Experiences & Amenities
Forest Capital Museum State Park offers three covered pavilions, each seating up to sixty people. The pavilions can be reserved for family reunions, birthday parties, corporate events and more. Please call the park for more information at (850) 584-3227.
Forest Capital Museum State Park features the perfect rustic Florida wedding setting - an 1863 Cracker homestead surrounded by longleaf pines and oak trees. In addition, a garden and large live oak tree provide beautiful picture taking opportunities. The main lobby of the Visitor Center & Museum includes two large restrooms for onsite dressing for the bride and groom on their special day. Please call for pricing and additional information. (850) 584-3227
Adjacent to the museum is the North Florida Cracker Homestead interpretive site. The homestead was built in 1864 and depicts the common home and lifestyle of that period. The term "cracker" was used to describe those who used the cracking sound of a long whip to herd their cattle. Guided tours are available for groups, call the park office for information at (850) 584-3227.
The Forest Capital Museum is an octagonal structure made from Cypress and Pine wood with high beamed ceilings, topped with a glass dome. The museum offers a fundamental understanding of the evolution, ecology and productivity of our forests. The whole family will enjoy the exhibits of lifelike animals native to the area. Early turpentine production once crucial to naval stores comes to life in a diorama. Antique turpentine tools are displayed. Diagrams and photographs explain and depict the life and cycles of a forest. The center of the museum is dedicated to displaying products that are derived from our forests. The beauty of Florida's native wood is displayed in a carved map of Florida with each of the sixty-seven counties carved from a species of wood native to their area. "Terry, the Talking Tree" will sum it all up with a message that tells about the importance of our forests.
Well behaved dogs are welcome at Forest Capital Museum State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot handheld leash at all times and cannot be left unattended. Pets are not permitted in buildings.
The octagonal lobby of the Visitor Center features rare Peck Cypress walls, leading into the forestry displays in the museum. The center provides information on Florida State Parks and offers a variety of novelty gifts.