Historical Sites in Florida

Florida has a rich history of both Native American and European culture. Saint Augustine is the oldest permanent European settlement in the United States. The city is filled with Spanish architecture and important monuments and is a must-see for any history buff. Other historical sites in Florida include Native American sites, old military forts, beautiful lighthouses, and houses once belonging to important historical figures such as Ernest Hemingway and Zora Neale Hurston.

See Also: Historical Museums | Lighthouses

Perkins Block was a department store opened in 1890 with an opera house on the top floor. Today the opera house has been renovated and serves as a home for the performing arts in Monticello area.

The Olympia Theater is Downtown Miami's Historic Performing Arts Center. It first opened in 1926 as a Mediterranean style silent movie palace.

The Sarasota Opera House opened in 1926 as a multi-purpose Mediterranean Revival style venue. It was purchased by the Sarasota Opera Company in 1979, and has been the home to their performances and many others ever since!

The Tampa Theatre is one of America's most elaborate movie palaces. It was built in 1926 featuring a romantic Mediterranean style so people could enjoy a beautiful environment while they watched the latest silent film. Today it is a not-for-profit foundation that hosts more than 600 events each year.