Florida Anthropology & Archeology

Archeology is a very important field in Florida. There are many Archeological sites located in Florida including Native American sites, the ruins of old European forts, and lots of others. There is also a plethora of underwater Archeological sites in the Florida waters. This includes shipwrecks, of which Florida has many. Explorers flock to some Florida areas – most commonly the Florida Keys – to explore some of these shipwreck sites.

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is home to 150 acres of Bulow Plantations where the Bulow family grew sugar cane, cotton, rice, and indigo. The ruins consist of an old sugar mill and what remains of the home's foundations as well as some of the slave cabins. Today, there is a trail that leads visitors to the ruins. As well as some history, there is also picnic facilities for those that would like to spend a few hours here and a boat ramp for canoes and small powerboats to float on the Bulow Creek. Fishing is permitted from a boat or on the docks. 

Cedar Key Museum State Park is home to what used to be called the St. Clair Whitman Museum. St. Clair Whitman lived in Cedar Key since he was a boy in the late 1800s and during his lifetime, he was involved in both of Cedar Key's major industries, the cedar pencil mill and the fiber factory. He also had quite a collection of seashells and Native American Artifacts. When Whitman died  in 1959, he dedicated all of his collections to the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History. The museum with these belongings and Whitman's home was donated by his family in 1991. The home was restored to look like the inside of a 1920s style home and the museum itself also has some cool artifacts from the same time. Birdwatching is also a big pastime here, so be sure to bring your binoculars to check out the birds. A canoe launch and nature trails line the property and pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash. 

This park is one of the most historic parks in the state of Florida. On these grounds, the Dade's Battle of 1835 took place. It was the longest and most costly Indian war in American history, thus making this a National Historic Landmark. Every January, there are thousands of visitors who come to the grounds to see the battle reenactment as well as peruse the beautiful grounds. The small museum that sits on the grounds houses actual artifacts and exhibits related to the Florida Seminole wars. During the summer, there are day camps that take place for kids with tons of activities to keep them entertained. Open every day of the week, visitors come here to hike and bike, picnic, go birding, and geo-seeking. It's also a great place for hosting gatherings including weddings. Definitely check it out if you're interested in history!

The Bok Tower Gardens makes for the perfect day trip on a bright and sunny Florida day. Not only are there 250 acres of gardens to enjoy, there is also the stunning Bok Tower, also known as the Singing Tower. This tower is definitely the highlight of the grounds, with it's beautiful architecture and ringing carillon bells throughout the day. The structure started construction in 1927 and finished in 1929 and has since been standing tall and ringing its bells proudly. The grounds are perfect for an afternoon picnic and as long as you clean up after them, dogs are allowed in most parts of the historical area. 

Bok Tower

The National Navy Seal Museum in Fort Pierce is the only museum in the United States that is dedicated to preserving the history and heroic attributes of the Navy SEALs. Starting with their creation to what they continue to do today, there is a vast amount of information to be learned through the artifacts and exhibits here. With old uniforms, both land and sea equipment, and hanging exhibits, this is a history lesson for those who love learning about the American military. Come check out where the Navy SEALs started and what they continue to do for the country. 

Navy Seal Museum