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Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

 About Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Seminole reenactor. Photo by Bonnie Gearhart.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Bill Gruber

The calandar may tell us Summer officially started June 21, but just like the migratory birds, summertime arrives earlier here in Florida than elsewhere in the U.S.  The long, langorous days and frequent afternoon showers are among signs of summer in Sumter County.

Summertime at Dade Battlefield is a great time for casual hikes and cookouts in the park. The picnic pavilions provide shade from the sun, and the nearby playground is a magnet for youngsters. Try hiking our beautiful nature trail, which loops through longleaf pine flatwoods that appear much as did in pioneer times. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife -- including the lovely swallow tailed kites now nestingand fledging in the forest.

History buffs will want to spend time in the air conditioned visitor center and museum. An award-winning 12-minute video tells about the battle from which the park gets its name, and historical displays including period artifacts help bring the past to life. Hats, t-shirts, books and other items are available for purchase at the visitor center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Mark your calendars for the next reenactment of Dade's Battle of 1835, scheduled for January 3 and 4, 2015. While the battle reenactment is our best-known and most eagerly awaited event, there are many others throughout the year. Check the events link above for current information. If you are interested in helping with a special event, or have questions, please call the park office at 352-793-4781.

We have limited resident volunteer campsites, and area residents who wish to volunteer in the park are always welcomed and appreciated. We especially need local volunteers in the summer months, when many seasonal volunteers head north just as the grass and trails head into their growth spurts. Please call the park office at 352-793-4781 for more information on volunteering. Volunteers make the many events and activities offered at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park possible, just as they helped your Florida State Parks win the Gold Medal Award for being the best in the nation.

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GETTING HERE

  • Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located off I-75 and state Road 48, west of Highway 301.

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