Where can you Learn About South Florida History?

November 2, 2016

Plenty of history is found throughout South Florida. Whether you enjoy archaeology, railroads, Indian reservations, museums or the many historical landmarks found throughout South Florida, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. You can enjoy plenty of historical attractions with your family or as adults. Here’s a look at some of the best historic venues found throughout South Florida.

Coral Castle – 28655 South Dixie Highway, Miami

Coral CastleFound hear Homestead, an incredibly unique attraction called Coral Castle is found. It’s one of the best historic attractions in South Florida. Edward Leedskalnin used 28 years of his live to create an amazing castle. He sculpted and carved up the blocks of coral with homemade tools starting back in 1923. The carving only stopped when Edward died in 1951.

Fully functioning rocking chairs, walls with a weight over 125 pounds per cubic foot, a Polaris telescope and a nine-ton gate are all found here. The gate actually moved with just a light touch. The Coral Castle made the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Graves Museum of Archaeology & Natural History – 481 South Federal Highway, Dania Beach

The discoveries of the members of the Broward County Archaeological Society are found at this museum. It’s full of interesting finds from the pre-history of Florida, paleontology, pre-Columbian Florida, Hominid evolution and more. There are also many hands-on areas for children to enjoy.

If you want to learn about geology, this is the place to do it. New items are often added to the museum’s exhibits, so you can come back to the Graves Museum and enjoy everything new.

History Miami Museum – 101 West Flagler Street, Miami

With more than 37,000 items found on display and over 19,000 maps, the History Miami Museum may be the best place to discover the history of South Florida. There are millions of photographs and other items on display in the museum, as well.

With year-round displays and rotating displays, there’s always something great to see here. The museum provides so many items; you may need more than just a couple of hours to see everything. If you really want to submerge yourself in South Florida history, the History Miami Museum is the place to go.

Seminole Okalee Indian Village – 5716 Seminole Way, Hollywood

Indian history is very deep in South Florida and this historic attraction shows it off. The Seminole Okalee Indian Village provides a look at the history of the Seminole Indians and their reservation. It’s found within the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. You can see the traditional village and even get a good look at how the Indians lived back then.

Gold Coast Railroad Museum – 12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami

Gold Coast Railroad MuseumMaybe you love trains and railroads. If so, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum provides a great place to see early railroad train cars, along with stainless steel cars, passenger cars and even non-streamlined cars. You can even enjoy a passenger car used during the wartime for transporting soldiers.

Bring your children and you can let them enjoy the model railroad section, which is hands-on. The observation room is perfect for the parents, as well. Of course, the entire family can enjoy a 20-minue ride on the Edwin Link Children’s Railroad.

Along with these excellent historic attractions, you can learn about South Florida history at:

  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
  • Coral Gables Merrick House
  • Barnacle Historic State Park
  • Venetian Pool
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Deering Estate at Cutler
  • Cauley Square Historic Village
  • And More!

Brickell MausoleumWhile museums and other historic attractions are great, there are also many landmarks found throughout the South Florida area. You can also enjoy some of these spots on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Ace Theatre
  • Atlantic Gas Station
  • Brickell Mausoleum
  • Brickell Point Site
  • Dade County Courthouse
  • El Jardin
  • Hahn Building
  • The Kampong
  • Ralph M. Munroe House
  • St. John’s Baptist Church

There are over 70 landmarks in the South Florida area on the National Register of Historic Places to enjoy. If you visited each one of them, you’d find out more about South Florida than you could ever imagine.

Related: 7 Top Miami Museums

When you’re looking for places to go to learn about South Florida history or you want to teach your children about the history of their home city, these are the top places to go. Enjoy the many museums and landmarks throughout the area while you learn all about the history of how Miami and the South Florida area came to be what it is today.

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