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Fort Mose Historic State Park

 Activities at Fort Mose Historic State Park

Birding

Birding

As a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Fort Mose provides an excellent opportunity for viewing a variety of birds. This 49 acre park is a sanctuary for both resident and migrating birds. Whether viewing wood storks and great blue herons in the rookery or catching site of pileated woodpeckers, there is something for every birder at Fort Mose. See the Events Page for upcoming Bird Walks.

Geo-Seeking

Geo-Seeking

Geocaches are hidden in the park. Please check geocaching.com for the most current up-to-date information.

Historic Site

Historic Site

Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. The site was designed as a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive panels are installed throughout the park, depicting the story of Fort Mose. The park also has replicas of three historic items, including a chosa or a cooking hut, a small historic garden and a small Spanish flat boat called a barca chata.

Museum

Museum

The museum, located in the park’s visitor center, helps visitors learn more about the site’s significance within the history of the United States. The collection includes highly interactive, multimedia exhibits and artifacts found during the excavation of the second Fort Mose site.

Pets

Pets

Pets are allowed in the park's roads, trails, boardwalk, and picnic area! Pets must be kept on a 6-foot hand-held leash at all times and must be quiet and well-behaved. You must "scoop" after your pet. (Don't forget your baggies!) These rules help preserve an important habitat for wildlife. Please do not leave your pets unattended in a vehicle for their safety, as temperatures inside vehicles can be dangerously high.

Please see Florida State Park Pets Policy for more information.

Picnicking

Picnicking

A small picnic pavilion is available for day use at no charge.  Several picnic tables are also located behind the park’s visitor center for day use at no charge.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Restrooms are available in the park’s visitor center.

Tours

Tours

Self guided tour materials are available at the park’s visitor center. Visitors can choose from scavenger hunt or sensory tour versions. Guided group tours are available upon request. Please contact the park at (904) 823-2232 to weeks in advance to make arrangements. Ranger guided tours are open to the public every Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

The Fort Mose visitor center includes a museum, restrooms and a media room. Visitors are able to learn more about the history of Fort Mose by exploring the museum exhibits and viewing a short video on the history of the site in the media room

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Fort Mose State Park is home to a variety of Florida wildlife including a number of species of butterflies, fiddler crabs, a variety of frogs, box turtles and other various reptiles. The park is also home to a wide variety of birds, both resident and migrating.