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Fort Caroline National Memorial

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Address: 12713 Fort Caroline Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32225
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+1 904-641-7155
09:00 - 17:00
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The scenic location where France once claimed a corner of Florida

Ft. Caroline National Memorial is a great historic and nature site located on the south bank of the St. Johns River, about halfway between Downtown Jacksonville and the Atlantic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Steve O
Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ft. Caroline National Memorial is a great historic and nature site located on the south bank of the St. Johns River, about halfway between Downtown Jacksonville and the Atlantic Ocean. Centerpiece of the vast Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, Ft. Caroline has a replica fort that stands in the approximate spot where French Huguenots established their base camp in 1564.... More 

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Jax, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are two main sections to the park. One is the fort, which is off of a very short trail and is great for all ages. On the other side of the road are the hiking trails - there are varying difficulty levels, but make sure you take the trails to the end, where there is an amazing overlook of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Very beautiful park by the river, watch the boat traffic. Enjoy the historic fort. Plenty of trails and great nature viewing. Lovely and peaceful.

1 Thank Nigel B
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

The original Fort Caroline no longer exists but a replica sits near the original site. Rich in history, the Fort Caroline museum tells a wonderful story about the early days of Florida. Several nature trails are nearby.

1 Thank GRGADA
Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Not too much to see here, but it is pleasant way to spend a half hour with nature. They have a "replica" of the fort, though oddly enough, a disclaimer states that they the location is approximate and no one knows exactly where it actually was.

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Ada, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Had no idea all of this was part of our history. I am a retired teacher and I really enjoyed seeing the perspective of the area and its history. Very quiet and peaceful to visit.

1 Thank Malinda P
Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

What a hidden jewel in the middle of a Jacksonville neighborhood. Fort Caroline is small in comparison to many forts along the east coast but its importance was and is very strong. Come visit and enjoy the history, the walks and the views of the St. Johns River on a high bluff. Breath taking!!

1 Thank vicki w
Alexandria Bay, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Great place for a nice stroll through the woods and a little piece of history added in. Recreated French colony, beautiful spot on the water. From the area can watch ships coming into port.

1 Thank SusanRVer
The Villages, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The park was still cleaning up from Hurricane Matthew that ripped through the area. The Visitor Center was still closed but the hiking trail to the fort was open,but unfortunately the mosquitoes drove us out earlier than we had intended. Even though the Visitor Center was closed, the staff was thoughtful enough to set up a table with the National... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

My young kids love to play and run and have picnics here. Beautiful live oak canopy, river views and the fort is nice as well. Nice trail just long enough for the kids to let out energy but they are able to complete without being carried out. The museum is small but very nice for a quick tour. Recommend cooler... More 

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