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.

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.

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

Crystal River Preserve/ Crystal River Boat Builders
A volunteer boatbuilding group that uses hand tools, built a 36 foot replica Civil War sailing scow

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

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.