Florida is a truly fascinating place full of Native American Heritage. On the surface it’s easy to appreciate its beautiful beaches and world-famous theme parks. But dig a little deeper and you’ll quickly find stories of ancient empires, warriors, mythical creatures and gods waiting to be told. From sea creatures to giant man-eating ogres there are many fascinating myths to uncover. And while I have only begun to scratch the surface of the Sunshine State’s mysterious heritage, here are three epic destinations to get you started to exploring Florida’s Native American Heritage Trail.
Florida’s Native American Heritage Trail
Native America in Bradenton, Florida
Bradenton is one of Florida’s most popular destinations, for its turquoise coast and laid-back vibe. It truly is a great place to visit. Here you can visit the De Soto National Memorial, Portavant Temple at Emerson Point Preserve and the South Florida Museum to explore Native American Heritage in Bradenton.
Native America in the Ocala National Forest
The Ocala National Forest is home to many of Florida’s crystalline springs, and where locals and visitors gather to enjoy its many offerings of eco-adventure. Camping, swimming, snorkeling, hiking and canoeing are popular recreational activities. Here you can visit Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs and Silver Glen Springs (to name a few). Beyond the eco-adventure there is a trail of Native American Heritage just waiting to be explored.
Native America in Tallahassee
With its mild hills and adjacent Apalachicola National Forest, there’s a beauty that seems to hold Tallahassee into place. In the downtown district, even more charm awaits on streets lined with 19th-Century homes and trendy restaurants within walking distance. But there’s a much deeper history here than what meets the eye. Here you can visit the Apalachicola National Forest, Mission San Luis, the Museum of Florida History and the Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park.
There are so many reasons to visit Florida. Whether you want to enjoy our diverse wildlife, outdoor beauty, theme park adventures or dig deep into history and heritage, the trip possibilities are endless. I hope you get the chance to explore the Sunshine State so you can see first hand what a beautiful place it really is.
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