Experience Cultural and Coastal History


The Florida Department of State’s Florida Heritage Trail Series
Designed to raise awareness of the state’s cultural and historical resources, these educational and travel publications identify historical sites throughout Florida that are related to the volume topic, and offers profiles and biographical sketches of significant individuals.


The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas to Revolutionize Early American History

Through short videos, interactive maps and digital reconstructions, La Florida brings to life the diverse melting pot of people that made up early Spanish Florida, from Spanish conquistadors and Native Americans to free and enslaved blacks and Europeans from Germany, Ireland and Eastern Europe. 


Florida Maritime Heritage Trail
The Florida Maritime Heritage Trail is not so much a formal path, as it is a collection of interesting and fun locations that are open to the public. The Trail is made up of six themes, Coastal Communities, Coastal Environments, Coastal Forts, Lighthouses, Historic Ports, and Historic Shipwrecks.


Gulf Coast Heritage Trail Map
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program recognizes the economic value of linking and promoting Sarasota Bay’s cultural, historical, and environmental heritage. The Gulf Coast Heritage Trail is an eco-heritage based tourism trail program within the state of Florida.


Trail of Florida's Indian Heritage

The Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage, Inc. is a Florida-based 501c3 nonprofit network of archaeological sites, history museums, heritage interpreters and county, state, and national parks working together with the mission to promote responsible site visitation and public education of Florida’s Indian heritage.


Selected Damage and Ongoing Threats to Cultural Resources

Because of their geographic location, resources in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are especially vulnerable to damage from wind and storm surge. This map includes a selection of damaged or threatened cultural resources in those three places.


Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection

Office of Coast Survey's Historical Map & Chart Collection covers the land and waters of the United States of America, including territories and possessions (past and present). The images are free to download, and may be used for commercial or educational purposes. Although not required, we encourage users to cite "NOAA's Historical Map & Chart Collection" when using the image(s).


Discover Maritime/Underwater Archaeology


Florida’s “Museums in the Sea

Learn about 12 shipwrecks of the coast of Florida that have been designated as Underwater Archaeological Preserves.


FPAN – West Central Region
Florida’s Public Archeology Network promotes and facilitates the stewardship, public appreciation, and value of Florida’s archaeological heritage through regional centers, partnerships, and community engagement.


The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) is dedicated to the investigation, interpretation and better understanding of the maritime history and archaeology of St. Augustine, the “First Coast” region of Florida, and beyond.


Learn More Maritime History at a Nearby Museum

Historic Spanish Point
Home to a shell midden/mound exhibit and a small boat shop


Manatee Village Historical Park
Current home of the Fogarty Boat shop originally sited on the Manatee River in Fogartyville


South Florida Museum
Collection includes model ships and a replica of a skiff built from the Manatee River


SS American Victory
A WW2 Liberty Ship and Museum in Tampa


Find Exciting Volunteer and Learning Opportunities


Heritage Monitoring Scouts

Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS Florida) is a public engagement program focused on tracking changes to archaeological sites at risk, particularly those impacted by climate change in the form of erosion and sea level rise. 


The Sea Scouts
This program enables teens (14-20) to learn maritime skills by sailing a variety of handmade wooden sailboats, having fun, and earning service hours at group activities such as shore clean ups.







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