Did you know Europeans settled in Florida before Jamestown or Plymouth Rock?  While some of the first things that come to mind when visiting Florida are the great weather, white sand beaches and world-class theme parks, many people are not aware that the Sunshine State is actually home to the first Thanksgiving, the first Christmas and the oldest European-founded city in the United States..

Florida has always been a land of exploration and cultural diversity, so it is no coincidence that the state has an abundance of historical and cultural offerings. From the incredible archaeological sites both on land and in the water, you can learn the story of Florida.  Visit prehistoric sites, museums and living history re-enactments; stop and smell the blooms in the flowery land by visiting botanical gardens; listen for the melodies of our diverse cultural influences at entertainment events; taste the delicacies of real Florida, and see and touch some of the most pristine waterways and forests in the country at our state and national parks.  Explore and find a Florida you may have never known.

Historic and Archaeological Sites

The Colonial record for Florida began when Juan Ponce de León landed in Florida in 1513. Since that time, Florida’s rich and diverse cultural and historic landscape has become unlike anywhere else in the world. 

Maritime Heritage

Maritime Heritage

Florida has one of the longest continuous coastlines in the country with more than 1,260 miles, not to mention the more than 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals. Florida’s water resources and transportation... More


Florida is the home to hundreds of museums covering every topic, from children’s discovery centers to major art, science and technology museums hosting world-class collections, as well as historic homes detailing the lives... More

Gardens and Parks

Gardens and Parks

Juan Ponce de León set foot ashore in 1513 and gave the land its name, La Florida, the flowery land.  This name was in part because Ponce de León ‘s landing was during the spring season – during Pascua Florida,... More

Victory Florida

August 15, 2015, is the 70 year anniversary of V-Day, or Victory Day, which marked the end of World War II in 1945.

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Heritage Trails

A native ancient people, a search for gold, a fight for rights… Florida boasts a richness in history, culture and diversity and it's time to explore.


Explore Florida's beaches, adventures, family travel, food and dining, shopping, golf, boating and fishing, outdoors and nature, entertainment and luxury, hidden gems off the beaten path, deals and bargains – and the latest... More