Places to visit in Florida
Links to historical and cultural places we visited while researching A Culinary History of Florida are featured here. Highlights from some of our road trips can also be found in the category called Florida Vacations and Beyond.
St. Petersburg Museum of History, a wonderful little museum located along the pier in downtown St. Petersburg. ( A Culinary History of Florida sold here.)
Matheson Museum, Gainesville ( A Culinary History of Florida sold here.)
Flagler Museum, Palm Beach ( A Culinary History of Florida sold here.)
When I was invited by Florida’s Grove House Visitors Center to do a book signing for A Culinary History of Florida,I quickly accepted since I enjoy seeing all that the Visitors Center has to offer: exhibits, museum, virtual tour and a gift shop. They even give samples of Florida’s Natural Brand products.
“From the Grove to The Glass” is their motto and you can learn all about Florida’s Natural and the citrus industry in one place. Grove tours are available with no prior arrangements. Group tours and busses are welcome along with travel groups and school field trips. (Reservations for groups are available) The visitors center is closed from June through September, it follows the seasonal availability of the oranges.
Find out why oranges aren’t crushed on the bottom of the trucks you see transporting them across the state this time of year. (Hint: The oranges are full of juice…)
The history of Florida orange juice is one that parallels the history of the state.
Florida is second only to Brazil in global orange juice production.
The Grove House is located at 20160 US Highway 27 in Lake Wales so if you are in the area you really should stop by and if you have time Bok Tower Gardens and Spook Hill are always delightful to see.
South Florida Museum, Bradenton ( A Culinary History of Florida sold here.)
DeSoto National Memorial Park, Bradenton
Cracker Country, Tampa
Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry
Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park, Cross Creek
More Places to Visit
Historic Spanish Point, in Osprey on the Tamiami Trail is one of Florida’s premier archaeological spots. It is a 30-acre historical and environmental site that extends into the waters of Little Sarasota Bay. With its prehistoric Calusa Indian burial and ceremonial mounds, Spanish Point offers visitors the chance to rediscover 5,000 years of history with “A Window to the Past,” the only archaeological exhibition in the nation built inside of a shell mound.
Upper Tampa Bay Park
Windover Pond Site, Brevard County
Museum of Science and History, MOSH Jacksonville
Southwest Florida Museum of History, Ft. Myers
Turtle Mound can be reached by a boardwalk, which leads to the top of the tallest ancient shell midden in the state. In prehistoric times it measured more than 75 feet tall. Today it provides excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean from the overlook.
Mission San Luis a living history museum in Tallahassee has a vast source of information on the Apalachee Indians, especially during the time of the mission, but their history goes beyond the mission. The Big Bend area and across the panhandle of the state is home to a rich Apalachee heritage.
From Wakulla Springs to Miami, follow the footsteps of the first Floridians. The Paleoindians left behind traces of their lifestyle and epicurean selections from 15,000 years ago, at a time when the sea level was 100 feet lower than today.