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Fort Caroline

Fort Caroline is a 16th century fort on the southern banks of the St Johns River in Jacksonville. The fort was built by the French in the 1560s in an attempt to claim their part of the new world.

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Fort Caroline Entrance

The entrance to Fort Caroline, Jacksonville

Fort Caroline is inside the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve a National Park. The Timucuan Preserve is named for the Native American Timucuan People who lived in the area for 4,000 years before Europeans arrived.

Fort Caroline is the place where American Indians had their first contact with Europeans.

Fort Caroline National Memorial
12713 Fort Caroline Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32225
(904) 641-7155

Fort Caroline is about 13 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville. Take Route 9A to Monument Road east. Take Monument Road east to Fort Caroline Road and follow the brown signs to the entrance of Fort Caroline.

Fort Caroline Canon

A 16th century canon at Fort Caroline, Jacksonville

The Fort and exhibits are a great way to spend a day for adults and family alike. Children enjoy climbing on the grass covered walls of the fort and looking at the cannons. There is a large grassy area in the middle of the fort where children can run around.

There are also nature trails that are covered by large trees and moss making for a nice walk in the shade.

Fort Caroline

The walls of Fort Caroline on the St Johns River

The Timucuan Preserve Visitor Center

The visitor center has an exhibit that illustrates how people lived on the land for thousand of years and the wide variety of both land and marine wildlife in northeast Florida.

The Fort Caroline you will see today is a recreation of the original site. It was destroyed in 1964 by Hurricane Dora and rebuilt.

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