola

Battle of Natural Bridge- Tallahassee

Battle of St. John’s Bluff- Jacksonville

Battle of Ocean Pond- Olustee

Battles of Fort Brooke and Tampa– Tampa

Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park- Key West

Confederate Cemeteries- Miami

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park– Ellenton

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park– Key West

SEMINOLE WARS

Battle of Dunlawton– Port Orange

Battle of Lake Okeechobee- Okeechobee

Fort Gadsden Historic Site, Apalachicola National Forest- Franklin County

Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Withlacoochee State Park– Sumter County

Battle of Jupiter Inlet- Jupiter

Dade Massacre, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park- Bushnell, Sumter County

STATE PARKS 

Florida Caverns State Park- Marianna

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park- Okeechobee

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