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Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve

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Address: 12713 Fort Caroline Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225
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+1 904-641-7155

Learn all about the history of Florida's Native Americans here.

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Visit This and Fort Caroline Together

This is a great example of forward-looking people protecting a site that otherwise would have been commercially developed. Fort Caroline, a French settlement, was captured by the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Randy L
Dubuque, Iowa
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Dubuque, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great example of forward-looking people protecting a site that otherwise would have been commercially developed. Fort Caroline, a French settlement, was captured by the Spanish. There is an interesting museum. Timucuan is a collection of ecological sites.

Thank Randy L
Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Great place to bike without worry about any cars. Went south from Omni on a separate wide bike path through beautiful quiet woods. Many places to stop and hike for a few miles if desired. This is the real Florida woods with live oaks, cypress, pine and palmetto all thrown together perfectly for us tourists. Ride over islands and bridges... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a scape from the city and learn about the civil war times, this is the perfect place. Unfortunately, there is not access inside the house. That is something they could expand. Still, I love it!

Thank Laila E. T
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165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

The Timucuan Ecological Preserve visitor's center has a nice display showing the history of the (French) Ft. Caroline and the Timucuans. I was interested to find that the natives were originally friendly because they wanted the French to fight other natives with them. There is a short walk near the center, and a reconstructed fort - good for a few... More 

2 Thank Jincognito
Orange Park, Florida
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131 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Learn about the history of Jacksonville, and the area before it was Jacksonville. Very nice place a lot of hard work to keep area up and ,oozing good, great to visit with family and friends. Take an afternoon to relax and enjoy the area

Thank Barbara F
New Orleans, Louisiana
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

•highest point in JAX - main point to me •white sand trail outta nowhere - you'll realize how diverse •crunchy clam & dark sand part - very fun to use as a trail to get to the... •approx. 30-40ft deck - overlooks the marsh and low distance - neat place to carve initials ••BEWARE: after the white sand trail there... More 

1 Thank 504NLDLR
Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This 46,000 acre preserve includes Fort Caroline, Kingsley Plantation, and thousands of acres of woods, water, and salt marsh. History and nature come alive where the Nassau and St Johns rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean. A great place to begin is the Timucuan Preserve Visitor Center. There you will find maps, friendly staff who will help you plan, museum,... More 

3 Thank FlaHarlock
Forest, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Rented a bike from super Corsa a couple miles from the resort. went south all the way to Atlantic Beach going thru the state park is pretty beautiful trails. I saw a snapping turtle eating along the several squirrels. And of course I saw lots of flamingos some of them pink. Nice secluded trail. Highly recommended

2 Thank MrKaffee
Norman, Oklahoma
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64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I just went to the visitor center and Fort Caroline, but as someone who studies Native American cultures, I was impressed to the degree with which the staff has included Timucua cultures in their interpretation of the site. Particularly neat are reconstructed Timucua dwellings, a midden and a unique 8 foot tall wooden owl found in the surrounding swamp. The... More 

2 Thank John T
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

We left the parking lot at sunrise, hoping to see some birds. We ended up seeing mosquitos - lots of enormous mosquitos. We put on some bug repellent before we left the parking lot, and those mosquitos didn't give a damn about our crappy bug repellent - they were swarming all over us. We didn't get far past Spanish Pond... More 

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