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10 Historic Places to Visit in Florida

Aviles Street in St. Augustine, Florida
Aviles Street in St. Augustine, Florida | Public Domain / Pixabay
The Sunshine State may be a popular tourist destination for its idyllic beaches and year-round pleasant weather, but the tropical landscape is home to a plethora of historic sites to mark on your itinerary. Here’s a guide to our favorites.

The Kampong

Botanical Garden, Park
Close up of a water lily flower at The Kampong, in Coconut Grove, Florida
The Kampong is home to vibrant tropical plants and flowers | © Keith Michael Taylor / Shutterstock
An 80-year-old baobab tree from Tanzania and an array of exotic fragrant flowering plants make up the tropical oasis at The Kampong. The historic garden and estate once belonged to Dr. David Fairchild, a famous botanist who traveled through Asia and other tropical regions collecting plants he later brought to the U.S. The Kampong offers self-guided tours through the site and historic main house on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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The Barnacle Historic State Park

The Barnacle Historic State Park, Miami
The Barnacle Historic State Park is home to the oldest house in Miami | © William Silver / Shutterstock
Five acres of historic land sits along the scenic Biscayne Bay in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. Built in 1891, The Barnacle is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County, dating back to the sailboat era when all travel to Miami was done by sea. Visitors can see replicas of sailboats that belonged to former estate owner, Ralph Middleton Munroe, as well as enjoy a picnic on the lawns under the Banyan trees with the placid breeze from the sea.
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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Historic Cape Florida Lighthouse located in the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
The historic Cape Florida Lighthouse stands tall in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park | © Miami / Alamy Stock Photo
Perched at the edge of Key Biscayne, visitors can take a tour of the Cape Florida Lighthouse in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The lighthouse was constructed in 1825, and is also nestled on a popular beach offering activities such as kayaking and shoreline fishing.
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Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island

Amelia Island’s Historic District is home to over 400 historic buildings including churches, homes and commercial buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Clad in Victorian-era architecture, the waterfront district echoes a charming small town feel where horse-drawn carriages still trot through the lanes and antique shops and galleries sell long-forgotten trinkets. A few establishments to put on the itinerary include The Palace Saloon (Florida’s oldest drinking establishment), the old post office and the Amelia Island Lighthouse dating back to 1838.
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Kingsley Plantation

Park, Museum
Kingsley Plantation | Public Domain / Wiki Commons
The Kingsley Plantation, previously known as Fort George Island in Jacksonville, was owned by planter Zephaniah Kinglsey, whose family lived here from 1814–1837. The plantation produced Sea Island cotton, sugar cane and corn, and had 60 slaves working on the property. Visitors may explore the property’s plantation house, garden, slave quarters, barn, and a bookstore in a 1920s building adjacent to the plantation buildings. Audio tours are also available every day until 3:30 p.m.
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These recommendations were updated on May 3, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.